The much anticipated release of Veeam Backup and Replication V6 was released yesterday bringing a wealth of new features and many improvements for existing users.
Some of the biggest new features and improvements are as follows
- New distributed architecture
- Hyper-V Support
- One Click File Restore
- Massive Replication Enhancements
To get the full low down on what is new in V6 check of this PDF >> Click Here
With the new distributed architecture their are new roles that can be split away from the backup server to help you distribute the various tasks of the backup, they then use intelligent load balancing to help ensure you get the most out of your available resource.
The roles are as follows
Proxy Servers – The proxy server acts as a data mover unlike the full backup server they don’t require a dedicated SQL database and only a few light wait components need to be installed
Backup Repositories – The backup repositories decouple the backup target information from the backup jobs
Windows Smart Target – A windows target agent can be installed to Windows based target to provide the most efficient backup across networks with added traffic compression and updating of synthetic backups locally on the backup target
All the relevant components can be installed remotely from the Veeam server and also all future updates can be managed and installed from the Veeam server.
With the new Hyper-V support Veeam is now able to offer multi hypervisor support from a single management console
One of the most popular features of Veeam Backup and Replication has been the replication feature but if you were replicating over a high speed link some found the performance wasn’t as good as they were expecting. With the new V6 release Veeam are now seeing up to a 10x performance increase. Not only this but there are also numerous new features such as seeding from a backup job and the ability to Re-IP a VM when you failover functionality that we have only ever seen in products such as VMware SRM previously.
This latest version of Veeam Backup and Replication not only see’s the usual new features but a complete design change in the way we can use Veeam in larger organisation while still being able to work in the traditional non distributed manner for smaller customer. With the new features available Veeam has further secured it’s place as the must have backup solution for your virtualised environment. Unfortunately we will need to continue to use other legacy products for our physical servers but maybe that is the reason on it own we need to be pushing towards 100% virtualisation. I will be digging deeper into the product over the coming weeks and hope to do some more in-depth blog posts soon. V6 is already running in my home lab at the moment and I have been really impressed by what I have seen so far.
Installing in my home lab
Highlighted is the new bottleneck detection within the job information screen, as you can see in my home lab the bottleneck is my target storage (Maybe thats an excuse for an upgrade!)
The new add server screen for the virtualisation hosts and the smart targets
The updated backup and replication console