Replication in Veeam 6 Just Got Easier!

Sorry if we seem be bending your ear on the subject of Veeam Backup & Replication v6, but we’re quite excited about this new product from Veeam Software! Here are several ways replication in this new tool is easier than before. Not that it was hard in previous versions!

Veeam Backup & Replication v6 has a two-agent architecture allowing virtual-machine data to be collected at the source site by one backup proxy server, and then directly sent to the target backup proxy server at the destination site, bypassing the Veeam backup server. This eliminates questions about push-vs.-pull replication and differences between ESX and ESXi targets, according to Veeam.

For replica state protection, incremental runs in v6 don’t update the latest restore point. This means a terminated job run does not render the latest restore point unusable until the next run rolls it back to the last known good state. With v6, the latest restore point can be powered on instantly at any time.

With the two-agent architecture, replication traffic can be compressed regardless of where the Veeam backup server is located and whether the destination host is ESX or ESXi. Traffic compression levels are also customizable. This results in a reduction of up to 5x in replication traffic to an ESX host.

Replica disks on virtual machines are now populated by the target backup proxy server using the hot-add process. This cuts replication traffic by up to 4x while replicating to an ESXi host.

Other new features of v6 include one-click permanent failover, active rollbacks, improved replica seeding, replica mapping, specifying re-IP rules for static Internet protocol addresses, cluster targets, full support for VMware’s Distributed Virtual Switches (DVS), automatic job updates, multi-select operations, and enhanced job configuration.

On balance, we think you’ll agree that Veeam Backup & Replication v6 makes replication chores less onerous and time-consuming.

Photo Credit: Bob Rosenbaum

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