Veeam adds backup and replication support for Microsoft Hyper-V

Veeam Backup & Replication aims to help Hyper-V shops move move up the virtual food chain from dev/test environments into production

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Perhaps more to the point, Veeam has also been building a very close relationship with Microsoft thanks in large part to Veeam nworks MP, an element of the Veeam One solution that enables Microsoft System Center to manage a VMware environment. It really comes as no surprise that Hyper-V would be the next hypervisor Veeam would support with Veeam Backup & Replication.

"As for the timing, we first turned our attention to Hyper-V support in 2009, but that work went on hiatus when our engineers recognized the incredible potential for what would become our vPower technology," explains Hazelman. "Once vPower was complete and had shipped with Veeam Backup & Replication v5, we turned our attention back to Hyper-V support. Now we believe the time is right and we're fully committed to delivering as promised."

As Veeam gives the nod to Microsoft Hyper-V as its next platform of choice, it will have to deal with the fact that Hyper-V still isn't as mature and as far along with its APIs as VMware vSphere.

Veeam is well aware of that, and Hazelman told InfoWorld that one of the big differences was that Veeam engineers had to build changed block tracking from scratch for Hyper-V, just as they had to do initially for VMware ESX until the release of vSphere. Because of the differences in their architectures, Hyper-V support for Veeam Backup & Replication will not initially include the current features made possible by Veeam's vPower technology such as instant VM restore, SureBackup, and application item recovery. However, he insists that Veeam plans to include Hyper-V support for vPower features in the future.

As Microsoft tries to gain server virtualization market share away from VMware, Redmond needs to find a way to move up the virtual food chain, out of development and testing and into more production environments. Despite the fact that backup and recovery is much less important in a development environment, Veeam doesn't seem concerned.

Hazelman said his company is definitely coming across more multiplatform environments than in the past, but he wasn't sure how much of Hyper-V was in production versus testing. "But even if it is the case that much of Hyper-V is in test instead of production, we don't believe this will hurt sales," he added. "Microsoft has a long history of entering a market a bit late, but then rapidly growing into a formidable competitor with significant market share. I definitely wouldn't bet against them."

According to Enterprise Storage Group, 70 percent of organizations are now running more than one hypervisor in their data center. While it's true that many of these are probably running their second hypervisor in a test environment, Hazelman believes that the day is not far off when more than one hypervisor in the production environment will become the norm. He believes the ability to back up, replicate, and recover virtual machines running on different hypervisors from a single console should prove to be a significant competitive advantage for Veeam.

Veeam Backup & Replication for Microsoft Hyper-V won't be generally available until sometime around fourth quarter of this year, but Veeam is demonstrating it live during Microsoft TechEd this week. The company will need to decide on a licensing model for the product. Currently Veeam follows VMware's licensing lead by using the number of CPU sockets in a host server. However, Microsoft licensing has typically been per instance of the server OS. This seems to be one more challenge to overcome with a multihypervisor management application.

This article, "Veeam adds backup and replication support for Microsoft Hyper-V," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in virtualization at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.

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