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Cisco develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, software, telecommunications equipment and other high-technology services and products.

If someone was using an oVirt environment I would recommend this solution

Christian Stengle

Sys Admin



Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) enables people to make powerful connections-whether in business, education, philanthropy, or creativity. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet solutions that make networks possible-providing easy access to information anywhere, at any time.

Cisco was founded in 1984. Today, with more than 71,000 employees worldwide, this tradition of innovation continues with industry-leading products and solutions in the company’s core development areas of routing and switching, as well as in advanced technologies such as home networking, IP telephony, optical networking, security, storage area networking, and wireless technology. In addition to its products, Cisco provides a broad range of service offerings, including technical support and advanced services.


oVirt built farms and we needed a backup solution. We signed a contract with Bacula and implemented it into our oVirt environment. This at the time was the only solution that was showing up when digging around Google. Backups were taking a really long time to finish. They only had one VM transfer method which was slowing things down to a crawl. Their UI was very antiquated although it worked fine. Support was great but the product wasn’t a good fit for us at all. Currently we have 3 locations with a total of 17 hosts across those sites. This is going to grow in the next few months. As of now we only have about 100 VM’s, but again this should grow a lot this year.

Our input

So far the vProtect solution has proven to work well. With the ability to offer multiple ways to transfer the VM to the backup node was crucial for us since our VM’s are big (500 gig average) and using the built in oVirt image-io proxy is not a good way to transfer VM’s of that size. The UI is very clean and easy to navigate. The support has been really good. The product does what it says it does. The documentation can be a little unclear on implementing something so I have been using support and its been great so far. If someone was using an oVirt environment I would recommend this solution. It seems that support wants to help and the company wants to make the product better.

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