Veeam Fast SCP has been part of many virtualisation engineers / administrators toolkits for quite some time, however updates on it have been a little scarce in recent times. On Monday Veeam announced Veeam Backup Free Edition replacing the Veeam Fast SCP Product.
With a typical Veeam countdown clock Veeam announced the free edition of their backup product with a new feature called Veeam ZIP. Veeam ZIP allows administrators to be able to select a VM from the vCenter tree view inside Veeam Backup Free Edition and choose to ZIP it up to their local machine using Veeam’s compression algorithms into a .VBK file. Of course the free version is limited to allow only one time backups of VM’s using Veeam ZIP and doesn’t include a scheduling engine of any of the other advanced feature seen in the full product.
Veeam Backup Free Edition wasn’t the only release on Monday with the new GUI used with the free product also appearing in Veeam Backup and Replication 6.1. Veeam have used Microsoft UX (User Experience) Guidelines to clean up the view and split of the sections of the product with a new ribbon and tabbed menu to the right.
Also for any Microsoft Hyper-V users out there Veeam have taken the much loved Instant Recovery Feature previously only available for VMware to now also be available for Hyper-V backups.
To download Veeam Backup Free edition please head over to Veeam’s site here >> http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html
I’m really liking the new Veeam ZIP feature in both the new free and paid for versions as being able to take a one time backup of a VM without needing to create a dedicated job can be useful for many reasons, such as prior to upgrading a VM or prior to retiring and deleting a VM. I hope in the future we may see a vCenter plugin that either a. allows us to Veeam ZIP the VM to our local machine or more interestingly for me b. Allowing you to directly Veeam ZIP a VM to you Backup Repository.