Today is a BIG DAY for our flagship product, Veeam Backup & Replication. Nine years ago, on Feb. 26, Veeam Backup & Replication was first introduced at VMworld Europe 2008 and made generally available on March 3, 2008.
Veeam Backup & Replication v1 was designed with functionalities that are still the main pillars of our product, such as instant file-level recovery, built-in deduplication, synthetic full backups and replication multiple restore points.
This is how it all started:
Let’s take a look at the worldwide technological climate of 2008 so we can better position Veeam Backup & Replication in time:
- iPhone was at its first generation
- Windows Vista was the latest Microsoft Windows version
- There were six months left until first release of Android OS
- Tesla’s first production vehicle, the Tesla Roadster was released one month before Veeam Backup & Replication
- USB 3.0 was announced in November 2008
- Google Chrome was released in September 2008
Innovation is what defines Veeam Backup & Replication
Since the very beginning Veeam Backup & Replication has been the result of innovating and listening to our customers’ needs. As I mentioned earlier, v1 was built with Instant File-Level Recovery, built-in deduplication, synthetic full backups and later in v3 we introduced Instant File-Level Recovery for Linux.
v5 was the release that established Veeam on the market: It introduced the vPower technology and therewith Instant VM Recovery, On-Demand Sandbox, VM backups verification with SureBackup and more. One year later, in v6, we introduced Hyper-V support, advanced replication, the 1-Click File Restore feature and more major enhancements.
The 6.1 release was also significant. It introduced VeeamZIP and the Free Edition, with no expiration date and no limitation on the number of VMs. The 6.5 release represented the debut of the Explorers: Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange and for Storage Snapshots and later in v7 Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint.
Veeam Backup & Replication v8 was a game changer. That’s when Veeam Cloud Connect came in, together with new Explorers for Microsoft SQL Server, Active Directory and Exchange.
v9 was really BIG. Many new features were added to enable organizations of different sizes and shapes to operate Always-On. From those features I’d like to mention Veeam Cloud Connect Replication, which opened new possibilities for both our customers and VCSPs: Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).
Nine years later, here we are with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 leading the way in enabling companies to cope with the fast pace of digital transformation. And now, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 supports up to 57 restore scenarios from one agentless backup – nobody can touch that.
The latest release of VBR provides advanced ReFS integration, enterprise scalability enhancements and, because cloud is the new normal for data Availability, Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure, as well as cloud-based DR and backup through Veeam Cloud Connect. See this through the years with our roadmap:
And speaking about cloud, Veeam and its partners are giving away $200 MILLION in Cloud services. You can activate your service until March 31! (at the moment, this offer is only available for North America customers)
Wondering about the future release of Veeam Backup & Replication? In May, at VeeamON 2017 we’ll reveal more details about Veeam Backup & Replication v10.
Happy birthday, Veeam Backup & Replication!