Veeam v11 - what to look out for!
Tuesday 9th February 2021 | 3 minute read
The latest version of Veeam Backup and Replication, v11, is nearly here and brings over 100 new features and enhancements! One of our Veeam specialists got a sneak preview and has provided his thoughts on the best new features in Veeam v11 and how they can benefit new and existing customers.
Continuous data protection (CDP)
Veeam have enhanced their replication capabilities in v11 with CDP, probably one of the most exciting features in this new release. With the introduction of CDP, Veeam now provides the ability to continuously protect virtual machines (VMs) with a Recovery Point Objective (RPO) of seconds, rather than the minutes we have been used until now.
Veeam customers can leverage their existing investment in Veeam to create a disaster recovery (DR) strategy for all aspects of their virtual environment, without the need for a second replication product to achieve that near zero RPO!
The CDP feature uses the vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO), additional Veeam CDP proxies and a schedule to define the required RPO. With a bit of reconfiguration and deployment of these required components at both the source and destination sites, VMs can be replicated using a CDP policy with an RPO of seconds.
In v11, Veeam have focussed on backup immutability and how to improve it. Previous immutable options relied on either:
- Backup to tape
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3
- S3 compatible object storage
- Third party object storage
With Veeam’s v11 comes the ability to deploy a hardened backup repository on-premises to store backups immutably. This can be done on a physical Veeam repository server running Ubuntu version 18 or later. Veeam uses the ‘i’ attribute set on each file within Ubuntu to prevent them from being changed or deleted. Once the period of immutability has elapsed, the files can be deleted when the ‘i’ flag is removed.
Implementing immutability in this way can help you to move away from legacy tape backups and, ultimately, speed up backup and recovery times without relying on public cloud providers for immutability.
AWS Glacier and Azure Archive - cost saving with backups
If your organisation is currently using public cloud as a capacity tier within your Scale Out Backup Repository, Veeam v11 introduces compatibility with AWS Glacier and Azure Archive to further reduce public cloud costs.
As always with Veeam, they have made it simple to use with automated tiering of data to cold storage to reduce those public cloud storage costs.
You may be wondering about restores and the potential costs of recovering from a cold storage tier. Well, the beauty of Veeam is that during the backup process, a catalogue of backup files is created detailing where the backup blocks reside. For recovery of a backup that resides in cold storage, Veeam uses existing blocks on warmer backup storage on-premises and only pulls back the blocks it is missing from cold storage, dramatically reducing the egress costs for restores. That’s pretty neat!
Network Attached Storage (NAS) - instant recovery
In 2020, Veeam released v10 of Veeam, which introduced the capability to protect NAS shares. With v11, they have gone further and introduced Instant NAS Recovery. Just like Instant VM Recovery, it provides Veeam users with the ability to present/mount a NAS backup restore point to a target of choice.
The instant NAS mount feature can reduce the recovery time by presenting a restore point of a file share from the Backup Repository directly to a target. This reduces time taken for an entire backup job to complete. Instead, it allows the required files to be pulled directly from the backup repository rather than sending all the files during a restore. Once the files have been retrieved, the mount can be removed.
Why Maple for Veeam?
The Maple team have extensive experience in designing and implementing Veeam solutions and welcome the opportunity to help new and existing customers use and get the most from these great new features from Veeam.
If you'd like to find out how to make the most of v11 or to discuss your back-up and DR strategy more generally, get in touch with one of our experts.