In the previous posts of this short series, we announced the availability of Veeam Agent for Linux Beta and gave everyone a few quick tips on how to start using it. We showed how easy it is to work with the graphical user interface (GUI) in order to back up and restore files and volumes, but no program would be a true Linux solution without complete support for the command line.

Today, we’ll see how to operate Veeam Agent for Linux from the shell!

In the previous posts of this short series, we announced the immediate availability of Veeam Agent for Linux and showed everyone how to install the software and create the first backup. But obviously the final goal of every backup is to do a restore, and this is the topic of today’s post.

In the previous post of this short series, we announced the immediate availability of Veeam Agent for Linux and gave everyone a few quick tips on how to start using it. The installed command line has some nice inline help that’s easy to follow, but we decided to give you even more information with this short blog series. Today, we’ll talk about backups!

At Veeam, we all love virtualization and truly believe that modern data centers should be virtualized to guarantee the highest degree of Availability. However, the reality is that not every workload is virtualized. Some workloads cannot be reached through the hypervisors they run on even when they are virtualized, like in public cloud environments.

This is one of the reasons Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE has seen such tremendous success since its initial launch in 2015. Now, that’s just one side of the story –– especially when you consider that in public cloud the vast majority of deployed virtual machines (VMs) are running one of the many flavors of Linux.

Today’s businesses are becoming increasingly digital and moving more operations to the cloud. As a result, Availability and reliability are top priorities. Many organizations automatically back up their data and applications, but they realize that backing up is insufficient protection against catastrophic loss. For example, backup recovery points might be as many as 24 hours apart, meaning a business could lose an entire day of data. In addition, recovery is often limited to data restoration. Applications and VMs still need to be reconstructed manually, further delaying recovery.

Veeam Backup & Replication added support for VMware vCloud Director back in the v7 release. It was an immediate success for many service providers because they were finally able to properly protect native vCloud components like Organizations and vApps, instead of relying on operations happening at the underlying vSphere level where no information about vCloud constructs could be saved and restored.

In order to increase application Availability, every company, no matter the size, needs to have a secondary site for disaster recovery (DR). Today’s technology provides the ability power on any workload instantly in the secondary site if any issue occurs in the primary one.

Historically, DR sites have only been a solution targeted at large enterprises for a number of reasons. However, new technologies and service offerings like Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) make DR sites accessible and cost-effective for companies of any size.

For today’s enterprise, IT management of backup storage is an enormous and expensive proposition with no relief in sight as data continues to grow. This problem is made worse as legacy backup solutions struggle to address this issue in an efficient manner, causing backup storage management headaches with too much management overhead and too many pockets of unused, wasted storage.

We need a better way. A way to simplify backup storage management in the enterprise – and dramatically reduce the associated IT workload – while lightening the impact on data protection budgets by reducing backup storage hardware spending.

The upcoming Veeam Availability Suite v9, among many new and exciting features, will bring more enhancements for Enterprise environments. In these environments, two main characteristics usually arise, and require proper solutions: scalability and management of multiple remote/branch offices.

Interaction with guest OS of the protected virtual machines for proper backup and restore is a great advanced capability of our software. Being a completely agentless solution, our backup jobs deploy a temporary, runtime process into every virtual machine for which “Application Aware Image Processing” is enabled. This process is responsible for VSS processing orchestration, performing application-specific backup steps such as log truncation, and guest file system indexing.

The upcoming Veeam Availability Suite v9 has tons of enhancements and new features, but  improvements around primary and backup storage will surely be one of the biggest parts of our next release.

We already announced a new addition in our list of supported storage arrays for our storage snapshots integration (EMC VNX/VNXe), but this isn’t the only storage news—on the contrary, there are plenty of them, and I’ll cover some of them in this post.