Veeam expert, Stephen Seagrave, takes us through the most important features that will be available with Veeam v10, currently set to release February 2020.
What is the latest version of Veeam?
Veeam’s next major release since the news of the company’s acquisition by US firm Insight Partners – Veeam V10 – is set to release mid-February. And with it, come some new features that have the potential to change how we protect our data for years to come.
The new headline features – like Veeam’s new protocol for backing up NAS data to disk – certainly have a chance of disrupting how we protect large amounts of NAS data due to the current limitations of the NDMP protocol that every backup solution has had to use up until now.
We’ll see enhancements to instant restore which allow you to spin up a backup of a physical server in VMware in a manner that’s automated and a lot simpler too.
But the next two features used together have a chance to change how we design backup solutions going forward for years to come. They are seemingly small but have far reaching implications so I would like to dig into them a bit further.
Veeam v10 features
Cloud Tier Copy
Veeam has had a feature to allow you to move your backups to a capacity or cloud tier of storage, for a little while now.
This worked well but was limited to the fact that data could only be moved after a period of time and not straight away.
It was more of an extension of your first backup repository and not a separate copy. You had to wait until the on-site retention period was complete before it was moved off-site. This was not a great help in trying to reach the coveted 3.2.1 rule in backup.
However, in V10, Veeam has added the ability to also copy your backups as soon as they complete to your capacity tier – be it Azure Blob, Amazon S3 or any S3 provider – as well as your own S3 storage array in a secondary site. This allows for a direct off-site copy as soon as the data is available, giving you the second copy off-site that is needed.
The move feature can still be used in conjunction with the copy feature, to allow you to move data off the local repository once it hits its operational retention window.
This allows for two different retention settings on each copy of your data.
The ability to seamlessly copy your data to a repository with long term off-site retention while also pruning the data from the onsite repository, is a great new feature.
Veeam has also added the ability to have GFS retention in the primary backup to allow for weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly full backups to be retained in the first job.
No longer will we need a copy job to get this retention. We can point our primary backup at a scale out repository and the new copy feature will send the data off-site for us automatically at the repository level without having to create backup copy jobs.
This new feature may seem a bit innocuous at first but when used together with the cloud tier copy, Veeam may have given its users the holy grail in terms of cheap, off-site immutable storage.
This feature is the ability to use a new API in S3 storage to lock blocks of data for a period of time.
Much more than a simple retention period where the backup software won’t overwrite the data for a set time.
Object lock makes the data immutable. It cannot be deleted by Veeam or even the highest-level admin on the S3 storage. This feature is game-changing.
This feature specifically protects against accidental deletion or destruction by a disgruntled employee.
Veeam supports the new S3 Compliance mode where data stored with this retention can’t be overwritten or deleted by any user including the root account.
There is no way to change the retention mode or to shorten the retention period. This model ensures the protected object version availability and integrity for the duration of the retention period.
Ransomware and malware cannot delete or encrypt your backup data while it is object locked. This peace of mind that your data protection compliance is at its highest, is something that can normally cost a lot of money and is out of reach of all but the largest of enterprises.
However, S3 based storage is in the very low couple of cents per GB to protect giving a very real and achievable platform to build upon for your data protection.
This feature will also be used by third party S3 compatible storage vendors to give companies the choice to buy S3 compatible storage for their own secondary sites, as well as use in their public cloud in the form of AWS S3 or private cloud by using S3 storage provided by a Veeam service provider such as Evros.
Cost-efficient, off-site immutable backups have been what the world has been waiting for. The ability to protect data on disk and be sure it will not be accidentally or maliciously deleted. In addition, the freedom to not have to use tape media for an air gap has the backup community very excited.