The author of the review series, Gabrie van Zanten, thought it would be appropriate to let the vendors speak in response to his reviews. We decided to publish the vendors' responses to give our readers any relevant upcoming product information.
Fortunately, many users agree with your feedback on Veeam Backup and Replicator, and Veeam has taken these ideas into account with our next version of Veeam Backup and Replication 4.0, which is due out in early Q4.
Our 4.0 version will include an enterprise management server, as mentionedThe enterprise management server will include "search for VM," capability, which enables you to find a virtual machine (VM) no matter what server it's on or job it's contained in. Veeam is exploring ways to index the individual files contained within the VM, most likely as a post-backup task, but we have no planned release of that feature.
Veeam Backup and Replication will also offer full support of the VMware vStorage application programming interface (API )for data protection. This will allow for direct storage area network (SAN) access to ESX(i) 3.x and ESX(i) 4.x hosts without the need for VMware Consolidated Backup. The new version will also feature an appliance mode. If Veeam Backup and Replication is installed on a VM, it will use the ESX path to the storage layer if the host is connected to the shared storage. This allows you to quickly back up all VMs on shared storage as long as the host is connected to the shared storage. Veeam Backup and Replication 4.0 will still retain the other backup modes mentioned in the review of our offering.
But the most exciting advancement of 4.0 is the new ESX(i) 4 feature called Change Block Tracking. This will allow us to quickly determine what data blocks for a VM have changed just by making an API call. Previously we had to scan the snapshot for changed blocks; now we can get it directly from VMware.
For more information on what's new in Veeam Backup and Replication 4.0, visit our website.
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Gabrie van Zanten (VCP) has been in the IT industry for 12 years. Currently he is a virtualization architect for a worldwide consultancy company and has designed and maintained virtual infrastructures for a number of customers. He has written articles for magazines and frequently publishes in-depth articles at his weblog, GabesVirtualWorld.