Veeam announced yesterday the 5th new feature coming in the next version 7 of Veeam Backup & Replication: tape support!
I’m already hearing many of you, both existing customers or among those evaluating it “oh, finally!”. Well, this can be easily named as THE most wanted missing feature since years. I’m pretty sure that, if it had to be decided only by the internal team at Veeam, this feature would have never seen the light: in virtualized environments backup to disk is a better solution, for restore speed reasons required by demanding businesses.
So, why this new tape support? I think there are at least three reasons:
– tape probably is no more the primary backup target, and has been replaced with disk. But is still a great media for second level copies , and useful for long term retention or backup shipping to remote locations
– Veeam has always been really careful with its customers, so I thin at some point the number of requests about tape has become enough to justify this new feature
– Veeam is a company selling its software, and the lack of tape support has always forced customer to use two different backup software, one beeing Veeam for backing up VMs to disk, and then a second one to save those backup to tape. Tape support allows now Veeam customers to eliminate that second software, so Veeam can become the only backup software in many environments.
For a complete description of this new feature, go and read the official press release. Some of the news there are really interesting, and worth a short analysis.
Files To Tape: Veeam Backup will be able to save not only virtual machines, but also files coming from any windows or linux server. You will only need to register those servers inside the Backup Infrastructure of Veeam, and you will be able to save any file of those servers. That means to support also physical servers!
Second, Veeam Backup Free Edition will support Files to Tape backups, and also restores from old NTBackup backup sets! For all those admins missing NTBackup when Microsoft dropped it in Windows 2008, this new free tool can become the new NTBackup.
Last, every restore option will be available also with tapes. And when I say all, I mean also Instant VM Recovery! I can’t wait and see how Instant VM Recovery will work with tapes, maybe they will use a temporary disk location to store data retrieved from tapes, will see!
There are still two new features to be announced, but this one is for sure one of the most awaited ones. Lastly, here is the official Veeam video about tape support.