On Dec 15th 2020, Commvault released Feature Release 11.22 which represents the third software release to support protection of Docker containers that are managed by Kubernetes. Commvault also announced deprecation of the Docker Virtual Server Agent (VSA)
Commvault has observed a significant shift from our customers and the containerization market in general towards orchestrated container platforms like Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (RHOCP) and Kubernetes. As popularity for RHOCP and other Kubernetes distributions has grown, we have observed a reduction in demand for native Docker protection.
In line with market trends, Commvault announced Deprecation and End-of-life for the Docker VSA functionality in Feature Release 11.22
Deprecation and End-of-Life
Virtual Server Agent (VSA) Docker Support is Ending
Beginning in Feature Release 11.23, you will not be able to create any VSA Docker clients. Existing clients will continue to function but will not receive any further software enhancements or bug fixes. Support will be on a 'best effort' basis as this feature is end-of-life.
What’s the impact?
If you are using the Docker VSA to protect an environment today, these is no immediate change. Commvault will not disable or alter your currently configured Docker protection setup.
From 11.23, you will no longer be able to create new Docker clients for protection.
Commvault recommends that you look at migrating your Docker containers to a Kubernetes orchestrated environment which can be protected, included any attached persistent volumes (PV).
Commvault releases the Kubernetes VSA with Feature Release 11.20 and continues to expand its capabilities in accordance with the Kubernetes project and related CNCF projects.
Want to learn more?
For additional information check out these resources:
Kubernetes - System Requirements
Kubernetes – Backup
Kubernetes – Restore