Veeam Software, innovative provider of VMware data protection, disaster recovery and VMware management solutions for virtual datacentre environments, today released Veeam Backup & Replication™ 5.0, whose added functionality gives organisations compelling reasons to virtualise their critical enterprise applications, such as CRM, ERP and email systems.
Version 5.0 provides 2-in-1 backup and replication for virtual machines (VMs) running on VMware ESX(i) and performs functions not possible with traditional physical backup solutions or other virtual backup tools. With patent-pending technology, Veeam Backup & Replication 5.0 can run a VM in production or in an isolated virtual lab directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage. As a result, it’s now possible to instantly recover a VM directly from a backup, restore individual objects (email messages, database records, etc.) from any virtualised application, and automatically verify the recoverability of every backup without additional hardware or staff. This technology also enables organisations to gain additional value from their investments in backup storage by using backups to create an “on-demand sandbox” for troubleshooting, testing and development/QA.
“By virtualising enterprise applications on VMware vSphere™ and using Veeam Backup & Replication v5, organisations can overcome the limitations of traditional backup and gain fast, flexible and reliable recovery of critical applications,” explained Ratmir Timashev, Veeam President and CEO. “This includes databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server and email systems such as Microsoft Exchange. Our reseller partners also benefit from this type of innovation, as it helps them bring additional value to their customers and paves the way for expanded virtualisation,” added Timashev.
Judges at VMworld 2010 agreed that Veeam Backup & Replication v5 is a major step forward in protecting and recovering VMware environments. They awarded it Best of Show and Best New Technology because it “addresses major problems that virtualisation administrators have” and “its backup verification technology and ability to reach into applications set it apart.”
“As customers continue along the path towards IT as a service, they are consistently looking for ways to improve datacentre operations and business continuity. Through our partnership with Veeam, joint customers can take advantage of Veeam’s technology to maximise the performance of their mission-critical virtual infrastructure,” said Parag Patel, Vice President of Alliances, VMware. “For many customers, virtualising their critical business applications is the next step in the journey to 100% virtualisation. The added functionality of Veeam Backup & Replication v5 provides our customers with improved recovery capabilities that will be important to virtualise key enterprise applications with VMware vSphere™.”
By running a VM directly from a backup file without modifying the backup, and by creating an isolated environment where VMs can run, Veeam Backup & Replication v5 provides:
1. Instant VM Recovery: Restore an entire virtual machine from a backup file in minutes. Users remain productive while IT troubleshoots the issue.
2. U-AIR™ (Universal Application-Item Recovery): Recover individual items from any virtualised application, on any operating system, without additional backups, agents or software tools. Eliminates the need for expensive special-purpose tools and extends granular recovery to all applications and users.
3. SureBackup™ Recovery Verification: Automatically verify the recoverability of every backup, of every virtual machine, every time. Eliminates uncertainty and sets a new standard in data protection.
4. On-demand Sandbox: Create test VMs from any point in time to troubleshoot problems or test workarounds, software patches and new application code. Eliminates the need for dedicated test labs and the overhead that extra VMware snapshots place on VMs.
5. Instant File-level Recovery for any file system: Recover an entire VM or an individual file from the same image-level backup. Extends instant file-level recovery to all VMs.
“Backup has long been one of IT’s top pain points,” said Dave Russell, research vice president at Gartner. “And though x86 server virtualisation has demonstrated substantial cost and management benefits to IT, many organisations have feared their backup systems would not adequately protect mission-critical data and applications if they were placed on virtual servers, especially given the challenges they already faced with backup on their physical systems. The ability to verify every backup automatically and restore individual application items have been among IT’s most serious backup concerns.”
Pricing and Availability
Veeam Backup & Replication 5.0 is available immediately. UK pricing starts at £454 per socket for Standard Edition and £682 for Enterprise Edition. Customer licenses under maintenance as of June 30, 2010, are eligible for a free upgrade to Enterprise Edition.
In addition, a Competitive Upgrade program is offered now through December 24, 2010, at veeam.com/go/backup-upgrade. New customers receive a 25 percent discount on the price of Standard or Enterprise Edition with proof of purchase of another backup product. More information about Veeam Backup & Replication 5.0, including on-demand demonstrations and a free 30-day trial, is available online.
Webinars about virtualising Microsoft Exchange and Oracle databases are scheduled for November 3 and 10, respectively.
About Veeam Software
Veeam Software (veeam.com), an Elite VMware Technology Alliance Partner (NYSE: VMW), develops innovative software to manage VMware vSphere. Veeam Backup & Replication provides advanced Virtualization-Powered Data Protection™. Veeam ONE™ provides a single solution to optimise the performance, configuration and utilisation of VMware environments and includes: Veeam Reporter™ - VMware capacity planning, change management, and reporting and chargeback; Veeam Business View™ - VMware business service management and categorisation; and a choice of VMware monitoring options including the nworks Management Pack™ - VMware management in Microsoft System Center, the nworks Smart Plug-in™ - VMware management in HP Operations Manager, and Veeam Monitor™ - framework-independent VMware monitoring.
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