On Tuesday Veeam Software released a new version of its Veeam Backup & Replication solution that introduces two new tools, Built-in WAN Acceleration and Backup from Storage Snapshots. This latest release, version 7 (v7), is offered in Free, Standard and Enterprise editions, and a new Enterprise Plus version that includes the two new tools.
The new Built-in WAN Acceleration tool was developed by Veeam and optimized specifically for Veeam backups. According to the company, the tool copies data to offsite locations up to fifty times faster than a regular file copy. The company said it also eliminates the need to purchase and deploy a general purpose WAN acceleration appliance, or acquire additional network bandwidth for offsite backups.
"Even many of the enterprise-focused legacy backup solutions don't offer WAN acceleration embedded in their product," said Rachel Dines, senior analyst at Forrester Research, Inc. "Most organizations need to get copies of backups off site. The new feature Veeam is announcing makes that process much more efficient."
Here's what adding the new WAN Accelerator in v7 looks like (images provided by Veeam's Director of Customer Support, Ben Milligan):
Backup from Storage Snapshots was developed in partnership with HP, and reportedly improves recovery point objectives (RPO) and reduces stress on the virtual infrastructure. That means IT administrators can make backups as often as needed, even for I/O intense virtual machines. This tool works with HP StoreVirtual VSA, HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand, P4000) and HP StoreServ (3PAR).
The new Backup & Replication solution also includes more than 75 features and enhancements such as Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint, VMware vCloud Director Integration, Self-Service Recovery of VMs and Guest Files, and Native Tape Support. The solution also adds a vSphere Web Client plug-in, and a Virtual Lab for replicas which enables users to verify every restore point in every replica.
"More than 73,000 companies already rely on Veeam Backup & Replication, and in this new version, we’re setting the highest standard for Modern Data Protection," said Veeam’s President and CEO, Ratmir Timashev. "Feedback drives our innovation and the response from users has been extremely gratifying. From reports of much faster offsite backup to improved RPOs to a host of benefits from other new features, Veeam Backup & Replication is once again answering market needs like no other solution."
The list of additional enhancements (available here in pdf format) is extensive, and includes a grandfather-father-son policy, automated backup health check and remediation, and backup file compaction. The engine itself has received eleven changes spanning parallel processing of multiple VMs to decreased disruption from host activity, whereas the VMware vSphere support has received seven enhancements and the Microsoft Hyper-V aspect has received nine enhancements like clustered disks, ODX-enabled storage, saved state avoidance and more.
Veeam Backup & Replication v7 is available now starting at $750 USD per socket for Standard Edition, $1,250 USD per socket for Enterprise Edition and $1,999 USD per socket for Enterprise Plus Edition. Veeam Backup Free Edition will continue to be available at no charge, the company said.
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