Thursday, May 22, 2014

New and Improved Veeam Explorers Reduce Recovery Time Objectives

Businesses of all sizes receive benefits from virtualizing Tier 1 applications such as resource allocation, high availability, workload customization, and mobility. Although great benefits are provided, virtualizing Tier 1 application workloads also brings challenges that are associated with disaster recovery, management of the virtual infrastructure, and data protection. Veeam has extensive experiencing helping enable virtualization of Tier 1 applications for today’s businesses that demand constant access to data, efficient management of exploding data growth, and minimal downtime though backup, monitoring, replication, and management of the virtual machines (VMs).

Veeam added Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange to Veeam Backup & Replication almost two years ago. This provided access inside the Exchange .EDB database file from within the Veeam backup file, allowing granular recovery of items from an Exchange database to a running Exchange server in minutes instead of hours, all without agents. Veeam Backup & Replication v8 introduces additional features for Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange including a web-based restore portal for help desk operators and the ability to recover hard deleted items.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint soon followed and made it possible to restore and backup everything in a SharePoint environment. This allowed the .MDF database to be available from within the backup file with item level granular recovery features to the running SharePoint servers without the need for software agents.

With v8 of Backup & Replication, Veeam introduces Veeam Explorer for SQL and Veeam Explorer for Active Directory. Veeam Explorer for SQL allows fast, transaction-level recovery of SQL databases in an easy-to-use interface.  With a 1-Click restore back to the original location, digging through a file-level system or knowing where the database or log files are located are no longer an issue. Veeam Explorer for SQL provides agentless transaction log backup and restore that allows users to restore SQL databases to a specific point in time while ensuring low recovery point and recovery time objectives (RTOs and RPOs).

Item-level recovery is made simple with Veeam Explorer for Active Directory. This allows users to easily recover individual Active Directory objects, computer passwords, individual user accounts, entire containers and organizational units instantly. Accessing and recovering accidental deletions or service accounts that need the password changed on every server that used that account is made easy with Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory. There is no need to extract the entire VM, perform or restore into isolation, or install an agent on the domain control.

With these additions and upgrades to Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL, and Veeam Explorer for Active Directory, Veeam continues to deliver the tools necessary to manage virtualized Tier-1 applications. All Veeam Explorers will be included in Veeam Backup & Replication v8, aimed for release in the second half of 2014.

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