Veeam released the newest version of Backup and Replication this week. One of the new features is called U-AIR. With U-AIR, Veeam promises granular recovery of objects from within "any" application. This is a feature for which I was very skeptical. There is express support for some Microsoft database environments such as Exchange. However, that still leaves the claim of support for "any" application that can be virtualized. It turns out that U-AIR is nothing magical in and of itself. The magic is in vPower. vPower is Veeam's term for the ability to run a VM directly from the backup environment. Veeam has provided a way to allow Backup & Recovery to act as an NFS gateway between the protected VMware environment and the stored backups. The coolness here is allowing for near instantaneous access to backup images of virtual machines. Once the virtual machine is up and running again, a Storage vMotion can place the Virtual Machine back in the production storage. I am eager to see how this feature gets received.
Back to U-AIR. U-AIR, takes advantage of vPower to allow access into older images to retrieve objects from within their applications. With the explicitly supported applications, it offers a nice wizard driven interface to recover the objects. For others, it offers a manual mechanism for retrieving the objects. Either way, the magic is in vPower making it a pretty powerful feature.