Veeam Software has announced patent-pending technology the company claims will enable business to verify the recoverability...
of every back-up on every virtual machine.
"Never before has this been possible in the server world," Doug Hazelman, director, global systems engineering group at Veeam told Computer Weekly.
This solves the problem of not being able to test every back-up because the process is too costly and time consuming, he said.
In the past, companies just had to hope for the best because even though a back-up job completes successfully, it does not necessarily mean the machine can be recovered and booted, said Hazelman.
The technology uses snapshots of entire VMware-based virtual servers, including operating system and data, to enable back-ups to be tested and verified in minutes rather than hours, he said.
Although this does not affect the speed of the server recovery, it means companies can be 100% certain that the everything will be back up and running, said Hazelman.
The new capabilities will be available in version 5.0 of Veeam Backup & Replication software to be released early in the second half of 2010.
The technology will initially be available only for VMware-based virtual datacentre environments, but Veeam plans to extend this to Microsoft's Hyper-V platform.