I’ve heard of it, but what is it?
You may have heard of Veeam and have a vague idea of what it does. Veeam is a software company that was founded in 2006 with a great growth story. In 2008, with 10 employees, Veeam released Veeam Backup and Replication – a software application to backup and copy virtual machines on VMware’s increasingly popular virtualization platform. Today, as of 2018, Veeam has 2000 employees and revenue of nearly a billion dollars. The name Veeam has become ubiquitous with easy and reliable VM backup and restore and is widely deployed in companies of all sizes. Veeam has also extended it’s backup capabilities to Microsoft Hyper-V as well as to physical Windows and Linux servers. Veeam has extended into the cloud with Veeam Backup for Office 365. Thousands of companies around the world trust their data protection to the simplicity and affordability of Veeam software.
Backup and Replication – What’s the difference?
Veeam Backup and Replication, the flag ship product, can be thought of as two functions. “Backup” is one function, related, but separate from “replication”. Backup is what you might think in that Veeam offers backup capabilities, including the ability to see your data back in time weeks, months, years.
However, from a disaster recovery perspective, you need to restore data and be back up and running as quickly as possible and you are most concerned with restoring the most recent data. Unfortunately, the restore process from backups can take many hours to days to restore the data based on how quickly the data can be “restored”. For this reason, using backup for disaster recovery is not ideal.
Replication solves the recovery time problem by keeping your most recent data copied to another location that is ready to be “turned on”. For example, you can have a file server at location A that is fully copied to location B. If location A becomes unavailable you just need to “turn on” the server at location B and it’s current as of the last replication. No restore process was needed and recovery can usually be measured in minutes. Regular replications are added to the target in a way that never requires a full restore. By avoiding a restore process the replicated server is available quickly.
Other Notable things about VEEAM
Veeam’s monitoring and management software Veeam Monitor and Veeam Reporter was combined and renamed as Veeam ONE and was first released in 2010.
Veeam developed and released the free VM copy tool call WinSCP in 2007 and was a precursor to Veeam Backup and Replication software.
In 2014 Veeam started the VeeamON annual conference for all things Veeam.
In 2016 Veeam made it into the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup.
2016 also marked the year in which Veeam delivered backup for Office 365.
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