As many of you know I made a bit of a splash last week when I provided a link to Veeam’s SureBackup countdown page. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation, wild guesses and more than a few requests. I’m not going divulge any information yet, but I did want to say a few words and make sure everyone understands some of the details…

SureBackup is NOT a new product. We’re using SureBackup to describe a set of features, some are new, some are already in place. We’re going to be introducing other terms as well that will include new features as well as existing ones. All of these features will be delivered as part of Veeam Backup & Replication version 5.0.

So why all the fuss about SureBackup? Because in my view, what we’re going to be introducing is truly the most exciting technology I’ve seen in the past 10 years. Will it change the way you look at VMware backups forever? I think so, but I’ll have to leave that up to you. In fact, there are many, many uses for what we’re introducing and I know we haven’t even thought of them all yet.

Veeam Backup & Replication 5.0 is not a new platform, it won’t require a rip-and-replace for existing Veeam Backup & Replication 4.x customers. I’ve stated that before but I wanted to make sure everyone is clear on this as the last thing I want to do is prevent anyone from purchasing 4.x today.

While Veeam’s not going public until March 22, 2010, I do understand that our friends in the blogger community would like a “sneak peek” at what we’re announcing before the official announcement goes public. To give people some time to write up their thoughts, I’m going to be hosting a special Blogger Briefing on Sunday, March 21. The intent here is to give those bloggers who are interested some advance information so that when we do go public on March 22 you will have had time to consider our new features. My current plan is 11AM but I can be flexible if that’s too early/late for people.

How do you sign up? You can reach me on Twitter or you can email me at doug /dot/ hazelman /at/ veeam /dot/ com. I’ll be sending out the details on the WebEx just before the meeting to those of you who ask to be included.

The following links are to blogs that have already mentioned our SureBackup announcement. If you’re blog is not on the list, send me a link and I’ll update this post.

Update - 1 March 2010 - Hint: "SureBackup - Removing the last obstacle of image-level backups"

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