Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 is officially out! One big thing that Veeam did was rewrite a lot of the key backup and recovery mechanisms in order to improve scalability and performance. Their product just keeps getting better with every release.
Backup Acceleration Improvements for VMware
Veeam did their magic and improved their advanced data fetcher performance up to two times faster on enterprise-class storage. For larger environments, to cut down on the time it takes to query VMware for information, Veeam created a RAM cache of your whole VMware inventory for reference on top of improving the efficiencies of the query function utilizing VMware’s latest APIs. In other words, Veeam’s basic functionalities are faster now.
There’s now more built-in logic within Veeam that looks at the storage you’re restoring to and will make changes to ensure you’re using the appropriate mechanism. A primary example of this is if you are restoring to a thick disk on a full VM restore, Veeam will adjust some of those settings for you in order to optimize the performance.
Veeam VMware backups got parallel processing back in v8, but we’re finally seeing in restore now in v9.5. This will make a huge difference if you’re restoring multiple servers at a time or even a VM that has multiple drives. Veeam in its infinite wisdom prioritized the backup performance enhancements first since most of us experience backups on a regular basis and hopefully restores in testing scenarios only.
Full Integration with Microsoft 2016 Data Center Technologies
Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 is the only version of Veeam that is compatible with the Hyper-V 2016 backup framework. The new framework allows us to have better integration without hardware or software VSS providers.
There is also support for Resilient Change Tracking (RCT), which is the same thing as Change Block Tracking (CBT) in VMware. This is a much-needed feature if you are using any third-party SMB3 storage devices. Before this, Veeam created their own proprietary filter driver for Hyper-V up until now, but now we have support natively. There is now also support for Nano Server, which is a new functionality in Windows Server 2016.
Other Microsoft Solutions
You can now also back up your Office 365 mailboxes to your Veeam server, which is a nice little add-on if you find yourself needing to hunt for deleted emails and so on.
All of Microsoft’s 2016 releases are now fully supported in their corresponding Explorers on top of a direct restore to Azure feature. The Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure previously required add-ins and appliances, but now it’s fully baked into Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5. You can more easily spin up test labs or migrate stuff to the cloud. This could be a great improvement to your process if you replicate off-site for DR purposes. This way, you can replicate to Azure and then should any large-scale disaster occur (knock on wood), you can spin up your production there.
Broader Instant Recovery
Basically, you can take your Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE physical endpoint or server backups and spin them up in a Hyper-V VM as a DR contingency. For example, the CEO’s laptop crashed and he has mission-critical tasks he must complete right away. You can spin him up on your Veeam server or wherever this Hyper-V resource is and he can get back to work using his latest backup as production.
Once again, Veeam has made a lot of great improvements and continues to listen to user and partner feedback to continue to make a product that makes our backup and DR easier.
There are a bunch of other enhancements and additions we didn’t cover here that you can read about on Veeam’s site.