Veeam Software’s Veeam Availability Suite v9 will include a new storage capability that dramatically reduces the total cost of ownership (TCO) of backup storage, lowers hardware costs and radically simplifies backup storage management in complex enterprise environments: the Unlimited Scale-out Backup Repository.
Managing backup storage is an enormous and expensive headache for the enterprise; in no small part because the exponential rate of data growth is outpacing the ability of legacy solutions to manage it efficiently and cost-effectively.
“Both production and protection storage volumes are growing around 40 percent year-over-year, while data protection budgets are growing roughly one-tenth of that,” says Jason Buffington, senior data protection analyst at ESG. “The irony is that IT is being asked to increase their availability and agility to recover, but aren’t even able to maintain the status quo with legacy approaches to backup, in part due to storage requirements.”
With availability requirements demanding RTPOs (recovery time and point objectives) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data, today’s enterprises are facing the real challenge of ensuring optimum levels of availability with a data protection budget that cannot keep pace.  Thanks to Veeam Availability Suite v9, customers gain a powerful new tool to combat the costs and complexity that come with exponential data growth.
“With Veeam, enterprise IT can go beyond legacy backup to embrace true data center availability for all data and applications,” says Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam. “Our new Unlimited Scale-out Backup Repository capability is another example of how we’re taking full advantage of new technologies to improve availability for the enterprise. In this case, the result is dramatic simplification and cost reduction for backup storage management, making it easier and more cost effective to provide ‘always-on’ performance.”
The Veeam Unlimited Scale-out Backup Repository overcomes these challenges by creating a single backup repository from a collection of almost any storage devices.
Benefits include:
* Simplified backup storage management in complex enterprise environments: Enterprises can now increase backup storage capacity infinitely by simply adding almost any storage device to the single pool. By leveraging all available capacity intelligently, backup storage availability is dramatically improved: lack of free space on a particular storage device or even its temporary unavailability does not result in failed backups and missed RPOs.
* Leverage existing storage resources: The Unlimited Scale-out Backup Repository enables the enterprise to leverage its current storage investment to reduce costs. In fact, Veeam increases the effective capacity of existing storage by 30% or more by being able to leverage disk space that typically goes unused in a legacy backup storage environment, dramatically reducing the overall storage spend.
* Increase performance: Using the backup files placement policy, full and incremental backup files can be assigned to separate storage devices for improved backup and recovery performance by leveraging I/O capacity of multiple devices with a single job. With this, the Unlimited Scale-out Backup Repository enables lower RTPOs and reduced risk of data loss thereby empowering the enterprise to optimize its use of storage resources.
“The contradiction between the need to raise IT resiliency and agility while trying to reduce storage burdens is adding complexity and burden to many folks’ IT infrastructures,” Buffington says. “Veeam’s new Unlimited Scale-out Backup Repository should help alleviate those burdens by simplifying backup target storage, which ought to further ease administration while providing flexibility to backup and virtualization administrators who have more strategic tasks to do than managing their underlying storage pool.”