Veeam readies Availability Suite V10, offers universal licensing

Veeam has taken the wraps off the latest iteration of its software to speed up backup and recovery, along with other features to help enterprises better manage their data in a hybrid cloud environment.

Touted as the biggest release in Veeam’s history, Availability Suite V10 now supports mass recovery of virtual machines in less than five minutes regardless of size. It also integrates with cloud-based object storage, enabling enterprises to copy data that sits on-premise to the cloud as a safeguard against ransomware attacks.

These capabilities, part of over 150 enhancements in V10, also include NAS backups, enhanced backups for SAP Hana and Oracle databases, support for open-source databases including MySQL and PostgreSQL, as well as granularity in choosing specific workloads to recover for a given volume.

Features aside, Veeam is making a notable addition to its software licensing options – a universal licence that can be applied to any workload, whether they are virtual, on physical servers and workstations, or on the cloud. Enterprises will need to purchase licences in minimum bundles of 10 or more, in order to use them on the workloads they wish to protect.

Meanwhile, Veeam will continue to offer CPU-based perpetual licences for enterprises that aren’t ready to switch to a universal licence, according to Raymond Goh, head of systems engineering for Asia and Japan at Veeam. “On top of that, we will still have server agent-based licensing,” he added.

Goh said with the universal licence, enterprises need not be concerned about the software edition they are using. “They just need to purchase what they need and can even protect enterprise workloads like Oracle and SAP which needed the Enterprise Plus edition previously.”

On what would drive upgrades, Goh said companies that are looking for NAS backup capabilities, as well as those that back up data to cloud-based object storage for compliance requirements, would benefit from V10, adding that Veeam will continue to support the previous version of its software – V9.5 update 4b – over a “grace period” while companies plan their upgrades.

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