Groundbreaking Data Protection Capabilities Provide Compelling Reasons to Virtualize Oracle Databases and Microsoft Exchange

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Veeam Software, innovative provider of VMware data protection, disaster recovery and VMware management solutions for virtual datacenter environments, today released Veeam Backup & Replication™ 5.0, whose added functionality gives organizations compelling reasons to virtualize their critical enterprise applications, such as CRM, ERP and email systems.

Version 5.0 provides 2-in-1 backup and replication for virtual machines (VMs) running on VMware ESX(i) and performs functions not possible with traditional physical backup solutions or other virtual backup tools. With patent-pending technology, Veeam Backup & Replication 5.0 can run a VM in production or in an isolated virtual lab directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage. As a result, it’s now possible to instantly recover a VM directly from a backup, restore individual objects (email messages, database records, etc.) from any virtualized application, and automatically verify the recoverability of every backup without additional hardware or staff. This technology also enables organizations to gain additional value from their investments in backup storage by using backups to create an “on-demand sandbox” for troubleshooting, testing and development/QA.

“By virtualizing enterprise applications on VMware vSphere™ and using Veeam Backup & Replication v5, organizations can overcome the limitations of traditional backup and gain fast, flexible and reliable recovery of critical applications,” explained Ratmir Timashev, Veeam President and CEO. “This includes databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server and email systems such as Microsoft Exchange.

“Our reseller partners also benefit from this type of innovation, as it helps them bring additional value to their customers and paves the way for expanded virtualization,” added Timashev.

Judges at VMworld 2010 agreed that Veeam Backup & Replication v5 is a major step forward in protecting and recovering VMware environments. They awarded it Best of Show and Best New Technology because it “addresses major problems that virtualization administrators have” and “its backup verification technology and ability to reach into applications set it apart.”

“As customers continue along the path towards IT as a service, they are consistently looking for ways to improve datacenter operations and business continuity. Through our partnership with Veeam, joint customers can take advantage of Veeam’s technology to maximize the performance of their mission-critical virtual infrastructure,” said Parag Patel, Vice President of Alliances, VMware. “For many customers, virtualizing their critical business applications is the next step in the journey to 100% virtualization. The added functionality of Veeam Backup & Replication v5 provides our customers with improved recovery capabilities that will be important to virtualize key enterprise applications with VMware vSphere™.”

By running a VM directly from a backup file without modifying the backup, and by creating an isolated environment where VMs can run, Veeam Backup & Replication v5 provides:

  1. Instant VM Recovery: Restore an entire virtual machine from a backup file in minutes. Users remain productive while IT troubleshoots the issue.
  2. U-AIR™ (Universal Application-Item Recovery): Recover individual items from any virtualized application, on any operating system, without additional backups, agents or software tools. Eliminates the need for expensive special-purpose tools and extends granular recovery to all applications and users.
  3. SureBackup™ Recovery Verification: Automatically verify the recoverability of every backup, of every virtual machine, every time. Eliminates uncertainty and sets a new standard in data protection.
  4. On-demand Sandbox: Create test VMs from any point in time to troubleshoot problems or test workarounds, software patches and new application code. Eliminates the need for dedicated test labs and the overhead that extra VMware snapshots place on VMs.
  5. Instant File-level Recovery for any file system: Recover an entire VM or an individual file from the same image-level backup. Extends instant file-level recovery to all VMs.

“Backup has long been one of IT’s top pain points,” said Dave Russell, research vice president at Gartner. “And though x86 server virtualization has demonstrated substantial cost and management benefits to IT, many organizations have feared their backup systems would not adequately protect mission-critical data and applications if they were placed on virtual servers, especially given the challenges they already faced with backup on their physical systems. The ability to verify every backup automatically and restore individual application items have been among IT’s most serious backup concerns.”

Pricing and Availability
Veeam Backup & Replication 5.0 is available immediately. North American pricing starts at $599 USD per socket for Standard Edition and $899 USD for Enterprise Edition. Customer licenses under maintenance as of June 30, 2010, are eligible for a free upgrade to Enterprise Edition.

In addition, a Competitive Upgrade program is offered now through December 24, 2010, at New customers receive a 25 percent discount on the price of Standard or Enterprise Edition with proof of purchase of another backup product.

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