Wow…. ok….. so this was an interested announcement to receive. Whilst I kind of understand that VDP wasn’t really deployed by the masses, it was still nice to be able to have a free backup solution if you were deploying a small VMware environment.
The EoA of vSphere Data Protection pretty much means anyone wanting to backup their VMs will now need to pay for a 3rd party product! That kinda sucks!
VMware vSphere 6.5 is the last release which includes the VDP product!
You can read more about the announcement here: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/data-protection.html
Also worth checking out the VMware KB article for more info: https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149614
And if you have VDP deployed then don’t worry, any installations where you have an active Support and Subscription (SnS) will continue to be supported until the End of General Support (EOGS) date – the EOGS date can be found on the VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix.
It’s worth noting that this does not affect the vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection (VADP) which most 3rd party vendors utilise.
It’s also worth noting that Dell EMC are helping those who have VDP deployed by offering them 3 years of free Avamar Virtual Edition (AVE) licensing to protect the first 4TB of protected data – although Maintenance costs will continue to apply during this 3-year period. Offer valid through October 15, 2017.
The offer can be found here: http://dellemc.com/vdpeoa
Finally, the FAQ released will assist with any questions you may have: http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/products/vsphere/vmw-vdp-eoa-faqs.pdf