The increasing use of virtualization has changed the way disaster recovery is carried out because, in a virtual world, a system can be recovered by duplicating images of virtual machines (VM) and recreating them elsewhere.
Instead of having a single server that can be backed up to a tape library weekly, for example, now a handful or more of virtual machines are spread across a server and they can be spun up and down within minutes. Backing up to tape doesn’t work in that environment.
Back in 2006, Timashev a Russian technology wizard recognized the big need and trend in virtualization and realized a great opportunity to build a software company centered around virtualization management and backup of virtualized infrastructure – leveraging the success of VMware. Since being founded in 2006 the company has seen impressive growth. It boasts more than 20,000 resellers, which account for most Veeam sales. It has about 80,000 customers and this year has hit a quarter of a billion dollars in revenue.
What exactly is Veeam and how it aids the recovery of Virtual machines?
Veeam Software develops backup, disaster recovery and virtualization management software for VMware and Hyper-V virtual environments. One of its proprietary back up app Veeam Backup and Replication provides organization backup, restore and replication functionality for virtual machnines.
Veeam backs up VM images instead of using an agent to back up files. In the event of a disaster, virtual machine images that are stored in a central location can be rebooted almost instantly. Veeam’s software runs through the hypervisor – currently VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V are supported – and take snapshots of virtual machine images. After an initial full backup, the software then uses caching and deduplication processes to only store new information in the VM images.
The best way to back up your Virtual Environment
Economical, Robust & Easy-to-use
Since bursting onto the scene in 2008, Veeam has shaken up the backup world with innovation after innovation. It’s true – Veeam is virtual only! It’s how we can do what we do. And with more server workloads being virtualized every day – and with fewer organizations willing to compromise VM backup for the “single solution” approach – it’s exactly the right place to be.
Whether you have thousands of VMs or just a handful, Veeam’s purpose-built backup is one of the best choices for VMware, Hyper-V or the mixed-hypervisor environment.
Agile at its best
Veeam’s focus on VM backup also keeps them agile. Veeam is able to provide better and faster support for new hypervisor releases. Many physical backup tools are large, complex systems that attempt to cover a lot of bases – physical and virtual, and often data protection, data management and data archiving, too.
Because VM backup is just one part of a much larger system, it can be quite some time before the physical backup vendors support new hypervisor releases… and longer still before customers are able to upgrade their production deployments of these complex systems.
When new hypervisor support is finally available, it tends to be simple “checkbox” compatibility. Veeam, on the other hand, is specifically built for Virtualization. As a result, Veeam typically provides new hypervisor support months before the physical backup vendors.
Veeam’s vPower technology runs a VM directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage. This patent-pending, groundbreaking technology eliminates the need to extract the backup and copy it to production storage – you simply start the VM from the backup (that’s why it’s called instant).
So if a VM goes down, you can restart it on any host in a matter of minutes. Users can keep working why you troubleshoot the problem.
Virtualization offers the opportunity to significantly enhance data protection and reduce costs, but you need the right tool to turn the opportunity into reality. The backup and recovery market is a crowded one, with big companies like IBM, Symantec and EMC all having strong offerings, Gartner notes in its report.
In the highly competitive markets of availability and recovery, Veeam has gained an impressive foothold within virtualized environments and data centers around the world. It’s is certainly going at an innovative & fast pace, the future for Veeam looks bright. Does your organization use Veeam? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.