Veeam Availability Suite v9: EMC Storage Integration

Published on July 01, 2015

Veeam Availability Suite v9: EMC Storage Integration

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Veeam Backup & Replication v8 currently supports hardware snapshots on HP and NetApp storage . Recently, we are often asked - “what other storage facilities will Veeam products integrate with?” This article will discuss the integration of the future version of Veeam Availability Suite v9 , which will be released this year, with EMC storage systems .

Support will include immediately two lines of EMC disk arrays and numerous configuration options. Both EMC VNX and VNXe systems are supported. Recovery will be available using Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots, which is included in all editions of Veeam Backup & Replication, including Free Edition) and backup using hardware snapshots.

Thanks to the use of hardware snapshots of the storage, it is possible to ensure high data availability in modern data centers, since the speed of the backup software product can increase significantly if it uses hardware snapshots. Storage developers are better than anyone who knows their drive design at a low level, so it’s obvious that they can take snapshots of such drives with the highest level of efficiency and productivity.

Let's take a closer look at how it works: Veeam Backup & Replication can view VNX and VNXe hardware snapshots. Snapshots can be created both as scheduled on the array and through the Veeam Backup & Replication interface. Immediately after receiving a snapshot, you can view its contents and use effective recovery options.

Using hardware snapshots provides minimum RPO performance. Nevertheless, in the event of a hardware failure of the disk, snapshots are likely to "die" with the data, so it is reasonable to backup the data of snapshots and store it in a different place relative to the original data. Veeam Backup has a special option for this purpose: “Backup from Storage Snapshots”.

Thanks to the use of hardware snapshots, you can create backups at any time, even on the busiest virtual machines. Before performing a backup, the virtual machine must be prepared for this by creating a snapshot at the virtual machine level using the VMware hypervisor (this operation flushes all data buffers located in the memory to disk, which ensures the integrity of the application data in the backup). After that, a hardware snapshot is created, and the VMware snapshot is deleted. More interesting. Veeam Backup Proxy transfers data directly from a hardware snapshot. You no longer need to manually register a VM or initialize an ESXi datastore. Thanks to our patented technology, the VMware CBT option is available - which means that incremental copies can be created very quickly. At the end of the backup, the hardware snapshot is automatically deleted. The figure below shows the backup steps using hardware snapshots.

Veeam Availability Suite v9 will be released this year. Beta and preview versions are likely to be available, so you are among the first to appreciate the interesting features of the new version. You can find additional information on the links below: