Backup & Storage

Veeam adds 200 new Features to its Backup and Recovery Suite with v11

When it comes to securing your corporate data, backup and recovery is a critical component of your operation. And when it comes to solutions in this segment, Veeam is always near, or at the top, of performance metrics. But the announcements today are not (only) about improvements to speed, the company is announcing the 11th version of their software and it delivers a number of new features and functionality.

With the release of version 11 of their Backup and Replication suite, there are 200 new features. You can head on over to their site to get the full breakdown but there are a couple I want to call out specifically that are targeted towards Microsoft solutions that are popular here on Petri.

It doesn’t really matter what side of the VMware or Hyper-V fence you live on, both solutions are well respected and have their individual strengths. But with v11, Veeam has a feature that may push some further into the Hyper-V camp – v11  enables “Instant Recovery of anything to Microsoft Hyper-V”.

That’s a bold claim but what this feature enables, according to Veeam, is data recovery and portability use cases by letting you instantly recover any physical server, workstation, virtual machine, and cloud instance backups to a Microsoft Hyper-V VM, regardless of what Veeam product was used to create the backup. While this isn’t something you will likely use on a daily basis, when you do, it will save more than a few headaches.

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For the PowerShell users out there, Veeam is also switching from snap-in to the PowerShell module. Further, the software no longer requires PowerShell 2.0 to be installed on the backup server.

Microsoft Teams continues to grow in popularity with more than 115 million daily users. Veeam currently offers a backup solution for Office 365 and in v11, they are introducing a feature that lets you restore Microsoft Teams items directly from the image-level backup of the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 backup server.

Other updates include Veeam Cloud Connect now includes support for tenant quotas based on Active Directory (AD) accounts. Also new is the ability to restore to gen 2 VMs in Azure as well as native Azure backup.

If you want an entire list of everything that is new, you can find that information here (PDF). And if you are managing data for your organization, there is likely something new in this release that will make your job a little bit easier.

During the past few years, Veeam has expanded from being a niche player in the backup and recovery space to being a leader of the segment for small businesses to enterprise customers. With V11 arriving today, this should help continue their growth that has been climbing steadily for the past five years.

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Brad Sams has more than a decade of writing and publishing experience under his belt including helping to establish new and seasoned publications From breaking news about upcoming Microsoft products to telling the story of how a billion dollar brand was birthed in his book, Beneath a Surface, Brad is a well-rounded journalist who has established himself as a trusted name in the industry.
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