Veeam moves into physical backup with free Endpoint Backup

Virtual machine backup specialist Veeam announces free module to protect desktops, laptops and servers

Virtual machine backup specialist Veeam has announced a free backup module for physical desktops and laptops.

The product – Veeam Endpoint Backup – can also be used to back up limited numbers of physical servers and marks Veeam’s first foray into physical device backup.

Veeam Endpoint Backup – announced at the company’s VeeamON event in Las Vegas – is a free product that can back up Windows desktop and laptops to a hard drive, NAS share or Veeam backup repository.

Veeam Endpoint Backup can restore at bare-metal level, replicating the device to identical or different hardware, as well as at volume level or file level. The product can be integrated with Veeam Backup & Recovery, the supplier’s main data protection product.

The new product marks Veeam’s first move towards backing up physical devices.

The backup software market has been split between well-established suppliers, such as Symantec and CommVault which have updated physical backup software to handle virtual machines, and relative newcomers, such as Veeam, that specialise in backing up virtual servers and desktops.

The firm doesn’t specify how many physical servers can be backed up, but and in press materials around the release CEO Ratmir Timashev said it could back up “a few”. Presumably that means it doesn’t scale to be a replacement for existing physical server backup products.

Although the product is called Endpoint Backup, it doesn’t provide backup for endpoint devices such as smartphones.

Such bring-your-own-device (BYOD) hardware is increasing in prevalence in the enterprise, but to date no existing backup product can protect data from such endpoints, meaning customers must have different data protection regimes for different devices.

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