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The 5 new features in Veeam Backup and Replication V8 you should care about

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on September 25, 2014

On May 20, 2014 Veeam introduced the latest version of their award-winning backup, replication and recovery software. In this post, we cover the 5 key improvements we think you should care about with the release of V8.

After all, we use it too.

The 5 most important new features in Veeam Backup and Replication V8

1. Replication enhancements
You already know you must backup your data, but replication is critical to low Recovery Time Objectives (RTO). In V8 you’re able to select from backup files as a source. In addition to production storage, you will be able to replicate from backup files. Built-in WAN Acceleration was a very popular solution in V7 for backup copy jobs, so now in V8 they added replication jobs to it as well. Most importantly, you will now be able to plan your entire failover in advance, and initiate it with a single click when needed –  from your iPad (using a web UI).

Dive deeper in this Veeam webinar on replication.

2. End-to-end encryption
Encypted backups can be hard to recover, however, if data security is important to you, you must ensure that all possible data is encrypted. In V8 you’re able to:

  • Secure data at the source (during backup).
  • Secure data in-flight as it is transferred between Veeam components (for when data that must stay unencrypted at target, such as in case of replication or quick migration).
  • Secure data at rest, with support for encryption in backup copy jobs, as well as hardware and software tape encryption.

The encryption will be AES 256-bit. Interestingly, the encryption key is stored twice in the backup file. In the first copy, it is encrypted with the password that the user sets. The user then encrypts the second copy with the Public Key from Veeam Enterprise Manager. This means you can decrypt the encryption key if you know the password, or using the help of Veeam Enterprise Manager Administrator.

Dive deeper in this Veeam webinar on encryption.

3. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange
Every IT professional will identify with a panicked user who just ran up to your desk complaining of lost critical data from the Exchange server they need right NOW. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange makes granular Exchange restores more efficient with the following new features:

  • Ability to recover hard deleted items.
  • Support for recovery of Online Archive Mailbox items.
  • Perform 1-click recoveries with the new web-based restore portal for help desk operators.

Dive deeper in this Veeam demo for Microsoft Exchange.

4. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory
This one is huge! Active Directory recovery usually demands downtime to restore the VM that hosted the Active Directory Domain Controller. Also, then you need to use active directory ‘restore mode’ to recover containers, objects, and their attributes. Sometimes, this data is non-recoverable. Veeam Explorer for Active Directory allows you to:

  • Find and view containers, objects, and attributes.
  • Restore containers objects and attributes to their original location or to other Active Directory locations.
  • Export containers, objects, and attributes as .idf files (these can then be imported to any Active Directory database using the industry standard LDIFDE tool).
  • Restore passwords on Active Directory objects.

Dive deeper in this Veeam webinar on Active Directory.

5. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots (NetApp)
This feature will be critical for environments with 24×7 operations where you must execute data protection activities while workloads are running.

Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots connects directly to any NetApp FAS Fabric-Attached Storage (FAS), V-series and Edge VSA with Data ONTAP 8.1 or later, without requiring an intermediate “proxying” ESXi server. It does not temporarily mount a LUN clone to a host as a datastore, but rather reads data directly from storage snapshots.

Veeam V8 Storage Snapshots NetApp FAS
By removing many unneeded steps that take lots of time so you’re able to:

  • Create backups from storage snapshots up to 20 times faster than the competition.
  • Recover individual items quickly and efficiently from NetApp Snapshot, SnapMirror and SnapVault.
  • Improve DR protection by creating instant, secondary backups from storage snapshots.

Dive deeper in this Veeam blog post on Storage Snapshots with NetApp.

What you should do right now
Veeam has done a good job with videos, webinars and demos of every single feature in Backup and Replication V8. To get a comprehensive overview of this suite, go to their Availability Suite landing page.

If you’re wondering how to upgrade from Veeam Backup and Replication V7, or you want a more holistic view of your entire storage environment Softchoice offers an agnostic Storage TechCheck that will verify your storage utilization, determine peak performance and establish areas of cost savings.

To learn more about the products and services offered by Softchoice and Veeam, contact our Veeam Technical Architect Ammar Alhassani.

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