Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is NOW AVAILABLE!

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NOTE: Register for a live webinar, Total control and protection of email data with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, on Tuesday, December 20.

 

Many multi-tier applications that once had to be hosted on premises are now being deployed within the public cloud. With this adoption, millions of organizations worldwide no longer desire to manage their on-premises Exchange email infrastructure for a multitude of different reasons. The Exchange Online component of Office 365 provides a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering for businesses to purchase on a subscription basis. To complicate things just slightly, protecting and ensuring the recoverability of this data has been a challenge. Often times, businesses think that just because their data is running in the cloud, it is guaranteed to be available or recoverable. Well, over time, we’ve seen this to be the exact inverse; to ensure that this critical data is available, you must mitigate risk. My good friend and colleague, Hal Yaman, in a previous post, outlined the difference between Availability and Recoverability.

In August at the Next Big Thing event, I had the opportunity to announce, in a technical breakout session, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. It connects to your Office 365 subscription utilizing the Exchange Web Services (EWS) API. This allows you, as a tenant of Office 365, the ability to store your Exchange mailbox items to an offline repository that utilizes the Jet Blue database format. By utilizing Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange, these backups are able to restore individual items — mailboxes, folders, messages, tasks and contacts — providing flexible recovery options for your end users.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 connects to your Office 365 subscription to protect your organization’s Exchange Online mail items

The public beta for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 has been available for over two months now and has had over 2,500 downloads. And many have been kind enough to share their valuable feedback with us over on the Veeam Forums, which allowed us to take the original code to the next level of scalability and reliability.

Today, I am happy to share with you some fantastic news, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is NOW generally available!

What’s NEW in the GA version?

For those of you that have tested and provided feedback during the beta period of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, we thank you. Based on this feedback, R&D has enhanced the scalability of the product to support large Office 365 environments with thousands of mailboxes. The second addition provides the ability to now receive email notifications with the status of your Office 365 backup jobs.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Email notifications within Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Email Settings menu

The last major update aims to solve the mail retention requirements of all environment types. Retention affects the age of mailbox items pruned from repository, and administrators can now also specify the time and frequency of this operation.

For example, an enterprise organization with PCI regulations or a hospital institution faced with HIPAA compliance must keep their mail content for seven years, whereas another company simply needs to make sure their mail is protected and recoverable. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 allows the ability to define a global retention policy that effects every mailbox protected. The available retention ranges now include 10 years, 25 years, as well as forever.

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Retention policy for all mailboxes protected within Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

How can I get Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365?

I bet you now want to get your hands on this new Veeam product, but not sure how? Well, we’ve prepared a short FAQ for you!

Q1: How is Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 licensed?

A1: It is licensed by the number of Microsoft Office 365 users you need to protect. Note that shared mailboxes will be protected for free, since Microsoft also provides these mailboxes at no charge.

Q2: I am an existing Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Backup Essentials customer, how do I purchase Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365?

A2: You’re entitled to a FREE one-year subscription to Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 for UNLIMITED users. And if your organization has Enterprise Plus edition, you’re entitled to a FREE two-year subscription! In either case, you MUST REGISTER by Dec. 31, 2016.

Q3: I am NOT an existing Veeam customer, how do I purchase Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365?

A3: You can purchase subscriptions to Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 for a special introductory price of $2 per user.

Q4: I am an existing Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partner, am I eligible for the promotion or to purchase Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365?

A4: No, VCSP partners are not eligible for this promotion, nor can you purchase rental licenses for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 at this time. Although we expect it to be available for VCSP partners in the future.

Q5: What about the other components of Office 365, like OneDrive Business and SharePoint Online?

A5: Version 1 supports Exchange Online backup only. Share in the comments section below which other areas of Office 365 are most important for your business to protect to help us prioritize what’s coming next!

Conclusion

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is now generally available! We’re very excited about this new solution, and I’m very curious how you’ll use it in your environment. Please share those comments with the Veeam community below. This valuable information will allow us to provide you with more details and real life examples of the different use cases that customers are benefitting from with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.

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How to build a disaster recovery plan and enable business continuity with Veeam

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Here’s a true story from one of our customers. A gas explosion resulted in a major power failure downtown, which in turn left the company’s primary data center offline for a week. This is a classic example of an IT Disaster – unexpected and unpredictable, disrupting business continuity and affecting Always-On operations. We can only imagine how much it could cost that company to stay offline for a week (as much as losing their business, I’d say), if they didn’t have a reliable disaster recovery (DR) plan and an Availability solution to execute this plan.

A solid DR plan makes your company resilient to IT disruptions and able to restore your services in case of disaster with minimal to no impact on users and business operations. It’s not just making regular backups, but a complex IT infrastructure assessment and documenting (including hardware, software, networks, power and facilities), business impact analysis of applications and workloads and planning on staff, roles and risk assessment. And above all, there’s an essential testing and exercising of your disaster recovery plan. If you don’t test, how would you know that it works as expected?

Unlike physical infrastructures with all their complexity, virtualization gives more flexibility in management and processes allowing you to do more with less. For virtualized data centers, Veeam delivers joint capabilities of enabling data Availability and infrastructure management. By using Veeam Availability Suite, you cover multiple points in your DR plan at once and get:

  • Offsite replication with traffic optimization and advanced capabilities
  • Easier disaster recovery orchestration and recovery testing
  • Infrastructure assessment and documentation
  • Capacity planning and “What if” modelling
  • Backup and virtual infrastructures monitoring and reporting

These also address compliance audit needs by providing you with up-to-date information on backed-up workloads, backups reliability and actual data recovery time versus your SLAs. If staying compliant and ready for audits is important for you, I recommend you read the new white paper by Hannes Kasparick, Mastering compliance, audits and disaster recovery planning with Veeam.

Replication as a core disaster recovery technology

DR planning includes defining the lowest possible RTO to minimize the disruption of business operations. In terms of ability to restore failed operations in minutes, replication mechanism wins the game allowing you to instantly switch the failed workload to its ready-to-use “clone” to get the lowest-possible RTO. For DR purposes, standby replicas of production VMs are stored on a remote secondary site or in the cloud. Even if the production site goes down, like in my example with a major power failure, a remote site remains unaffected by the disaster and can take the load.

In the near future, Veeam will release a new solution for scalable, flexible and easier-to-use disaster recovery planning and orchestration – Veeam Availability Orchestrator. This new product will support disaster recovery scenarios for many VMs at multiple locations and provide automated, template-based documentation to meet compliance requirements. If you want to be the first to test it, register now to know when Veeam Availability Orchestrator is GA or to test the Beta right now!

Test your DR plan!

All data security and management standards (ISO family is not an exception) imply DR plan testing as a mandatory exercise. You can never know if everything will work as expected in cases of real disasters until you try it and run the planned procedures in advance. DR simulation will also allow you to ensure that your personnel are well-prepared for extreme IT situations and everyone mentioned in your DR plan is aware of the activities they need to perform. If you discover any drawbacks during DR testing – either human or software-related – you’ll have a good chance to fix your DR plan accordingly and thus potentially avoid serious disruptions in your business continuity.

Automated recovery verification for backups and replica restore points built in Veeam Backup & Replication (for no additional fees!) will save you much time and additional resources for testing. SureReplica allows to boot replicated VMs (VMware only for v9) to the necessary restore point in an isolated Virtual Lab and automatically perform heartbeat, ping and application tests against them. Also, you have an option to run your own customized tests – all without any impact on your production.

Final word

Disaster recovery planning is not just another bureaucracy, but a set of measures to maintain an organization’s business continuity. Built in compliance with international regulations and standards, a DR plan gives your customers a high level of confidence in your non-stop services, data security and Availability. Veeam helps you to stay compliant with both internal and external IT regulations, be ready for audit and be able to restore any system or data in minutes.

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Cloud at Microsoft (SME roundtable October 2016)

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IT Showcase brought together subject matter experts from our Cloud at Microsoft course to answer questions about how Microsoft IT designs, develops, implements, and monitors cloud solutions at Microsoft. In this session, they discuss cloud security, choosing between software as a service and platform as a service, Azure, the Internet of Things, and trends in cloud adoption.
Cloud at Microsoft (SME roundtable October 2016)

Transforming IT for modern engineering (Video)

Source: Microsoft
Prabhu Jayaraman, Principal Software Engineering Lead, talks about how modern engineering, agile methods, and cloud computing have contributed to digital transformation in IT roles—enabling teams to release product updates quickly and intensify their focus on meeting customer needs. He shares how his team made a cultural shift from working in traditional six-month waterfall development cycles to short sprints with fast release cycles—helping the team realize value more quickly and increasing customer satisfaction.
Transforming IT for modern engineering (Video)

Getting to know Windows 10 (Productivity Guide)

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Even if Windows 10 is new to you, it will still feel familiar! Get started quickly using key Windows 10 features with a few tips and tricks included in this guide. Learn about searching with Cortana, browsing with Microsoft Edge, and personalizing Windows to suit your preferences. Set up your account and use apps like Mail, Calendar, and Microsoft Office 365. Windows 10 helps you stay secure, get organized, and be productive.
Getting to know Windows 10 (Productivity Guide)

The price of Cloud Backup and DRaaS

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Cloud computing is hardly a new player of the IT world. Its ever-growing market share and popularity within the IT community derives from combining flexible prices with the Always-On Availability of infrastructure resources. It brings out a whole new world of possibilities for your business, while reducing the long-term costs of maintaining your own infrastructure. Yet, despite the obvious cost advantages of moving data to the cloud, pricing is still a top concern, as Veeam discovered from our recent 2016 cloud end-user survey (see chart below).

Cloud backup security concerns

Are cloud backup and DRaaS affordable?

The answer depends on many factors. A change of mindset is required when thinking about the affordability of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery (DR). Depending on your individual business requirements, cloud backups or even a full Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution can be very affordable, especially considering the money saved in the event of a disaster. The general rule is the lower the recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) your business requires, the higher the potential cost.

The infrastructure savings

There is a significant amount of money saved through not having to build and maintain a completely new DR site from scratch, and you can set up ready-to-go cloud infrastructure to the highest standards of security and Availability. Its resource flexibility allows for quick adjustments to sudden or planned spikes of your environment. That way, you don’t need to worry about buying additional hardware for establishing a DR site with its own hosts and storage to cover those demanding peak or production down times, just to watch it sit idle 99% of the time, consuming power.

What is the cost of no cloud backup or DRaaS?

Loss of revenue

Should one forgo the idea of using cloud services and utilizing the potential of the DRaaS, the obvious fate is in the sum of tens of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in lost revenue that can occur during downtime. The impact and cost of application outages and degradation have increased tremendously with the growth of digital business, with Gartner estimates at $5,600 per minute of downtime.1 During downtime, no transactions can be made through an ecommerce site, and once the opportunity for a prospect is lost through an inability to purchase, it is likely they will not return. If you wisely choose to have a recovery plan in place, it is essential that the timing on RTOs and RPOs reflect the amount of money you can afford to lose. Gartner has seen a significant increase in the number of Gartner client inquiries over the past year in which the client’s organization needs to support recovery times of four hours or less for mission-critical applications as well as IT service availability levels of at least 99.5% (i.e., approximately 3.6 hours of unplanned downtime per month).2

Loss of productivity

Downtime can cause employees to either do jobs ineffectively or not at all. Communication with clients, colleagues and managers can come to a dramatic halt and leave an entire organization twiddling their thumbs, wondering what to do next. Every hour of lost productivity includes wages which must be paid despite the fact there is downtime. So, it’s easy to see how the costs can add up. Even the loss of one VM with a critical application can cause trouble in the workflow, so it’s important to think through every unpleasant scenario to cover with a backup plan — even the smallest one.

Loss of reputation

A blow to the reputation and loss of customer trust make up the ultimate price that every company should dread. In certain instances, this can eventually lead to going out of business. Whatever happens on your main production site, you should be able to get back up in a matter of minutes and continue working until the initial issue is dealt with.

Imagine your whole production site going down. This would definitely interrupt every business process if you do not react accordingly. Or, another option is to rely only on a local backup that — you guessed it — also went down with the main site. With all of your servers patiently waiting in the cloud infrastructure, this won’t be a problem for you, since you’re just a click away from performing a failover to whichever servers you require at the time for an uninterrupted operation.

A good example of a large-scale, unexpected disaster is the Delta Airlines data center outage that occurred Aug. 8, 2016. It resulted in hundreds of flights being grounded for six hours, affecting thousands of people around the globe. Such delays and cancellations of departures produced frustration and caused long lines at airports. Explore more real-life stories of challenges faced by companies from all around the world and from all different industries, and how Veeam helps them to remain in control on our Success Stories page.

Why cloud?

All of these scenarios were present before the cloud emerged and companies were reliant on their own DR solutions, if they had any. As the industry evolved and grew an additional layer of Availability with cloud computing, new ways of managing your data and accessing it appeared. With Veeam Cloud Connect and DRaaS, it’s easier than ever to have ready-to-go infrastructure straight away with a full control of your backups and replica VMs, always giving you the edge to conquer any adversity that lies along the way to success. Check out our cloud solutions webpage to discover your option.

 

1Gartner, How to Evolve Beyond a Blame-Network-First Culture, 24 June 2016
2Gartner, Managing IT Resilience Is Much More Than Simply Failing Over Applications, Refreshed: 28 September 2016 | Published: 31 March 2014

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HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY! Win a VeeamON 2017 trip!

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As one of the most exciting years in Veeam’s history comes to an end, everyone at Veeam sends a big THANKS to you for supporting our unheralded success in 2016. Together, we are on course to make 2017 even better!

Here at Veeam, we love giving away prizes to our loyal IT community. For this year’s HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY, you could win one of 10, completely paid, VeeamON 2017 trips, which will take place on May 16 to May 18 in New Orleans, LA!

We are raffling these TEN ultimate trips to the the world’s largest Availability event, and all you have to do is register to WIN on our website. Veeam wants to fly you to and from New Orleans with a fully paid conference pass and deluxe hotel accommodations during the conferences period.

At VeeamON 2017, you’ll find yourself among other IT pros, decision makers and industry influencers from all over the world. The event is a valuable opportunity to network with peers and discover the latest Availability technologies and trends. Besides networking and breakout sessions, you can also become a VMCE (Veeam Certified Engineer) at the lowest-possible rate. You even have a chance to be in the spotlight by submitting your own abstract in the Call for Presentations. For those who are already VMCE certified, the VMCE-ADO certification is a great add-on to your existing Availability expertise!

On behalf of everyone at Veeam, happy holidays and thank you again for taking part in our whirlwind journey! We hope that 2017 will be the year when dreams come true for you and your loved ones.

 

PS: This 2017 HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY is a global contest and everybody from all over the world is invited to participate. Hurry! You can register to WIN until Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. We will randomly select the 10 lucky winners and announce them on a weekly basis. And if you miss this giveaway, don’t worry, we can also help you convince your boss to send you to VeeamON 2017. Good luck!

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Enhancing threat detection at Microsoft using Microsoft Cloud App Security (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
In our cloud-first, mobile-first environment, the use of cloud apps is on the rise. To help protect corporate data, Microsoft IT uses Microsoft Cloud App Security to discover and identify cloud applications in use on our network, assessing security risks for any app. With the Cloud App Security Portal, we monitor suspicious behavior patterns and unusual activity and detect threats. Cloud App Security provides protection for our network and greater visibility into our environment.
Enhancing threat detection at Microsoft using Microsoft Cloud App Security (Technical Case Study)

It’s here! NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 is available today

Source: Veeam

I am happy to announce that NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 is now generally available (GA) and ready for download! This latest version of our flagship product builds even further upon a number of enterprise enhancements introduced with v9 to help organizations meet today’s service-level objectives enabling the recovery of any IT service and related applications and data within seconds and minutes.

For a .5 release, 9.5 really stands out by adding a number of critical features designed to help enterprises scale more effectively and maintain Availability. To provide perspective on just how much new technology is being introduced, check out the What’s New in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 and What’s New in Veeam ONE 9.5 documents for a complete list of each new feature with descriptions. For those of you who are just starting to familiarize yourself with 9.5, below is a list of blogs we have published to date on six of the more notable features being introduced:

Enhanced enterprise scalability

To help scale up backup and replication activities, as well as shorten backup windows while reducing impact on production environments, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 introduces a whole new collection of enterprise scalability enhancements. Enhancements include accelerated backup performance, faster restores of larger VMs and reduced loads on primary and backup storage, as well as virtual infrastructure servers.

Additionally, to improve performance and capacity efficiencies for large-scale datasets, 9.5 is also introducing Advanced ReFS Integration, which in all honesty is my favorite new feature. Advanced ReFS Integration will help ensure backup data resiliency and the protection of critical apps through fast cloning of Veeam backups — creating and transforming synthetic full backup files up to 10x faster. This will shorten backup windows and lower backup storage load, as well as reduce backup storage capacity consumption with spaceless full backup technology, and ensure backup archive integrity by monitoring background data corruption.

FULL support for Microsoft 2016

And continuing a Veeam tradition by being the first to FULLY support the latest technologies introduced by our partners, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 also FULLY supports Microsoft 2016 Data Center Technologies. The integration not only includes support for Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V 2016, but also the latest versions of Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server.

More great features

The list goes on! Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure delivers cloud restore for Veeam backups to improve scalability and increase efficiencies. With 9.5, you can restore backups directly to the cloud by leveraging Azure as an on-demand cloud data center for DR, taking full advantage of Azure’s flexible and scalable cloud resources. But if that’s not enough, we have also expanded our Storage Snapshot support for Nimble Storage users, including a new Veeam Explorer for Nimble Storage for fast recoveries, new chargeback and billing functionality in Veeam ONE to help better calculate the cost of compute and storage resources used within an organization or service offerings, and added VMware vCloud Director Support to empower tenants with self-service backup and restore capabilities, plus much more!

Download NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 today!

Don’t wait! Download NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 today to take full advantage of our latest and greatest technology and remember to join us for a LIVE webinar, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Delivers Enterprise Scalability: Now Generally Available!, hosted by Jeff Crum, Director of Global Product Marketing and Rick Vanover, Director of Technical Product Marketing on December 1, 2016

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Ride the Hybrid Cloud Wave: next-generation Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite

Source: Cisco
Change is everywhere and it is happening faster than ever. Data centers have become user-centric rather than IT-centric. Developers, on behalf of the business, demand self-service access to technology. And when they don’t get it, they claim it themselves. These teams want access to public cloud like resources. Your business needs to grow and capture […]Ride the Hybrid Cloud Wave: next-generation Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite