Implications of an Agile Culture

Source: Cisco
Recently, I met with many industry analysts, customers, and press at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. In numerous conversations, I was asked about the organizational implications of changing company culture and how this relates to digital business transformation. As you create a culture of agility (see previous blog), what organizational changes will a more aware, informed, and responsive […]Implications of an Agile Culture

With Programmable Networks, Level 3 Puts Customers Front and Center

Source: Cisco
What does it take to be an agile digital service provider in today’s competitive marketplace? For Level 3, it’s all about speed, simplicity, and flexibility. Claudio Scola (pictured left), Level 3’s director of global product marketing, spoke with Cisco about how the company is using orchestration and software-defined networking (SDN) to deliver customized service offerings […]With Programmable Networks, Level 3 Puts Customers Front and Center

VeeamON 2017: Call for Presentations

Source: Veeam

There are only six months left until VeeamON 2017, and this exclusive Availability event, held in New Orleans, already promises to be a great success. The conference will take place between May 16 – 18, 2017 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and the Crescent City is going to be colored in green for three days!

Some of the biggest draws of VeeamON are our educational breakout sessions, where you can find the movers and shakers in the industry presenting on the latest and greatest advances in Availability.   And here’s the big news – you can be among the stars of the event by showcasing your innovative ideas and technical expertise in front of a tech-geek crowd.

I’m happy to announce that the Call for Presentations (CFP) is open on the event website. You can submit your abstract until Feb. 7, 2017, and today I’ll share with you everything you need to know to submit an abstract we can’t refuse.

Why present at VeeamON

We enjoy hearing the stories behind any success. Tell us how Veeam products helped your business to stay Always-On, and we’ll give you the chance to make yourself heard by over 3,000 attendees. Your submission should describe your Availability success story or an innovative approach taken by your data center. Should you be selected as a conference speaker, you’ll be able to expand your network and gain visibility in the industry because VeeamON brings together IT Pros, decision makers and industry leaders worldwide.

Also, please note that selected presenters will be given a registration pass, travel and hotel accommodations, while selected presenters who are also sponsors will receive complimentary registration only.

Abstract details

For your application to be accepted, the abstract length must be between 200 and 250 words (title and supporting bullets included), and the presentation must have an educational nature. Veeam welcomes abstracts for presentations on the following subjects:

  • Veeam product usage
  • Availability
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud and storage
  • Enterprise and business topics related to the above areas

The submitted materials will be evaluated by our technical experts based on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality
  • Relevance to the industry
  • Well-defined focus within the program track structure
  • Practical applications of material
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Speaker’s qualifications

Wondering if you qualify for the CFP? Everybody with expertise in Veeam products or technical insights can participate in the Call for Presentations. In case you are not interested in taking part in this year’s CFP, but are keen to join VeeamON anyway, you can still pre-register for the Super Early Bird access with a $200 discount!

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Beacons and Mobility: How Cisco Aims to Transform Indoor Location Services

Source: Cisco
It’s difficult to imagine our world today without outdoor location-based services like maps and taxi-hailing apps. Indoor location-based services, however, have lagged behind as a technology despite its many uses. With the ability to track traffic flow and location-usage, comes data and metrics that can transform how we interact with the world. Cisco CMX or […]Beacons and Mobility: How Cisco Aims to Transform Indoor Location Services

Cisco Open Pay Financial Tool Opens Technological Potential for Insight Enterprises

Source: Cisco
Co-Authors: Frank Palumbo, SVP, Global Data Center & Enterprise Networking Sales and Kristine A. Snow, SVP, Cisco Capital We’ve previously written about how companies can overcome financial limitations and develop organizational agility with Open Pay financing from Cisco Capital. Today, we want to show an example of how Open Pay’s unique features have enabled Insight […]Cisco Open Pay Financial Tool Opens Technological Potential for Insight Enterprises

Ransomware

Source: SANS security tip
Ransomware is a special type of malware. Once it infected your computer, it encrypts all of your files and demands you pay a ransome if you want your files back. Be suspicious of any emails trying to trick you into opening infected attachments or click on malicious links, common sense is your best defense. In addition. backups are often the only way you can recover from ransomware.
Ransomware

Veeam named a U.S. “Rising Star” by Global Technology Distribution Council

Source: Veeam

The Rising Star Awards recognize technology companies with exceptional sales growth through U.S. distributors over the past year. Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) members are the world’s leading technology distributors, driving more than $130 billion in annual product sales worldwide.

This year’s awards were presented in Burlingame, Calif., during the annual dinner event kicking off the 2016 GTDC Summit U.S. conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. This year, 16 GTDC Rising Star winners were selected in the eight categories. Two winners were honored from each of these eight categories based on the highest total market share and year-over-year growth rates within The NPD Group’s Distributor Track. Veeam was named a Sector Market Share Champion in the Network Software category.

Veeam named a U.S. “Rising Star” by Global Technology Distribution Council
Tim Curran, CEO, GTDC with Tracy Balent, Senior Director of North America Distribution, Veeam, Kevin Rooney, Vice President of North America Sales and Michael Long, Chairman, President and CEO, Arrow Electronics and Chairman, GTDC

Rising Star Awards Methodology

Available by subscription, the Distributor Track aggregates actual distributor sell-through data to enable sharp insight into channel sales and pricing trends with the ability to dive into SKU-based details and drill down into specific product subcategories, including detailed attributes based on specific areas of interest. To be eligible for a Rising Star Award, vendors are required to have sold corresponding products through technology distributors for a minimum of two years and sell through at least two GTDC members.

Why Veeam?

Over the last decade, IT has become strategic for every organization and business requirements for IT have changed dramatically. To stay competitive today, businesses need to provision IT services faster, strengthen security and control, lower operational costs and increase business agility. To meet these requirements, businesses are building modern data centers by investing in technologies such as virtualization, modern storage and the cloud.

By leveraging this investment in modern data centers, businesses can satisfy a number of demands from end users: 24/7 access to data and applications, no patience for downtime or data loss and exponential data growth. In fact, many companies are seeing their data explode at a rate of 30 – 50% each year.

CIOs report that businesses are increasing their requirements to minimize downtime and guarantee access to data. We call this the “Always-On Business approach.” Veeam recognizes the new challenges companies across the globe face in enabling the Always-On Business. To address this, Veeam delivers Availability for the Always-On Enterprise by helping to ensure recovery time and point objectives (RTPOs) of < 15 minutes for ALL applications and data.

Innovation, Value and Customer Satisfaction

When it comes to innovation, value and customer satisfaction, Veeam is the clear leader. We proved this to be true on Aug. 23, when we made the biggest announcement in Veeam’s history – illustrating our expanded vision by unveiling many new features and products, including Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. If you weren’t able to attend the live online event, you can play the recorded breakout sessions to discover more new offering specifics from our technical experts.

And let’s not forget NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5, which has created more interest than any other product launch in the history of Veeam! With the release quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to learn more about 9.5’s newest features including enterprise scalability enhancements, full integration with Microsoft 2016 data center technologies, Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure and more! Register today to be the first to know when NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 arrives.

We are excited about our growth and proud to be recognized by industry leaders!

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How a New Telemedicine Training Initiative is Closing the IT Skills Gap in Argentina

Source: Cisco
The digital transformation of Argentina has begun – and Cisco is at the forefront of the change. First though, it’s important to note that, Latin America faces some daunting statistics: 21 million Latin Americans will be unemployed by the end of this year, and at the same time, the region will need 449,152 IT professionals […]How a New Telemedicine Training Initiative is Closing the IT Skills Gap in Argentina

Controlling backup infrastructure with Veeam’s VMware vSphere Web Client Plug-in

Source: Veeam

VMworld always provides an opportunity to better understand VMware’s strategic direction for the coming year. This year, there were several key announcements including VMware Cross Cloud Architecture, which allows customers to run, manage, connect and secure their apps across any cloud using a common operations platform. But, you may have missed an announcement pertaining to the VMware vSphere Client for Windows earlier in the year.

In May, VMware announced that the C# client (AKA Desktop Client/thick client/vSphere Client for Windows) will not be available for the next version of vSphere. Though current versions of vSphere (6.0, 5.5) will not be affected and will follow the standard support period, VMware is finally moving forward.  Just a note regarding nomenclature, VMware is now referring to the client as the vSphere Client instead of the much longer version (vSphere HTML5 Web Client). The name change isn’t the only product attribute that VMware is attempting to simplify. VMware has been working towards transitioning the Platform Services Controller UI, vCenter Server Appliance Management UI and the Host Client to HTML5. The vSphere Client is no exception and VMware has announced (publically and to Veeam) their intention to perform this migration as fast as possible as it offers a great user experience and removes the dependence on Flash. I assure you Veeam is watching this transition very closely so our plug-in advances in step with VMware to offer the best functionality and user experience.

VMware had designated the vSphere Client as the intended replacement for the Desktop client and users have embraced this during the vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.0 periods. It’s important to note that Veeam continues to improve our functionality and integration with the vSphere Client but we have not spent much time educating you as to what is possible in conjunction with Veeam Backup & Replication or what has improved in recent versions.

Back in Veeam Backup & Replication v7, Veeam introduced a plug-in for the vSphere Client. The goal for this initiative was to bring as much information about the Veeam backup infrastructure into the vSphere Client. Information about the status of Veeam Backup & Replication was now available inside vSphere Client. While we’ve had attribute settings to help distinguish from a VM to being backed up as a way to self-indicate its protection status, this was a great new way to see it within your vSphere administration space.

In the forums and in person, we heard from you that we should find a way to integrate the Veeam Backup & Replication console with the vSphere Client. By gathering and consolidating information pertaining to success, warning and failure counts for all jobs as well as cumulative information on key backup infrastructure topics (such as storage space used and available), this was not just another complicated interface. You can see this from the screenshot below:

Veeam’s VMware vSphere Web Client Plug-in

In addition to the previously mentioned capabilities, this functionality allows a vSphere administrator to easily identify unprotected VMs and perform capacity planning, as well as create restore points for selected VMs using VeeamZIP and Quick Backup functions – all directly from the vSphere Client!

In the dashboard pane under the summary information, you can explore backup infrastructure in further detail:

  • The VMs Overview widget provides the information on how your VMs are protected including the number of protected VMs (backed up or replicated), available restore points, source VM size, full and incremental backup size and replica restore point size and successful backup sessions ratio. If Veeam ONE is installed, you can also click the link and examine the Protected VMs report that provides a list of which VMs are protected by Veeam Backup & Replication and those which are not.
  • In the Jobs Statistics widget, all running jobs are displayed, as well as scheduled jobs and max job duration. With Veeam ONE, you can click the link and examine the Latest BU Job Statistics report.
  • In the Repositories widget, detailed information for each backup repository is displayed, including repository name, overall capacity, free space and backup size. Adding Veeam ONE will allow you to examine the Capacity Planning for Repositories report, providing you an estimate of when the repositories may run out of space.
  • The Processed VMs widget shows a graphical representation of how the jobs ran (1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month filters can be applied).

Since the original launch of this plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication v7, v9 now allows IT admins to quickly create a restore point for a selected VM using VeeamZIP (full backup) or Quick Backup (incremental backup) right from VMware vSphere web client, with no need to use Veeam backup management console. To utilize these capabilities, you need a user account, a security role assigned in Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager and minimal privileges in vCenter. As you can see from the screenshot below, you can perform the backup by simply right clicking the VM in the inventory tree.

Veeam’s VMware vSphere Web Client Plug-in

Note that this can be a full backup with VeeamZIP or an incremental with Quick Backup.

You may remember from its introduction in Veeam Backup & Replication v8 that Quick Backup lets you perform on-demand incremental backup for VMs. You can use Quick Backup if you want to produce an additional restore point for one or more VMs in a backup job and do not want to configure a new job or modify the existing one. Quick Backup can run for both incremental and reverse incremental backup chains.

Quick Backups are extremely helpful when you need to quickly create a point in time copy of one of your virtual machines before making any modifications. You may wonder; why wouldn’t I just take a snapshot?  Snapshots can be taken every few seconds and if you experience challenges, you can quickly revert to the previous state of the VM.  More than one snapshot can also have negative effects as the snapshot itself grows in size.  Not only can the VM experience I/O performance degradation, the space on the datastore can be consumed excessively and if the snapshot is forgotten, serious issues can result.  Large snapshots may also impact Availability of production VM due to excessive datastore I/O and VM stuns during snapshot commit.

It is important to note that as a Quick Backup is an incremental backup task, Veeam Backup & Replication copies only changes data for the selected VMs and saves this data to a new restore point in the backup chain.  Similar to incremental backup, Quick Backup can only be run for VMs that have been successfully backed up at least once and have a full restore point.  If there is no full restore point for a VM, Quick Backup cannot be not performed.

This is just another way Veeam is helping you leverage other tools to perform activities related to the backup infrastructure.  For more information regarding installing the Veeam plug-in for the vSphere Client, be sure to visit the Veeam Help Center.

 

For more tools and upcoming features, be sure to stay informed on the upcoming Availability Suite v9.5 release by signing-up or view the countdown page.

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