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Veeam Embraces Hyper-V

Hyper-V is all grown up, and is now taken seriously as an alternative to ESXi and XenServer. Being embedded in Windows doesn"t hurt, of course, but the fact of the matter is that Microsoft has worked long and hard to legitimize Hyper-V in the eyes of the industry and its customers. Veeam, which has been riding to glory with its management tools for VMware, is now enhancing its links to Microsoft by bringing Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server under the umbrella of Veeam Backup & Replication, a product Veeam says is in use by over 1.5 million VMs worldwide.

There are three primary elements of this package. The first is 2-in-1 backup and replication for Hyper-V, including host-based replication that Hyper-V previously lacked. 2-in-1 makes up for that deficit by providing near-continuous data protection (near-CDP), enabling optimum recovery time and recovery point objectives.

Secondly, changed block tracking for Hyper-V enables "fast, frequent and efficient backup and replication" to all VMs, including those running on Clustered Shared Volumes. Third, built-in deduplication and compression--which are added here gratis--reduce network bandwidth and backup storage consumption.

According to Veeam senior director of product strategy Doug Hazelman, these new capabilities are expected to be particularly attractive to the SMB market. "Hyper-V is gaining traction in the SMB space, which is a sweet spot for Veeam," he declares.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 05/19/2011 at 12:48 PM


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