This is the third VeeamOn conference and did not disappoint, in fact I don’t remember this many features getting released /announced at either of the previous events. As part of the global Veeam Vanguard programme we often get NDA and pre-release software to try, before it is released to the public. This time even we were surprised by the vast array of new features. Before I move on to the feature list, the main stage at this year’s VeeamOn was something to behold, one continuous screen reaching across the entire stage at the conference centre. You really had to be there to appreciate the sheer scale of the thing, my camera couldn’t even get the whole screen in one shot, and when I did the image was already moving..!
The majority of the features discussed will be shipped with Veeam v10 (due later 2017) although some of the products may not follow this release schedule. As the Veeam product suite continues to grow in depth and breadth, the core VBR product is complimented by a number of Ecosystem announcements (more of them later). The audience was teased with new features across the two main days as part of the General Sessions held each morning, and if this wasn’t enough dozens of breakout sessions were available each afternoon covering detailed features, configuration settings and best practice.
So in no particular order, here are the Top 10 features of Veeam v10:
Leveraging VMware v6.5 VAIO APIs Veeam is now able to offer continuous data protection with an RPO expected to be down as low as 15 seconds, so firmly aimed at Tier 1 applications. This technology is not based on snapshots, so should not impact the running VM in anyway, unlike the more traditional VMware, Hyper-V and Hardware integrated approach. Details are sketchy at the moment, but this is potentially the greatest leap for Veeam. Removing the current 15 minute lag between backup recovery points.
Veeam Availability Console (VAC)
This is web interface designed for Enterprises and VCSPs to help manage, monitor and control VBR and Agent installations. Using this interface an organisation can offer multi-tenant Billing, usage and management of remote installations.
- Veeam Agent Management via VAC – Special note should be made of the remote deployment, management and licensing of Agents which is now included within this service
- Veeam Agent for Windows – Finally getting an official launch, this release adds two new additional licensed versions, Workstation and Server to the current ‘Free edition’ of this Physical Backup Agent. Plus lots of neat features including the ability to talk directly to a Veeam Cloud Connect provider, a scheduling engine, application aware backups and local cached copies in case you are offline. This release fits in nicely alongside the Veeam Agent for Linux which offers many similar features. Bare metal recovery or recovery to the Cloud is now a real possibility for those physical workloads.
Policy driven automated data management, combining long term retention and compliance.
Object storage support is listed as S3, Glacier, Azure Blob storage and S3/Swift.
This feature has been added as an addition setting to the current SOBR (Scale Out Backup Repository) this auto Archive Tier should allow data to migrate to cheaper long term archive storage, without manual intervention.
Alongside direct support for IBM, Lenovo and INFINIDAT storage devices, Veeam have released a Universal API, allowing 3rd party storage vendors to support many of the features previously only seen when Veeam wrote specific code to allow integration (HPE, Cisco, NetApp, Dell EMC, NImble & ExaGrid). Driving the storage hardware directly to create snapshots can reduce the stun time for hosted VMs dramatically, allowing the hypervisor to not worry about long roll up processes. Details are sketchy at the moment, but depending upon the level of integration Veeam’s Snapshot Explorer and SureBackup feature could also allow the verification and recovery of data from these hardware snapshots.
Native Backup or NAS and file shares
Another great feature which has just slipped into the new releases. Giving the ability to directly backup and restore files, folders and shares to the original (or an alternative) location, will please lots of customers with document stores based on hardware appliances, rather than Windows/Linux shares. Another feature which will need investigation once the services are available to test.
Oops, did I promise 10 new features… well you’ll have to read my Part 2 post to see the rest (coming soon).