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Veeam Backup & Replication v11 delivers more than 200 new features and enhancements, according to the company.

Veeam Backup & Replication v11 protects cloud, virtual, physical and enterprise workloads, even in multi-cloud environments across AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

"It's a four-in-one solution," Veeam senior global technologist Anthony Spiteri told iTWire.

V11's continuous data protection provides near-zero recovery point objectives (RPOs) for VMware workloads.

"It's been a long time coming," admitted Spiteri – the feature was first announced in 2017 – but Veeam wasn't going to release it until it was sufficiently reliable and scalable to meet customer requirements for tier one, on-premises VMware workloads. It can handle 50 VMs per host, and 500 disks per host, he said, and provides instant failover with failback.

"HPE is committed to providing our customers with intelligent storage solutions critical to driving their businesses, while addressing the most pressing needs to enable organizations to recover and maintain business continuity. With Veeam, we ensure the critical data needed to accelerate business is safe and readily available to customers at all times. We are thrilled that Veeam V11 adds asynchronous snapshot replication support for HPE Primera mission-critical storage, provides Catalyst Copy improvements for HPE StoreOnce and HPE Cloud Volumes Backup, and enables the fastest ever Veeam all-in-one backup platform performance when using the HPE Apollo 4510 Gen10 System," said HPE Storage vice president and general manager of collaborative platform development Chris Powers.

V11 brings further improvement to Veeam's protection against ransomware through support for hardened Linux repositories as the primary landing zone for data.

Customers deploy their own choice of Linux distributions, and then follow Veeam's instructions to set up a hardened repository.

"We decided this was the best way to implement it" as Veeam is agnostic when it comes to hardware and distributions, said Spiteri.

Data lands on the repository with the immutability flag set so it can't be deleted for the specified period, and the main Veeam software does not have the credentials that would be needed to modify the data.

Veeam says these repositories are compliant with SEC 17a-4(f), FINRA 4511(c) and CFTC 1.31(c)-(d) regulations.

Archiving to the cloud using AWS S3 Glacier and Azure Blob Archive can reduce the costs of long-term data archival and retention by up to 20 times, all managed as the Veeam Scale-out Backup Repository Archive Tier, which now also supports Google Cloud Storage.

Cloud backup is a standard part of a Veeam licence, not an extra-cost item, Spiteri noted, pointing out that the company's a policy-driven approach allows customers to choose hot to cold storage tiers according to their recovery expectations.

Veeam Backup & Recovery already supports instant recovery for VMware, but v11 extends this to Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle databases, and NAS file shares. It works by mounting the backup copy so it is immediately available without having to wait for recovery to complete.

With NAS backup, "we're literally giving access to the files instantaneously," said Spiteri.

V11's Veeam Agent for Mac provides end-user data backup for any macOS device within the Veeam environment. As a first release, it delivers file-level backup to local or cloud storage, which is sufficient to recover the user's files or to migrate them to another Mac. Full system backup may arrive in a later version. Agents for Microsoft Windows, Linux, IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris were already available in v10.

Veeam-powered BaaS and DRaaS cater for organisations who prefer to use service providers to protect their data. These new capabilities are supported through Veeam Service Provider Console v5, which includes expanded backup management for Linux and Mac, monitoring and reporting of cloud-native AWS and Azure backups, and enhanced security with multi-factor authentication and powerful insider protection services.

"Many of our customers are feeling the burden of a reduction in resources and are turning to us to manage their risk mitigation strategy. The expanded features included in Veeam Service Provider Console version 5 will make it easy for us to deliver a powerful BaaS & DRaaS solution to our customers so they can focus on the IT initiatives that drive their business forward," said NTC Integration executive director Keith Chua.

Veeam Availability Suite v11 combines Veeam Backup & Replication v11 with the monitoring, reporting and analytics capabilities of Veeam One v11, offering data protection, data availability, visibility and governance across multi-cloud environments.

Veeam DR Pack includes Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator (formerly Veeam Availability Orchestrator), and adds site recovery automation and DR testing to Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication.

To help improve automation, "we've created a modern API," said Spiteri – one that is not dependent on Enterprise Manager and is installed by default.

"Veeam released V10 with more than 150 new enhancements just 12 months ago, and now has more than 700,000 downloads. Being able to launch the next version – Veeam Backup & Replication v11 – with an additional 200 new and powerful backup, cloud, DR, security and automation enhancements speaks volumes to Veeam's speed of innovation, as well as our strong commitment to the needs and data reliability demands of our customers and partners," said Veeam CTO and senior vice president of product strategy Danny Allan.

New Veeam Backup & Replication v11 will be available for download immediately. All features are included in the Veeam Universal License (VUL) which allows licences to be transferred between workloads as required at no additional cost.

Veeam customers upgrading to v11 can choose to receive an additional 25 VUL licences for six months at no additional cost to be used for AWS and Azure-native backup and recovery.


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Stephen Withers

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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