Veeam Backup & Replication v9 has been out for about eight months now, and it introduced a few great features, like BitLooker, Guest Interaction Proxy and per-VM backup file chains. Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 is currently in beta, but we’re expecting it to go general availability sometime in the early fall. Here are a few exciting additions that you can look forward to:
Cloud Restore to Microsoft Azure
Cloud Connect came with v9, and we were able to leverage Azure as our cold cloud archive storage with it. But now, with the update to 9.5, Veeam added Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure. You can easily restore or migrate anything on premise to Azure with ease. This includes both Windows and Linux servers.
You can also test your backups in Azure, or run patches or critical updates in the cloud before rolling them out to production or vice versa. This is beneficial for lots of organizations because it removes a lot of the cost of having a separate DR site since you can use Azure instead.
Cloud Restore to Microsoft Azure actually supports all versions of Veeam, Backup & Replication, Endpoint Backup FREE, and Backup Free Edition.
Integration with Microsoft 2016
2016 is a big year for updates and enhancements to Microsoft’s solutions. SharePoint, Exchange, SQL and Active Directory have already experienced major updates, and Windows Server is imminent. Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 integrates with all of it.
Windows Server 2016 should hit general availability sometime in September. Veeam v9.5 will even protect guest VMs from the Hyper-V host by using PowerShell Direct. It will also support Hyper-V’s new backup framework, as well as the VM hardware version, 7.1.
Up until now, Hyper-V also did not have any native change block tracking, so Veeam had a proprietary filter driver that you installed in the parent partition of the Hyper-V hosts as a stopgap. Microsoft has a native feature called Resilient Change Tracking that will allow support for configurations with VMs on third-party SMB3 storage.
There will also be full support for nano servers, a new feature in Windows Server 2016, and Storage Spaces Direct.
Veeam Explorers and application-aware processing are also updated to integrate with Exchange, Active Directory, SQL and SharePoint.
It’s important to note that Veeam is the only backup and replication software that currently supports all the new capabilities of Windows Server 2016.
If you want to get up to speed on what great things Windows Server 2016 has in store, check out Brent’s series on the new features.
Storage Snapshot Integration with Nimble
Veeam is adding Nimble to its list of compatible arrays for storage snapshots. If you’re a Nimble customer, this is great, but if your arrays aren’t on the list of approved snapshot vendors, don’t worry. Here’s why.