Veeam - near continuous data protection - CDP

Is anybody out there using Veeam for near CDP?  If you are what does recovery look like? For instance, let's say I backup a VM running Exchange every hour.  Three weeks later can I go back to any hour in that 3 week period? Do I have to fully restore or can I explore the backup copy of the VM and pull off some emails?

What would Veeam Replication add to this? Simpler fail-over I assume. Anything else?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is anybody out there using Veeam for near CDP?  If you are what does recovery look like? For instance, let's say I backup a VM running Exchange every hour.  Three weeks later can I go back to any hour in that 3 week period? Do I have to fully restore or can I explore the backup copy of the VM and pull off some emails?

Depending upon your chosen retention period - yes!

You can mount and explorer backups from the repository, this is a very nifty feature.

Replication, add's Failover and Fallback, and Re-IP. (and you could replicate every 15 minutes, if you have storage with enough I/O to perform this function, and also WAN speed for replication, if replicating over a WAN to DR site)
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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Thanks. However I am not clear on Replication feature.  I thought it was like MS Replica and as well that it was an option, in other words, I could backup and then start VM's from the backup without using Replication.  So it would be like Windows Server backup but easier to mount as a VM.  Is that not correct?  My question was then how I would do that -  mount the backups to a specific point in time? In other words as opposed to doing a restore Veeam had some way to just mount the backup as a VM.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Thanks. However I am not clear on Replication feature.  I thought it was like MS Replica and as well that it was an option, in other words, I could backup and then start VM's from the backup without using Replication.

Correct you can, just Backup  and Restore, or run from Backup.

So it would be like Windows Server backup but easier to mount as a VM.

Yes one of Veeam's unique features is to run from backup, so a restore is not required,

It's all done through Veeams Job Manager. Rather than select Restore, you select Instant-VM Recovery, select a host and Veeam does it's stuff...

Veeam call that function vPower!

http://www.veeam.com/high-speed-vm-recovery.html

http://www.veeam.com/instant-vm-recovery.html

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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the info. I will look into this product.
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