Veeam to offer integration with Microsoft solutions

Availability Suite 9.5 to offer complete integration with 2016 releases of Windows Server and Hyper-V

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Veeam to offer integration with Microsoft solutions Hazelman: "Latest version of Veeam Availability Suite to provide users with the ability to utilize the most current Microsoft technology."
By  David Ndichu Published  July 17, 2016

Veeam Software has announced that the new Veeam Availability Suite 9.5, available later this year, will fully integrate with Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V technologies used in the data centre.

Veeam, in collaboration with Microsoft, aim to deliver better security and offer easier integration between Microsoft’s releases of Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V 2016 and enterprise applications.

“It is our goal to be one of the first Availability solutions to fully support Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V 2016 technologies, but also to deliver the most comprehensive support,” said Doug Hazelman, vice president of product strategy at Veeam. “The latest version of Veeam Availability Suite will provide users with the ability to utilize the most current Microsoft technology and benefit from enterprise-grade security and reduced complexities. Veeam, working together with Microsoft, provides the right combination of virtualization, and fast recovery to deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise.”

As part of approximately 100 new features and enhancements being introduced in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5, the new integration with Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V 2016 technologies is an effort to support Veeam’s direct integration with one of the world’s leading operating system, hypervisor, and most widely used enterprise applications.

“Thousands of businesses of all sizes rely on Veeam for Hyper-V backup and protection,” said Chris Van Wesep, director, cloud platform marketing, Microsoft Corp. “As such, we are pleased to extend our collaboration with Veeam to provide IT administrators new options for efficient backup operations, high-speed recovery, and the business continuity they need to keep businesses protected and productive anytime, anywhere.”

Integration with Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V technologies in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 includes:

- Windows Server 2016 support for installing Veeam Backup & Replication components as well as support as a guest OS of protected VMs, including network-free communication with a guest via PowerShell Direct.

- Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V support, including integration with Resilient Change Tracking (RCT) for backups and restores, and Hyper-V hosts installed on Nano Server and Storage Spaces Direct (S2D).

- Support for the most current versions of Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Active Directory, and SQL Server for application-aware processing and application item-level recoveries through Veeam Explorers for fast RTOs of less than 15 minutes.

"In our recent surveys we found that the improvement of backup and disaster recovery was the top storage objective for organizations for 2016"  said Henry Baltazar, research director for storage at 451 Research. “Customers have little tolerance for downtime, which makes data and workload resilience a key goal for any organization. The recent enhancements Veeam has introduced can help Microsoft customers facilitate the rapid recovery and business continuity needed to remain competitive in the Always-On era.”

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 is expected to be available later this year, close to general availability of Windows Server 2016. Veeam previously announced expanded existing storage integration to include Nimble Storage in addition to existing integrations with enterprise storage offerings from HPE, NetApp and EMC as part of the new Veeam Availability Suite 9.5.

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