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VMware VDPA can perform agent-less image backup, replication and restore, individual disk backup, variable-length deduplication, changed block tracking restore and file-level recovery.
VMware VDPA differs from VMware vSphere Data Protection (VMware VDP) in several ways:
|VMware VDP||VMware VDPA|
|Included with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit and higher versions||Licensed at $1,095 per physical CPU|
|Supports a maximum of 2 TB deduplicated data per virtual appliance||Supports 8 TB deduplicated data per virtual appliance|
VMware VDPA also has more advanced and restore capabilities through agents for SQL Server, Exchange and Sharepoint and features off-site replication of backup data. VMware VDPA also includes EMC's Data Data Domain Boost software for faster backups by offloading the deduplication process to backup appliances.
VDPA is based on EMC Avamar deduplication technology. It requires VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1 or higher and vCenter Server 5.1 or higher to operate.