Veeam Has Hyper-V's Back

Veeam Software, a provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions, has introduced Virtual Lab for Windows Server Hyper-V, one of the new features to be included in the upcoming release of Veeam Backup & Replication v7. Virtual Lab helps ensure the protection, performance and availability of Hyper-V environments.

Virtual Lab works in conjunction with vPower, Veeam’s technology for running a virtual machine directly from a compressed, deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage. With vPower, a VM can run from any restore point, full or incremental, without any changes to the backup itself. Virtual Lab for Hyper-V follows the 2012 release of Instant VM Recovery for Hyper-V, which takes advantage of vPower to minimize downtime and disruption by enabling IT to run a VM directly from a backup while a full restore is underway.

Key capabilities provided by the combination of vPower and Virtual Lab for Hyper-V include SureBackup, which enables users verify the recoverability of every backup of every VM, without additional hardware or administrative time and effort, and U-AIR (Universal Application-Item Recovery), supporting agent-free recovery of individual objects from any virtualized application in case of accidental deletion or scripts that result in unintended changes.

Additional capabilities are provided by a feature called On-Demand Sandbox, which runs VMs in the safety of isolated environments built from existing backups and storage. Instead of using production resources to restore backups or burdening production VMs with additional snapshots, virtual environments can be created on the fly, enabling users to power on required VMs at their choice of restore points.

Veeam Backup & Replication v7 will become generally available in Q3, 2013. For more information about Virtual Lab for Hyper-V and other features coming in v7, go to