by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announces New Storage Enhancements for v9

Veeam Availability Suite v9 is now on the horizon, though no exact date has been given. With the new version of its software, Veeam is starting to let some of what users can expect out. Veeam recently announced the support of storage arrays for its storage snapshots integration; these arrays include EMC’s VNX and VNXe. And today there are announcing a few more storage enhancements.

Up until now there has been a lack of direct access to NFS storage in VDDK to read data during backup operations. Veeam will be introducing a Direct NFS processing mode similar to its Direct SAN processing mode. Now a new Veeam proxy will run a NFS client to directly access any NFS share exposed to VMware vSphere, supporting both the traditional NFS v3 and the new NFS 4.1 available in vSphere 6. NFS share allows complete visibility of single files, enabling users to backup and replicate VMs directly from the NAS array while avoiding the need to cross the hypervisor layer for their activities. Backups will be faster and loads on production workloads will be smaller.

In v8 support for NetApp Arrays was added along with the ability to create SnapMirror and SnapVault copies directly from the Veeam interface. While customers enjoyed this feature, in order to achieve proper backups, the primary array had to be used as the source. In v9 Veeam added even more features to its NetApp integration with Backup from SnapMirror and SnapVault. Users will be able execute snapshots and use either SnapMirror or SnapVault to replicate these restore points to a secondary NetApp array. From the secondary location, users can take true backups of their VMs to an isolated backup storage. This enhancements will allow for backup operations that don’t touch the primary storage therefore don’t impact its performance any.

And finally, in v9 Veeam is introducing On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots. Veeam can now, in just a few clicks, create completely isolated, yet full speed, copies of a production environment using existing storage snapshots. There are multiple use cases for this technology. Here’s one Veeam gives: what about creating a new multi-VM environment, and then, thanks to quick storage snapshots, literally cloning it multiple times to deliver different test environments running at full I/O performance in just a few minutes for your developers? And imagine doing this straight from the storage array, without the need for a backup first.

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