Veeam Software, a longtime player and provider of backup and data protection software for VMware virtual data center environments, has been running a promotion stating that the company was about to "change the way people look at VMware backup, forever."
Veeam has been working on a new technology for many months now, a technology simply known to outsiders as SureBackup. No other information about this technology had been released until today, when Veeam announced it had "developed patent-pending technology that removes the last obstacle to image-level backups: reliability."
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But don't be confused. Veeam SureBackup is not a new product. Instead, it is a collection of features with one significant new capability that will be made available in version 5.0 of Veeam Backup & Replication, expected to be released near the beginning of the third quarter of 2010.
Doug Hazelman, director of Veeam's global systems engineering group, said the company is announcing the technology ahead of the release of version 5 because Veeam believes the new capabilities will take some time for people to grasp and comprehend. They want to announce the technology and the information first, before the product launch so that people are ready and able to accept some of the new changes being introduced into the VMware backup space.
"What we're introducing is verification with Veeam," said Hazelman. "Verify every backup, every virtual machine, every time. We're not just talking about checking the integrity of the backup file, but also the ability to boot up those virtual machines and recover from them."