From a physical point of view an agent allows for better interaction for both Server and Workstation.
RAW Device Mappings
This will open a door for Veeam, Resellers and End Users, now bringing the ability to protect workstation style laptops and desktops from a centrally managed location at a cost I am sure will be shared very soon by Veeam.
With the added benefits of being able to offer a Server license which will allow for enterprise level features such as application aware processing, central management including scheduling and retention options.
In backing up to a Veeam repository you are also going to be able to leverage “Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure” ideal for a lab version of your physical servers for patch testing whilst using the public cloud, but also this means that this Free product means for an easy Physical to Cloud conversion tool
This FREE version will also include source side encryption to protect your workloads as it leaves corporate networks. Also the ability to use Instant VM recovery to spin up your machine backup in Hyper-V instantly from your backup storage.
Veeam Agent for Linux
Veeam Agent for Windows – Expect a BETA announcement before the end of the year, expected to be generally available in the first part of 2017.
Be sure to provide feedback to me over twitter @MichaelCade1 also please check out the other posts regarding the Veeam announcement.