A few months ago Veeam announced that the new version of the Veeam Availability Suite. 2018, the new version promises many improvements and new functions that are expected to further solidify Veeam's leadership in the backup and recovery market.
As some months ago we had the announcement of the new version we already have a better idea of what we will have:
Built-in Management for Veeam Agent for Linux and Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
Initially scheduled to arrive with the 10 version, 3 version 9.5 Update was finally able to manage and install the Veeam agents directly from the product console. Before it was necessary to do the installation directly on the machine you want to back up and it was all managed on the machine. We now have centralized agent management and a complete view of the environment. It was much easier to use the agents that for me it was very unmanageable the isolated management in the machines.
For details on agent management on the console CLICK HERE.
Primary Storage Integrations - Universal Storage Integration API
Version after version Veeam has been expanding its integration with storages. Today, integration with DELL and IBM storages is already in place, but their intention is to have an API that can make it available to vendors to create integrations between their storages and Veeam. This is very good because we will be able to work more and more with snapshots right in storage and less impact the performance of VMs. In Update 3 we have already had the addition of integration with IBM Spectrum Virtualize and Lenovo Storage V Series, in the 10 version this should be further expanded.
For more details on integrating Veeam with storages CLICK HERE.
NAS Backup Support for SMB and NFS Shares
Veeam intends to extend its support for NAS devices by allowing file-level backups for both SMB and NFS shares. This is a great feature that many users have apparently been asking for and will now be available to use all backup options using SMB and NFS shares as the source of their VMs. An example of this would be to back up a specific folder in your file server that needs to have a longer backup period than your normal routine due to the large number of changes in that share.
Veeam CDP (Continuous Data Protection)
For me the most awaited feature, the Veeam CDP will allow replication of VMs without the use of snapshot by intercepting the I / O of the VMs disks and sent to replica. In some extremely critical and gigantic environments it is impracticable to create snapshots to create replicas and this would end up preventing the use of Veeam. You could even have a replica job once a day with no impact on performance, but if we're talking about a large SQL server or an Exchange, replicating once a day does not help at all as there is modification at all times in these environments . With Veeam CDP we can finally use Veeam to replicate this kind of environment. I deem this feature as a paradigm break for Veeam showing that they have the technology to replace any other replication tool you use.
Scale-Out Backup Repository - Archive Tier
Veeam will introduce the idea of "tiering" in the repositories you have, allowing you to define the data that is most important to you at that moment and after some time move that data to lower cost storage or to the cloud, for example. This can help reduce the storage costs of your backups.
These are the main features that I noticed that can make a lot of difference in the new version, but Veeam promises that it will not only be this and we will have news when the version is released.
For now we do not have an exact date for the release, but it is planned for the first half of 2018.
To receive the news from the 10 version and to be notified as soon as it is available, register on the 10 version page HERE.
Important: Everything I wrote in this post is my opinion and impression of the product as a user and searches on various blogs. I am not an employee of Veeam and I do not have privileged information.