In my opinion Veeam have really started and set the pace for the availability market, the virtualized workload protection world is dominated by us as Veeam. With the release of Veeam Endpoint Free in March 2015 this was setting the tone for things to come, from that flagship single product line with a few monitoring and reporting options dependent on your existing environment. Veeam must have been assessing the market and realized there was a gap to bring out these new announcements and bring Veeam into more of a portfolio company with a number of different offerings.
I want to take some time to run through a summary of each of these new announcements, I then plan to take several of these announcements and features and give out more detail in future posts.
Veeam Availability Platform
In March 2015 the EndPoint FREE product was released, this was really there for personal laptops and desktops running the latest Windows Operating System, it just so happened that Windows 7 actually uses the same kernel as Windows Server 2008 R2 meaning that EndPoint FREE could also take an application consistent backup of a server running this OS or newer.
This has led to further development in this area and Veeam now with this announcement not only have a play within the Physical Windows server space but also Linux and I will summarise this a little further in the next session.
But also think Cloud Based Virtual Machines this same agent approach including EndPoint FREE gives the ability to backup those workloads whilst still keeping a trusted backup vendor and proven solution to protect an entire estate.
Let’s take a step back here, Veeam already had a very well-known and proven solution for your Private / On-Premises environment in the form of Veeam Backup & Replication. Now they have added the public cloud and physical abilities to this portfolio or platform as it is called.
Also with the version 8 announcement / release (2015). Managed Cloud providers were able to take advantage of selling a Backup as a Service for existing Veeam customers, removing that CAPEX model of kitting out a secondary site for long term retention backups, in v9 Veeam announced the option to also offer DR as a Service extending that removal of requiring that second CAPEX model for a second site purely for DR when they could buy on a Pay As You Go type model to a trusted partner or reseller.
All in all, for each of those three pillars where any modern day company is either enriched and using or dipping their toe in the water, the difference today from Veeam there is a story or a solution that can be filled for each of those scenarios.
Veeam Availability Orchestrator
VAO will bring orchestration of data and workloads in on-premises and cloud environments; bringing functionality that simply isn’t there within this space today, the first version orchestrates for DR only.
This product will not only allow you to build out this DR plan for if there was ever the worst to happen, but it will also allow for testing of these plans in isolated or non-isolated environments, leveraging SureReplica technologies. It will also remove for what can only be described by a large number of IT professionals as the “boring laborious bit” Documentation! VAO will provide detailed run book like documentation that will be dynamically be updated should there be any modifications. A huge time saver in my opinion.
Veeam Availability Console
- Easily and efficiently manage protection of hybrid cloud, remote offices and mobile users.
- Service Providers are able deliver Veeam-powered backup and replication services to their customers.
- Enables partners and resellers to launch a new service provider business and capture new revenue streams.
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365
What does this mean? Well it means that Veeam will be able to take a backup of the end user Office 365 mailbox database, bring it back to a Veeam backup repository wherever that may reside but then be able to take advantage of the great benefits and features of the Veeam Explorer for Exchange even allowing for migration between Office 365 back to an On-Premises environment.
I have lots more to say and lots more content to share. Throughout this week I will be releasing further posts detailing more and more useful information regarding the announcement and new product releases. As always please feel free to leave me any feedback.