News: Veeam Enters Physical Backup Land
This product [Veeam Endpoint Backup Free] has only been announced. The beta is expected in November and the release in early 2015.
It is not part of Veeam Backup & Replication or the Veeam Availability Suite.
It can do only simple backup (overwrite or keep originals).
It can do a volume restore or a bare-metal recovery.
The backup can be scheduled, at logon or logoff.
Backup can be trickle-fed during daytime activity and throttled at times of heavy usage.
All this and a little bit more: it is free. That is my favorite price; however, it does come at a real cost. Free products do not have enterprise-level support contracts to back them up (no pun intended). Veeam will do its best to support the product but offers no guaranteed response times or goals.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice Newsletter