New Veeam Availability Suite Combines Backup, Monitoring


Veeam, the Baar, Switzerland-based developer of leading data protection technology for virtualized environments, Tuesday rolled out version 8 of its Veeam Backup & Replication software, as well as an integrated suite that also includes its Veeam One monitoring and reporting software.

The introduction of the Veeam Availability Suite, which integrates Veeam's backup and recovery software with its monitoring and reporting software, is part of a move by Veeam to play a bigger role in the modern data center, said CEO Ratmir Timashev.

The modern data center has three primary building blocks that must be addressed, including virtualized servers, storage, and networking; evolving storage technologies; and new cloud technologies, Timashev told CRN.

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Availability of IT resources depends on all three building blocks working as promised, he said. "Business requirements have changed dramatically in the last five years," he said. "It's an always-on business world, with customers demanding instant access to data from any device."

Veeam is addressing that requirement with its Veeam Backup & Replication v8 software and updates to Veeam One, Timashev said.

Bringing the two together with the Veeam Availability Suite helps bridge the gap between near-instant data recovery, which was typically reserved for only mission-critical applications, and the typical hours-long time needed to bring up non-mission-critical applications, Timashev said.

"Our goal is to provide a combined return to operations and recovery point objective time of 15 minutes for all legacy applications, not just mission-critical applications," he said. "The old paradigm of offering RTO [recovery time objectives] for mission-critical apps with backups for the rest of the applications does not work in modern data centers."

Veeam One in the past provided monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for backup jobs and backup capacity in VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualized environments, Timashev said. The new version now integrates directly with VMware's backup software to provide the same capabilities, he said.

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 includes tighter integration with third-party storage arrays. The company in April said the application would support NetApp's Snapshot, SnapMirror and SnapVault capabilities, letting it use NetApp's APIs to enable granular backup and recovery using NetApp's snapshot capabilities.

Also new is integration with EMC's Data Domain Boost, which distributes parts of the dedupe function when using Data Domain as a backup appliance to the backup server to increase performance.

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