Standalone console The standalone console provides every user convenience, flexibility and ease of use by separating the Veeam B&R console from the backup server for installation on laptops and desktops, eliminating RDP sessions to a backup server. you can run multiple consoles at once on the same system.
Veeam Cloud Connect Replication Ensure Availability of your mission-critical applications without the cost and complexity of building and maintaining a disaster recovery site. Cloud Connect Replication provides fully integrated, fast and secure cloud based DR through a service provider
Per VM backup file chains. The Per-VM backup file chains provide a new backup repository
option that makes any backup job, that is writing to a repository, store each VM’s restore point in a dedicated backup file. This results in delivering up to 10x faster backup performance with multiple write streams by leveraging parallel VM processing for backup storage with limited ingest rate per stream — as is the case with most deduplicating storage appliances.
Increased job concurrency. v9 provides improved backup server stability when running over 100 jobs concurrently. It’s important to keep pe job memory requirements in mind when opting to start this many multiple jobs at once
vPower cache. vPower will now cache recently accessed backup file blocks in RAM, which will help speed up all functionality that relies on Instant VM Recovery
Full backup file defragmentation and compaction. Decrease the size and fragmentation of full backup files produced by forever incremental primary backup jobs by recreating backup files periodically based on the actual data, while moving obsolete data into the dedicated files which can be manually deleted or archived as necessary. This functionality lets you remove the data associated with deleted VMs, virtual disks or applications from full backup file without having to perform an active full backup
Backup copy parallel processing. Backup copy jobs will now process multiple VMs in parallel, just like primary backup jobs. This improves the backup copy and retention processing performance due to removing “dead time” between each VM
VM tags backup and restore. VM tags are now backed up along with all of the other VM properties, and the full VM restore wizard provides a new option to restore them
Improved Direct SAN restore performance. Direct SAN restore process will now create eager zeroed disks (as opposed to lazy zeroed), this was found to improve full VM restore performance in most cases.
Multi-user support. Backup administrators will now be warned of conflicting edits when attempting to save changes after editing the same job concurrently
Missing backup files pruning. The backup properties dialog now shows missing backup files and with only a few clicks allows users to easily remove these files, as well as backup files that are dependent on missing files
Infrastructure cache. To remove the wait time for virtual infrastructure objects to be loaded, the user interface now uses an infrastructure cache in certain places, such as in the Backup Job wizards and in the Virtual Machines tab. The default cache expiration time of 15 minutes can be changed by creating the InfrastructureCacheExpirationSec (DWORD) registry value under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication key
That’s a pretty significant list of the enhancements as I see it. Those above are in addition to the Scale Out Backup Repository, BitLooker, EMC San Support and other major improvements announced over the past few months. I haven’t gone into detail around the enhancements for Veeam Cloud Service Providers in this post but I will be doing a separate post over the next few days going over the key enhancements for VCSPs.
If you have Veeam 8 running so yourself a favor and go through the required change controls to upgrade to v9…your backups will thank you 🙂