Many of you may be wondering or at least trying to confirm what the Next BIG Thing is from Veeam, as we’ve had this countdown clock on the webpage for a while now:
Today during TechEd, Veeam is announcing that the #1 VMware Backup for VMware is coming to Hyper-V. This means that version 6 of Veeam Backup & Replication will include support for Hyper-V. There are a few notes to this support, however. Version 6 of Veeam Backup & Replication includes support for backing up Hyper-V virtual machine with these three core features:
- Image-based backup and replication: This distinction is important as Veeam has always had the 2-in-1 approach with VMware platforms, and now to bring replication into the mix is a nice offering. Both technologies will be image-based for maximum efficiency during the backup or replication task.
- Changed block tracking: This will be like the VMware technology which allows for incremental backups to proceed in a very short timeframe. However, no such API is provided via Hyper-V (as far as I know). Therefore, Veeam is implementing a CBT equivalent for Hyper-V. In this situation, the technologies again align to provide the best technologies to shorten the backup window.
- Compression and deduplication: The Hyper-V support will include both of these technologies. I don’t know specifically for the Hyper-V VMs, but would not expect the implementation to vary far from the VMware technologies. The deduplication in particular is a little different than what storage administrators think of. First of all, it is large region deduplication implemented on the source. Basically, a hash is taken of large regions (256 KB, 512 KB or 1 MB) of virtual disk files and depending on the hash results of other regions in this VM or other VMs in that backup; it may or may not be transferred to the backup repository. That is a good implementation for software-based deduplication, and while I’m not privy to the specifics of the Hyper-V implementation; I can’t imagine it going far from the way the VMware implementation is performed.
Version 6 will add Hyper-V support. So, that means that the same product can back up VMware virtual machines as well. The Hyper-V environment will not require System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and will work handily with the free Hyper-V platform. Further, there are additional v6 features that are coming with the VMware support; which will be announced at a later date.
Veeam Backup & Replication v6 is slated to be released in Q4 2011. Speaking of which, I frequently get asked about a roadmap for Veeam products. The only thing I’ve seen closest to that is a reverse roadmap that highlights major version releases starting with version 1 in 2008. Here is the reverse roadmap as it is now:
This announcement comes right at the start of Microsoft TechEd in Atlanta. I’m bummed I didn’t get to go to Atlanta; as the technical staff that is there is prepared to demo the technology and has seen it to some extent. What I’ve seen is only PowerPoint slides, so the other bloggers that attended the briefing haven’t seen any screen shots or live demos yet either. Surely we’ll have some more content on the release, but for now these three bullet points are the Next BIG Thing from Veeam.