Veeam Streamlines Backup Repository Management with Availability Suite v9

By Pedro Hernandez

Swiss data backup specialist Veeam today announced Availability Suite v9 with a new feature that the company asserts can streamline data backup storage management.

Set to ship later this year, Veeam Availability Suite v9 software will feature the company's Unlimited Scale-out Backup Repository technology. Luca Dell'Oca, Veeam's EMEA Evangelist, said the software can help enterprises get a better handle on their increasing data protection requirements while making the most of their existing storage investments.

He explained in an Oct. 20 blog post that the new capability "overcomes legacy backup storage management challenges by creating a single, scalable backup repository from a collection of heterogeneous storage devices. This effectively creates a software-defined abstraction layer through which backup storage can be more efficiently managed and utilized, radically simplifying backup storage and backup job management."

Veeam estimates that Unlimited Scale-out Backup Repository enables businesses to increase the effective capacity of existing storage by 30 percent, at minimum. The technology also works with a variety of arrays and storage systems from different vendors without sacrificing advanced functionality like data deduplication, the company claims.

"Thanks to scale-out repository, customers will be able to mix and match different storage systems – any backup target supported by Veeam: Windows or Linux servers with local or DAS storage, network shares and even deduplicating storage appliances," Dell'Oca said.

Performance-wise, the solution provides brisk backup and recovery speeds with intelligent data placement policies. Administrators can assign full and incremental backup files to separate storage systems, marshalling the I/O of multiple devices for a single backup job.

ESG's senior data protection analyst, Jason Buffington, observed in a statement that enterprises are being pulled in two directions. Technology professionals are tasked to raise "IT resiliency and agility while trying to reduce storage burdens," which in turn adds complexity, creating a vicious cycle.

"Veeam's new Unlimited Scale-out Backup Repository should help alleviate those burdens by simplifying backup target storage, which ought to further ease administration while providing flexibility to backup and virtualization administrators who have more strategic tasks to do than managing their underlying storage pool," Buffington continued.

The announcement comes a day after Veeam revealed plans for a new branch in China, expanding its reach in Asia. The new office, situated in the capital city of Beijing, will be headed by Veeam's new country manager for China, Joy Lu, formerly of Symantec/Veritas and HP.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on October 20, 2015