What’s New in NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.1
There is no need to introduce Nakivo for my reader at begin of each post. Nakivo is one of leaders in backup & replication market now. I writing reviews about Nakivo Backup & Replication since version 6.x. All new version had new amazing and useful features. Nakivo Backup & Replication v8.1 comes with two new features as well. In addition of new features, Nakivo Backup & Replication v8.1 has come with lot of improvement and fixes. Let’s review new features, improvements and fixes.
Policy-Based Data Protection
NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.1 revolutionizes the way companies manage their backup operations by introducing Policy-Based Data Protection. Set up policies for your data protection processes and have the corresponding VMs protected automatically. When you add VMs that match your specified criteria, NAKIVO Backup & Replication protects them automatically.
Why Use Policy-Based Data Protection?
Policy-Based Data Protection relieves you from the need to chase new VMs or changes in your infrastructure. Once a policy is created, all the matching VMs are protected automatically. Whenever a VM’s status changes, the policy recognizes such change and excludes or adds the VM to jobs accordingly.
The Policy-Based Data Protection feature is designed to reduce complexity and add more flexibility to data protection processes such as backup, replication, or backup copy. You can set rules based on VM name, tag, size, location, VM configuration, power state, or any combination of these parameters.
A newly-created VM or instance is automatically added to data protection jobs if they match your policy rules; you don’t have to keep track of all the changes in your infrastructure or manually manage data protection for new VMs. You can add as many new VMs and instances as needed – NAKIVO Backup & Replication can automatically protect all of them for you, as long as you have policy-based jobs in place.
This functionality can be a great time-saver if your virtualized infrastructure is actively expanding, includes numerous VMs and instances, or has a complex multi-layer architecture. The Policy-Based Data Protection feature contributes greatly to the overall usability of NAKIVO Backup & Replication, making it an even more efficient data protection tool.
How the Feature Works
Policies can be created for VM backup, replication, and backup copy jobs in just a few steps. Simply select the criteria (e.g., a VM’s name, size, tag, etc.), enter the necessary search parameters, and have all the matching items included in the job automatically. For instance, you can choose to back up all VMware VMs tagged “Accounting” exceeding 100 GB in size and having more than 2 GB of allocated RAM. Once the policy is created, NAKIVO Backup & Replication recognizes newly added VMs or instances with the same characteristics and automatically includes them in the existing job.
Policy-Based Data Protection is a unique feature designed to deliver better flexibility, simplify navigation, and save time, alleviating the burden of manual data protection management. No matter how many new VMs or instances are added or removed from your environment, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can handle their protection in an automated and highly efficient manner.
Universal Object Recovery
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.
Why Use Universal Object Recovery?
Universal Object Recovery provides you with multiple recovery options, increases flexibility of the recovery process, and saves you a significant amount of time.
With Universal Object Recovery, you are not limited to certain applications or file systems: you can recover any object at any time (provided you have a recent backup). Moreover, the feature allows you to recover individual objects back to source, to another VM or instance, or even to a physical machine.
Universal Object Recovery lets you restore individual objects without having to recover the entire VM. Thus, the feature eliminates the complexity of full VM recovery, saving you time that can be better used for other important tasks.
Recovering an entire VM from a deduplicated and compressed backup takes time, affecting your ability to meet your RTOs. With Universal Object Recovery, you can instantly mount VM disks from a backup, decreasing recovery time and ensuring minimal interruptions in your business operations.
How the Feature Works
You can use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to recover application objects in a few simple steps: just open the Universal Object Recovery Wizard and select the appropriate recovery point. Once you choose the VM disks to be mounted, NAKIVO Backup & Replication attaches such disks to the specified VM or physical machine. All you need to do after the mount is log into the corresponding VM or physical machine and use native application tools to recover the data.
Universal Object Recovery is an efficient time- and resource-saving feature that provides you with multiple recovery options for flexibility. Recover anything you need near-instantly and make sure no important data is lost irrevocably because of disaster or simple human error.
Fixes and Improvements in Nakivo Backup & Replication v8.1
Nakivo Backup & Replication v8.1 has come with lot of improvements. Nakivo migrated to VDDK 6.7.1 to improve support of vSphere 6.7 Update 1, that is actually the best of improvements. In addition of improvements, there are lot of fixes.
- Installation of a TLS/SSL certificate is provided to allow for a secure HTTPS connection for your instance of NAKIVO Backup & Replication
- Multiple jobs can be enabled/disabled using CLI and API
- NAKIVO Backup & Replication system events can be filtered by dates and a search string
- With drill-down approach implemented, system settings can be accessed and identified easily
- Apache Tomcat engine is upgraded to Version 9.0 thereby fixing vulnerability issues
- Alarms for site recovery job are extended
- Running jobs for failed and stopped VMs propagates this scope to the chained jobs
- An option added to system settings for checking RAM on target host to be sufficient for replication and recovery jobs
- Min free space can be configured for the product folder in the expert mode
- A progress bar is implemented for reflecting backup export in the product activities
- A possibility added for removing all events in the expert mode
- The product migrated to VDDK 6.7.1 to improve support of vSphere 6.7 Update 1
- Adding Hyper-V server to a repository fails with Server is not reachable error message
- Disabled jobs are displayed as scheduled in CLI
- Startup type of Hyper-V Transporter service is set to Manual
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