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Veeam to Add Support for Physical Devices to Next Release of its Availability Suite

The business continuity vendor made the announcement at its annual partner and user conference, where it also introduced new data protection offerings for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Office 365, and Windows devices.

By Rich Freeman

Veeam revealed today that the next release of Veeam Availability Suite, its flagship business continuity solution, will add protection for physical servers and NAS devices to its existing support for local and cloud-based virtual machines.

The Swiss BDR vendor, whose U.S. headquarters are in Atlanta, made the announcement at its VeeamON partner and user conference, which is currently taking place in New Orleans. Veeam introduced a long list of other new and forthcoming products as well as a new API for storage partners at that show as well.

Version 10 of Veeam Availability Suite is due to ship in the fourth quarter of 2017. Adding protection for physical servers and storage devices to that product will fill a significant gap in its capabilities, according to John Metzger, Veeam’s senior director of product marketing.

“This has been a key objection to Veeam from customers and prospects,” he says.

It also positions Veeam to grab a larger share of the BDR market by turning a solution originally designed to backup virtual machines running on VMware hypervisors, and in later editions Microsoft Hyper-V as well, into a more comprehensive platform for protecting all of an organization’s virtual, physical, and cloud-based workloads.

“Our vision for the future is simple: Provide always-on availability for any service across any cloud or infrastructure,” said Peter McKay, who was named one of Veeam’s two co-CEOs last week, during a keynote presentation today.

Other enhancements in Veeam Availability Suite v10 will include a new solution first disclosed yesterday called Veeam Continuous Data Protection that backs up workloads in near real time, enabling businesses to get tier-1, mission-critical systems like websites and point-of-sale applications up and running after a disaster or service interruption within 15 seconds or less.

Veeam will add policy-driven object storage support to the next Availability Suite release as well. The new functionality is designed to help companies lower storage expenses by automatically exporting older data from production repositories to cheaper cloud-based ones such as Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, and Microsoft Azure Blob.

Veeam executives showcased other products during today’s general session, including the new Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows, which adds backup capabilities for laptops, physical servers, and cloud-based servers running Windows to the Veeam platform’s existing support for virtual Windows machines. A similar agent for Linux-based hardware shipped last December.

The new Veeam Availability for AWS solution, announced today, equips businesses to protect workloads housed in Amazon’s public cloud.

“As more and more mission-critical workloads are being put into AWS, we’re mitigating the risk of losing that data,” says Metzger.

Veeam shipped a similar solution for protecting email in Microsoft Office 365 last October, and announced the addition of multi-tenant functionality to that system yesterday. Targeted at cloud service providers that sell Office 365 licenses, that feature lets them collect extra income by offering data protection services as well.

A new “tape-as-a-service” feature for Veeam Cloud Connect Backups announced yesterday is also designed to help service providers add new revenue streams by arming them to offer tape-based data archiving services.

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