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March 22, 2010

Veeam claims reliable backup tech

SureBackup offers full VM recoverability


Veeam has added new a new capability to its Backup & Replication offering that will enable companies to test and verify the recoverability of backups from VMware virtual machines.

Veeam says that one of the issues with current backup and restoration technology is that there is no way of verifying whether a backup has been successful or not and whether the operating system and applications will start without errors.

The current method to test whether backups have been successful is to test and verify each backup individually. Doug Hazelman, Veeam’s Director of the Global Systems Engineering Group, told CBR that method is usually time-consuming and expensive.

The new technology, called Veeam SureBackup, enables a virtual machine to run directly from a compressed backup. Contents to the files can be published directly to ESX hosts. This, Hazelman says, removes the need to extract backup files, and the time and storage required to do so. The technology essentially takes a snapshot of the virtual environment, including the data and operating system. Hazelman added that this can reduce the testing and verification process from hours to minutes.

Hazelman added that the technology can utilise a firm’s current virtual environment and there is no need to buy any additional storage, which provides further cost savings.

The new capabilities will be included in version 5 of Veeam Backup & Replication, scheduled for release this summer.

“Most organisations periodically test backups of their most important applications, but this is expensive, time-consuming, labour-intensive and hit-or-miss,” explained Ratmir Timashev, Veeam President and CEO.

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“We’ve developed technology that makes it possible to verify the recoverability of every backup in a matter of minutes,” said Timashev. “Not only does it allow organizations to embrace image-level backups to improve recovery time and recovery point objectives, it also enables them to comply more fully with ‘reasonable measures’ as required by internal and external regulations, such as HIPPA and Sarbanes-Oxley.”


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