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Thursday, 23 May 2019 03:47

Veeam v10 gets closer

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Veeam v10 gets closer Stephen Withers

The long-awaited Veeam Availability Platform v10 is a step nearer delivery.

Announced at VeeamON 2017, Veeam Availability Platform v10 has been in the works for a long time.

Most of the features promised in 2017 - and others - have been delivered in v9 and its updates, said Veeam co-founder and executive vice president of sales and marketing Ratmir Timashev.

The final features are being added, and "v10 is coming," said vice president of product strategy Danny Allan during a media briefing at VeeamON 2019.

The ability to protect cloud workloads will be added later this year, he said.

V9r4 includes cloud-native protection, cloud mobility, cloud tier, and cloud-ready licensing (ie, Veeam licences can be moved from on-premises installations to the cloud and vice versa as required by the user), Timashev explained during a general session of the conference.

Now expected in the second half of 2019, v10 will provide 20 new features (some of which may appear in v9r5), including NAS backup, instant recovery of VMware cloud workloads to on-premises hardware, immediate copying of backups to the cloud, and the ability to expose all the data in a backup as if it were a drive (eg, so it can be scanned for security or compliance issues).

Such analyses would be done by third-party software. Allan told iTWire that the company has no current plans to provide such functionality, instead it wants to "make it really simple for our partners to do this," for example by making use of Veeam's data tagging capabilities that allow users to identify sets of data relevant to GDPR or PCI requirements.

This is an area where Veeam's cloud service provider partners in different regions have a part to play. Even within the EU there are regional variations, he observed, for example in breach notification rules.

Veeam demonstrated the ability to rapidly restore a back-up in a VMware virtual machine by dunking in a tub of water the laptop running the session's PowerPoint presentation, and then opening the backup in a VM to complete the presentation.

NAS back-up will work with SMB, NFS, and Windows and Linux servers, said global technologist for product strategy Anthony Spiteri. The product is based on Veeam's own engine, which was designed for scalability.

The extension of cloud tiering means there will be an option to immediately copy new backups to Amazon S3, S3-compatible storage, Azure Blob storage, or IBM Cloud object storage. Currently, the cloud tier is just used as a cheaper way of retaining old backups. This feature is policy based and therefore adds no complexity, according to senior vice president of product management Anton Gostev.

A stub file representing the backup remains in the performance storage tier, and when a restore begins the software checks for any matching blocks that are present in the performance tier before transferring them from the cloud tier.

"The [existing] cloud tier has been tremendously successful," Spiteri told iTWire, but customers wanted the ability to make a cloud copy immediately after a back-up completed in order to comply with the 3-2-1 rule (three copies of the data on two media, with one off site).

The mechanism uses a form of deduplication similar to that in Microsoft's ReFS. Whichever way data is being moved, the system checks whether each block of data is already resident on the destination, and if so, the existing block is reused instead of transferring data.

For example, there will be many data blocks in common across a number of Windows VMs, he said.

This approach speeds things up, reduces the volume of data being stored, and minimises the cost of transferring data from the public cloud.

V10 will also provide agentless protection of Azure and AWS virtual machines. An appliance running in Azure will provide visibility of all VMs running in nominated subscriptions.

Several of the forthcoming features have particular relevance to market segments in Australia, Spiteri said. He expects the mining sector to welcome NAS backup, as it makes extensive use of filers. And while any business can be hit by ransomware, the compliance-driven finance sector will benefit from being able to scan for inactive ransomware before restoring from a backup.

Some features are particularly relevant to CSPs, for example allowing them to offer services that back up a customer's data to two locations.

Looking further ahead, Allan said Veeam's ten-year goal is to achieve the same dominance of cloud data protection that it has in data centres. "Almost all our focus is on that," he told iTWire.

Part of that strategy is to support a wider range of SaaS products. For example, Veeam already supports Office 365, but Google Apps is more popular in some regional markets such as Japan.

Spiteri mentioned that various SaaS products including Google Apps and Salesforce are under consideration for backup services, but stressed there are "no promises when that will happen."

Veeam is also working on SaaS to SaaS data mobility, which would help customers wishing to switch between competing services. "We make it easy now, and we will continue to make it more easy," said Allan.

SaaS and PaaS will win over IaaS, he predicted, adding "we keep a very close pulse on those markets."

Disclosure: The writer attended VeeamOn 2019 as a guest of the company.

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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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