Backup 3.0 update adds Linux files

Veeam's recovery software for VMware virtual machines now lets users recover individual Linux files from image backups
Written by Colin Barker, Contributor

Veeam Software has released Backup 3.0, an update to its backup and replication software for VMware-based virtual machines.

Backup 3.0, announced on Tuesday, is designed to work with servers running VMware ESX, ESXi and the free version of ESXi. The update now lets users recover individual Linux files from backups of images of virtual machines. That means users can now do file-level recovery from images of virtual machines running Linux, Windows, Mac, Unix and BSD.

The software, the first version of which was released a year ago, lets users restore virtual machines at the level of the guest OS file, the virtual machine file (VMX and VMDK) or the image.

File-level recovery can help organisations with their handling of virtual machines as part of their disaster-recovery and business-continuity plans, as it allows them the flexibility of restoring an individual file without having to extract the full virtual machine, according to Veeam.

Veeam's competitors in backup of virtual infrastructures are companies such as EMC's Mozy and Symantec. However, as analyst Martin Atherton of Freeform Dynamics pointed out, the field still has plenty of room, given that adoption of virtualisation is still on the increase.

"Products like Backup 3.0 are perhaps on the right track because this section of the market is wide open," he said. "Virtualisation has been growing so quickly, and now the management is catching up. When it comes down to it, you can install all those virtual machines, but you have to manage them as well."

Pricing for Veeam Backup 3.0 is £389 per socket up to six cores.

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