Losing access to data for any reason, be it a natural disaster, cyberattack, or a simple power outage, can be devastating to an organization. Every moment servers are down or data remains unavailable represents losses in terms of revenue, opportunities, and brand reputation. That’s why identifying a sound backup solution with extensive monitoring capabilities is one of the most important decisions a company can make. When organizations consider their options for backup and monitoring tools, Veeam is often among the first companies that come to mind.
What is Veeam Software?
As one of the leading innovators in data protection, Veeam offers a variety of tools and applications that help organizations maintain access to their valuable data when they need it most. Regardless of where a company is storing its data (virtual private clouds, physical servers, hybrid cloud deployments, and so on), Veeam has a solution that will help them back that data up safely, while also maintaining a high level of visibility. Chief among these offerings is the Veeam Availability Suite, which provides maximum security and flexibility.
Veeam Backup & Replication
The Veeam Availability Suite consists of two distinct, but related, solutions that enable organizations to ensure workload availability regardless of whether they’re storing data in a virtual machine, cloud deployment, or physical server. Veeam Backup & Replication provides data protection, ransomware prevention, and sophisticated data portability. Core to Veeam’s backup-as-a-service (BaaS) and disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS), this component of the Veeam Availability Suite allows organizations to meet their recovery time objectives (RTO) using the backup storage already available to them, without having to invest in costly, specialized hardware.
Veeam Backup & Replication Features Include:
- Scalable architecture based on distributed file systems
- Data source support (including SMB and NFS file shares)
- Forever-incremental backup engine
- Storage-agnostic changed file tracking
- Storage snapshots support
- Offsite backup with built-in mirroring capabilities
- Object storage integration
Veeam ONE is the other component of the Availability Suite, which works in conjunction with the Backup & Replication application to provide the data protection, management, and intelligence that organizations need to protect their data with high availability and reduced downtime. While the Backup & Replication features focus on disaster mitigation and recovery, Veeam ONE provides monitoring and analytics capabilities that empower customers to manage their backup, virtual, and physical deployments more effectively. These intelligent monitoring, reporting, and automation tools make it possible to detect and address potential problems before they have a chance to impact a network.
Veeam ONE Features Include:
- Proactive alerts that identify potential threats
- Intelligent automation and diagnostics to address infrastructure and backup issues faster
- Monitoring and reporting tools that provide real-time, 24x7 visibility into all environments
- Capacity planning and forecasting to accurately address future infrastructure needs
- Chargeback and billing tools to save time and costs
- Governance and compliance monitoring to protect data from malicious activity
Key Features of Veeam Availability Suite v10
Released in February of 2020, the Veeam Availability Suite’s v10 upgrade introduced a variety of exciting new features to help companies power their digital transformation by making their data more agile, available, and connected. Many of these changes were no doubt driven by Veeam’s extensive research on the impact of system downtime, which not only found that typical interruptions cost companies around $20 million each year, but also that 73 percent of them were unable to meet their users’ data and application availability demands.
With over 150 major enhancements to the platform, listing them all would be a bit excessive, but it’s worth taking a look at some of the key improvements that are most likely to have a huge impact on users.
Network Attached Storage (NAS) Backup Support
One of the headline features of v10, Veeam ONE’s visibility now extends into NAS-specific backups thanks to full integration with Veeam Backup & Replication’s File Backup feature. This monitoring, reporting, and alerting functionality allows customers to better manage their unstructured data storage and capacity planning.
Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) Support
For customers utilizing Nutanix virtual machines, Veeam ONE now provides data protection monitoring, reporting, and alerting for Nutanix AHV to help companies make more informed and proactive decisions about their data.
Clear visibility into resource utilization for backup infrastructure, complete with views into scale-out backup repositories and warning notifications to call out when space is running low or a repository goes offline.
Over twenty new or enhanced reporting options that provide more complete information about backup systems and data replication.
Veeam’s sophisticated monitoring capabilities allow it to detect potential problems with cloud infrastructures, parse logs collected from backup proxies and repositories, and perform checks on fixes installed on backup servers.
S3 Object Lock Immutability
Billed as “100% bulletproof protection” against ransomware, Amazon S3 Object Lock Immutability provides unbeatable security for cloud-based workloads without compromising Veeam’s forever-incremental object storage. This immutable backups feature protects data from modifications and deletions, offering a level of backup isolation on par with offline storage tapes.
Multi-VM Instant Recovery
Any Veeam backup can be instantly recovered to a VMware vSphere virtual machine within minutes, increasing recovery speed up to five times while also reducing an organization’s recovery footprint by only restoring individual disks that are needed. The built-in P2V/V2V conversion logic means no complicated programming knowledge is needed to facilitate a rapid recovery that meets an organization’s RTO.
Veeam Data Integration API
The Data Integration API makes it possible to access Veeam backup data for data mining, security analysis, and data reuse through third-party applications and scripts, greatly enhancing data portability and platform extensibility.
DataLabs Staged Restore, Secure Restore, and On-Demand Sandbox
The Staged Restore functionality helps organizations maintain GDPR compliance by stripping sensitive data from backups before they’re restored to the main production environment. Meanwhile, Secure Restore ensures that all backup data and applications are clear of viruses and other malware before restoration. The On-Demand Sandbox makes testing a new production environment or conducting security forensic testing easier than ever by starting a copy of a production environment.
Improved Linux Integration
While v10 makes some improvements to its Microsoft-based integration, creating a tighter connection within a Linux ecosystem was a major point of emphasis. Key Linux integration features include:
- Advanced XFS integration
- NFS backup repository
- Linux backup proxy
- Network-less guest processing
- Expanded Linux compatibility
Making the Most of the Latest Veeam Software
The best data backup solutions follow the simple 3-2-1 strategy, which calls for three copies of data to be maintained on two independent storage mediums, one of which should be stored offsite. If your business is already using an on-premise or cloud data management solution through Veeam, DSM can help you set up the off-site physical and virtual backups needed to safeguard your valuable data. Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Veeam, we have the expertise and data center connectivity to build the backup solution that will keep your systems up and running.
From Veeam Cloud Connect, to our end-to-end managed Veeam Offering, DSM has your data covered. Contact us today to get started on your backup strategy.