VMware vSphere 6 support coming soon

We would like to provide you with the following update from Veeam Software regarding support.

VMware vSphere 6 support coming soon

Veeam Software are starting to see a number of support cases from customers who have upgraded to VMware vSphere 6. We would like to remind you that according to the official system requirements, generally available (GA) versions of Veeam products DO NOT support vSphere 6. Please, DO NOT upgrade to vSphere 6 until updates to their products that include vSphere 6 support are available.

The current status of Veeam’s vSphere 6 support efforts is as follows. The vSphere 6 RTM build was made generally available on 12 March, and they have been conducting full regression QC testing of all Veeam® Backup & Replication™ functionality to ensure that the vSphere 6 support functionality, developed based on pre-release vSphere builds, is not impacted by the changes in the RTM build—so that Veeam customers can be confident in upgrading to the latest VMware release. Based on testing, at least one area has already been determind in which the RTM build introduces a significant change (when compared to the RC code), and Veeam Software are now working to address it.

Veeam has consistently been one of the first data protection independent software vendors (ISVs) to provide full support for all new vSphere releases, and as such, they are again committed to bringing vSphere 6 support to market as soon as possible, while meeting product quality standards and ensuring all new vSphere 6 features, including VMware Virtual Volumes (vVOLs), are supported right out of gate.
Taking into account the significant amount of new vSphere 6 features that require support—and this is subject to change as they continue to evaluate changes in the final vSphere 6 release code—Veeam expect to support vSphere 6 by the end of April 2015 as a part of Veeam Backup & Replication 8.0 Update 2.

When it comes to data protection, Veeam Software adhere to these guiding principles:

  • Never rush data protection software, no matter what. Ensuring reliability is paramount, and there cannot be any excuses, No customer wants to be acting as a quality control engineer.
  • Always do full regression testing against the shipping code. Things may change with the APIs and how core components behave. This has happened before! We never assume that the code that was working with the pre-release versions will continue to work with the RTM build.
  • Always provide support for all new platform features when claiming platform support. The ability for a customer to protect any and all workloads running on the new platform is paramount. No customer wants to be running into limitations that prevent them from protecting those workloads which do use new platform features.

These details are important to Veeam. Please note that Veeam Backup & Replication explicitly does not support new platforms until its official from them.

If you have any questions regarding this update, please call us on 0845 095 7000.