Win FREE tickets to VMworld 2017!

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VeeamON 2017 was a big success and a great opportunity to see how virtualization, storage and cloud technologies work together to define the modern data center. This time we want to send you to VMworld 2017, VMware’s most important event.

At VMworld 2017 you will discover the latest innovation and trends of the cloud infrastructure and business mobility technology and interact with subject matter experts, IT professionals and top thought leaders from all around the world.

Veeam is a VMworld 2017 US & Europe Platinum Sponsor and we are giving away 10 FREE, full passes to VMworld 2017, all you need to do to become one of the lucky winners is to go to our website and REGISTER. The full conference pass includes the admission to all general and breakout sessions, VMware Hands-On Labs, Solutions Exchange, special giveaways and the famous VMworld Customer Appreciation Party.

VMworld 2017

While at VMworld 2017, don’t forget to visit the Veeam booth. There will be sessions held by Veeam experts and they will talk about the latest cloud technologies and how to build a comprehensive Availability strategy. You will also learn how to manage and restore data across public, private and hybrid clouds, Software as a Service (SaaS) infrastructures, and virtual and physical environments. Veeam is a constant presence at VMworld, and we always enjoy engaging with the IT community through interesting sessions, prizes and networking!

VMworld 2017 respects the tradition of running two dedicated conferences for both the US and Europe. The US event takes place August 27-31, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The European event will kick off two weeks later, on September 11-14 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain.

We will announce one winner every week from May 29 to August 4. REGISTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN! Good luck!

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Update: U.S. Patent and Trade Office Reviews

Source: Cisco
Cisco is pleased that the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (U.S. PTO) upheld the validity of our ‘537 patent, which covers Cisco’s proprietary SysDB technology. ITC enforcement proceedings addressing Arista’s continued infringement on this patent are underway. These enforcement proceedings are a key step in determining whether Arista’s redesigned products continue to use IP copied […]Update: U.S. Patent and Trade Office Reviews

How to benefit from the new Nimble Secondary Flash array

Source: Veeam

What if I suggested putting Flash into your backup target? This is exactly what Nimble Storage has done with the recent release of their Secondary Flash array.

Adding a flash tier can offer some great additional advantages to certain Veeam features and functionality when it comes to backup, but mainly recovery.

Veeam works hard to reduce backup windows and any performance impact on production workloads, while keeping the system completely simple and useable. This is where the Nimble Secondary Flash array can play a big part in helping speed up those backups, the ability to leverage this data for virtual labs and the ability to run multiple Instant VM Recovery functions at once.

Let’s look at the configuration for this new SAN backup appliance from Nimble.

Platform SF100 SF300
Connectivity iSCSI or FC
Max write throughput 400 MB/s 800 MB/s
Mandatory flash requirement 8% — to enable high dedupe ratio
Raw capacity 21 TB —  126 TB 42 TB — 252 TB
Usable capacity 16 TB — 100 TB 30 TB — 200 TB
Effective capacity (8:1) 800 TB 1.6 PB
Max read/write IOPS (up to) 20K 40K
Expansion shelves Up to 2 Up to 2

What are the key features and capabilities that this helps in a Veeam environment?

High speed recovery

Instant VM Recovery: Instant VM Recovery is the ability to take any virtualized application on VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V directly from a backup. Instead of making users wait while you provision storage, extract the backup and copy it to production, you can simply start a VM with Veeam’s patented vPower technology. After that, use VMware Storage vMotion, Hyper-V Storage Migration or Veeam’s proprietary Quick Migration to move the VM back to production storage.

Verified Recoverability

SureBackup / SureReplica: SureBackup provides a fully automated process that allows you to verify the recoverability of a backup. Automatically start your VM(s) from the backup repository, directly from the compressed and deduped backup file, then it will check the heartbeat, run your custom scripts, and send a report. Everything is happening automatically, in an isolated virtual network environment. You can verify VM replicas with the SureBackup job known as SureReplica. Given the additional performance of the new Nimble Secondary Flash array, the time to perform this automated verification will be much faster.

Leveraged Data

Virtual Lab: The Virtual Lab feature within Veeam Backup & Replication allows businesses to leverage the investment made on the appliance storage to spin up isolated virtual environments that can be used to automate the verification of those backup files (SureBackup), but also giving the ability to run test and development VM workloads in an isolated network. The Virtual Lab does not require that you provision extra resources for it. You can deploy the Virtual Lab on any host in your virtual environment.

Nimble Secondary Flash array

This flash-enabled architecture is not just going to give those recovery benefits, but also improve backup windows and bring data efficiencies with Inline Deduplication. Those aren’t things you normally hear in the same sentence — backup performance and capacity optimized storage.

Per-VM backup file chains: By default, backup jobs write VM data to the backup repository in one write stream. Depending on the repository storage type, this may not lead to the most efficient and fastest way of getting that data to the backup target. Per-VM file chains allow for each VM to have its own chain. When writing per-VM to the repository, it means that there are multiple write streams. The Nimble Secondary Flash array can achieve much better performance from this configuration with multiple write streams and increase the write queue depth.

Nimble Secondary Flash array

Align and Decompress: The Nimble Secondary Flash array uses a fixed block size for deduplication, Veeam aligns the VM data backup to a 4kb block size boundary. This allows for better deduplication on the array across all backup files. The Veeam backup proxy decompresses the backup data blocks before storing to the repository. This configuration allows for an uncompressed backup file to be sent to the target, meaning more efficient deduplication rates.

Nimble Secondary Flash array

Offloading to the Nimble Array:

All of this, coupled with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 and the addition of Nimble storage integration, reduces the impact on the VM environment by offloading application consistent snapshots down to the storage array, then presenting that snapshot directly to a Veeam backup proxy (Backup from Storage Snapshots). Take advantage of snapshot orchestration to a secondary Nimble array by performing the backup from the secondary Nimble array, which reduces production impact on both the VMware environment and production array (Backup from Secondary Storage Snapshot).

Finally, leverage Nimble performance for application-consistent snapshots and then clone them to create an automated, On-Demand Sandbox from Storage Snapshots for test and development cycles.

Nimble Secondary Flash array

Wrap up

In summary, backup from Nimble storage snapshots on primary or secondary arrays reduces the impact from data protection activities on production workloads. Add the new Nimble Secondary Flash array and this will benefit storage efficiencies as well as recovery performance. This is a great Availability option between Veeam and Nimble.

 

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My Takeaway at the Bloomberg BreakAway and Milken Institute Summits

Source: Cisco
For CEOs and CFOs pursuing growth, market understanding and actionable insights, the Bloomberg BreakAway Annual Summit has been a key event to attend. I had the pleasure of participating in a energetic panel discussion on digital transformation culture at this year’s event in New York. Moderated by Bloomberg’s Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store […]My Takeaway at the Bloomberg BreakAway and Milken Institute Summits

Veeam VTL to Amazon S3 & Glacier: A cost-effective tape alternative!

Source: Veeam

Today most big storage providers offer some form of long-term physical tape library storage, which enables customers to utilize a cost-efficient cold storage option. But, there can be a few key issues faced with physical tape library storage. The first is complexity that surrounds exportation and management. The second is the cost of upgrading — old tapes are slow and unreliable but new ones are not cheap. Storing conditions can also be an issue, since you must keep the tape media at specific temperatures. There is also the issue of not being able to integrate — or even replace — that cold storage into an existing cloud backup infrastructure. This is where the scalability and ease of management with a virtual tape library (VTL) can truly excel for an IT staff, who need seamless synchronization between their on-premises data and cloud backups. The option to replace a tape infrastructure with a modern, cloud-based storage system is attractive to many and this is why Veeam is investing in a VTL technology.

VTL options with Veeam

At VeeamON 2017 we had many exciting announcements and one of these was that Veeam customers can now leverage VTL on Amazon AWS object storage as a scalable and cost-effective tape alternative. The great thing about this solution for Veeam customers is that it works with Veeam Backup & Replication, with zero changes needed to existing backup processes. The lack of change of process is an important point, as many organizations build their operational procedures as well as expectations of where different restore points are with rules based on tape capabilities. With Veeam’s integrated VTL solutions, the data lives on low latency AWS public cloud storage (Amazon Simple Storage Service S3) and contains smart de-staging that allows the data to move to even more cost-efficient Amazon Glacier Storage for long-term retention. Veeam currently has two options for VTL which include either utilizing Amazon’s native VTL, or StarWind VTL to Cloud. Additional options to be announced at a future date.

How does it work?

As mentioned, Veeam customers have multiple VTL options when it comes to offloading Veeam backups to AWS. When deployed, the VTL lives on a virtual machine or server on-premises and presents itself to Veeam Backup & Replication — this is where the magic happens. The VTL can mimic itself as a physical tape device and in turn can receive the tape data, which it then feeds off to low latency S3 storage for quick recovery capabilities. As the VTL is emulating an on-premises physical tape device, there are again no required process changes to those already familiar with backing up to tape. After living on S3 Storage, users can then choose to move data to Glacier and while with Glacier it can take 24 hours to recover compared with more instantaneous S3, Glacier excels for purposes of long-term retention and cost-efficiency.

Veeam VTL to Amazon S3 & Glacier

Advantage of physical tapes off-site in the cloud

VTL simplifies integrating cloud storage tiers into existing backup infrastructure, but one other important thing this now allows you to achieve is the ability to complete the final stage of the 3-2-1 rule by getting a copy of your production data off site. Relying solely on on-premises physical tape storage is far from ideal for an organization’s disaster proof backup plan. Yes, you could keep it old school and have your physical tapes shipped to a secondary site, but what are the costs for the shipments and what if the tapes are misplaced? And would shipping physical tapes off-site truly enable your organization to obtain maximum Availability with minimal chance of downtime? By being able to integrate your physical tape instances into a virtual setting together with existing virtual Veeam backups, you can easily recover from an off-site location with data safely residing in the cloud in the event of a disaster.

The image below is a sneak-peak of this new VTL technology being used in Veeam Backup & Replication v10 (part of Veeam Availability Suite v10); in addition to the new GFS media set features which include logic for daily tape backups:

Veeam VTL to Amazon S3 & Glacier

To conclude, if you are backing up or always wanted to ship backup files to AWS:

  1. Emulate your tape device with the suggested VTLs
  2. Use existing tape jobs or set new jobs
  3. Connect the VTL with AWS
  4. You are good to go!

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Day 3 highlights: VeeamON 2017

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Yesterday was the final day of VeeamON 2017. What an amazing experience! It has been terrific to see old friends and to get to know new ones in New Orleans this year. Over 2,500 attendees attended for three action-packed days (or five days for the VMCE class participants), networking with and hearing from IT pros, IT executives and Veeam experts.

The day started with a general session from Veeam Global Cloud Group VP Paul Mattes and the Veeam Evangelist team who presented Veeam’s Vision for a Multi-Cloud Future. Next, two special guests spoke, Microsoft CTO Mark Russinovich, SVP and Bill Philbin, GM for storage and big data segment solutions for HPE’s Data Center Infrastructure Group.

Thursday’s news was built on a long-standing alliance between Veeam and Microsoft. Below is just a quick recap of the key announcements, which were all discussed yesterday as well:

  • NEW Veeam Disaster Recovery in Microsoft Azure has been a hot VeeamON topic. It combines Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure (included in Veeam Availability Suite) and Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure to help maintain business continuity and Availability of critical workloads with all-encompassing on-demand DR in the cloud.
  • There’s been lots of buzz about Native Support for Cloud Object Storage (Azure Blob) in Veeam Availability Suite v10. Veeam announced new Scale-Out Backup Repository (SOBR) support for cloud object storage as an Archive Tier extent. This new functionality, included in Veeam Availability Suite v10, will enable customers to archive Veeam backups to Azure Blob storage. The native support will also help customers leverage Azure to reduce long-term data archival, retention and compliance costs.
  • Announced earlier this week, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows was big news at VeeamON. It offers features and capabilities designed to ensure Availability for Windows-based physical servers, workstations and endpoints, as well as Windows workloads running in Azure.

Each attendee at the general session yesterday received a book called Zero Day, by Mark Russinovich, and they lined up at the Microsoft booth at VeeamON to ask Mark to autograph it.

VeeamON

I joined the What’s New in v10: A Deeper Dive break-out session by Anton Gostev where he presented a detailed live demo of the new v10 version. It was a packed session with standing room only for this highly anticipated topic.

The LabWarz competition named a winner! This is Dave Stout who finished all tasks in 42 minutes and 15 seconds. Our winner went home with a $10,000 prize and the title of Best Veeam Engineer in the World! Not a bad way to introduce himself!

At Veeam, when we aren’t busy creating the best Availability products on the market, we work hard to throw the best parties on the market. The wrap-up party is another legendary event at VeeamON, and the one this year was equally awesome!

VeeamON 2017 was a huge success and absolutely the biggest Availability event of the year. Don’t forget to share your thoughts about the conference on social media using the #VeeamON hashtag.

You can find more photos on our Facebook page. I hope we will see you at the next VeeamON in Chicago!

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Enough is Enough – Change Must Begin Now

Source: Cisco
Beginning last week, many organizations around the globe found themselves responding to infected computers in their environments that were hit with new malicious ransomware called “WannaCry.” Most other organizations reacted quickly to protect their network-critical files from being taken hostage by cyber criminals and held for ransom. And we are now seeing new variants of […]Enough is Enough – Change Must Begin Now

Microsoft Operations Management Suite integration with Veeam Management Pack v8 Update 4

Source: Veeam

What a great week so far it has been at VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans! Holding true on one of our core values — Veeam Speed — I am very excited to share with you another VeeamON 2017 product announcement.

Veeam Management Pack (MP) for System Center v8 Update 4 is NOW generally available (GA)!

This news really excites me, as many of you know just a few short years ago I was an IT pro digging the same trench you’re working on digging now. So, Veeam MP will always hold an extremely special place in my heart as I was a customer of Veeam MP where I had great success with the product!

What’s NEW in Update 4?

Veeam MP for System Center provides integration, monitoring, advanced reporting and detailed topology features for virtualized environments, including the virtual machines, the physical hosts and the associated network and storage fabric. Veeam MP allows these advanced features to be leveraged across multiple System Center components, including: System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), Orchestrator (SCORCH), Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Service Manager (SCSM).

Veeam MP Update 4 extends your traditional on-premises System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) monitoring of VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication environments out to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) to allow the management and monitoring anywhere, anytime.

The premise of Availability — anywhere and at any time — is exactly what Veeam is built upon. One of the most requested feature adds of the Veeam MP was direct integration with Microsoft OMS.

Let’s take a deeper look in to the Veeam MP integration with OMS Update 4!

Veeam MP integration with Operations Management Suite

Many organizations are adopting public cloud services for specific applications they no longer desire to manage on premises, resulting in a hybrid cloud deployment. OMS is a Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud based management tool that permits a connection to an on-premises SCOM environment. The data Veeam MP collects from your VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication environments is treated just like any other SCOM object. When SCOM is connected to an existing OMS workspace, the data collected is transferred in 15 minute intervals to your existing Microsoft OMS workspace.

Veeam MP integration with OMS includes four default views, which you import into OMS to track the health and state of monitored objects, estimate the overall resource utilization and provide at-a-glance overviews of the collected Veeam MP data. Once you have SCOM, Veeam MP and an active Azure OMS subscription, the process is divided into two steps:

  1. Import MBP files from the Veeam MP Resource Kit into SCOM
  2. Add OMS view(s) from the Veeam MP Resource Kit into OMS

One of my personal favorite features of Veeam MP is the Veeam Morning Coffee Dashboard!  These real-time, at-a-glance SCOM dashboards allow administrators fast insights of their VMware and/or Hyper-V infrastructures. These same Veeam Morning Coffee Dashboards are being extended to OMS and can be consumed via the OMS application or from anywhere there’s an internet browser to provide useful information about the infrastructure. The default views provided can be rearranged and edited on a user by user basis so their view is customized.

Veeam Management Pack v8 Update 4

Veeam Morning Coffee Dashboard views are NOW available within OMS!

The four default OMS views include:

  • Veeam Morning Coffee Dashboard for VMware vSphere
  • Veeam Morning Coffee Dashboard for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Veeam Morning Coffee Dashboard for Backup
  • Veeam Management Pack health dashboard

Veeam Management Pack v8 Update 4

vSphere data collected in OMS is searchable based on native OMS queries

The illustration above shows several objects that are in a healthy, warning or error state. As you drill into the problems, you will be redirected to the OMS Log Search tool that is native to OMS. The queries utilized are customized to pull the necessary Veeam MP data from the OMS solution that are focused on the object of concern. The example below provides detail on an individual vSphere ESXi host that was in an error state. By default, the monitoring period is the last six hours. If needed, you can expand the time frame to get ALL of the alerts for that object over the given period. This specific host has had errors with host memory usage as well as host memory over commitment which can be exported out to a .XLS document for further analysis.

Example OMS query:

Type=Perf CounterName=”cpuUsedPct” ObjectName=”VMware vSphere Host” InstanceName=”esx-main5.XYZ.domain.com” | measure avg(CounterValue) interval 1hour

The CPU and memory resource usage views are very useful, too. They should be leveraged when troubleshooting issues that are currently being experienced in the environment or when trending data over a larger period of time to conduct capacity planning exercise. I personally consider it to be a best practice that all IT shops should review their CPU, memory and storage (capacity and performance) trends monthly, at the very least, to ensure proper capacity planning.

Veeam Management Pack v8 Update 4

Detailed CPU and memory usage within OMS

Regardless of whether you’re looking to troubleshoot the state of an individual object like a VM, host or even Veeam Backup & Replication repository for instance, the drill-down capability allows you to review large amounts of data quickly and troubleshoot issues within your VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Veeam Backup & Replication environments.

Power BI preview

By using the Preview OMS to Power BI connector, you can push Veeam MP data into the Power BI for further analysis and visualization.

You first need to enable the Power BI export within your workspace and connect to your Power BI account. Next, select any data provided with Veeam MP integration with OMS, like vSphere hosts CPU usage and then configure a dataset push to Power BI.

Example OMS query:

“Type=Perf CounterName=”cpuUsedPct” ObjectName=”VMware vSphere Host” InstanceName<>_Total”

Veeam Management Pack v8 Update 4

Using the Preview OMS to Power BI connector

Within Power BI, you will see this dataset as a data source available for further analysis. Just add some charts and then visualize your data center health and performance the way you like!

Veeam Management Pack v8 Update 4

Example Power BI data from Veeam MP integration with OMS

Wrap up

Veeam MP for System Center Update 4 continues to provide the tools you need to ensure your environment is available. Full support for both Windows Server and System Center Operations Manager 2016 — including Hyper-V 2016 as well as vSphere 6.5 and NOW OMS— gives you, as an administrator, the full app-to-metal visibility that your business demands.

If you’re using Operations Manager on premises, grab your 50 FREE sockets of the Veeam Management Pack for System Center Enterprise edition within the Partner Solutions Tab inside the SCOM Administration pane! Alternatively, head over to Veeam.com to register for your 50 FREE sockets of Veeam MP for System Center today!

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