VMware® Data Recovery creates backups of virtual machines without interrupting their use or the data and services they provide. Data Recovery manages existing backups, removing backups as they become older. It also supports deduplication to remove redundant data.

Data Recovery is built on the VMware vStorage API for Data Protection. It is integrated with VMware vCenter Server, allowing you to centralize the scheduling of backup jobs. Integration with vCenter Server also enables virtual machines to be backed up, even when they are moved using VMware VMotion™ or VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS).

Data Recovery uses a virtual machine appliance and a client plug-in to manage and restore backups. The backup appliance is provided in open virtualization format (OVF). The Data Recovery plug-in requires the VMware vSphere Client.

Backups can be stored on any virtual disk supported by VMware ESX/ESXi™. You can use storage area networks (SANs), network attached storage (NAS) devices, or Common Internet File System (CIFS) based storage such as SAMBA. All backed-up virtual machines are stored in a deduplicated store.

VMware Data Recovery supports the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), which provides the backup infrastructure for certain Windows operating systems.