In this post, I’ll give you a brief overview of new Veeam Backup & Replication v8 features, together with links to more detailed information about each feature.

NetApp snapshot support

What's new in Veeam Backup & Replication v8? Starting with the new version, Veeam Backup & Replication can use NetApp storage snapshots as a backup or as a replica source for its jobs. This will reduce the impact on production VMs and allow for backing them up several times during business hours.

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EMC DataDomain Boost support

Another noteworthy feature is EMC Data Domain Boost support.

Veeam Backup & Replication, by itself, works pretty fast. However, after combining it with DD Boost you will definitely see some additional performance improvements. VMware vExpert Rick Vanover, described in his recent blog post an interesting experiment in which he used v8 BETA to create a full synthetic backup of a VM, with and without leveraging the DD Boost. The results showed a 15x faster backup when the DD Boost was in place.

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New Explorers for Microsoft SQL Server, Active Directory and Exchange

With the release of version 8 the list of explorers built in Veeam Backup & Replication has been extended. Now admins can restore Active Directory (AD) individual objects and restore SQL server databases, in addition to backups of Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint Server. Lost a computer account from the organizational unit? Simply specify the path to the Veeam backup file or AD database (ntds.dit).
Veeam Explorer for Exchange was also updated with the ability to recover individual items hard-deleted by a user.

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Veeam Cloud Connect

Veeam releases Veeam Cloud Connect, a new default component of Veeam Backup & Replication, which helps customers send their data to the service providers’ side in a fast and secure manner (SSL) and with no more VPN tunnels, dedicated repositories and additional investments in the offsite infrastructure.

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End-to-end encryption

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 has built-in encryption functionality (256-bit AES) for Backup jobs, Backup Copy jobs, Tape jobs and VeeamZIP.

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New replication enhancements

Version 8 also includes a number of important replication enhancements able to simplify the life of every virtualization admin using Veeam Backup & Replication. The list includes WAN Acceleration for the replication process, failover plans (create logical groups of VMs, set the boot order of VMs, configure boot delays, etc.), planned failover (set the time when your source VM should be shut down and the target replica should be started) and more.

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Backup I/O Control

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 offers a new global setting called Backup I/O Control, which enables the storage latency control. Now you can specify the acceptable datastore latency (IOPS) and find the balance between the highest possible backup performance and minimal impact on production VMware and Hyper-V VMs.

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As far as the EXACT release date, that’s always kept secret. Officially, though, the release of Veeam Backup & Replication v8 is planned for Q4 2014.

If you want to watch demo of new version 8 features, go to this page: Videos – All features coming in Veeam Backup & Replication v8

Which features are you looking forward to the most? I've included links to some of our most popular Veeam Backup & Replication v8 materials above, but I'd love to hear what you think. Contact me on Spiceworks or Google+.

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