August 19, 2013 3 Comments
We’ve been anticipating the release of Veeam 7 for our virtual customers for some time now, the biggest benefit being that it will support tape. Which after cries of ‘tape is dead’ isn’t true for the majority of small/medium sized businesses.
This has been a massive boost for us and allows us to ensure more avenues for our data recovery procedures and disaster recovery.
However, the big catch here we’ve found is that Veeam 7 has limited support with the standard edition of Veeam.
A quote from the product comparison page on Veeam states
Expand storage and restore options to include standalone, tapes, tape libraries and virtual tape libraries. All editions support copying Windows files to tape. Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions also support archiving Veeam backups to tape with full tracking of backups and restore points.”
So although it does allow backing up to tape directly (no need for Backup Exec & Veeam for those smaller businesses), it’s definitely a step forward from Veeam, as far as I’m concerned the more support for various backup methods the better. Let the customer decide their route, or at least the options.
There isn’t a massive price difference to Enterprise from Standard so might be worth using Enterprise to then backup the VM backup from Veeam to tape!
Will keep you informed of any further developments with Veeam and its latest backup release.
*EDIT* – Thanks to Anton Gostev – VP at Veeam for the below;
“All editions support copying Windows, Linux files and VM backups to tape. Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions adds tighter integration with backup jobs, and full tracking of VMs and restore points on tapes.”
In other words, Standard edition is no worse than what Veeam customers have been doing before v7 (using 3rd party tool to archive Veeam backups to tape). This approach is also not integrated with backup jobs, and does not track VMs and restore points on tape. Now, they can keep doing exactly the same, but get rid of that 3rd party tool completely.