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Veeam snaps in support for NetApp storage

Veeam Software is months away from launching Backup & Replication 8 for virtual machine backup, but the vendor today revealed the upgrade will support NetApp storage arrays and data protection applications.

The integration means Veeam’s Backup & Replication Enterprise Plus customers can back up from storage snapshots on NetApp arrays, and all Backup & Replication customers can recover virtual machines, individual files and application items from NetApp production storage through Veeam’s Explorer for Storage Snapshots.

Doug Hazelman, Veeam’s VP of product strategy, said the VM backup specialist is integrated with NetApp’s primary storage as well as its Snapshot, SnapVault and SnapMirror applications.

“With backup from storage snapshots, we can initiate a snap on a primary storage array, back up on an array and send the snapshot into SnapVault,” Hazelman said. “We get application-consistent VMs. Now we’re application consistent on backups as well as SnapVault.”

Veeam is far from the first backup software vendor to support snapshots on NetApp arrays. CommVault, Symantec, Asigra and Catalogic are among those who support NetApp snapshots. Even EMC – NetApp’s chief storage rival – is adding support for snapshots on NetApp NAS in its new version of NetWorker software.

Veeam first supported array-based snapshots for Hewlett-Packard’s StoreVirtual and 3PAR StoreServ arrays in Backup & Replication 6.5 in 2012 with the promise to support more software vendors. NetApp is the second storage vendor Veeam supports.

Hazelman said Veeam picks its array partners according to customer demand as well as “how easy it will be to work with that vendor.” He would not say which array vendor Veeam will support next.

Veeam’s Backup & Replication 8 is expected to be generally available in the second half of this year

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