In the past, I have written about the two disruptive innovations in Veeam Backup & Replication version 7. Today, I want to focus on the 75+ other improvements Veeam has made in this new version.

Recap

In the earlier posts, I discussed both the WAN Acceleration (and the ‘backup copy’ job type that goes along with it) and support for off-host backups using SAN-snapshots.

Built-in WAN Acceleration
Offsite storage of backups is a critical component of a good data protection strategy, and in v7, Veeam makes offsite storage easy with Built-in WAN Acceleration. Caching, variable block length data fingerprinting and TCP/IP protocol optimizations result in up to 50 times faster transfers of Veeam backups across the WAN while eliminating the need for additional backup jobs, copy scripts and capabilities like storage-based replication. Best of all, there are no VM- or host-based agents to install and no special network setup required.

High performance Backup from Storage Snapshots
Continuing what we started with the introduction of Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots in version 6.5, Veeam Backup & Replication v7 takes advantage of SAN snapshots again to offer new capabilities for powerful data protection. Exclusive innovations, including direct VMFS access and the ability to leverage VMware Changed Block Tracking, enable instant VMware snapshot commit and let you create backups and replicas from storage snapshots as often as you like and whenever you like. The result is dramatically improved RPOs for near-CDP that doesn’t impact your production environment or running VMs.

Native tape support
Many organizations have invested in tape and are subject to policies requiring tape. v7 offers you an easy way to copy files and backups on tape, with support for virtual tape libraries (VTLs), tape libraries and standalone drives. Files, VMs and restore points are tracked on tape, enabling you to easily locate items on tape and making restores easy. Tracking of VMs and restore points requires the Enterprise or Enterprise Plus edition of Veeam Backup & Replication.

So what else is new?

But that’s not all. There is so much more included in the latest release of the product. In this blog post, I will take out eleven of the most valuable improvements you didn’t know were included:

  • Grandfather-father-son (GFS) policy
  • Automated backup health check and remediation
  • Backup file compaction
  • Hardware-accelerated compression
  • Transparent backup of vCenter Server VM
  • Enumerated infrastructure objects
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange
  • Credentials Manager
  • 1-Click job cloning
  • Enhanced job grid view
  • Prerequisites validation

Grandfather-father-son (GFS) policy

This data retention feature helps you meet data archival requirements by copying and storing full VM backupsfor specified intervals of time.

Automated backup health check and remediation

Backup files are periodically scanned to identify storage issues, such as bit rot. Automatic healing fixes corrupt data blocks by retrieving correct data from the source backup file, increasing the reliability of forever-incremental backup copies and removing the need for periodic full backups.

Backup file compaction

Decrease the size of your backup files by automatically recreating them based on current data, letting you remove the data associated with deleted VMs without having to perform an active full backup. This prevents unnecessary growth of your full backup files over time as VMs are added to and removed from jobs.

Hardware-accelerated compression

A new default compression level with a proprietary algorithm implementation leverages advanced CPU instruction sets (SSE extensions). This reduces backup proxy CPU usage up to 10 times when compared to the previous default compression level.

Transparent backup of vCenter Server VM

The vCenter Server VM can now be backed up without having to resort to workarounds, such as adding the vCenter Server’s host by IP address and then configuring a separate job for it.

Enumerated infrastructure objects

Performance is improved for enumerating infrastructure objects in large vSphere deployments.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange

Support for Exchange 2013 and experimental support for restoring mailbox items to Microsoft Office 365 have been added. Requires the Enterprise or Enterprise Plus edition of Veeam Backup & Replication.

Credentials Manager

All accounts used throughout Veeam Backup & Replication can be managed through one central dialog, allowing account passwords to be easily updated when they change.

1-Click job cloning

Jobs can be cloned with a single click. New jobs are initially disabled, giving you the flexibility to activate them when you are ready. Requires the Enterprise or Enterprise Plus edition of Veeam Backup & Replication.

Enhanced job grid view

Real-time statistics are integrated into the job grid view for quicker access to particular job details.

Prerequisites validation

A wizard runs during setup to validate that all prerequisites are met before installing Veeam Backup & Replication.

Upgrading from an older version?

Note for users upgrading to v7: By default, all behavior-modifying engine enhancements, such as parallel processing, Backup from Storage Snapshots and the new default compression level, are not enabled upon upgrade. This ensures your existing jobs do not change behavior when you upgrade to v7.