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Finally, after several weeks from the official announce, Veeam Backup & Replication 6 is available (from yesterday). About the new features see:

One of the biggest news of Veeam v6 is the Multi-Hypervisor support: as of version 6 Veeam will now support both VMware (of course it support vSphere 5) and Microsoft Hyper-V all from the same interface.

Other interesting features are:

  • Scalability – Veeam has completely redesigned their backup architecture in v6.  With that they have the addition of backup proxy servers which offload the backup and replication traffic to the proxy server instead of the actual backup target.  This will allow for the use of a load balancing algorithm that splits the load amongst proxy servers, and in turn, allows for more concurrent jobs to run and faster backup speeds.  In terms of replication, the on-site backup proxy server can now send data directly to the target backup proxy server, completely bypassing the Veeam server itself.
  • 1-Click Happiness – Veeam has simplified a lot of their processes by creating a bunch of 1-click functionality.  Veeam has added 1 click events to their Instant Level File Recovery, Failover, Failback, VM Restore, and Automated Upgrades.  Perhaps the most useful ‘1-click’ event will be with the Instant Level File Recovery.  Prior to v6 I found this to be a monotonous task involving many steps and approvals to restore a file to a VM.  It will be nice to be able to do this with 1 click.
  • Traffic Throttling – In essence this allows you to do just that…throttle the Veeam Backup traffic.  This can be done via time based or day based as well.  This way we can guarantee what bandwidth will be used for Veeam traffic, and guarantee that we are not interfering with other traffic that might be flowing across a WAN link.
  • Wan Optimizations – There has been a lot of work done with WAN optimization, it appears in quite a few of the enhancements on the What’s New document.  Essentially they have improved and optimized the protocol used to transfer data across a wan, allowed for multiple TCP/IP connections per job, and with the addition of the the traffic throttling, proxy architecture and windows targets you have no excuse to not get your data off-site.Active Rollbacks – The restore points of a replica are now stored as native VMware Snapshots, leaving you with the ability to revert to a previous point in time without using the Veeam Backup and Replication server.
  • Improved Seeding – You can now use previous VMs located at your target site, or backups at your target site as the seed for your replica job, allowing you to start replication in an incremental fashion, rather than waiting for the first big initial seed of your VM.
  • Re-IP – one of the biggest and coolest enhancements in my book.  The ability to automatically reconfigure your VM’s IP at a DR site to align with your networks there.

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.