Veeam updates – sales reference

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Lately I have been asked by resellers in the field in Belgium to help position Veeam at larger accounts. Most of those customers have tested Veeam at one point, either in a full PoC (Proof of Concept) or just in a lab. Some of them got the value immediately, others were not ready to jump but feel themselves forced today to review that statement because their legacy system is still lacking a modern approach to virtualization protection. One of the questions I get at that point is: what has Veeam done since version X.x ?

Reverse Roadmap

instead of making bold statements and hollow promisses like many do, Veeam has had this brilliant concept, and please don’t trademark this 😉 , of showing the reversed roadmap. I wish more vendors did exactly this.

I have made my slightly more extended version of it with the intermediate patches, release dates and links to the full release notes and some meta information. Feel free to share with your prospects!


v6.5 – 31 October 2012

release notes / what’s new

  • Veeam Explorer for Exchange
  • Veeam Explorer for San Snapshots (HP StoreVirtual)
  • Support for vSphere 5.1 (6 weeks after release)
  • Support for Windows Server 2012, incl Hyper-V 2012
  • Support for Win8
  • Support for SQL Server 2012
  • File Level Restore without staging

v6.5, Patch 1 – 24 december 2012

release notes: KB1714

v6.5, Patch 2 – 11 februari 2013

only for Cloud Edition, superseded by Patch 3

v6.5, Patch 3 – 29 April 2013

release notes: KB1751

v7.0 – 15 August 2013

release notes / what’s new

  • WAN-Acceleration for Backup
  • SureReplica (Virtual Lab for Replicas)
  • Virtual Lab for Hyper-V
  • Self-Service Recovery
  • Support for Tape (incl VTL)
  • Backup Copy Job
  • Veeam Explorer for Exchange (2010/2013)
  • Veeam Explorer for Sharepoint (2010/2013)
  • SAN Snapshot support for HP StoreServ (3PAR)
  • Grandfather-Father-Son retention
  • Parallel Processing engine
  • Support for vCloud Director

v7.0, Patch 1 – 30 September 2013

release notes: KB1823

v7.0, R2 Update – 13 November 2013

release notes: KB1831

  • Support for vSphere 5.5 (7 weeks after release)
  • Support for 62TB disks
  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 & Win8.1

v7.0, Patch 3 – 13 februari 2014

release notes: KB1854

  • 1 click file level recovery for files larger than 4GB

v7.0, Patch 4 – 5 June 2014

release notes: KB1891

  • Support for VMware VSAN
  • Support for SQL Server 2014

v8.0 – 6 November 2014

release notes / what’s new / U-AIR extra release notes

  • WAN Acceleration for Replica
  • Replica from Backup
  • Failover Plans
  • Veeam Cloud Connect
  • Veeam Explorer for Active Directory
  • Veeam Explorer for SQL Server
  • Snapshot Hunter
  • Quick rollback
  • SAN Snapshot support for NetApp Cluster & 7-mode
  • Support for EMC DataDomain Boost
  • End-2-End Encryption (AES256)
  • Backup IO Control

v8.0, Patch 1 – 25 december 2014

release notes: KB1982

v8.0, Update 2 – 28 April 2015

release notes: KB2024 / blog (Rick Vanover)

  • Support for vSphere 6.0 (6 weeks after release)
  • Support for VSAN 6.0
  • Support for VVOLs
  • Storage Policy based restores (SPBM)
  • Backup & Replication of Fault Tolerant VMs
  • vSphere 6 Tags selection
  • Silent Install + update of all Veeam B&R components
  • PowerShell support for FREE VeeamZIP

Future releases

One of the first things that jumps out is that Veeam has consistently been on top of new technologies. vSphere 5.1 and vSphere 5.5 were both supported within two months after their GA date. Do yourself a favour and compare those timings to any other competitor … (sitenote: anyone who is marketing Day-0 support is a threat to your environment and is using your companie’s production as a guinea pig!). So it’s probably safe to say that we can expect support from Veeam for vSphere 6 somewhere in April.

UPDATE: as expected Veeam has now released Update 2 merely 6 weeks after G.A. of vSphere 6.

Secondly I have noticed in the Veeam Community Digest newsletter from Anton Gostev (@gostev) that Veeam will no longer call the intemediate releases a Patch but rather an Update as patches have a negative connotation and an Update gives them the ability to ship new small features between major cycles. I’d say I’m the last to hold them back on that promise 🙂

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