Veeam has upgraded its VMware disaster recovery software to allow customers to use it in conjunction with ESX, ESXi and ESXi free. In addition, the software also offers fast-file recovery for Linux.

Ratmir Timashev, President and CEO of Veeam, said that Veeam was setting the pace compared with the competition. "We're the first company to offer support for all versions of ESX," said Timashev "and we're the first company to introduce fast-file Linux recovery; something that 90 percent of our customers were asking for."

Among the other features, Veeam now offers support for Windows 2008 Volume Shadow Support (VSS). "Previously we had support for other versions of Windows, we now support the 2008 version." The company claims to be the only back-up vendor that fully implements the correct applications restore procedure as required by Microsoft.

Additional new features being offered include: Automatic and manual retry of failed jobs; Disk exclusion (for example, excluding certain VM disks from being processed with the backup); a built-in scheduling engine and the ability to restore VM files to custom locations has been added.

In addition, the company now also offers remote SQL support, where Veeam Backup configuration can now be stored on a remote Microsoft SQL Server database for better protection.

Timashev said that SQL support was an important feature to include. "According to IDC, SQL Server applications are the most popular applications to have been virtualised."

The company continues to see its strength in supporting VMware. "It has more than 90 percent of the market," said Timashev, "we're keeping an eye on Hyper-V but it has less than 5 percent right now. VMware is light years ahead of anything that Microsoft has - or will add in Release 2"