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Veeam kicks off 2016 with V9 GA

Veeam Software has started off the year by making Veeam Availability Suite 9 generally available to customers. The software has more than 250 features, according to Veeam.

While the data protection application is only going GA now, Veeam pre-announced features throughout the past eight months.

“The software has been a year in the making,” said Doug Hazelman, vice president of product strategy at Veeam. “The focus has not only been on adding scalability but enterprise features that the mid-market and enterprise segments are looking for. So version 9 focuses on them.”

One of the main enhancements include integration with EMC VNX and VNXe hybrid storage. Veeam announced this in May 2015. Enterprises will able to use Veeam Backup from storage snapshots to create backups from EMC VNX or VNXe storage snapshots in two minutes or less via Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots without the need for intermediate steps.

The Veeam software also adds more granularity and intelligence from the VNX storage snapshots and Veeam Explorer can do recoveries from an individual files or restore individual application items from Microsoft Exchange or SharePoint. It also can recover a single virtual machine. Veeam also added new primary storage integrations with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), NetApp and EMC.

Last September HPE announced integration between Veeam Backup and Replication with HP StoreOnce Catalyst. The Veeam software also works with NetApp FAS and FlexArray V-Series so customers can create image-based backups as often as needed with little impact on production environments. Veeam also has enhancements with Veeam Explorer for Oracle and a disaster recovery as a service that is powered by Veeam Cloud Connect Replication.

Hazelman said the software had cloud backup in version 8, but the new version includes the ability for service providers to replicate to the cloud so they can provide disaster recovery as a services (DRaaS).

The latest Veeam software also has an unlimited scale-out backup repository.

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