For the past couple months, I have been following the features announcements of Veeam Backup & Replications V7 as they were introducing their innovation by every feature they announced during the count down. Before I get asked, Veeam has not yet announced general availability of Veeam Backup & Replication V7 but it should be pretty soon as on my last discussion with them which was posted at: http://www.virtualizationteam.com/veeam/veeam-backup-replication/vcloud-director-backup-by-veeam.html they mentioned it should be released in Q3, 2013. I heard as well that private beta is already being conducted, so hit them up if interested. Below is a review of the top 5 upcoming features(from my perspective) including videos:
1- Enhanced Backup & Recovery for vCloud Director
Actually this was the focus of my last post on Veeam Backup & Replication V7 at: http://www.virtualizationteam.com/veeam/veeam-backup-replication/vcloud-director-backup-by-veeam.html. As most of you know that I work with vCloud Director almost on daily basis, & always looking for solutions that integrate well with it from backup & disaster recovery perspective as the question about backup & recovery of VMs living within vCloud Director has almost been a part of every engagement & it is nice to see greater integration coming up from backup vendors by day, & glad to see Veeam is taking it to the next level with V7. Below is a video to learn more about Veeam Backup & Replication V7 enhanced integration with vCloud Director 5.1.
2- Native Tape Support
This is another feature that I can see many Veeam Backup & Replication customers cheering for. I know that backup to disk is the modern way of doing it, & it might have been Veeam philosophy back then on why they have offered no tape backup in the past. On the other hand, it seems that most organizations will always find a reason why they need to backup to tape being archiving, regulation/policies, or disk being too expensive for them.
Veeam Backup & Replication V7 is introducing Native Tape Support not only for standard tape drives, but for Tape Libraries & Virtual Libraries as well. This will save Veeam customers from having to backup with Veeam to a temp disk location, then having to use a different backup software to send backup to tape as now you can do it all within Veeam Backup & Replication which can increase your operations efficiency dramatically.
3- vSphere Web Client Integration
Veeam unveiled a new plug-in for the vSphere Web Client that will allow Veeam customers to monitor backups and backup infrastructure directly from the vSphere Web Client, identify unprotected VMs, and simplify capacity planning.
4- Backup from Storage Snapshots
Imagine that you can make backups and replicas as often as every 5 minutes – even during business hours – with no impact on the production environment and running VMs. This is what the integration between Veeam Backup & Replication with Storage Snapshots will be helping you to achieve.
5- Built-in WAN Acceleration
Remove the hurdles to offsite storage with automated, agent-free backup copy jobs and built-in WAN acceleration. Veeam has even made a bold statement that their WAN Acceleration can help you get backups offsite 50x faster
If you like what Veeam Backup & Replication V7 is offering, then you might want to read about of the rest of the features they are introducing in V7 by visiting: http://go.veeam.com/v7