I would also suggest the following enhancement to keep Veeam top Virtualization Backup Product among the rest that available in the market.
1. Multiple job settings for one particular VM. For instant, I can configure Full Backup Job without selecting Incremental which is currently a default setting and must be selected. This should be taken off to have more flexibility of the Backup files.
2. Creating separate Incremental Job / Forward Incremental or Reversed Incremental depends on the customer requirement. This will make sure that files are written to tapes are Full Backup or are Incremental backup. I can bring one example in here which is when I Backup VM in Reversed Incremental Mode, I'm forced to backup only Full Backup without incremental this because the Archive-Bit is resetting from last the job runs. Which force the the product that backing up from Disk to tape to always backup in Full Mode. Agreed for small number of VMs, but when it comes to VMs that have got TBs of Data, I would say Veeam Sorry, I can't backup this VM in Reversed Incremental Mode as it keep changing the original VBK file in every Incremental runs. Thus, the customers can't backup the whole VM and the customer forced to go back to the Legacy Backup application to back his VMs.
Or Veeam.com should do something on how the Reversed Incremental backup works. Reversed Incremental is good and in my onion works better than Forward Incremental specially for those who lacks of disk space to backup to disk, the Retention Policy works perfect, unlike Forward Incremental Backup. If the Reversed Incremental works without changing the main VBK file to keep track of the last Archive Bit when was reset by the Backup to Tape product, this will save us from running full backup from disk of very BIG VMs.
With Forward Incremental, if Veeam.com get rid of doubling the VBK Files during the second week of Full Backup this will keep backing up to Tape is a great choice in selecting this mode of Backup to Disk and then to Tapes.
3. Veeam.com should introduce Back-to-Tape integration so, VMs directly will be processed to tapes, I know it's a bit slower but it's a safest option customer can adopt.
In this scenarios I have only few option:
Sticking to Reversed Incremental Backup with 5 Days Retention. Sat Full Backup and Sun-Thur Incremental. And on Friday, I have to backup the whole backup of Veeam to Tape. This put me at risk of keeping one week backup of data on disk, taking into consideration that if SAN Storage failed, and I didn't do a backup for last 1 week, the whole things would lost. Beside that, I have the option to go back to my legacy Backup Application to backup the VMs which doesn't leave me with no Free Backup Windows. As backing Reversed Incremental Jobs on a weekly basis takes time to finish the job, plus I have to run the legacy backup application to finish some backup jobs.
Veeam.com, please do something regarding the above suggestion to keep the customer using Veeam Backup in more flexible way.