Just because a backup job completes successfully does not mean the virtual machine can be recovered and powered on successfully. Veeam maintains that even if the integrity of the backup file is verified, there is no assurance that the operating system and applications will start without errors or that data will be intact. The only way to be completely certain is to test and verify the recoverability of every backup. Unfortunately, doing this manually for every image backup would prove to be too expensive and time-consuming.
But Veeam SureBackup plans to eliminate those barriers and bring certainty to image-level backups.
"Most organizations periodically test backups of their most important applications, but this is expensive, time-consuming, labor-intensive, and hit-or-miss," explained Ratmir Timashev, Veeam president and CEO. "We've developed technology that makes it possible to verify the recoverability of every backup in a matter of minutes. Not only does it allow organizations to embrace image-level backups to improve recovery time and recovery point objectives, it also enables them to comply more fully with 'reasonable measures' as required by internal and external regulations, such as HIPPA and SOX [Sarbanes-Oxley]."
This new capability will leverage patent-pending technology and what Veeam calls "recovery verification." Virtual machines can be powered on and operated directly from a compressed, deduped backup file. Normally, the verification process would force you to extract the entire image for verification, but here you don't have to, which also saves on time and storage costs.
And SureBackup is not just about verification. There are other uses as well, such as:
- Restore any backup, from any available restore point, in an isolated sandbox environment
- Universal application-item recovery -- OS and application agnostic and no agents or any special backups required
- On-demand production replica -- Test patches/updates in an isolated environment and troubleshoot issues
Don't worry -- backups are read-only. Within the isolated or fenced-off environment, Veeam implements a differencing disk so that when you bring up the virtual machine and it boots, any writes are made to a nonpersistent differencing disk. When you are finished with the environment, it will release back to where you need it in its original clean state.
The process is safe, and according to Veeam, it is also fast. As an example, Veeam said it was able to bring up a backup image of a 150GB Microsoft Exchange server with 200 mailboxes in less than two minutes. The key here is that this technology takes minutes rather than hours of manually trying to do the same functionality today.