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Dec 23 2016

Veeam Launches Backup Agent for Linux Installations

Swiss-based software outfit Veeam, famous for its agentless backup solutions for virtualized environments, has made its first foray into the field of protecting data on physical systems.

According to a blog post from Dmitry Kniazev, coordinator of technical product marketing at Veeam, the move comes as a result of ongoing customer demand for a solution that helps them back up non-virtualized Windows and Linux systems. This is easier to do with agent-based software. Following a period of hesitation, the company finally decided to seize the somewhat unexpected growth opportunity and distributed samples of the upcoming product to partner firms since October 2015. The Linux version has now left the beta stage and is now available for download as a 30-day trial version free of charge.

Veeam Agent for Linux is supposed to seamlessly integrate with Veeam Backup & Replication, one of the company's flagship products, as it uses the same VBK format to store image-based backups of Linux-based workstations, servers and cloud systems. The tool comes with its own snapshot and change block tracking driver, which means it will create incremental backups without having to rescan a given system's hard drives. As per Kniazev's blog entry, Veeam Agent for Linux runs on x86 and x64 CPUs and requires the kernel 2.6.32 or later. Supported Linux distros include Debian 6.x to 8.x, openSUSE 11.3 to 13.x and Leap 42.1/2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x and 7.x and derivatives (CentOS, Fedora, Oracle Linux), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP 1 through 12, and every Ubuntu edition between versions 10.04 and 16.10. Administrators can trigger a backup process either via a UI wizard that opens up in the Linux shell or using the classic command line tool, depending on their experience and/or individual demand for control. Either way, the systems will show up in a new "Agents" tab on the Veeam Backup & Replication console. Restores are equally simple.

Veeam Agent for Linux is available in three editions. The free version includes all key functionalities as described above, but doesn't support more complex tasks; likewise, it doesn't offer professional product support. The workstation edition adds 24/7/365 support and comes at a price of €45 for a one-year and €108 for a three-year subscription. The server edition includes an expanded feature set that allows for running mutliple backup jobs in parallel and creating special snapshot scripts for application processing and sells for €150 per year or €360 for three years.

For more details, please see the product website, the data sheet, and the User Guide. Info about license fees and resellers is available here. The Veeam Agent for Windows is due out in early 2017.


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