Veeam announces 2 additional Backup & Replication v7 features!

Veeam announces 2 additional Backup & Replication v7 features!

The cat is finally out of the bag. Veeam has already announced 7 features for their upcoming release in Q3. They have been teasing everyone with 2 additional features whom nobody would ever guess. It was kept a secret for a long time but they finally announced them!

  1. WAN replication for Backup Copy Jobs
  2. Backup from storage snapshots

Let’s take a look at them a little closer. Keep in mind that this information is subject to change before the final release.

WAN Replication for Backup Copy Jobs

This new feature is an extra feature to protect your business. It is ment to efficiently copy backups offsite. Veeam even added an extra innovation for this: built-in WAN acceleration. This means they are the first backup software vendor offering built-in WAN acceleration for image based backups. It is only build for Veeam so you can’t use it for something else and guess what? It is agent-free!

The following explains how this all works.
Veeam Backup Copy How It Works

An additional option is the support for the GFS (Grandfather Father Son) retention scheme so your company can automatically maintain a long term retention.
Veeam GFS

The goal of this new feature is to improve RPOs and RTOs: optimize your backup infrastructure for fast backups and restores.

How will your backup infrastructure look if you decide to use all these features?
Veeam Backup Copy With WAN Acceleration

Want to know more? Check out this short 5 minute video.

But wait there is more!

Backup from storage snapshots

Another new feature is backups from storage snapshots. This will reduce the impact on running VMs and again improve RTOs for backups and replicas. Currently there is support for HP StoreVirtual + VSA and HP StoreServ. In future releases Veeam will add more but for now these are unknown. We will just have to wait for this.

The following contains the complete v7 data flow.
Veeam Backup & Replication v7 Data Flow

New license model: Enterprise Plus

This is no new feature but there is a new license model on the way. This license will include everything while standard and enterprise will miss out on some. For a full list Veeam provided the following chart.
Veeam B&R v7 feature breakdown

For those who like to automate things… There is a RESTful API coming in the enterprise plus model!

Full Veeam Backup & Replication v7 features list (for now):

  1. Enhanced backup and recovery for vCloud Director
  2. vSphere Web Client plug-in
  3. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint
  4. Virtual Lab support for Hyper-V
  5. Long term retention to tape
  6. Self-service recovery of VMs and guest files
  7. Virtual Lab for replicas
  8. WAN Replication for Backup Copy Jobs
  9. Backup from storage snapshots

Doug also released a great video talking about Veeam v7.

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Niels Engelen
Working as a Global Technologist in Product Strategy for Veeam Software with an interest for anything virtual and cloud. Niels is as a VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DCV 4, 5, 6) and a Veeam Certified Architect (VMCA). Niels also gained the VMware vExpert award (2012-2017) and is an ex-PernixPro.

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