Veeam Backup, Replication Software Adds Built-In WAN Acceleration

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Veeam's built-in WAN acceleration lets solution providers offer customer choice in cost and feature set based on the size of their environment and their budget, said Omar Torres, director of cloud services architecture and operations at VeriStor Systems, an Atlanta-based solution provider.

While VeriStor partners with WAN acceleration products such as those from Silver Peak, not every customer needs the advanced features of the more expensive dedicated WAN acceleration appliances, Torres said.

"For larger environments with more complex needs, Veeam's WAN acceleration can offer the ability for organizations to create a more distributed model for traffic optimization by offloading the acceleration for backups and replication to Veeam and allowing their existing products to operate more efficiently for other types of traffic," he said.

Veeam Backup & Replication v7's support for snapshot-based backups builds on earlier versions of the technology that allowed customers to browse snapshots and recover virtual machines and files directly from snapshots without going through a recent backup, Baar's Timashev said.

What's new is the capability to recover data from backups that are made of multiple snapshots, thereby ensuring access to the latest version of the data for quick recovery in a disaster, he said.

The feature currently supports snapshots made using HP storage technologies including the HP VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance), LeftHand and 3Par, he said. Veeam worked with HP to develop the capability. Veeam will expand it to other storage vendors' offerings, he said.

VeriStor's Torres said recovering from backups made of multiple snapshots is useful for supporting backups of virtual machines with high transactional I/Os including database or logging servers.

"In these scenarios, using traditional hypervisor-based snapshots can cause issues such as I/O timeouts, excessive snapshot growth, or complications with deleting the snapshots due to the constant I/O traffic," he said. "Since storage arrays are faster and more efficient at creating snapshots, backing up from an array snapshot can help eliminate the risk of any disruption or impact to these types of critical systems."

Torres said that, while VeriStor's cloud services supports data protection applications for both physical and virtual workloads, his company is seeing more and more customers becoming 100-percent virtualized.

"Because of this, we find great value in using a platform that is purpose-built for supporting virtualization, allowing us to give our customers choice and options coupled with tight integration to the hypervisor," he said.


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