NAKIVO Backup & Replication v10.8 Beta: What’s New

The new v10.8 beta of NAKIVO Backup & Replication is available for testing! The latest release introduces a comprehensive MSP console for managing standalone solution instances as remote tenants, full vSphere 8 GA support, S3-compatible object storage support and direct recovery from tape. Version 10.8 Beta also includes numerous usability and management improvements aimed at streamlining data protection and reducing management complexity.

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Here are the new features in NAKIVO Backup & Replication v10.8 Beta.

MSP Console

MSPs and enterprises with multi-tenant deployments of NAKIVO Backup & Replication can now manage remote as well as local tenants. A remote tenant is any standalone deployment of the NAKIVO solution.

Previously, you could create new tenants in the dashboard of your own multi-tenant deployment to manage and monitor their data protection infrastructure. Now you can also add standalone instances of NAKIVO Backup & Replication to your multi-tenant instance as remote tenants.

With the new MSP console in v10.8 Beta, you can now monitor and manage all tenants – both remote and local – and from the same dashboard. Once added to the solution, a remote deployment is just another tenant, and you gain easy access to their data protection activities and infrastructure components.

This feature aims to improve productivity and streamline administration for MSPs offering BaaS and DRaaS, as well as for large enterprises with separate departments or offices.

vSphere 8 GA Support

New VMware releases are some of the most anticipated events in the industry. The latest vSphere v8 introduces several interesting features, including digital processing units (DPUs) to offload server CPUs and enhance edge and cloud workload performance.

At NAKIVO, we’ve always been ahead of the pack with support for the latest vSphere versions, and this VMware release is no exception. We delivered compatibility with the vSphere 8 initial availability (IA) release in our 10.7.2 update as soon as that release was announced. We’re now following up with full vSphere 8 GA support in v10.8 Beta.

Now you can use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect workloads in the latest version of VMware virtualization platform with backup, replication and disaster recovery features. This allows you to benefit from the latest innovations in virtualization while maintaining reliable data protection with fast backups, reliable recoveries and optimal RTOs with NAKIVO.

S3-Compatible Object Storage Support

Our releases this year have already expanded the public cloud targets available as backup repositories in NAKIVO Backup & Replication. You can already add repositories in Amazon S3, Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage, Azure Blob Storage and Backblaze B2, with the option to protect backups in the cloud against ransomware infections with immutability.

The new v10.8 Beta feature is designed to reap the benefits of hybrid cloud environments. It allows you to store backups in local storage compatible with the S3 API and choose from a variety of cost-efficient platforms that fit your organization’s needs. Set up on-premises storage to minimize latency and stay in complete control of your data. Enable immutability for recovery points for reliable protection from ransomware infections and accidental data deletions.

Direct Recovery from Tape

For NAKIVO solution versions earlier than v10.8 Beta, recovery using backups on tape media requires restoring the full contents of a recovery point to a staging repository first. Although reliable, this approach takes time.

With Direct Recovery to Tape, you can now recover full virtual machines and EC2 instances directly to your infrastructure from backups stored on tape media. Such an approach improves recovery times and efficiency. Supported platforms are VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV, and Amazon EC2.

Usability and Management Improvements

The new beta version also introduces some enhancements to existing features. These are important improvements to make a sysadmin’s data protection tasks easier and less time-consuming.

Improved backup retention

Currently, the backup creation wizard in the NAKIVO solution provides scheduling and retention settings as two separate steps. This approach shows you the schedule of your backups and then allows you to set retention settings, including with the help of the grandfather-father-son (GFS) rotation scheme.

Now you can switch to the new simplified wizard for configuring job schedules and retention settings in one step and in a single view. Fine-tune retention of backups with the new configuration wizard. Specify retention settings for each schedule within a backup or replication job and set expiration dates for recovery points for more granular control.

Job priority

The order in which you create data protection jobs shouldn’t determine the priority in which these jobs are processed. With 10.8 Beta, you can set the priority level for critical backup jobs to be processed first in the queue and ensure they are completed on time.

Jobs will be assigned the lowest priority level (5) by default. You can then assign priority levels 1–5 to ensure that high-priority jobs (level 1) get the solution resources they need as soon as they become available to be processed first.

Merge jobs

We’ve all had new objects added to a workload that is already in the process of being backed up. You have two options in this case:

  1. Add the object to the existing job and wait for the next job run; or
  2. Create a new job for this workload and have two jobs instead of one.

In the first case, you may end up with retention gaps, which is particularly dangerous for more critical workloads. In the second case, you end up with a cluttered workflow that complicates data protection administration.

With v10.8 Beta, you can merge jobs of the same type into a single job to streamline backup management and spend less time on routine tasks. Keep your data protection workflows uncluttered by aggregate backup, backup copy or replication jobs into a single job.

Persistent agent

When performing file-level recovery to a target virtual machine, you need the OS credentials to that VM. However, organizations may have security policies in place that don’t allow sharing credentials with data protection operators.

To avoid any security issues and streamline administration, you can deploy a persistent agent on virtual machines for guest processing and access your VMs without the need to enter VM credentials. With an agent, the solution communicates with target VMs over a single port without compromising the organization’s security policies.

Try v10.8 Beta Features Today!

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