Redesigning network topology for modern app architecture (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
For Microsoft IT, the transition to the cloud requires fundamental changes to legacy network design. Modern, cloud-based apps and services need reliable Internet connectivity to provide top-notch user experiences and high levels of productivity. We evaluated our network’s needs and set about to re-architect the infrastructure to support the cloud-first, mobile-first culture at Microsoft—creating a proactive network model that takes advantage of consistent taxonomy, standard configuration, and automation.
Redesigning network topology for modern app architecture (Technical Case Study)

Personas drive usage and accessibility in the Microsoft Lobby Experience (Article)

Source: Microsoft
When universal design principles challenged our thinking, Microsoft IT took accessibility to a new level with the design of our updated lobby experience. Not only did we incorporate accessible features into the multitouch technologies throughout our new lobbies, we leveraged personas to build inclusive improvements into our designs from the start. The holistic approach goes beyond typical accessibility scenarios—it provides an improved experience across a broad audience by addressing more subtle, situational impairments.
Personas drive usage and accessibility in the Microsoft Lobby Experience (Article)

Happy 9th Birthday Veeam Backup & Replication!

Source: Veeam

Today is a BIG DAY for our flagship product, Veeam Backup & Replication. Nine years ago, on Feb. 26, Veeam Backup & Replication was first introduced at VMworld Europe 2008 and made generally available on March 3, 2008.

Veeam Backup & Replication v1 was designed with functionalities that are still the main pillars of our product, such as instant file-level recovery, built-in deduplication, synthetic full backups and replication multiple restore points.

This is how it all started:

Veeam Backup & Replication v1

Let’s take a look at the worldwide technological climate of 2008 so we can better position Veeam Backup & Replication in time:

  • iPhone was at its first generation
  • Windows Vista was the latest Microsoft Windows version
  • There were six months left until first release of Android OS
  • Tesla’s first production vehicle, the Tesla Roadster was released one month before Veeam Backup & Replication
  • USB 3.0 was announced in November 2008
  • Google Chrome was released in September 2008

Innovation is what defines Veeam Backup & Replication

Since the very beginning Veeam Backup & Replication has been the result of innovating and listening to our customers’ needs. As I mentioned earlier, v1 was built with Instant File-Level Recovery, built-in deduplication, synthetic full backups and later in v3 we introduced Instant File-Level Recovery for Linux.

v5 was the release that established Veeam on the market: It introduced the vPower technology and therewith Instant VM Recovery, On-Demand Sandbox, VM backups verification with SureBackup and more. One year later, in v6, we introduced Hyper-V support, advanced replication, the 1-Click File Restore feature and more major enhancements.

The 6.1 release was also significant. It introduced VeeamZIP and the Free Edition, with no expiration date and no limitation on the number of VMs. The 6.5 release represented the debut of the Explorers: Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange and for Storage Snapshots and later in v7 Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint.

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 was a game changer. That’s when Veeam Cloud Connect came in, together with new Explorers for Microsoft SQL Server, Active Directory and Exchange.

v9 was really BIG. Many new features were added to enable organizations of different sizes and shapes to operate Always-On. From those features I’d like to mention Veeam Cloud Connect Replication, which opened new possibilities for both our customers and VCSPs: Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

Nine years later, here we are with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 leading the way in enabling companies to cope with the fast pace of digital transformation. And now, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 supports up to 57 restore scenarios from one agentless backup – nobody can touch that.

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5

The latest release of VBR provides advanced ReFS integration, enterprise scalability enhancements and, because cloud is the new normal for data Availability, Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure, as well as cloud-based DR and backup through Veeam Cloud Connect. See this through the years with our roadmap:

Veeam Backup & Replication Features

And speaking about cloud, Veeam and its partners are giving away $200 MILLION in Cloud services. You can activate your service until March 31! (at the moment, this offer is only available for North America customers)

Wondering about the future release of Veeam Backup & Replication? In May, at VeeamON 2017 we’ll reveal more details about Veeam Backup & Replication v10.

Happy birthday, Veeam Backup & Replication!

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Happy 9th Birthday Veeam Backup & Replication!

Experience Availability in New Orleans – VeeamON 2017

Source: Veeam

New Orleans, Louisiana will be hosting VeeamON 2017, the world’s premier Availability event, from May 16 – 18. Not only will you get the latest in data Availability innovations, but you’ll have the chance to interact with industry leaders around the world, attend breakout sessions held by Veeam experts and listen to what industry-renowned speakers have to say.

VeeamON 2017 will take place in a special location. New Orleans is a unique blend of cultures that has so much to offer. I hope you’ll plan your agenda in such a way that you’ll have the chance to enjoy the Big Easy. Today, I will share with you several attractions that will definitely make your stay in New Orleans unforgettable.

Discover

When in New Orleans, the first thing to visit to fully experience this city is the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. The French Quarter is a National Historic Landmark where you can enjoy the eclectic architecture of New Orleans and try the local cuisine at some of the city’s famous restaurants. The Quarter is also known for very active nightlife and bars, ideal for having fun after you relish Availability at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which, by the way, is in the immediate vicinity of the French Quarter.

Engage

Celebration is the word that best describes this vivid city. New Orleans lives through its music and art — that’s why you should visit Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter. The square is situated on the Mississippi riverfront very close to the conference venue, and it is surrounded by historic buildings, including the famous St. Louis Cathedral and the Presbytere and Cabildo (Louisiana State Museums). Here you will meet street artists performing live music, caricatures and portraits artists, blend in with the locals and engage in the spirit of New Orleans.

Innovate

Innovate is one of our favorite words at Veeam because we love trying new things and not only at work. While in New Orleans, you can take the New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour, which departs from the French Quarter. In this fun and informative (and interactive!) tour, you will visit some of the oldest restaurants and bars in town to experience the spirited side of the city, as well as its fine dining and drinking history.

Did you decide to attend VeeamON 2017? You can register here or you can:

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Reinforcing agile development practices with structured app portfolio reviews (Article)

Source: Microsoft
Microsoft IT uses a structured review process to monitor the Sales and Marketing organization’s app portfolio. Using modern, agile methodologies, our process facilitates efficient collaboration among key stakeholders, incorporates data analytics to resolve service incidents, and focuses on improving the end-to-end service offering. Along with efficiency in tracking and resolving service issues and effective conversations among stakeholders, we’ve seen our organization gain accountability and engineering efficiencies.
Reinforcing agile development practices with structured app portfolio reviews (Article)

Veeam, Novell and SUSE: New things you need to know

Source: Veeam

Veeam has a great relationship with Microsoft and, as a result, we have many industry-leading data protection options for Microsoft solutions. But what about heterogeneous environments? Many customers run a mixture of open source technologies and Microsoft technologies. Veeam Backup & Replication is agnostic as to the operating system running in a virtual machine, but specific features such as Application-aware Image Processing (AAIP) and File-Level Restore (FLR) must interact with the guest OS. That’s where our continued enhancements ensure that your environments are protected across a broad array of technologies.

A case in point is Micro Focus (formerly Novell) Open Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux. Many customers, from schools, government, and health care to large enterprises, continue to use these platforms. We have supported these platforms in various ways and in Veeam Backup & Replication v7, we introduced specific FLR support for the NSS filesystem. Just as Windows has evolved, so has OES, and with our 9.5 release, we’ve enhanced our NSS support for new features introduced in Open Enterprise Server (OES) 2015 such as 64-bit NSS and AD-enabled NSS volumes. In Update 1, we further enhanced our support for the new Trustee Index NSS feature introduced in OES 2015 SP1.

The magic to make this happen is in our FLR Linux-based “helper appliance.” Anyone that has ever used Veeam Backup & Replication to restore non-Windows filesystems is well aware of this appliance and its ability to mount many different filesystems such as ext3, ext4, xfs, btrfs and so on. It’s simple to enable NSS support by simply checking “Restore from Novell Storage Services (NSS) file system” in the FLR Appliance Configuration dialog.

Veeam enhances Novell and SUSE Linux support

Checking this box loads NSS kernel modules into the helper appliance for true NSS support rather than using a client. This yields identical support that is available directly within Open Enterprise Server. In 9.5, we upgraded the appliance with the modules available in OES 2015, and in Update 1 we upgraded the appliance once again with the modules available in OES 2015 SP1. As you can see from the screenshots below, we accurately display the contents of NSS volumes in the Veeam Backup browser, even when they utilize newer NSS features. In this example, VOL3 is an AD-enabled volume:

Veeam enhances Novell and SUSE Linux support

Veeam enhances Novell and SUSE Linux support

We didn’t stop there. Our Oracle support added in Veeam Backup & Replication v9 supported Oracle running on both Windows and Linux. However, this did not include Oracle running on the latest versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). With 9.5, we now support full Oracle AAIP, including redo log backup, for Oracle running on SLES 11 and SLES 12. And speaking of SLES, for those of you who have looked into our Veeam Agent for Linux, you may have seen official SLES support there as well for both SLES 11 and SLES 12.

As Veeam Backup & Replication continues to evolve into even more of an enterprise solution you can expect to see additional enhancements that support multiple technologies. These are important for customers of all sizes regardless of industry. Our OES and SLES enhancements are just a small sample of that. But don’t just take our word for the importance of these features. Here is what Jeffrey Schopp, System Administrator at North Central College has to say: “With Veeam’s File-Level Restore option, we are able to quickly restore files or folders when the salvage option is not available in Novell Storage Services (NSS). With the many multitude of files systems we are responsible for it is important to have a File-Level Restore option that works on them all.”

As a Veeam customer, what should you do next? If you leverage OES with NSS volumes in your environment, please upgrade to 9.5 with Update 1 right away. Even if you haven’t upgraded to OES 2015 yet, or if you’ve upgraded but haven’t implemented the new NSS features, you’ll still be prepared from a Veeam perspective for these new features. If you aren’t yet a Veeam customer, now you have even more reasons to evaluate Veeam.

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Veeam, Novell and SUSE: New things you need to know

200 Million reasons to turn on Veeam Cloud Connect! Now is the time!

Source: Veeam

With the release of Veeam Backup & Replication v8 in 2014, Veeam redefined the way in which businesses of all shapes and sizes could extend their system and data Availability strategies to consume backup offerings from trusted service providers, with the launch of Veeam Cloud Connect Backup. Veeam Cloud Connect was made available for all Veeam customers who now had the ability to engage with a number of Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partners worldwide directly from their Backup & Replication console and configure offsite backup repositories to which virtual machines could be sent to over a secure internet connection, redefining the 3-2-1 rule of backups (three copies of data, on two types of media, one of which is off-site).

When Veeam Backup & Replication v9 was launched, Veeam extended Cloud Connect to include Replication which further empowered Veeam customers to take advantage of service providers offering Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to enable Availability and business continuity by holding virtual machine replicas offsite and giving those businesses the power to turn those replicas if disaster struck.

When Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 was released, Veeam further enhanced Cloud Connect Backup and Replication offerings with numerous improvements to both the service provider backend and the client facing front end. Levels of maturity and the product features were growing with every release. Now, with the industry leading networking extension appliance, partial failover functionality and overall ease of use, it’s time to look at Veeam Cloud Connect for your backup, replication and disaster recovery solutions.

One of the beautiful things about Veeam Cloud Connect is that it’s built-in to Veeam Backup & Replication. All customers using this technology HAVE Veeam Cloud Connect, they simply need to choose a Veeam Cloud & Service Provider and turn it on!

FREE Cloud services program enabling backup and disaster recovery in the cloud

Veeam and its partners are giving away $200 MILLION in Cloud services ($1,000 USD per customer)!

Yes, you heard that correctly. Veeam and its VCSP partners are giving away $1,000 in FREE Cloud Services to each and every one of our +230K customers using Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Backup Essentials.

Because of this unprecedented offer, right now is the BEST TIME to try backup and DRaaS in the cloud. You can avoid the cost and complexity of building and maintaining your off-site infrastructure while meeting business and regulatory requirements for off-site backup and DR.

Visit the FREE Cloud services promo page to learn more about this offer.

More on Veeam Cloud Connect Replication

Advanced image-based VM replication through Veeam Cloud Connect is simple to set up and easy to use through a VCSP and is as easy to setup as going to the Service Providers menu in the Veeam Backup & Replication console and choosing your service provider of choice. Once set up you have access to hardware plans that provide compute, storage and networking resources at the service provider end to which you can configure cloud replication jobs and manage failover scenarios by way of failover plans.

When looking at disaster recovery testing and failover, one of the biggest challenges is in the networking. Generally speaking, there is complexity that surrounds ensuring VM replicas that are brought up at a disaster recovery site have the right networking in order for their applications and services to work. With the Network Extension Appliance, the tenant has the ability to map the internal VM networks as well as configure and publish external services to ensures seamless transition to the VM replicas during a failover.

Veeam Cloud Connect Replication

Data protection and disaster recovery tasks targeted at the cloud host are performed by tenants. Tenants can set up necessary replication jobs and perform failover operations on Veeam backup servers deployed on their side. Tenants can perform the following operations:

  • Replicate VMs to the cloud host
  • Perform failover tasks with VM replicas on the cloud host
  • Full site failover, when all critical production VMs fail over to their replicas on the cloud host in case the whole production site becomes unavailable
  • Partial site failover, when one or several VMs become corrupted and fail over to their replicas on the cloud host
  • Perform failback tasks with VM replicas on the cloud host.

Tasks associated with full site failover can be performed either by the tenant or by the service provider or through a Cloud Connect Portal hosted by the service provider that offers failover/failback operations. This flexibility allows the service provider to test the full site failover process and switch tenant’s production site to the cloud hosts upon request in the case that the tenant has no access to the backup infrastructure after a disaster. Ensuring that failover from the replica VM is successful is critically important, but there should also be a way back to access the on-premises infrastructure. Cloud Connect Replication features an option to easily failback to the primary infrastructure, by copying only data blocks changed while replica VMs were running on the service provider infrastructure.

More on Veeam Cloud Connect Backup

Cloud Connect Backup integrates hosted backup repositories or cloud repositories directly into the Veeam Backup & Replication console and is extremely simple to get started with via the Service Providers menu offering a way to search for VCSPs that are offering Cloud Connect Services. Once signed up and given your tenant account details, you are taken through a setup wizard that completes the process and allows you to then configure Backup or Backup Copy jobs to use the cloud repository.

Veeam Cloud Connect Backup

All data protection and disaster recovery tasks targeted at the cloud repository are performed by tenants, meaning complete control and management of their backup and recovery tasks. Tenants can set up necessary jobs themselves and perform tasks on Veeam Backup & Replication servers on-premises. Tenants can perform the following operations:

  • Back up VMs to the cloud repository
  • Copy VM backup files to the cloud repository
  • Restore VM data from the cloud repository
  • Perform file copy operations between tenant’s side and the cloud repository

Cloud Connect Backup is a powerful addition to any existing Veeam customer and extends Availability into the cloud in a straightforward, secure manner taking the 3-2-1 rule of backups to the next level leveraging proven Veeam technology and service provider resources.

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