While we, the Hyper-V amigos (Carsten Rachfahl and Didier Van Hoye) are updating on of their labs from Veeam backup & Recovery 9.5 Update 3 to Update 4 we talk about what’s new in this release. We don’t succeed in covering it all, let alone to do so in detail. There is just too much in this release.
The upgrade itself goes smooth as silk, which is what we have become to expect from Veeam. Not that we were confused a moment when ze couldn’t disable the jobs prior to the upgrade, well they were not scheduled in the lab.
We have future plans to do some demos of new capabilities like support for object based storage, Veeam Agent for Windows 3.0 etc.
Native Object Storage Support with Veeam Cloud Tier
We have started testing this feature already with a Minio Docker container on a Synology. Pay attention to the Unofficial object storage compatibility list for Capacity Tier as we also noticed that the Windows service seems to have scalability issues.
We’ll be taking a look at this in the future.
Expanded restore options to AWS and Azure Stack with Veeam Cloud Mobility
What was possible in Azure is now extended to more use cases. This make perfect sense as the market is diverse and you have to serve all the customers. Imagine moving very easily VMs between on-premises and different cloud solutions as the conversion details are handled for you.
Improved Security and Compliance with Veeam DataLabs
Any tool that can help be more compliant and secure is a good one. Helping you be GDPR compliant for example or helping you protect restores form introducing ransom ware are prime examples of this. This is another feature we’ll look at.
Enterprise Application Plug-ins
When you use the Oracle or SAP HANA you will appreciate the fact that these can be protected by Veeam. Is this a big want? Yes. Sure, not by me personally, but it is a big deal to many customers. Let me tell you that I once met an IT director that would be trilled if Veeam would protect AS400. Needs differ.
Enhanced Self-Service Capabilities
Self service is important to organizations that offer data protection, availability and mobility to external or internal customers. It helps optimize the process for all parties involved.
Well this is a Veeam One feature actually. Any sizable support organization has tooling to collect and parse logs in order to get to the (root) causes of issues as soon as possible. They have to in order to scale support. If not, they’d drown in work and need too many people to make if feasible and have anything close to excellent support that solves issues within a reasonable amount of time. I don’t know many that are sharing the capabilities of their tooling with their customers. This makes me think Veeam must be pretty confident in the quality of the tooling to do so. I’m curious to hear the feedback on how much it helped customers and as such Veeam support.
New platform support
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 support as guest OS of virtual machines protected by Veeam Backup & Replication, for installation
of Veeam Backup & Replication and all of its remote components, and for backup with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows.
Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 Update support as guest OS of virtual machines protected by Veeam Backup & Replication,
support as guest virtual machines, for installation of Veeam Backup & Replication and all of its remote components, and for backup with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows.
Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V 2019 support as a hypervisor host, including support for virtual hardware version 9.0v virtual machines.
Microsoft Active Directory 2019, Exchange 2019 and SharePoint 2019 support for application-aware processing, and for item level recoveries with Veeam Explorer.
Oracle Database 18c support for application-aware processing on Windows-based virtual machines, including transaction log backup and point-in-time restores.
VMware vSphere 6.7 U1 ESXi, vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) support.
VMware vCloud Director 9.5 support.
Veeam Cloud & Service Provider Partner Solutions
Veeam keeps building a strong ecosystem of partners to give customers the ability to protect their data in more ways than they could easily or cost effectively deal with by themselves.
Don’t panic, don’t worry, be happy. Veeam has you covered and even has this nice Instance based “we got your back” grace counting. When you need 22 instances you don’t have to buy 25 (sold in bundles of 10 or 5). You can buy 20 and the 2 extra are covered by the 5% or 5 instance (whichever comes first) margin Veeam gives you. The main thing to realize is that the instance licensing make licenses very portable to where you protect and restore data. Read up on it at Veeam Licensing Policy and in Frequently Asked Questions
A ton more …
We have enhancements and additions to the product for both backup and restore functionality, 3rd party integration, the Veeam Agents, the explorers etc. You can read it all for yourself right here: What’s New in 9.5 Update 4?
While you’re doing some routine maintenance or getting some labs setup, you’re very welcome to kick of the show cast. You’ll be joined by two tired (recovering from colds) IT Pro’s while they do a fast and successful update of a Veeam lab environment so we can demo so new capabilities in the future.
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