Veeam has launched Backup & Replication v6, targeting increased scalability for businesses protecting their virtualised infrastructure.

v6 is the latest version of the system that was awarded Best Virtualisation Product at the Techworld awards in London in June. The system enables organisations to backup, test and recover their virtual environments quickly.

Veeam claimed it was the "first vendor" to deliver protection capabilities in the virtualised environment at a level that matched "traditional file-based backups".

Backup & Replication v6 includes enhanced distributed architecture to streamline deployment and maintenance, and therefore to increase scalability. The aim is also to improve maintenance of remote office installations and to speed the backup and replication over wide area networks.

In the new product, replication speed has been accelerated by 10 times, with streamlined failover processes. A one-click file restore also allows a web-based recovery to original virtual machines without requiring a direct network connection.

Veeam's product also runs a system known as vPower, which runs virtual machines directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup file. As with the previous versions, v6 offers multi-hypervisor support, including for Microsoft Hyper-V.

With the new system, Veeam said businesses could "recover an entire VM from a backup file in minutes".

Stephen Whiting, IT Manager at Veeam user Adolfson & Peterson Construction, said: "We took advantage of Instant VM Recovery in v5 when our Lotus Notes Domino Server went down, halting email to more than 100 job sites around the country.

"With Instant VM Recovery, we had users back online in just a few minutes, and business continued as usual."