Service Providers, Veeam

Backup & Replication v10 – What’s In It For Service Providers

For more than ten years Veeam has supported our service provider partners by delivering industry-leading, innovative features that allows them to build service offerings underpinned by Veeam products and technologies. This extends to the Veeam Platform as a whole. Many of the features and enhancements that we have released over that time have been leveraged by our partners. In turn, they offer their own customers leading innovative solutions that work towards solving backup and data availability requirements.

As can be seen by this VCSP Reverse Roadmap Veeam has been accelerating the volume of features (and products) that our Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partners can leverage. This accelerated in v7 with vCloud Director support…continued with Cloud Connect Backup in v8, Cloud Connect Replication in the v9 release and even more through the Backup and Replication 9.5 releases and Updates. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 was a huge release for service providers with a number of top-line enhancements and features added which partners were able to take to market and improve their already strong service offerings.

In my initial v10 Top New Features post I covered off new core features and enhancements that are included in the release. When looking at the broader set of new features and enhancements there are a number of new features that VCSPs can take advantage of… the ones listed below will be featured in seperate posts.

  • Cloud Tier Copy Policy, Immutability and Object Storage Import
  • NAS File Backup
  • Enhanced Instant VM Recovery
  • Improved Restore to EC2 and Backup for AWS/Azure Support
  • Enhanced Linux File-Level Recovery
  • Cloud Connect Enhancements
  • Linux Backup Proxy and XFS Integration
  • Data Integration API
  • vCloud Director v10 Support and SSP Enhancements
  • Veeam Agents for Windows and Linux v4.0

Over the next few weeks I am going to deeper dive into each of the features listed above as they all deserve their own dedicated blog posts.

Beyond the core enhancements, there are also a significant number of general enhancements that are referenced in the What’s New Document. I’ve gone through that document and pulled out the ones that relate specifically to Cloud and Service Provider operations for those running IaaS and B/R/DRaaS offerings.

  • Enhanced backup format: Metadata bank format was optimized and now consumes 20% less space, resulting in faster incremental backup file chain mounting, smaller backup files and reduced RAM consumption by data movers
  • API expansion: Expanded PowerShell and RESTful API to cover all newly added functionality, but also to address gaps in the existing cmdlets and API calls based on requests and use cases! Close to 200 new PowerShell cmdlets alone
  • GFS retention: Primary backup jobs with periodic full backups enabled can now use GFS retention policy for those backups
  • Daily retention: You can now choose between restore-point based retention (for more predictable repository disk space usage) and the new retention based on the number of days
  • Immediate copy mode: This new Backup Copy job mode copies every restore point created by selected primary backup jobs as soon as it is created in the primary backup repository
  • Sealed mode: SOBR extents can now be marked as Sealed, which prevents new backups from being added to it, however still allows restores and retention processing. This is useful when you want to safely decommission storage hardware, without putting it through much stress associated with the backup evacuation
  • Amazon S3 One Zone-IA support: Lower-cost option for infrequently accessed backups (such as GFS restore points) and do not require the availability and resilience of now have an option to leverage S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access storage class.
  • S3 operations performance improvements: Amazon S3 and S3-compatible storage should see much faster rescan and retention processing thanks to these operations becoming multi-threaded
  • VMware NSX-T support: VMs that use VMware NSX-T networking are now correctly replicated and restored with full and instant VM recovery
  • Individual disk restore: Enterprise Manager and all self-service portals now provide individual disk restore functionality for when the entire VM restore is not desired
  • vCenter scoping: Self-service backup and restore portal for VMware vSphere now supports selection of vCenter servers in the quota settings to restrict users to certain parts of the virtual environment only

Wrap Up:

What I pulled out above is just a small subset of all the general enhancements in v10. Stay tuned for future posts on the core new features and enhancements in v10 for Veeam Cloud and Service Providers. Veeam Backup & Replication v10 is now Generally Available and can be downloaded here.

References:

https://www.veeam.com/kb2878

https://www.veeam.com/veeam_backup_10_0_whats_new_wn.pdf

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