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NAKIVO Backup and Replication v8.1 Released GA

In my previous post I have shared about the announcement  during In VMworld 2018  Barcelona Nakivo announced Beta Version of Nakivo 8.1. Now this new version is generally available  from December 3rd 2018 onward’s.  NAKIVO BR 8.1 released with new features  Policy-based protection , universal application recovery and enhancements .

Policy-based data protection is one the key feature of this new version because it protect your business critical data which is very important for you. NAKIVO Backup and Replication v8.1 allows you to define the state you want to included in the backups and automatically adding virtual machines which is defined by policy .

Policy-based data protection

This new feature introduced in version 8.1 allows to create a policy with specific criteria and all the VMs that match the specified criteria are automatically protected. Policy-based data protection can be applied to backup, replication, and copy jobs. When the search criteria have been entered in the specific job, all matching items are automatically included in the job. VMware tag, VM name, VM location and Size of VM are just some of the parameters that can be used to define a policy.

This capability add flexibility and save time since you no longer need to edit the backup job each time to add a new VM. This can be done very quickly using creation of a job (backup, replication, backup copy) .You can easily implement a policy-based configuration that automatically defines the VMs that will be protected as show below , this can be done by selecting  option Create a new job.  Create > <job type>

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And  you have number of  parameters to define the rules listed in the policy and you can set the rule by selecting option from first drop down box of the rule on Search by line: . And the next drop down is the logic operators that can run based on the Search by selection as shown below also you will option to create multiple rules by using Add another rule.

Using Tags with Policy-Based Data Protection

Another option available on the policy-based data protection criteria is tag based VM identification . You can set tag on virtual mahine from vSphere and  you can use this tag name to identify the vm in policy based protection .

Universal Object Recovery

Universal Object Recovery feature that allows to recover deleted or modified objects in your VM virtual disks by directly mounted from the backup to a VM  . Also you can restore any application object back to the source or to a custom location and you can save lot of time by using only recovering object .

Enhanced mechanism for configuring the SSL certificate

Another new feature make our life easier , it reduces the complexity of SSL certificate management and secure the  web interface with proper SSL certificate.

Features available with NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.1 GA

NAKIVO released their different versions contains may features to fulfill their customers’ requirements. Let’s look at features available with NAKIVO Backup & Replication 8.1

Site Recovery

This feature was introduced with NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.0 and this was very useful for customers to configure their disaster recovery plans. Site recovery which allows creating an automated and orchestrated job that can be fully tested and failovers simulated manually or on a set schedule.

Policy-Based Data Protection

 We have already discussed about this on this topic detail in this post . Policy-based data protection is one of the main area where NAKIVO continuously working to make this as fully automated and orchestrated solution from a DR perspective.

Universal Object Recovery

Since we already explained about this feature on this post , This NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.1 adds further versatility by introducing Universal Object Recovery. Whenever important application data gets deleted or modified, you can mount VM disks from a backup to your VM and use native application management tools to recover the data to your production database.

ARM-based NAS Devices Support

NAKIVO BR v8.1 can deployed on ARM based NAS devices are now supported ,  it supported with Synology , QNAP , ASUSTOR ,Western Digital and NETGEAR  vendors .Also it is capable of working with VMware vCenter and ESXi hosts with help of an additional transporter.

Synology NAS Servers Support

Synology NAS models featuring Appollolake and Broadwellnk CPU architecture is supported by NAKIVO new version.

VMware vSphere 6.7 Support

VMware  vSphere 6.7 is supported by NAKIVO v8.1 GA

Advanced Bandwidth Throttling

Bandwidth throttling feature is very helpful for setting speed limits for data protection to avoid network overload during business hours or chosen periods of time. This process can be easily automated by means of setting global rules that maintain bandwidth consumption at certain levels when needed the most.  NAKIVO BR v8.1 support updated  advanced bandwidth throttling feature . Also customers can throttle bandwidth for specific jobs , which allows to use only the configured amount of maximum bandwidth.

Cross-Platform Recovery

NAKIVO Backup &Replication offers a new functionality for cross-platform VM data recovery. you can export VM datafrom VMware, Hyper-V, and AWS EC2 backups into VMDK, VHD, or VHDX formats using cross-Platform Recovery feature,. The exported files can then be used for recovery across different hypervisors,cross-platform VM data migration, long-term archival, or sandboxed testing.

Flash VM Boot

Using Flash VM Boot feature you can boot VMs  directly from the NAKIVO compressed and de-duplicated backups on the backup repository of VMware and Hyper-V . Also now  Hyper-V virtual machines can be boot directly  from backup storage and this is fully automated . This process allows you to migrate the booted Hyper-V VMs to the production environment.

File Recovery Back to Source

This is another great feature available with NAKIVO which allows you to recover a file back to the source directly instead of a manual restore.

Screenshot Verification for Microsoft Hyper-V

Hyper-V VMs protected with NAKIVO has the ability  of screenshot verification which is a process test-recovers the VM first, takes a screenshot of the booted OS, and then discards the test-recovered VM.

Self-Backup

New self-backup feature  allows backing up the configuration of the NAKIVO installation environment which is very much important and useful.

De-duplication Appliances Support 

NAKIVO BR v8.1 supports de-duplication appliances as a backup target , supported devices are Dell EMC Data Domain, HPE Store Once , Quantum DXi, NEC Hydrastor etc. NAKIVO Backup & Replication has a special architecture backup repository type for de-duplication devices.And you can choose the repository type before backing up VM data to the appliance, and the data will be backed up to the storage server at a higher performance level.

In addition this supported list NAKIVO has Boost FS plugin available officially which allows to combine benefits of the VM backup software and source-side de-duplication offered by Dell EMC Data Domain . This will save lot of space of your backed up date and achieves higher transfer speed for backup  , VM backup size is reduces 17 times and VM backup speed improved by up to 50%.

Built-In Chat Support

Built-in chat support available NAKIVO console which make customers life easy by providing details and get instant support from NAKIVO

Object Level Recovery and Log Truncation for Microsoft SQL

Log truncation feature is available with NAKIVO BR and it support up to Windows SQL Server 2017 

Download and Test the NAKIVO BR v8.1

Conclusion
NAKVO Backup and Replication version 8.1 is now generally available and latest version comes with great features and enhancements to all features .We have explained latest features and supports and covered most of the features available with NAKIVO BR v 8.1