Thursday, 18 May 2017 05:30

New features for Veeam Availability Suite


Veeam Availability Suite v10 extends the platform with the addition of support for physical servers, network attached storage and native object storage, along with continuous data protection.

According to Veeam, this means it is now a complete end-to-end availability and cross-cloud data management platform with support for virtual, physical or cloud workloads on any infrastructure in multi-cloud and hybrid (private, public, managed or SaaS) cloud environments.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is now available, and can be used with Windows-based physical servers, workstations and endpoints, and Windows workloads running in Azure, AWS and other public clouds.

Veeam Availability for AWS provides cloud-native, agentless backup and availability capabilities to protect and recover AWS applications and data. This helps organisations move to, and manage, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environment, protecting against accidental deletion, malicious activity and outages. It uses native AWS snapshots to remove complexity and improve recovery times, stores backups independently from AWS, and provides granular file and application recovery. This is "a very powerful piece of our strategy," Veeam ANZ head of systems engineering Nathan Steiner told iTWire.

Veeam Availability for AWS is delivered through a Veeam-N2WS strategic partnership. Veeam is now a part-owner of Israel-based N2WS.

Veeam Availability Suite v10's NAS support allows SMB or NFS shares to be backed up. Files can be included or excluded according to file name patterns, and there is provision for specifying how long the back-up copies are retained, or when older versions should be moved to lower-cost storage. Individual files or folders can be recovered, and an entire share can be recovered either to the most recent backup or to a particular point in time. That recovery can be to the same device or a different one.

Veeam CDP (continuous data protection) allows continuous replication of workloads running in private or managed clouds. Vice-president of cloud and alliance strategy Danny Allan said this feature uses a vSphere API to intercept data for continuous replication, allowing recovery points measured in seconds.

"Nobody else is doing this," said vice-president of product marketing John Metzger, explaining that the frequency could be varied (the default is 15 seconds), along with the time for which all the recent recovery points are retained (eg, four hours), and then the frequency and duration of longer-term retention (eg, recovery points kept at eight-hour intervals and retained for seven days). All this is done without snapshots, he said, but with the ability to restore to the state at a particular date and time.

Native object storage support in Veeam Availability Suite v10 means costs can be reduced by automatically moving data from primary back-up storage to a range of cloud object storage services, including Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure Blob and any S3/Swift compatible storage. This movement can be controlled by policies such as after a certain amount of time has passed, when a certain percentage of primary backup storage has been used, or as soon as a backup is created or sealed.

Support for S3 and Glacier is "a huge step forward" for Australian customers, according to Steiner.

The Veeam ‘Always-On Cloud’ Availability Platform has been extended with a new Universal Storage API, which is being used to add IBM, Lenovo and Infinidat to the ranks of Veeam’s strategic alliance partnerships.

Veeam also announced various new integrations and partner solutions. These include a content pack allowing Veeam Availability Suite to be monitored with VMware vRealize Log Insight, integration with Data Gravity’s federated search and analytics capabilities, and StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam to replace tape storage with Amazon S3 and Glacier in a cost-effective and scalable way, without having to change established data archival processes.

“With these new innovations across the platform and ecosystem, Veeam is once again pioneering the market. Enterprises have long struggled to juggle user demands, but with Veeam Availability Suite v10, we are delivering wide array of new capabilities that will enable our portfolio of more than 242,000 customers deliver rich, seamless Digital Life experiences to their users,” said Veeam co-chief executive Peter McKay (pictured).

Veeam has also released a technical preview of Veeam Availability Console, which is designed to provide centralised management of workloads running on physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Disclosure: The writer attended VeeamOn 2017 as a guest of the company.


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