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May 20, 2013updated 19 Aug 2016 9:26am

How do you solve a problem like virtual backups?

Virtualisation backup and replication firm Veeam says it's found the answer.

By Jason Stamper Blog

Doug Hazelman Veeam
Veeam’s Doug Hazelman.

Veeam, which does backup, replication and virtualisation management solutions for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, has announced Veeam Backup & Replication version 7.

The firm said the two biggest innovations are built-In WAN acceleration and backup from storage snapshots.

Speaking to me ahead of the announcement, Doug Hazelman, VP of product strategy and chief evangelist from Veeam, said that the backup from storage capability means that Veeam can now take its backups from the storage, rather than having to hit the server. This avoids any disruption to transactional systems, so companies can make far more backups during the day if they wish.

The backup from storage snapshot capability for VMware environments was developed in partnership with HP and uses HP StoreVirtual VSA, HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand, P4000) or HP StoreServ (3PAR) kit.

Hazelman said the built-in WAN optimisation, meanwhile, has been shown to offer up to 50x faster backups to off-site locations. He said it’s a feature that some of the firm’s cloud service provider companies have been asking for. It also removes the need to purchase and deploy a general purpose WAN acceleration appliance or acquire additional network bandwidth for offsite backups.

Other enhancements include Veeam Explorer for SharePoint, vCloud Director integration, self-service recovery of VMs and guest files, and native tape support.

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Veeam Backup & Replication v7 will be available in the third quarter.

Hazelman told me the firm has 64,000 customers worldwide using its software to backup and archive their VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V environments. The firm is privately held, and saw revenues of $108m in 2011, $175m in 2012, and will probably do about $266m this year. Hazelman said an IPO is not imminent: "We don’t need the capital because we’ve been profitable since 2009, and we don’t have VCs breathing down our necks either."

Veeam was initially funded by founder, president and CEO Ratmir Timashev and others from the Aelita Software management team. Aelita Software, also founded by Timashev, was bought by Quest in 2004 for $115m. Veeam was founded in 2006.



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