October 26th, 2018 by Michael Rink
Veeam Announces Integration with NetApp HCI
Veeam announced that Update 4 of Veeam Backup & Replication, expected later this year, will add native storage integration with Element Software,the storage operating system that powers NetApp HCI and SolidFire. Veeam first joined NetApp's Alliance program four years ago, in 2014. Since then they've been steadily increasing support and integration. Earlier this month the two companies worked together to allow NetApp to resale Veaam Availability Solutions.
Veeam's integration into Element snapshots, once complete, will allow IT engineers to quickly recover application items directly from the Storage Snapshot at a very granular level. Not just entire databases, but also individual Windows or Linux guest files and Exchange items (emails). Veem even expects to be able to recover Microsoft SharePoint items & Microsoft Active Directory items directly from the Storage Snapshot; which will be a pretty neat trick. The only requirement is that VMs need to be in the VMDK format.
With their next update, Veeam is expecting to be able to recover an entire virtual machine, no matter the size in a very short timeframe by leveraging Element Snapshots for NetApp HCI and SolidFire. Once recovered, the VM will be running from the primary production storage system. Additionally, Veeam is offering support for companies that want to leverage their backup snapshots to support testing and development. By quickly cloning the most recent backup of your company's production environment; Veeam lets you reduce the risk of unexpected integration problems. It's also useful for troubleshooting (especially those production only problems), sandbox testing, employee training, and penetration testing.