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Also some months after the release the new vSphere 6.0, one of the main reason to don’t use in a production environment remain the compatibility aspect. If most of the VMware products it’s fine from this point, it isn’t the same for the 3rd part backup products.

One month ago I’ve wrote a post Backup products and vSphere 6.0 compatibility were only few products were available. Now there are some changes in this list.

This list include only backup products that are using the VMware VADP API. Other solutions are not considered (just because they not depend by vSphere version, but just by guest OS version). Also I don’t consider products that are out-of support or at end-of-life.

Please note that there is a serius issue in CBT in ESXi 6.0 that can impact your upgrade decision, also if your backup program will already support vSphere 6.0: for more information see KB 2114076 (Backing up a virtual machine with Change Block Tracking (CBT) enabled fails after upgrading to or installing VMware ESXi 6.0).

vSphere 5.0 vSphere 5.1 vSphere 5.5 vSphere 6.0
VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.0Compatibility No Yes (only hosts) Yes (only hosts) Yes
Veeam Backup & Replication 8Compatibility Yes Yes Yes 8.0SP2
Veeam Backup & Replication 7 Yes Yes Yes (7R2) No
Symantec Backup Exec 15 No Yes Yes Yes
Symantec Backup Exec 2014 SP2Compatibility Yes Yes Yes only v2015?
Symantec Backup Exec 2012 SP4 Yes Yes Yes (SP3) No?
Symantec Netbackup 7.6Compatibility Yes Yes Yes (7.6.1) v7.6.1.1
Unitrends Enterprise Backup Yes Yes Yes (7.3) ?
Unitrends Virtual Backup (formerly PHD Virtual Backup) Yes Yes Yes (8.0) ?
Acronis Backup (formerly vmProtect) for VMware Yes Yes Yes (9.0U1) v9.0U2
Acronis Backup Advanced for VMware 11.5 Yes Yes Yes ?
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware 7.1 Yes Yes Yes v7.1.2
Nakivo Backup & Replication 5.x Yes Yes Yes ?
Nakivo Backup & Replication 3.x and 4.x Yes Yes Yes (3.8) No
CommVault Simpana 10R2 Yes Yes Yes (10.0 SP5) 10.0 R2
HP Data Protector Yes Yes Yes June/July?
Dell Software (formerly Quest/Vizioncore) vRanger Yes Yes Yes (7.0) ?
Quantum vmPRO VM Data Protection Software Yes Yes Yes ?
EMC Amavar Yes Yes Yes (7.0SP1) Aug?
EMC (formerly Legato) Networker 8.x Yes Yes Yes (8.1SP1) Aug?
CA ARCserve Yes Yes Yes (r16.5) ?
WD Arkeia VMware vStorage Backup Agent Yes Yes Yes ?
Zmanda Client for VMware vSphere Yes Yes Yes ?
Barracuda Backup (BU) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trilead VM Explorer 5.x Yes Yes Yes (5.0.012) 5.3.006

Note that Manfred Hofer has realized a better version of this resource with not only a nice aspect, but more information (including compatibility with Microsoft Hyper-V). Have a look at his post: Backup Interoperability Matrix.

For all the other I’ve put a question mark just because there aren’t (or I’ve not found) information on when (or if) the product will support vSphere 6.0… But I suppose that in the next months we will see some big changes in this table.

Do you have updated information or data that I’ve missed? Just post a comment and I will update the page.


Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.