A few weeks ago, Veeam released “Update 4” for version 9.5 of the Backup and Replication product. There has been much discussion around this release, and it’s date has been anticipated for quite a while. Last week I finally had a chance to dig into the details and kick it around in the lab. Some of the features that were lacking in previous version are now part of the install, and I wanted to share some of the more important items from my viewpoint in the field.
Native Object Storage Support (Veeam Cloud Tier)
Veeam Cloud Tier is now an integral part of the scale-out backup repository, and is referred to in the GUI as the Capacity Tier. It has the ability to use native object storage integration with Amazon S3, Azure Blob, IBM Cloud, and other S3-compatible technologies. A policy can be created to tier backup files from a local repository (or Performance Tier) to cost effective long term object storage. This has been one of the most asked about feature that I hear from customers.
Restore to AWS and Azure Stack
The direct restore to Azure process has been expanded to include the ability to restore backups to Microsoft Azure Stack as an IaaS VM. More importantly, there is now a Direct Restore to Amazon AWS EC2. Both of these features are a great way to move or test VM recovery in the Cloud.
Improved Security and Compliance (GDPR)
Veeam Virtual Labs still exist in Update 4, but has been renamed to Data Labs. Both Staged Restore and Secure Restore build on the proved success of Data Labs. A staged restore can allow scripts or applications to be run agains a VM for GDPR compliance, while a Secure Restore enables a guest file system to be scanned for malware.
Veeam has been lacking a plugin for Oracle RMAN since the beginning. In Update 4 DBA’s can now use the RMAN manager to perform backup and restores to a Veeam repository.
Update 4 has several VERY important updates to tape. First and foremost we now have the ability to do native NDMP backups. This has far been the most requested feature that I have come across in the field over the past few years. Customers who have had to maintain legacy backup solutions to handle larger NAS shares can now use Veeam for NDMP. The other items worth mentioning are support for parallel processing of FGFS media pool, and the ability to schedule specific start times for GFS tape backup jobs.
Overall there are some great features and much needed functionality that comes out of the Update 4 release. The list above is in no way a complete coverage of everything that has been included in the latest update, but what I consider the top items. As Veeam continues to provide customers with a solid and scalable data availability solution, I'm certain there will be much more to come.