Veeam Backup, Replication Software Adds Built-In WAN Acceleration

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Veeam Software this week unveiled the latest version of its data protection software for virtualized environments, a version that comes complete with built-in WAN acceleration and the ability to do backups based on data snapshots in Hewlett-Packard storage environments.

Expected to be available during the third quarter, the new built-in WAN acceleration and snapshot-based storage capabilities in Veeam Backup & Replication v7 cap a list of seven major features of the new release, which also include integration with Microsoft SharePoint and VMware's vCloud Director, self-service recovery of virtual machines and guest files, and native tape support.

The new version helps make Veeam Backup & Replication a leading data protection application in virtualized-only environments, said Ratmir Timashev, president and CEO of the Baar, Switzerland-based storage software vendor.

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Timashev, quoting IDC statistics, said that three years ago, 20 percent of all workloads were running in virtualized environments. This compares to 60 percent today and an estimated 90 percent within three years.

"Our solution was developed specifically for virtualized environments," he said. "We don't support physical servers, so we don't need to worry about legacy agents and solutions. Instead we can support VMware vSphere 5.1 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 within one month after they are released."

Built-in WAN acceleration in Veeam Backup & Replication helps solve issues related to how to take backups offsite for disaster recovery purposes, Timashev said.

"Today, customers either use tape, or they do basic copies of data over the network with or without WAN acceleration," he said. "A WAN acceleration appliance can be very expensive at $50,000 and up."

Veeam's built-in WAN acceleration was developed in-house, and includes deduplication, compression, multi-threading, and TCP/IP-optimized caching, Timashev said. The technology accelerates the movement of backup data to physical or cloud-based sites, as well as work

"Because we know our backup better than Riverbed, Silver Peak or Cisco, we can do those backups as fast as if the customer uses a dedicated appliance," he said.

The WAN acceleration software installs on a server or as a virtual appliance in Windows operating environments to provide high-speed distance backup for both VMware and Microsoft virtualized environments, said Rick Vanover, product strategy specialist at Veeam.

"The only requirement is that it installs on Windows," Vanover said.

NEXT: Applying Built-in WAN Acceleration To The Real World

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