Data protection software provider NAKIVO released NAKIVO Backup & Replication v4.1 this week, as the company looks to give cloud, hosting and service providers additional functionality and protection for VMware’s (VMW) cloud-based services. With v4.1, users will be able to use the software to provide VM backup as a service, replication as a service and disaster recovery as a service in their cloud environments.

"We're focused on delivering new features for enabling our cloud service provider partners be successful in delivering simple and cost-effective VM data protection services," said Bruce Talley, CEO and co-founder of NAKIVO, in a statement. "We will continue to improve our cloud-provider feature set and further penetrate into the cloud backup market."

NAKIVO has included a new HTTP API in v4.1 that allows customers to automate and orchestrate VM backup, replication and recovery jobs within NAKIVO Backup & Replication, including API documentation and code examples designed for both expert coders and non-developers alike, according to the company. Additionally, the API enables cloud, hosting and service providers to integrate NAKIVO v4.1 with cloud monitoring, automation and orchestration solutions to held reduce time spent on VMware data protection management and decrease overall data protection costs, according to the press release.

For its latest version, NAKIVO is giving users the ability to provide support services to its SMB, enterprise and cloud provider customers with a new “call home” feature. Users can enable v4.1 to automatically create, encrypt and upload support bundles to a NAKIVO support server, effectively helping the company to identify issues at their source and provide a solution. Several pre-configured virtual appliances (VAs) enable users to streamline deployment of the product in addition to existing Windows and Linux installers. The new VAs also have a new user interface, which NAKIVO hopes will enable users to configure their VA networking and increase backup repository size without the need to use Linux commands.

Finally, VMware datastore cluster support has been added to v4.1, giving users access to shared resources and a shared management interface. According to NAKIVO, all of the new datastore clusters can be selected as a target for VM replication or as a target for recovery from VM backup.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication has been certified by VMware and promises to give users a complete VM data protection feature set for SMB, enterprise and cloud provider virtualized environments. The solution can be deployed on Windows or Linux, with the ability to back up and replicate VMware virtual machines onsite, offsite and to public or private clouds.