Which type of VTL Card model is Compatible with ESX Server

Posted on 2009-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi all,

I work for a company we are not alive yet but we are still on testing phase since the last 6 months. We are using all our environment based on esx we have two host. Both ESX server are installed on a Supermicro Model X7DB8 is a system with 4 CPU Intel Xeon and each system has 12 GB of Memory and we run 7 Virtual machine in one and the other one there are two machine VM but is manly used as VM motion to move the machine in there in case of maintenance.

The issue is we are not able to find on the VMware website a good model of VTL Card that use PCI Express and that is compatible with VMWare Esx.

We need to connect our ESX with a Device that use De-Duplication technology some kind of new technology provided from Datadomain.

We do have the VTL Card for the Datadomain Server but we need a compatible device for the VMware ESX Server

Can you help?
Question by:daveviolante
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    If you are using Data Domain as your method for storing your backup data, why do you want to use a VTL interface? Data Domain boxes can be configured to appear as regular network drives and you can then use your backup software (NetBackup, vRanger, etc) to backup your VM's directly to the data domain box as they appear just to be 'network drives'.
    We use a combination of NetBackup and vRanger to backup our ESX hosts directly to our Datadomain boxes. Pretty quick and reliable.
    I would advise you read the Data Domain website ( for your options.
    I would also advise you read up on the Virtual Center Backup Plugin (VCB) ... to see what options are available to you.
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    Author Comment

    Yes I know what you mean!

    I actually to be honest from Datadomain company I am part of the support Team. The company where we are working is one of our partner or better say it will be soon one of our partner. Of course I do not like to say to much about all specific info

    The reason is that we have customers that use VTL Technology our new partner is going to use VTL but we are using ESX to Test it there is a way to do so my collegue actually knows how. We are getting the VTL Cards actually I got the one for our Datadomain Box but to simulte VTL technology using ESX we need to have a VTL card that is also compatible with ESX.

    Also the main reason is that as support team we want to improve our knowledge on VTL so Datadomain as given the opportunity to train our self and is giving to us the tools to do so., like this we can provide better support quality also here in Europe as i belong to the European Head Office.

    So do you think any VTL Card will work with ESX?

    We are struggling to find the right model or better give a ring to VmWare?

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    Ok, that's wierd, bigging up Datadomain boxes to a DD employee! Hah hah. Great product/technology by the way!
    I think you may have better luck on the VMTN forums with this search or maybe getting VMWare involved since you guys are partners.
    If you do find something, post it on this forum, as it would be good for us folks!

    Author Comment

    Yes I know the way how approached the question was weird but is because maybe in some circumstance is not always good specify from which company you coming from. Anyway I will definitely post the result of my question to this forum.

    Thanks a lot for your help


    Accepted Solution

    I solved the issue my self indeed VMware mostly accept any VTL Card.


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