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Veeam V11 – Whats new and HPE Integrations

Veeam have recently released the latest major update to their flagship product, Veeam Backup and Replication. VBR 11 is packed with 200 plus improvements and enhancements, today we will discuss some of the most interesting ones.

This release continues Veeam’s evolution from simple backup product to data management suite. Data administration is one of an IT enterprises key challenges with a greater volume of data, more locations for that data plus increased threats including Ransomware. This release of Veeam 11 offers a suite of features to help manage this disparate data, deliver a higher level of availability and to enhance the security of the data.

Linux and Security

Ransomware continues to be a key threat, with high-profile cases like the Garmin attack providing a warning to all. Ransomware holds you hostage by encrypting your data. In a worst case scenario ransomware can also encrypt backup data held on disk, leaving you in a chicken and egg scenario. Veeam offered a solution to this in version 10 with Copy Mode being added to the Cloud Tier. This allowed backups to be instantly copied offsite and stored immutably in Amazon S3. V11 enhances security further by offering hardened Linux repositories, this allows local backups to also be held in an immutable format removing the threat of backups becoming encrypted by ransomware.

Further enhancements are brought to Linux focused customers with the introduction of further backup modes with the Linux proxies. Previously the only available backup mode was hot add, now the list of available modes is comparable to a Windows proxy including direct SAN and network mode.

Other features include the ability now use the Veeam agent to backup Mac. You can read a full guide on implementing the Mac Agent by Michael Cade.


Veeam CDP

Continuous data protection, is not a new concept and in many ways is easier to understand in its traditional implementation. Previously when physical servers where the norm CDP was enabled through a physical device. You connected it to the server and it acted as a write splitter so that each write was effectively written twice, once to the primary storage and a second time to a CDP appliance. CDP in Veeam utilises VMware VAIO, which like a traditional CDP appliance splits writes. This approach means that there is no need to use snapshots for backups allowing for very low RPO down to 2 seconds and minimal performance impact. To configure CDP you first need to push out the VAIO drivers to the ESXi hosts, which you can do via the Veeam console. Matt That IT Guy has written a walkthrough on  setting up and creating your first CDP job.

Instant Recovery Enhancements

Instant recovery has always been one of the nicest features of Veeam. This allowed VM’s to be spun up directly from backup.  There was some enhancements to the performance of this feature in Version 10 that allowed several VM’s to be instantly recovered at the same time. This is further enhanced in version 11 which now allows instant recovery of SQL and Oracle DB’s plus NAS.

Cloud Enhancements

Google Cloud becomes available as a backup target you can add to a scale out repository.

Veeam also adds an archive tier to scale out repositories which allows longer term retention of data in Amazon S3 Glacier (including Glacier Deep Archive) and Microsoft Azure Archive Storage.

Hardware and HPE Integrations

Version 11 brings improvements both in terms of efficiency and performance for dedupe devices. Dedupe performance is improved by changing the way metadata is stored.  Customers using a HPE Store once as a NAS target can expect up to a 4 times increase in storage capacity. Performance is also improved by increasing the blob size of the data that is being written and by writing metadata to higher performance disks.

If you are backing up a physical machine with SAN attached storage you will also benefit from some new features.  Prior to V11 SAN attached storage was recognised by an agent as local storage and backed up in this way. In V11 a physical SQL server attached to for example a Nimble array can use storage based snapshots as part of the backup process alleviating the load from the host.

Veeam 11 Apollo 4510

It also becomes possible to use an HPE Apollo 4500 as a Veeam appliance Calvin Zito discusses this and all the other changes in this podcast.

To get started you can download Veeam Backup and Replication

Veeam Continuous data protection

Veeam Version 10

I’ve just returned from the VeeamON Forum in London I wanted to share some of the news that I picked up during Michael Cade’s session – What’s new in Veeam V10. It doesn’t seem that long ago since Veeam version 9.5 was released but Veeam version 10 doesn’t disappoint with additional features.

Agents – became available in Veeam 9.5 and allow the backup of physical machines and VM’s in the cloud. This was a welcome feature, the only disadvantage was that you had to manage your agents from a separate interface. Version 10 allows you to manage all your agents from the standard Veeam Backup and Replication Console. Management of agents will be standard in version 10 from the B & R Console but if you’re on 9.5 you can also get this functionality early by applying update 3 which should be available shortly.

NAS backup – this was a real chink in Veeam’s armour previously as there was no way to backup NAS devices. The presenter mentioned this was one of the most popular feature requests, no surprise there. Version 10 will allow backups of NAS devices, and this will not be NDMP based. The feature is actually enabled with the addition of a new proxy role, the File Backup Proxy. This backup method allows the backup process to be vendor agnostic and also allows out of place restores to be performed to any target.

Veeam Version 10 NAS backup proxy


Continuous data protection – (CDP) allows for a near zero RPO. Those familiar with traditional continual data protection will remember physical appliances which acted as write splitters. Veeam’s implementation is of course software based and works by harnessing the VMware VAIO API which splits the write and creates a secondary copy of it. The picture below demonstrates a write being written across two different VMware clusters via the CDP proxy.

Veeam Continuous data protection

Continuous data protection is configured in the following screen which allows you to specify an RPO in seconds as well as how long it is stored for.

Veeam CDP setting screen

Storage integration API – storage integration is nothing new for Veeam, they have offered  integration with vendors such as HPE and NetApp for a number of years. In version 10 of Veeam there is now a universal storage integration API available, so storage vendors can develop integrations and they will all be based on a standard model. Previous storage integrations have been unique to each vendor. Storage based snapshots will of course bring the benefits of offloading the grunt work from the hypervisor and minimise the risk of VM stun

RMAN backups – Oracle DBA’s can continue to use the RMAN native backup tool they are familiar with but target a Veeam repository

Archive tier – will be available as a tier within a Scale-Out Repository. This allows backup data to automatically tier down to cheaper storage and is policy driven.

Archive Tier flow of backup data

The screen in which you will be able to create an archive extent to your scale out policy is shown below.  Targets can be both local and cloud based object storage plus other secondary storage options such as disk or tape.

Choosing an archive tier in Veeam version 10

Role based access – is based on vSphere roles and allows users to perform their own simple operations such as restores

TAAS – possibly my favourite new feature, bringing new to old. Tape As A Service. This basically means that Veeam will tape out for you. Giving you the benefit of tape such as low cost per GB storage and offline media without the hassle of tape management

The Veeam backup and replication version 10 release data has not been announced yet, the official V10 page just lists it as coming soon. Veeam 9.5 update 3 is expected imminently.

When v10 is release I will of course upgrade my Veeam version numbers and upgrade process posts.