Virtualisation specialist Veeam is moving beyond its usual focus on management and protection tools for virtualised infrastructure to offer a free tool for protecting data on endpoint systems.
Announced at the firm's VeeamON conference in Las Vegas, Veeam Endpoint Backup Free is set to be released as a beta version in November, with the full version available early in 2015.
Intended as a standalone application, it will enable users to back up Windows-based laptops and desktops to an internal or external hard drive, a network attached storage (NAS) share, or a Veeam backup repository.
It will offer end users the ability to protect files, volumes or their entire computer, based on their own schedule or at log-on or log-off, the firm said.
Writing on the Veeam blog, product strategy specialist Mike Resseler explained the company's reasons for developing the free product.
"While we see that some companies still have a few remaining physical servers left, the majority are virtualised. However, a modern data centre will still have certain physical devices," he said.
"Most companies use physical workstations or laptops for their end users to do their work and those devices have data on it that needs to be protected."
As a standalone product, Veeam Endpoint Backup Free will not be part of Veeam's Backup & Replication software or the Veeam Availability Suite. However, it can integrate with Veeam Backup & Replication if this is deployed in the customer's infrastructure.
"Veeam Endpoint Backup Free will have great features such as pausing the backup when the system is busy (automatically, with the option Backup I/O control selected), automatic update notifications, auto-recognition of the external hard drive that has your backups stored, finding and adding installed drivers to the recovery bootable media (and the possibility to add specific drivers yourself) and much more," Resseler said.
That "much more" includes the ability to perform a bare-metal restore to the same or different hardware, a volume-level restore, or a file-level restore when recovering data.
Veeam Endpoint Backup Free will be supported through Veeam's free product support policy, the firm said. This means it will attempt to provide support for users, but will not provide response goals or response guarantees.
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