Veeam Announces New DR Solution Using Microsoft Azure

During the opening keynote for Cloud Day at VeeamON, Veeam announced the availability of the release candidate version of their new backup solution Veeam PN (Veeam Powered Network). Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure is designed to simplify and automate the setup of a disaster recovery site in Azure using software-defined networking (SDN). And, given what I saw during a demonstration given by Aussie technical evangelist Anthony Spiteri, it looks like a very powerful tool that is offered at the bargain price of free.

Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure is a powerful solution designed to simplify and automate the setup of a DR site in Azure using lightweight software-defined networking (SDN). It helps maintain business continuity and availability by eliminating the complexity of VPN deployments and is designed for businesses of all sizes and service providers.

As it’s all about DR, there’s no need to keep an Azure instance constantly spinning. But when you need it, you can restore a backup of a VM on Azure quickly. I’m always sceptical with on-stage demos as the environments are tuned to make products look their best but the entire process from simulating a failed VM through to having it running again on Azure took just a few minutes. However, the time taken to upload the VM snapshot to Azure was eliminated from the demo as that was prepared earlier.

The company also announced their new automated DR solution, Veeam Disaster Recovery in Microsoft Azure. This combines Veeam Direct Restore and the new Veeam PN.

And yesterday, the company announced their new Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows. This extends Veeam “Always-On Cloud” Availability Platform to public cloud and physical servers. This allows you to back up physical servers, workstations and endpoints, as well as Windows workloads running in Azure, to either cloud or local storage.

Anthony Caruana attended VeeamON in New Orleans as a guest of Veeam.

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