Nakivo released version 7.1 of Backup and Replication. If you know a little bit about Nakivo is that they release many incremental updates to the solid base. By doing that, they avoid having major bugs and yet, their product gets many new features quickly. In the latest release, they have improved support for Hyper-V. Version 7.1 protects Hyper-V clusters now.
Nakivo Backup Replication 7.1 with Hyper-V clustering support
In the previous release, version 7.0, support for Hyper-v was added. This was a major step for Nakivo as until v7, they have been a VMware only shop. In addition to Hyper-V support, they have added small but extremely useful features like SWAP file exclusion for additional space saving and they also solved problems with orphaned backups which plague many institutions. You can quickly delete those backups with one click. You can find more about version 7 in the announcement.
Why Hyper-V clustering support is so important is because of improved availability in addition to efficiency. If you don’t know Hyper-V as much as VMware, you can think about Hyper-V clustering to be VMware equivalent for HA (High Availability). VM’s inside the cluster can move from one node to another. If one node fails VM can be started on a different cluster node.
Just like with VMware and vCenter, VM on the Hyper-V cluster can be moved between the nodes automatically with the use of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Optimization feature or it can be moved manually. VM load can be distributed between the nodes evenly.
Here comes Nakivo Backup and Replication 7.1 into play as it can track the VM location in the cluster (even if the VM moves between the clusters) and will protect the VM regardless of the node it is on. In addition, if you add a Hyper-V cluster to the job, it will add all new VMs in the Failover cluster to the job. That means that all VMs will be protected.
Nakivo Backup & Replication is not about VMware anymore. It has a full support for Amazon AWS EC2 and Hyper-V. It can make the backup even faster if you install it on a NAS device as it writes directly avoiding any protocols that can slow down the backup process. Nakivo is a modern backup without old technology – agent based backup. It uses advanced deduplication to make the backup size much smaller and have a fast and guaranteed recovery. It also supports replication which can decrease the cost recovery. If you have not already, I suggest you give the latest version a try. They do provide a fully functional trial version.