We have run into a need on many occasions where it would be advantageous to be able to do an instant restore of a VMDK and mount it to either the original server it was backed up from, or a new server. In our scenarios, we split our SQL MDF/LDF files onto mount point disks so that each DB and Log exist on their own VMDKs. This is a hold-over from our SnapManager for SQL days with Netapp, however it is nice to be able to work with a single DB disk without affecting others. This also keeps a single DB from filling the disk and affecting other databases, if it fills its disk, it only affects itself. We have SQL servers with many many databases which are maintained by many different vendors.
So in my head, I would be able to choose "Instant restore of VMDK" and then select a VM, select a restore point, select 1 or more vmdks, select a VM from inventory to mount them to, and answer a warning about having the same serial number disk attached, and finally finish and wait for the disks to be mounted by PowerNFS.
Once we are happy, we could either unmount the instant restore, or do a selective storage-v-motion to move the backed up VMDKs into production datastore. Would make a few things we do regularly a whole-lot better. Thanks!