Veeam v11 is here
The new Veeam Backup & Replication v11 is now available, and offers over 200 new features and enhancements while saving 20 times on businesses long term archive retention costs, among other things. Raymond Goh, Senior Director, Systems Engineering, in Asia Pacific and Japan, speaks to Enterprise IT News about what this means overall.
EITN: Veeam V10 with 150 enhancements achieved 700,00 downloads. Can you share the top business and tech outcomes?
Raymond: v10 marked the first major release of our Veeam Backup and Replication which is the cornerstone technology for Veeam Cloud Data Management Platform, a single platform to protect Physical, Virtual, and Cloud workloads. V10 is built on the foundation technology for Veeam’s roadmap and has paved the way for our Veeam ACT II focus, which is focused on creating a Hybrid Cloud strategy for our customers, helping them achieve Data Availability, Data Agility, and Business Acceleration.
Data is at the heart of any business and V10 enabled organizations of any size to protect their data and ensure it was both secure and available whenever needed, regardless of if it were to back up a few files or for a full-scale environment spanning cloud, virtual and physical workloads. V10 provided businesses with a simple, flexible, and reliable solution that allowed them to make smarter and more informed business decisions without having to spend too much time or resources on wondering if the backup solution was keeping up with their business needs.
EITN: What do you expect to accomplish and enable with Veeam Backup & Replication V11?
Raymond: V11 is the next step in our technology roadmap and enables the most advanced data protection solution for Cloud, Virtual, Physical and Enterprise workloads. V11 includes reliable security and ransomware protection that fends off increasing risks of cyberthreats now and into the future, delivering unprecedented resiliency for companies of any size.
As such this will help solve customer challenges with regards to zero tolerance for downtime and data loss and ultimately keeping data safe from ransomware. In addition, V11 will enable customers to meet compliance and retention goals with a 4-in-1 solution with backup, replication, storage snapshot orchestration, and Continuous Data Protection (CDP). CDP is one of the new features of V11 that helps eliminate data loss with near-zero disaster recovery replication. V11 enables native immutable backups using an easily configured and available hardened Linux repository that can prevent malicious encryption and deletion, which allows customers to prevent ransomware from proliferating.
CDP is one of the new features of V11 that helps eliminate data loss with near-zero disaster recovery replication. V11 enables native immutable backups using an easily configured and available hardened Linux repository that can prevent malicious encryption and deletion, which allows customers to prevent ransomware from proliferating.
EITN: Please share more about Veeam’s ransomware protection. Is this a new feature and how does it work? As it is quite technical, it would be great if you could explain this in more detail.
Raymond: When it comes to Veeam’s Ransomware Protection, we believe in practicing the Three-Stage Approach. Stage One is the “Pre-infection” stage and Stage Two is the “During the Infection” stage, but this is usually the time in which organizations need to be vigilant and aware of what might be possibly attacking their systems. The third stage is what we call the “exploitation” phase where organizations need to isolate the problem, try to recover from the attack, and put in measures to prevent recurring ransomware attacks.
V11’s new feature for reliable ransomware protection will keep backups safe and immutable, through hardened Linux repositories to ensure backup files are locked from modification and encryption by ransomware. This strengthens an organization’s chances of recovering much quicker through V11’s immutable backup repository as your backup files are still accessible but not impacted by ransomware.
EITN: In your opinion, what more can be done to prevent ransomware from wreaking so much havoc?
Raymond: In my view, more can be done to prevent ransomware attacks from wreaking havoc and at Veeam, we advocate the 3-2-1 rule as a general data management strategy. The 3-2-1 rule recommends that businesses should keep at least three copies of their data: a version that is being worked on and two back-ups, with one of them being kept offline.
The ‘one’ copy in the 3-2-1 strategy must be ultra-resilient. By this, we mean air-gapped, offline, or immutable. There are different forms of media in which this copy of data can be stored in an ultra-resilient manner. These include tape media, immutable backups in S3 or S3-compatible object storage, air-gapped and offline media, or software as a service for backup and Disaster Recovery (DR). Keeping one back-up offline is key and not network connected as this vastly increases the likelihood that ransomware will not be able to reach it and allow systems to be restored from this copy.
Besides, performing regular risk assessments should be part of an organization’s overall data protection strategy to proactively identify potential risks. As part of the risk assessment, you need to be able to verify that data is recoverable and that it can be restored quickly and easily. It is also important to proactively take copies of your data systems and test them for vulnerabilities and find weaknesses in your systems.