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Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots Revolutionizes VMware Data Protection by Unlocking the Power of SAN Snapshots

Veeam Software, innovative provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions for VMware vSphere and Windows Server Hyper-V, announces new restore capabilities for Veeam Backup & Replication. Developed in conjunction with HP, Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots enables IT administrators to recover virtual machines (VM) and their data directly from HP LeftHand and HP StoreVirtual VSA snapshots.

The new capability enables admins to quickly restore any or all of a VM directly from SAN snapshots, which can be taken throughout the day with very little impact on production systems. This enables short recovery point objectives (RPOs) for the most common recovery scenarios: users accidentally deleting data, scripts accidentally corrupting data and system updates gone wrong.

Veeam’s approach is to leverage SAN snapshots as part of a comprehensive backup and recovery strategy, where SAN snapshots and image-level backups complement each other. Rather than converting SAN snapshots to backups, Veeam uses them in their native form.

Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots was created for the virtualization community to address the need for affordable, easy-to-use, and flexible recovery from SAN snapshots. The new capability is:
  • Fast – Recover an entire VM or individual items in 2 minutes or less.
    • Fully automated process mounts the selected SAN snapshot.
    • Restores directly from VM files on the SAN snapshot (without staging or intermediate restores).
    • Includes easy-to-use wizards to simplify and safeguard restores.
  • Flexible – Admins can restore exactly what they need:
    • Full VM
    • Individual guest files
    • Individual Microsoft Exchange items
  • Free – Leverages existing SAN snapshot capabilities.
    • Worry-free: Automated process eliminates human errors and protects integrity of SAN snapshots and production LUNs.
    • Agent-free: No agents to deploy on hosts or VMs.
    • Literally free: Included in all editions of Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5, including Veeam Backup Free Edition.


Ratmir Timashev, President and CEO, Veeam Software

“We worked with HP to develop Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots. Veeam’s revolutionary capability enables customers to recover quickly from daily disasters using SAN snapshots they already have in place without additional cost.”

Steve Crimi, Director of Business Development and Alliances, HP

“To maintain competitive advantage, organizations require quick and reliable data backup and recovery processes. The combination of Veeam Backup & Replication software with HP LeftHand and HP StoreVirtual VSA solutions enables our clients to restore their virtual environments more quickly to minimize business disruption.”

Luca Dell'Oca, Virtualization and Storage Expert, Moresi.Com SA

“In our datacenter we have always limited the use of storage snapshots due to the complexity and effort required for restore operations, and we solely relied on Veeam backups. Now with the storage integration between HP LeftHand and Veeam Backup & Replication, we have a new powerful way to guarantee more frequent backups via storage snapshots, and have everything managed nonetheless via the Veeam console like we already did. We can now guarantee to our customers even higher SLAs and better RTO.”

Nathan Bayliff, Network Administrator for a City in the Midwest U.S.A.

“The capability to use the new functionality via a simple intuitive interface like Veeam is known for will definitely be huge. It will really make life much easier!”

Dave Russell, Research VP,Gartner

“Gartner sees growing interest from end-user organizations in bolstering backup with additional data protection capabilities. In one recent survey, nearly two-thirds of respondents said they have plans to augment backup software with snapshot and replication solutions. End-user organizations most frequently cite network-attached storage (NAS) and block storage array snapshot capabilities as the technologies they are turning to.”

Availability & Pricing:

Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots will be demoed Aug. 26-29 at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco at the Veeam booth # 1709 and at the HP StoreVirtual VSA Interactive booth #235. The new feature will be generally available in Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5, which is scheduled for release in Q4 2012. The feature will be free and included in all editions of Veeam Backup & Replication, including Veeam Backup Free Edition. To learn more, visit: and read the HP Fact Sheet:

Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012 12:46 PM by David Marshall
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