Latest Version of Veeam Availability Orchestrator Released



Cloud data management and backup solutions provider, Veeam Software, has announced the release of Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO) v3. The latest version would provide businesses significant cost savings while immediately receiving a purpose-built disaster recovery (DR) planning and compliance solution for all workloads. It would help simplify and improve DR and business continuity by eliminating the need for difficult upfront decision making around what workloads not to protect.

This new release brings full recovery orchestration support for NetApp ONTAP snapshots. This would enable users to “reliably” ensure the continuity of their IT services at any scale through extensible recovery orchestration from Veeam-powered backups and replicas and array-based replication.

New VAO v3 adds additional capabilities to offer extensible recovery orchestration from array-based replication for all NetApp ONTAP customers. This new feature, Storage Orchestration Plans, will enable customers to orchestrate failover on NetApp ONTAP storage to a secondary recovery site, whether it be a DR site or a new data center in the case of datacenter migration.

“Automating manually intensive processes and driving greater business value by unlocking the potential of otherwise dormant data is key to a more agile business,” said Danny Allan, CTO and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam. “VAO v3 provides intelligent orchestration and testing for business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) and migration operations, using our advanced recovery technology to eliminate the otherwise manual, time-consuming and repeatable processes for necessary DR and migration planning.”

Disaster Recovery (DR) Planning

VAO v3 offers a range of capabilities that can help businesses to achieve necessary levels of DR planning and compliance by automatically testing, dynamically documenting and executing disaster recovery plans in as little as 1-click, from single applications to entire sites. To sum up, VAO would enable Veeam and NetApp ONTAP users to:

  • Maximize service availability – Get near-zero RTOs and RPOs for all applications and data with full recovery orchestration support for NetApp ONTAP snapshots as well as Veeam-powered backups and replicas.
  • Enhance operational efficiencies – Eliminate manual, expensive processes with comprehensive one-click orchestration and automation for DR and migrations.
  • Plan “with confidence” – Constantly validate recoverability and compliance of DR plans with fully automated, non-disruptive testing and documentation.

In addition, VAO v3 makes necessary Disaster Recovery (DR) planning accessible for all workloads with a new DR Pack offer ideal for current users of Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Suite, immediately providing a purpose-built DR planning and compliance solution. General availability is expected within the next 30 days.

Microsoft Office 365 

In addition to VAO v3, Veeam has also provided a glimpse into its future product roadmap, specifically:

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v5

Danny Allan

Danny Allan

“VAO v3 provides intelligent orchestration and testing for business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) and migration operations,” said Danny Allan, CTO and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam.

As the transition to the work from home environment explodes, Microsoft Teams usage has increased to more than 75 million daily active users as employees strive to communicate, collaborate and stay productive. New Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v5 would make it easier than ever for users to quickly restore and find documents and files from within Microsoft Teams.

As Veeam’s fastest growing product, with downloads by more than 120,000 organizations, representing over 12 million user mailboxes, the latest version of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 will build on the product growth and momentum to deliver native backup and recovery for Microsoft Teams, providing “fast and easy” recovery for Teams data.

With native APIs for Teams, Veeam would provide an innovative approach to native backup and recovery for Microsoft Teams with full support for the following capabilities:

  • Reliable Teams Backup – Protect Teams data but also channels, settings and tabs.
  • Industry-leading Restores – Provides a fast and easy recovery experience built for Teams.
  • Unmatched eDiscovery – Enables granular search and find across Teams components.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v5 will be generally available in Q3, 2020.

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