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Veeam sets out to orchestrate DR

Veeam Software moved further beyond pure virtual machine backup this week by unveiling Veeam Availability Orchestrator, a multi-node hypervisor orchestration engine for disaster recovery.

The Veeam Availability Orchestrator, which will be available the second half this year, is an add-on to the Veeam Availability Suite and Veeam Backup and Recovery in for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors.

The orchestrator software helps manage Veeam backups and replication via a disaster recovery plan that can be tested and automatically documented.

Doug Hazelman, Veeam’s vice president of product strategy, said the orchestration tool helps customers manages cross-replication across locations in the enterprise. Customers can set up policies, test against those policies for disaster recovery and get automated documentation for compliance requirements.

The software will be licensed separately from the Veeam Availability Suite. Veeam has not set pricing yet.

“It will be price per VM rather than out standard per socket,” Hazelman said. “You do have to have the Veeam Availability Suite installed and replication set up. The orchestrator has a separate interface to define the policies. Veeam Availability will hold rules in the event that a failover happens.”

Hazelman said the orchestrator is for enterprises looking to automate DR processes.

In February, Veeam announced it will add a fully functional physical server backup product this year. The company has focused on virtual machine backup and, had resisted supporting physical server backup. But Veeam customer requests as the vendor moves into the enterprise with its Veeam Availability Suite have prompted the change. With the Availability Suite, the company has emphasized what CEO Ratmir Timashov calls protection for the “modern data center” rather than only protecting virtual machines.