Veeam Provides Sneak Peek Into Version 8
Protecting data via point-in-time snapshots may be easy to setup and configure but performing a VM based recovery off this data is typically layered with lots of manual and time consuming steps. Not an ideal situation when a critical system needs to be quickly recovered. Virtualization backup solution provider, Veeam, claims to have a way to simplify the VM recovery process through their newly announced integration with Network Appliance snapshot and SnapVault technology.
Single Snapshot View
As part of their version 8 software release, scheduled for later this summer, Veeam will provide two unique capabilities for Network Appliance and HP environments. First, the “Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots” product will enable organizations to gain a single view of all their Network Appliance and HP snapshots directly from the Veeam backup management console. This capability alone could be a huge management improvement for those businesses supporting multiple filers in the data center, where there may be hundreds of data snapshots spread out across the environment. It also helps resolve one of the biggest challenges that customers face as they attempt to implement a Service Level Objective driven data protection process.
Push-Button VM Recoveries
But the real power in this new offering is its ability to facilitate a rapid recovery of a VM from any given snapshot. Backup administrators can restore data from a snapshot at a file level or perform a full VM operating system and data recovery with a few simple mouse clicks. With support for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint and Active Directory, end-users can perform instant VM or file level recoveries without making any changes to their snapshot configurations – in other words, Veeam provides all the integration without requiring any secondary steps by the administrator.
Stress-Free VM Recovery
Without an integrated backup technology like Veeam’s, performing a full VM recovery off a snapshot would require a virtual or backup administrator to promote the snapshot to a LUN, register the LUN within vSphere, add the VM into inventory with a different name, mount the disks, etc. Now picture trying to accurately and rapidly perform all these manual steps while under the gun. This would be problematic enough if a single VM needed to be recovered, imagine if multiple VMs needed to be quickly restored.
Data Consistent Snapshot Management
The other key feature that will be available from this offering is Veeam’s ability to manage secondary backup jobs sent to a Netapp SnapVault environment. Through Veeam, backup administrators will be able to create a VM and application quiesced, data consistent copy of snapshots, through a single backup job and store them locally and off-site, via the SnapVault architecture. This enables organizations to simplify the process for creating and maintaining 3 data consistent copies of backup – one on the Netapp filer for rapid recoveries, a second to a local backup disk repository for extended snapshot retention (Veeam also supports copies to tape) and a third off-site to support DR policies.
Storage Swiss Take
Server virtualization recovery can be a cumbersome and inefficient process if system administrators are burdened with having to perform multiple, manual steps in order to facilitate data recoveries. Many businesses measure Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) in minutes so anything that can help automate the data recovery process is extremely valuable. What’s interesting is that virtualized backup solutions like Veeam also natively support direct recoveries off of backup appliances. So when there is a need to instantly recover a VM, the new capabilities of Veeam’s Availability Suite v8 will be able to automate this entire process, end-to-end, in Network Appliance snapshot and SnapVault environments.
Veeam states that this solution will be limited as a “technology preview” to select customers and partners. The rest will have to wait with baited breath for it to become generally available later this summer.
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