Veeam Availability Suite 11a Released

Veeam has released Backup & Replication 11a and One 11a.

Veeam Backup & Replication 11a

What’s new:

  • New platform support
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2022
    • Microsoft Windows 10 21H1
    • Microsoft Windows 11 readiness
    • Microsoft Azure Stack HCI version 21H2
    • RHEL/CentOS 8.4
    • Ubuntu 21.04
    • Debian 11
    • SLES 15 SP3
    • OpenSUSE Leap 15.3
    • Fedora 34
    • VMware Cloud Director 10.3
    • VMware VMC 15
    • VMware vSphere 7.0 U3 readiness
  • Cloud Native support
    • Native protection of additional services
      • Expand native backup and recovery to Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) systems and Microsoft Azure SQL Databases.
    • Lowest cost archive storage
      • Achieve long-term retention goals for cloud-native backups within budgets. New support for Amazon S3 Glacier and Glacier Deep Archive, Microsoft Azure Archive Storage and Google Cloud Archive storage cuts data archival costs by as much as 50X.
    • Increased security and control
      • Safeguard encrypted backup data from ransomware and other cyber threats. Integrations with AWS Key Management Service (KMS) and Azure Key Vault, as well as new RBAC functionality, increases security with streamlined control over access authorizations.
    • Fully integrated Google Cloud Platform (GCP) support
      • GCP protection is now built directly into the Veeam Backup & Replication console. Further, with V11a, customers can now restore image-level backups created by ANY Veeam product directly to a GCE VM for cloud disaster recovery of any workload. With these additions, Veeam now supports centrally managed cloud-native backups and Direct Restore functionality for all three leading hyperscalers.
    • Instant Recovery to Nutanix AHV
    • Centralized management for IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris protection
    • Red Hat® Virtualization (RHV) support readiness
    • Kasten by Veeam K10 integration readiness
    • Other Enhancements
      • Veeam Continuous Data Protect (CDP)
        • improved performance and reduced CPU usage during the initial synchronization, added better monitoring and reporting for replication conveyor issues, added compatibility with a number of VMware Virtual Volumes (vVOLs) implementations, removed existing limitations on maximum I/O journal size for VMware vVOLs and VMware vSAN target storage.
      • Improved health check performance
        • storage-level corruption guard functionality will now also use the advanced data fetcher technology, which should significantly improve its performance on enterprise-grade backup storage hardware.
    • Elliptic curve cryptography
      • in addition to data encryption, elliptic curve based keys are now supported for registering Linux servers with Veeam Backup & Replication using the SSH public key authentication method.
    • Restore directly from Capacity Tier
      • when a restore process is initiated from backups stored in the Capacity Tier (using the Backups > Object Storage node), we will no longer read matching data blocks from the Performance Tier and instead use solely the data from object storage. This capability can be useful for performing periodic non-disruptive restore tests directly from the cloud without putting your Performance Tier into maintenance mode.
    • Object storage compatibility
      • to help object storage devices with limited scalability, you can again enable your backup jobs to use the 8MB block size to reduce the number of objects created. To make this option visible, create the UIShowLegacyBlockSize (DWORD, 1) registry value under the ‘HKLM\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication’ key on the backup server. Keep in mind that this option significantly increases incremental backups size and requires an active full backup to be activated.
    • External repositories
      • backup server will now detect the presence of new restore points as they appear, instead of having to wait for daily and/or manual rescan to be performed, thus addressing various inconsistencies in the user interface.
    • Microsoft Azure authentication library
      • we have switched from ADAL to the recommended and more secure Microsoft Authentication Library. Microsoft plans to discontinue ADAL support entirely in mid-2022.
    • Microsoft SCVMM:
      • we added the infrastructure caching service to improve the performance of SCVMM-integrated jobs and user interface operations in large Hyper-V environments registered with Veeam via SCVMM server.
    • VMware vSAN integration
      • the task scheduler now uses the dedicated threshold of a maximum number of open VM snapshots per vSAN datastores, with the default limit of 32 snapshots. You can control this setting with the VSANMaxSnapshotsNum (DWORD) registry value under the ‘HKLM\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication’ key on the backup server.

See the Veeam KB for this release here.

Veeam One 11a

What’s new:

  • Platform support
    • VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 3 support
    • VMware Cloud Director 10.3 support
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2022 support
  • Veeam Agents for IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris support
  • Veeam Backup for Google Cloud Platform support
  • Linux Hardened Repository and immutability support
  • Alarms
    • Database log backup job state enhancements
  • Reports
    • Workload protection history report enhancements
    • Backup infrastructure custom data report enhancements
    • Data change rate history report enhancements
    • Cloud Connect user report (replication) report enhancements
    • Backup alarms overview report
    • Restore operator activity report

See the Veeam KB for information here.

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