Veeam Cloud Tier provides scale-out backup repository with unlimited capacity for long-term data retention by using native, cost-effective object storage integrations with Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage, as well as numerous S3-compatible service providers and on-premises storage solutions.
Veeam Cloud Tier is implemented as a new storage tier within the scale-out backup repository (SOBR) – the Capacity Tier. It is configured with a policy that automatically tiers backup files to object storage as they age out of the operational restore window, with an option to start tiering the oldest backup files sooner should SOBR’s Performance Tier start running out of free disk space.
When using public cloud object storage, your data can be protected with optional source-side encryption (AES 256-bit).
The unique benefits of Veeam’s object storage integration include:
Access to the Cloud Tier functionality of SOBR requires the Enterprise edition.
Veeam Cloud Mobility provides easy portability and fast recovery of ANY on-premises or cloud-based workloads to Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack to maintain business continuity and Availability across hybrid cloud environments, allowing you to:
In addition to previously released Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure, Update 4 expands Veeam Cloud Mobility with the following new functionality:
Direct Restore to AWS delivers cloud restore for Veeam backups to optimize resource allocation and minimize cost, enabling you to restore backups of Windows and Linux-based VMs, physical servers and workstations as an AWS EC2 VM, including Amazon Government Cloud and Amazon China. This feature comes with a built-in UEFI to BIOS conversion, making it possible to restore modern Windows workstations directly to AWS EC2 (which does not support UEFI).
Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure Stack builds on top of the proven Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure engine to enable you to restore backups of Windows and Linux-based VMs, physical servers and workstations to Microsoft Azure Stack as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) VM. Along with Veeam Agents, this functionality provides the complete backup solution for Microsoft Azure Stack IaaS VMs.
Veeam DataLabs is a set of powerful capabilities that empowers IT and developers to test workloads in an isolated environment enabling them to validate updates, test patches, check for security vulnerabilities, ensure compliance, and verify recoverability of Veeam backups. Previously known as Virtual labs, Veeam DataLabs have received new capabilities in Update 4 which enable delivering functionality for better security, compliance and streamlining IT workflows.
Staged Restore enables organizations to make required changes to the database content or application/OS settings before restoring a VM into the production environment. This is achieved by starting up the required restore point in a DataLab directly from backup files, injecting and running a custom script in the guest OS while preserving the changes made, and finally moving the modified state to the production environment to finalize the restore. Use cases for Staged Restore include:
Access to the Staged Restore functionality requires the Enterprise edition.
Secure Restore enables organizations to easily scan guest file system within image-level backups for malware, such as computer viruses or ransomware, prior to performing the restore to the production environment. This is achieved by mounting disks to the mount server associated with the backup repository and triggering an antivirus (AV) scan with one of the supported AV programs installed on the mount server. Use cases for Staged Restore include:
Secure Restore supports Microsoft Windows Defender, Symantec Protection Engine and ESET NOD32 out-of-the-box and is extendable through configuration file to any AV program that provides a basic command line interface.
Let your database administrators (DBAs) remain in control of backing up and restoring their databases using native tools they are comfortable with while continuing to centralize all backups into your Veeam backup repository with new enterprise application plug-ins.
The additional benefit of leveraging Veeam plug-ins for enterprise applications is support for scale-out backup repository (SOBR), which dramatically increases backup and restore throughput thanks to the scalable multi-node backend that SOBR provides.
Access to the enterprise application plug-ins requires the Enterprise Plus edition.
Improve recovery times and reduce TCO by allowing users to securely manage backups and restores of their own VMs through the self-service backup and restore portal for VMware vSphere with role-based access tied to your already established and maintained vSphere permission system – meaning any infrastructure changes or new hires will not require IT to update delegation rules.
Available delegation modes for brownfield deployments include using the particular vSphere permission or vSphere privilege, which enables users to only see and manage backup and restore of VMs they have the corresponding permission to, or privilege for. And for greenfield deployments, you may choose to leverage the convenience of vSphere tags, with users only having access to VMs with tags specified in their respective self-service configuration.
Self-service portal is based on the existing Enterprise Manager user interface but is streamlined for this particular use case. Job setup is simplified so users only need to select the VMs back up, as well as select essential parameters such as guest credentials, retention and notifications. Users are blocked from accessing advanced settings, such as repository or backup mode selection, which are managed by the portal administrator through job templates. And as it comes to restores, users are allowed to perform a wide variety of restore options for VMs that Enterprise Manager currently provides including application items, guest files, and full VM.
Access to the self-service backup and restore portal requires the Enterprise Plus edition.
Improve your backup reliability and success ratios while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) through proactive resolution of known issues and configuration problems.
This new feature of Veeam ONE, Intelligent Diagnostics, will monitor Veeam Backup & Replication logs for patterns of known issues and match these with the virtual infrastructure monitoring data. Users will then be notified if it determines that your backup infrastructure may not be optimally configured, your virtual infrastructure is experiencing an issue that may affect backups or your installation is simply missing a critical hot fix – all before these issues have material impact on your backups.
And best of all – unlike alternative solutions – there’s no “phone home” involved, as the log mining is performed on-premises using issue signature bundles prepared by Veeam Technical Support and Product Management. In other words, this feature puts the power of Veeam’s support logs mining and analysis engine in your hands – so that you hopefully never have to open a support case again.
For more information on Intelligent Diagnostics, please refer to Veeam ONE 9.5 Update 4 release documentation.
Access to the Intelligent Diagnostics functionality requires Veeam Essentials or Veeam Availability Suite.
Update 4 delivers full support for all recently shipped platform updates, including:
9.5 Update 4 includes many new features and enhancements for service providers offering Backup as a Service and Veeam Cloud Connect services, most significant of which are listed below. For the full list of enhancements and bug fixes, please see this topic on the private VCSP forum. Not a member of the VCSP forum? Click here to join.
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Update 4 comes with over one hundred important enhancements including improved agent management, additional storage integrations, major tape support improvements and game-changing Veeam Explorers functionality updates. Plus, we’ve made just about everything faster and more pretty too.
To see the complete list of new features, read the full What’s New document.
Update 3 delivers reduced data protection management complexity and improved usability by adding agent-based backup capabilities directly into the Veeam Backup & Replication console. This allows users to manage both hypervisor-based and agent-based backup through a single console, thus enabling protection of virtual, physical and cloud workloads. This new functionality includes the following capabilities:
Ensure the ability to recover your data following a cyber-attack by having your Veeam Cloud Connect service provider protect your data against insider attacks.
Service providers using Veeam Cloud Connect can now enable protection of their tenant’s backups against accidental or malicious deletion directly from the tenant’s console. These deletions are often executed either by hackers who have breached the tenant’s network perimeter and obtained powerful credentials with a brute force attack (with the intention of deploying ransomware on the production servers), or by a disgruntled employee with privileges to manage Veeam Backup & Replication.
Reduce the impact on production environments and achieve lower recovery time and point objectives through new storage snapshots integration for IBM Storwize, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and any other IBM Spectrum Virtualize based storage system, such as Lenovo Storage V series or IBM/Cisco VersaStack. The following functionality is supported with this new integration:
Extend Availability and improve recovery time and point objectives through out-of-band expansions of primary storage integrations with leading storage providers through plug-ins to a Universal Storage Integration API framework included in Veeam Backup & Replication starting with this update.
This framework enables select storage partners to build integrations of their primary storage systems with advanced Veeam Backup & Replication functionality that leverages storage snapshots (as detailed in the IBM Spectrum Virtualize section above). Update 3 currently provides storage snapshot integrations for VMware through the following third-party plug-ins.
Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 includes hundreds of other enhancements and bug fixes, the most significant of which are listed in the Release Notes document KB2353.
Reduce backup and recovery times and improve overall operational performance with Backup from Storage Snapshots with the Cisco HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform. Key benefits include:
Veeam Backup Remote Access further empowers Veeam Cloud & Service Providers (VCSP) partners to deliver managed services by enabling VCSP support staff to remotely connect to a tenant’s backup server with the Veeam Backup & Replication console, as well with the Remote Desktop client over the existing Cloud Connect tunnel, without needing to establish VPN connectivity first. This enables remote support, troubleshooting and management of the tenant’s backup and replication jobs — and the backup server itself.
Ensure uninterrupted backup of your physical and cloud workloads into a Veeam repository with full support for the latest releases of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 and Veeam Agent for Linux 1.0 Update 1.
Update 1 focuses on delivering full support for VMware vSphere 6.5, including the following new major platform features:
Update 1 enables users to take full advantage of Veeam backup repositories as additional target locations for your Veeam Agent for Linux jobs. Using a Veeam backup repository as the target for your backup jobs enables the following additional functionality:
The exponential growth of data and provisioned IT services is forcing businesses and enterprises of all sizes to rethink their Availability strategy. Through a host of new enterprise enhancements, Veeam scales efficiently and effectively, regardless of environment size and number of VMs.
Backup acceleration technologies double I/O performance and shorten backup windows by up to five times — all while reducing load on primary storage, backup storage and vCenter Servers. Features include:
Advanced ReFS integration requires a Windows Server 2016-based backup repository backed by a local volume or shared folder. A backup repository must be created after upgrading to 9.5, and backup files must be created on the ReFS volume by the backup job, instead of being copied from another repository.
All of the enterprise scalability enhancements are available in all three product editions, as well as Veeam Backup Free Edition.
Veeam’s FULL integration with Microsoft 2016 data center technologies modernizes private cloud platforms and enterprise applications through full support for:
All functionality is available in all product editions, including Veeam Backup Free Edition.
Veeam Restore to Microsoft Azure delivers cloud restore for backups created by ANY Veeam product, optimizing resource allocation to deliver improved scalability and increased IT efficiency, while minimizing operating costs and limiting capital expenditures. It enables users to take on-premises workloads and restore or migrate them to Azure through an automated P2V or V2V conversion process. Users can:
In comparison to the technology preview of the Veeam Restore to Microsoft Azure appliance released in March 2016, the following new functionality has been added:
Veeam invented Instant VM Recovery. Now, we are introducing Instant Recovery for physical computers! Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 enables users to perform instant recovery of endpoints and physical servers into a Hyper-V VM. This provides the ability to:
Instant Recovery is supported from backups created by Veeam Endpoint Backup™ FREE 1.5, but will work best with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 or later due to additional information collected about the computer during backup.
Instant Recovery is available in all product editions, including Veeam Backup Free Edition. Please note that this functionality requires Microsoft Hyper-V. If you do not have a Hyper-V infrastructure, you can simply enable the Hyper-V role on the backup server itself.
Expanding on existing integrations with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), NetApp and Dell EMC, Veeam extends its direct storage snapshot support to Nimble Storage users to help reduce the impact on production environments and achieve lower recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) with:
Nimble storage snapshot integration requires Enterprise Plus edition, with the exception of Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots which is available in all product editions, including Veeam Backup Free Edition.
Maintaining IT efficiency and agility requires a new approach to keeping Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) models Always-On. Simplify management, increase efficiency and improve confidentiality by empowering vCloud Director tenants with a self-service backup and restore portal based on Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, including:
Access to the self-service backup and restore portal requires the Enterprise Plus edition.
Parallel processing of per-VM backups. Health check and compact operations will now process each backup file chain in parallel when per-VM backup file chains are used.
Proxy affinity. This new backup repository setting allows users to specify backup proxies which are allowed to perform backups to and restores from the chosen repository. This capability is useful in a variety of scenarios, including keeping backup traffic local to multiple all-in-one Veeam backup appliances. This functionality is available in Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions only.
Retention check after backup job failure. Jobs will now apply a retention policy even if the backup itself fails. This will allow customers with an overfilled backup repository to lower the retention in the job settings, and apply the new setting so new backups can be created. However, please note that jobs in forever forward incremental backup are unable to simply delete the oldest backups due to a full backup file merge requirement.
GFS retention enhancement. To reduce the requirements for archive repository disk space, the oldest GFS full backup will now be removed before a new GFS full backup file is sealed and a new synthetic full is created.
Backup Copy job performance enhancements. Backup Copy jobs should now initialize much faster and no longer cause load on virtual infrastructures due to obtaining the required information about processed VMs from the configuration database instead of the infrastructure.
Preferred networks for Linux. Preferred network settings now also apply to managed servers running Linux
Network throttling for Quick Migration. Quick Migration operations will now adhere to network consumption throttling rules.
Restore audit data retention. Restore operations audit events will now adhere to global event retention rules to avoid overfilling the configuration database.
Third-party components updated. A number of third party engine components have been updated for enhanced stability and security, particularly OpenSSL to address its latest vulnerabilities.
Direct NFS priority over Hot-Add. To prevent undesired VM stun issues from hot adding virtual disks located on an NFS share, Intelligent Load Balancing will not leverage Virtual Appliance (hot add) proxies as long as at least one Direct NFS capable proxy is available.
Direct NFS proxy location awareness. Intelligent Load Balancing now automatically selects the best Direct NFS proxies based on the number of hops to the datastore, providing optimal proxy selection in distributed environments.
Thick disk type selection. Users can now choose thick disk type (lazy zeroed or eager zeroed) when performing a full VM restore or setting up a replication job. Choosing to preserve the source disk type will also distinguish between and preserve the correct thick disk type.
Replica VM count balancing. When replicating to a cluster, each replica VM is now created on the host with least VMs registered at the time of replica VM creation.
NBD connections limit increase. The legacy limit for the maximum amount of virtual disks processed by NBD transport has been increased from 7 to 28 for ESXi 5.0 or later hosts, based on their architectural differences around NFC connections handling.
Increased limits. The maximum number of supported increments in a backup chain now depends on the StoreOnce model used for the backup repository, instead of being limited to seven for all StoreOnce models.
Traffic control. The ability to control Catalyst traffic check summing and compression settings in the StoreOnce wizard has been added to enable these settings to be optimized for the network used for backup and copy.
Bandwidth mode control. The Catalyst bandwidth mode is primarily based on the Catalyst store setting, instead of being forced to high bandwidth mode.
Catalyst over FC enhancements. The reliability of establishing Catalyst over FC connection to StoreOnce in cases when all available FC connections are occupied has been increased.
Catalyst update. The StoreOnce Catalyst software integrated with 9.5 has been updated to the latest version 3.14 and features various performance optimizations.
Data ONTAP 9.0 support. Added support for NetApp Data ONTAP version 9.0.
Data LIF support. Backup from Storage Snapshots will now fetch virtual disk data LIF (logical interface) belonging to the NetApp cluster node hosting the processed virtual disks, as opposed to picking the fastest LIF. This will remove the unnecessary load on the node with the fastest LIF, as well as the cluster network.
Oracle on SUSE support. Added support for application-aware processing and redo log backup for Oracle servers installed on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) versions 11 and 12.
Oracle Data Guard support. Added support for application-aware processing and redo log backup for Oracle servers using Data Guard.
OES 2015 support. Added support for file-level recovery from 64-bit NSS volumes and AD-enabled NSS volumes on Open Enterprise Server 2015.
Copy to credentials. A file-recovery attempt to a shared folder requiring credentials will now prompt users for credentials with MultiOS File Level Recovery.
Lazy database load. All Veeam Explorers will now mount database files to restore from as needed, as opposed to automatically mounting all known databases at start up.
Traffic flow optimization. Restore traffic no longer flows through the console, but goes directly from repository mount server to the target server.
SQL Server 2016 support. Added support for database-level, table-level and SQL object-level recovery from Microsoft SQL Server 2016.
Additional table types support. Added support for restoring SQL objects from the following table types: System-versioned temporal table, memory-optimized table (in-memory OLTP) and file table.
Scalability enhancements. The Enterprise Manager engine was heavily optimized for very large environments and tested against databases containing one million restore points. Additionally, reporting performance, web UI responsiveness and new backup server registration times were significantly improved for large environments.
Oracle database restore. The self-service, application-item level recovery functionality was expanded with self-service Oracle database restores by delegated database administrators.
Exchange mailbox item restore improvements. Added CAS server auto discovery and enhanced certificates handling logic
Improved self-service capabilities. In light of adding a self-service backup and restore portal for vCloud Director, the Enterprise Manager web UI was enhanced with new capabilities to perform Quick Backup operations on the VMs tab, as well as delete backup jobs, backup files and erase individual VMs content from multi-VM backup files.
1-Click FLR for agent backups. Guest file system catalog search and 1-Click File Level Recovery is now supported for backups created by Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 and Veeam Agent for Linux 1.0.
Concurrent catalog search. Multiple web UI users are now able to perform guest file system catalog searches concurrently without commonly experiencing timeouts.
Parallel processing. Tenants can now back up or replicate multiple VMs and disks in parallel, based on the concurrent task limit set by the service provider, thus improving job performance on fast links. Please note that parallel processing applies to direct transport mode only, as built-in WAN accelerators will still process disks sequentially regardless of this setting.
Replication from backup in a cloud repository. Tenants can now perform replication from a backup residing in a cloud repository, enabling a new DR option without generating additional network traffic or impacting production VMs.
Security enhancements. Veeam Cloud Connect service will now attempt to use more secure TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.1 authentication algorithms when establishing a connection to the service provider. In addition, failover to SSL 3.0 has been explicitly disabled for all Veeam Cloud Connect components.
Configuration backup to cloud repository. Added support for performing configuration backups to a cloud repository, except for those backed by a scale-out repository
Per-VM backup file chains support. Cloud repositories can now be backed by backup repositories with the per-VM backup file chains setting enabled to improve scalability and better support for deduplicating storage appliances.
Scale-out Backup Repository support. Cloud repositories can now be backed by scale-out backup repositories to simplify backup storage management and save costs for service providers. The supported process for migrating existing tenant backups from simple repositories to scale-out backup repositories will be provided by Veeam. For more information, please refer to Veeam Cloud & Service Provider Forum.
Advanced ReFS integration support. Cloud repositories backed by backup repositories meeting the requirements for Advanced ReFS Integration fully support the corresponding functionality.
Improved diagnostic logging. Multiple improvements were made to specific areas of tenant job logging where it was possible to do so without exposing a tenant’s confidential information.
Automatic tape driver cleaning. Yes, finally! The backup server will now monitor tape drive status events and automatically perform a cleaning as required, as long as the cleaning cartridge is available in the tape library.
Tape job priority. We have heard you loud and clear, and added an option to delay primary jobs start up while tape jobs are still processing some of the required backup files, instead of killing the tape jobs immediately.
Waiting for tape notification improvements. The email report and job Action log message now contain information about the tape device and media pool that lacks free media.
Adjustable GFS media set retention. Similar to simple media pools, it is now possible to change the retention for previously written tape media within any GFS media set.
Adjustable GFS media set retention. Similar to simple media pools, it is now possible to change the retention for previously written tape media within any GFS media set.
Tape job wizard enhancements. Now, you can select multiple files to add to a File to Tape job at once, see additional information about the selected media pool in the tape job wizard, and specify linked backup job wait time in hours (in addition to minutes).
Backup operator permissions. Veeam Backup Operators user role is now allowed to perform essential tape infrastructure management operations such as inventory, eject, rescan etc.
Other optimizations. Additional optimizations include multiple, under-the-hood enhancements improving stability and performance of GFS archival, parallel processing, tape encryption, file-level recovery and catalog operations.
New VeeamZIP™ retention options. Additional VeeamZIP backup retention options of three months, six months and one year have been added to existing options for customers using VeeamZIP as a VM archival tool.
Free space threshold for production datastores. You can now set the percent of free disk space on the production datastore, indicating when jobs should issue a warning or fail completely instead of creating a VM snapshot to prevent the datastore from overfilling with snapshot data. This is an addition to the existing BlockSnapshotThreshold registry value (default is 2GB), which continues to serve as the last line of defense when the above functionality is disabled, as is the case for upgrading users. The new settings can be found under Options > Notifications
Proxy selection. You can now specify the proxy and disk type to use when exporting backed up volume as a virtual disk
Restricted hours warning. We will now display a warning if a user attempts to start a job during restricted hours. This is defined in the job’s backup window setting.
Color themes. For those of you who find Veeam Green to be too acidic, we now provide three additional color themes featuring neutral colors. The color theme is a per-user setting attaching to a specific backup server, allowing users to color-code backup servers to more easily distinguish between them during Alt-TAB.
Configuration backup and restore enhancements. By popular demand, the configuration backup email report now includes backup server name. Additionally, Veeam Cloud Connect server configuration database migration is now fully supported by a configuration restore in Migration mode.
RESTful API enhancements. Added support for managing Backup Copy jobs and backup files, expanded existing APIs for filelevelrecovery and job scheduling according to feedback, and implemented many smaller enhancements.