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Veeam Backup and Replication 8 Patch 1 Performance Enhancements

Jeff Silverman

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The Release Notes for Veeam 8 Backup & Replication Patch 1 contain information on an experimental performance enhancement described as follows:

We saw a significant performance improvement after changing the default behavior (DataMoverLocalFastPath = 0) to data exchange through shared memory (DataMoverLocalFastPath = 2), and I wanted to share the details.

In terms of configuration, Veeam is running on a dedicated Dell PowerEdge T710. Local backups are saved to a local RAID6 array, then copied to a Tandberg StorageLoader with a HP Ultrium LTO-5 drive. The Tandberg is direct-attached to the T710 via Dell 6 Gbps SAS HBA.

Prior to making the registry change we were seeing ~70MB/s transfer rates to the Tandberg, and Veeam reported “Network” as the bottleneck as described in the blurb above. After making the registry change we began seeing transfer rates above 100MB/s, and noticed that some tapes perform better than others with rates approaching 130MB/s. As you can see below, Veeam now reports “Target” as the bottleneck.