Disclaimer: All screenshots are from an early Beta build and are all subject to change.

Just as Veeam Backup & Replication product name implies, the cornerstone of our data protection strategy includes both image-based backup and replication in the same product. Backups are mandatory, but only replication is able to provide you with low recovery time objectives (RTOs), which are much needed for the modern data center. Because of that, we have provided both backup and replication since the very first release of our product, and always invested similar R&D efforts in both of these technologies.

In v8, coming in Q3, 2014 we continue to bring major new enhancements to replication, and today we are proud to announce them here:

Replication from backups

With v8 you will be able to choose where the replication jobs obtain VM data from. In addition to production storage, you can now replicate from your backup files. No longer do you have to touch your production environment twice ―thus reducing the impact of data protection activities on your production storage in half.

In Figure 1 you see that you can now select From backup files as a source.

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Figure 1: Select source from backup files.

Built-in WAN Acceleration for replication jobs

In v7, we introduced Built-in WAN Acceleration for Backup Copy jobs. Because this is a built-in feature, it does not add complexity or cost of maintaining third-party WAN acceleration solution to your backup infrastructure. And since we already know the content of our backups, we offer the best results in reducing the amount of data over the network. Built-in WAN Acceleration proved to be a very popular solution in v7 for backup copy jobs, so now in v8 we are adding replication jobs to it as well.

WAN acceleration for replication jobs goes hand in hand with another new v8 feature―network traffic encryption. Enabling encryption will not impact data reduction ratios of our Built-in WAN Acceleration, as is the case with general purpose WAN accelerators.

And last but not least, we now provide you with ability to warm cache from existing backup repositories before you even start your jobs, thus speeding them up even further.

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Figure 2: Using WAN accelerator for replicas

Failover plans

The most exciting new feature is probably the added functionality for creating failover plans. This means you can now plan your entire failover in advance, and initiate it with a single click when needed. You can even do this from your iPad (using our web UI) while lying on a beach, even though we hope you will never have to do anything like that during your vacation.

Failover plans add a new UI tree element under the Replica tab as you can see in figure 3.

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Figure 3: Failover plans

In your failover plan, you can add VMs from your replicas and with an easy dialog you can move them up or down in order to set the boot order. For each of them, you can also set a delay so that they don’t start before a previous one has been booted and its services are running.

You can also create multiple failover plans and only initiate the next failover plan when you know the previous ones have completed successfully and your DR site still has enough resources to maintain less important VMs. (e.g. “Core Infrastructure VMs,” “Business App VMs” and “Dev/Test VMs”)

Testing the failover plan or plans would be based on the SureReplica technology, ensuring your replicas work when you need them. With SureReplica, you can fully test the recoverability of your replica VMs on a regular basis without impacting your production environment, thanks to the Virtual Labs.

Planned failover

Planned failover is now directly integrated into the product. This can be used to facilitate data center migrations or to perform maintenance work on your production hosts or production site. This is done without any data loss, but will require a small amount of downtime. When you perform a planned failover, the source VM will be shut down, the last changes will be replicated to the target VM, and the target VM will be started.

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Figure 4: Planned failover from the UI

Conclusion

Customers love the combined, embedded capabilities of both backup and replication in our products, as they deliver a strong tool set for building a DR strategy. Replication provides the best possible RTOs for your environment and delivers scenarios for high availability (HA), remote replication and more.

To learn more please join our webinar Veeam Availability Suite v8: New Replication Enhancements

With our NEW Veeam Availability Suite and Veeam Backup & Replication v8 (coming in Q3, 2014) we continue to improve our tool set with many new and exciting features. Share your thoughts below on our enhanced replication, then check out everything else that’s coming in New Veeam Availability Suite v8!

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  • Marcus Wessberg

    Really good. Keep up the good work.

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Mike Resseler

Author: Mike Resseler

Mike Resseler is a Product Strategy Specialist for Veeam. Mike is focused on technologies around Hyper-V and System Center. With years of experience in the field he presents on many occasions on large events such as MMS, TechEd and TechDays. Mike has... 

Published: June 17, 2014