Veeam entered the data protection software landscape in 2006. When it was introduced in 2008, Veeam’s core product, Veeam Backup & Replication, exclusively protected VMware environments. Veeam has since added support for additional hypervisors (including Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV and Red Hat Virtualization), for physical servers, for cloud-delivered resources, and, through its Kasten acquisition in 2020, for containerized environments. Today, Veeam supports multiple versions of VMware ESXi, and it includes agents to back up various versions of Windows Server and the Linux and UNIX operating systems (OSes). Veeam’s SaaS-delivered support for AWS-native sources (including EC2, EFS and RDS), Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure IaaS, Microsoft Azure SQL, Microsoft 365, and Salesforce is covered separately in Evaluator Group’s Backup-as-a-Service Research.
Veeam Backup & Replication executes in a physical or virtual machine (VM). Sources for data protection are the VM datastores, the system storage for physical servers, and the cloud storage service for cloud-based workloads. The Veeam components can be deployed all-together, or across many physical or virtual Windows or Linux systems.
Veeam Backup & Replication Version 10 enhanced support for network-attached storage (NAS) arrays. Highlights include the use of incremental forever backups to avoid the periodic full backups required by the NDMP protocol-enabled backups that the product previously relied on. Storage-agnostic changed file tracking is included to support devices that do not natively have changed file tracking. Version 11 of the product, shipped in February 2021, brought Veeam’s Instant Recovery capability – a hallmark of its support for VMs – to NAS file shares (in addition to Microsoft SQL and Oracle databases).
Veeam Backup and Replication Product Brief Includes:
- Usage and Deployment
- EvaluScale Product Review Methodology
- Evaluator Group’s Opinion
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