VMCE training at VeeamON 2018: What’s new

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The Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) certification program has already become a classic of the VeeamON conferences as we strongly believe education is the pillar of any IT professional’s job. Being a Veeam Certified Engineer not only confirms that you possess the required knowledge to deploy and configure Veeam products, but provides you direct access to support for critical on-site issues and will definitely help those looking to take their career at the next level.

Nevertheless, there’s much more about the VMCE certification program during VeeamON 2018 in Chicago and I will share all the updates with you in this blog post.

Training format at VeeamON 2018

While last year the VMCE training was open to everybody with no requirements, at VeeamON 2018 in Chicago, it will be slightly different, as there will be three classes. The first one will be dedicated to those who have already attended a VMCE standard training previously and now would like to pass the VMCE standard exam. The other two classes will focus on those who already have VMCE level knowledge and wants to either move to the next level on design and sizing or deep dive into our new product Veeam Availability Orchestrator.

Based on last year’s feedback, the classes will happen after the main event — except the Exam Prep class.

So, if you decided to sign up for the VMCE training, you can enroll in the following classes:

  • VMCE Exam Preparation

This is a one-day instructor-led class and will occur on Monday, May 14 with the goal of preparing the students to pass the certification exam. Prerequisite: Must have already attended a VMCE standard class.

  • VMCE-Advanced Design & Optimization (ADO)

This is a two-day (Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18) technical course meant to teach engineers how to design and optimize Veeam Availability Suite following Veeam solutions architects’ best practices. Prerequisite: VMCE level knowledge is required for this class.

  • VMCE-Orchestrator

This class also takes place on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18 and will teach attendees how to deploy, configure and manage the new Veeam Availability Orchestrator. The class combines lectures and live Hands-On Lab exercises to offer a comprehensive learning experience, as well as maximum knowledge transfer to students. Please note that this class has very limited seating. Do not wait to register.

Important: All classes include a voucher that enables attendees to take the certification exam at the on-site Pearson VUE Testing Center after the class or post-event. Exam vouchers are valid for 12 months.

VMCE training registration and pricing

If you are interested in taking one of the three classes for VMCE training, go to our website and sign up as seats are limited! The price for VMCE Exam Prep is $450, while VMCE-ADO and VMCE-Orchestrator cost $999 each. The VMCE training can ONLY be purchased as an add-on to a VeeamON 2018 full conference pass.

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Cisco extends Encrypted Traffic Analytics to Nearly 50,000 Customers

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Lenovo V Series Storage gets Veeam Availability!

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It is easy to miss all of the new advancements and capabilities that Veeam has recently delivered. With the release of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3, some of the big news is a serious advancement in the storage integrations, including the addition of Lenovo storage. In this post, we’ll discuss the new Veeam primary storage integration with Lenovo Storage V Series.

What problem does this storage integration solve?

It is a natural question to ask, and the answer will pique your interest as there are many problems solved in fact. One good way to answer this question is to list the problems solved in regards to the capabilities they offer:

  • Reduce stress on primary storage: The backup from storage snapshots capability will reduce the amount of time a VM has a VMware snapshot open and move data from the storage snapshot; effectively allowing you to take a backup at any part of the day AND retain Changed Block Tracking Data. You’ll have faster, less impactful backups.
  • Give recovery options from a storage snapshot: The Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots capabilities allow you to restore data (a VM, a file or an application item) from a storage snapshot on the array. This can be done ad-hoc or via a schedule set on the array.
  • Ensure storage snapshot copies are made: You can orchestrate the creation of storage snapshots on the Lenovo Storage V Series to ensure that you have the ability to recover when you need it.
  • Test with confidence: Probably the most powerful capability is the virtual lab capability to run an On-Demand Sandbox from a storage snapshot. This is very powerful as the performance profile of this virtual lab function will be on-par with the product workloads and it can save you unplanned downtime on critical changes by going into a change with complete preparation and confidence knowing the outcome.

The Lenovo Storage V Series provides the flexibility to start small and keep growing while leveraging existing storage investments. Now with support in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3, Lenovo customers can enjoy a new level of Availability with Veeam to protect data, applications and IT services.

Lenovo V Series Storage gets Veeam Availability

One thing I enjoy showing about this integration is that it brings fast, efficient backup AND recovery. The recovery is the part that many organizations can leverage with incredible ease. This is because the Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots capability is something anyone with a Lenovo Storage V Series can leverage. This is accomplished by leveraging an existing storage snapshot schedule (which has zero impact on the running VMs) and providing a mechanism to restore VMs, files and application items directly from the storage snapshot with no additional steps required. The powerful recovery options in Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots on the Lenovo Storage V Series are shown below:

Lenovo V Series Storage gets Veeam Availability

In addition to the recovery capabilities above, this new Veeam integration also brings in Backup from Storage Snapshots. This technology allows organizations to effectively take backups at any point in the day. This is the most important part of Veeam’s storage integration with Lenovo Storage V system. The technical benefits here are that the amount of time that a VMware snapshot is opened is significantly reduced. The figure below shows the sequencing of a backup job using the storage integration:

Lenovo V Series Storage gets Veeam Availability

  1. The first step is to analyze which VMs in the job are on the Lenovo Storage V system.
  2. The second step is a VMware snapshot is called to all VMs on that storage volume, which will provide the application-consistent state of these VMs.
  3. The third step is to call a storage snapshot on the Lenovo Storage V system.
  4. The fourth step is a Veeam-proprietary benefit where Veeam Backup & Replication will retrieve the VMware CBT information of the VM snapshot created in step 2.
  5. Next, the VMware snapshot is released.
  6. The sixth step mounts this storage snapshot which includes the application-consistent state of the VMs to the VMware backup proxies in the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure.
  7. The Veeam proxies then read new and changed virtual disk data directly from the storage snapshot and transfer the data to a Veeam backup file in the backup repository.
  8. The final step will remove the storage snapshot when all VMs have been backed up.

This easy-to-use integration gives Lenovo Storage V customers incredible Availability options by being able to take backups with much less stress on production storage. Additionally, recovery points can be added easily simply by having a storage snapshot schedule set on the array. This integration in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 is just the latest capability to provide the Availability experience that organizations demand. You can find more about Veeam and the storage integration capabilities here.

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Veeam Availability with IBM Spectrum Storage integration for fast, efficient backup and recovery

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With the introduction of Veeam Availability Suite 9.3 Update 3, Veeam brings storage integrated backup and recovery to a wide selection of IBM Storage offerings, helping business of all sizes meet ever increasing recovery service level agreements for IT services and their applications and data.

Let’s face it, for today’s Always-On Enterprise, the amount of data — and the rate it is changing — makes the traditional nightly backup strategy most organizations rely on obsolete. Today’s pace of business requires more frequent restore points to choose from. And unless your users are OK with business standing still when things go wrong, you’ve got to restore and recover quickly as well.

Meeting these growing demands continues to be a challenge for many organizations as a recent ESG study quantifies. You can see the results yourself in the 2017 Veeam Availability Report. That is why Veeam continues to build solutions with leading storage vendors, delivering what we call Availability for any data, wherever it resides.

Veeam with IBM Storage

Veeam’s new storage integration with IBM Spectrum Virtualize extends our innovative approach to leveraging storage IBM FlashCopy snapshots on the IBM Storwize family as well as the IBM SAN Volume Controller. As a result, Veeam customers, partners and system integrators now have a much wider selection of IBM Spectrum Virtualize storage arrays from IBM, and other IBM partners, on which they can build Veeam Availability solutions.

The new Veeam release allows you to efficiently make backups and granularly recover what you need right from IBM FlashCopy storage snapshots with:

  • Backup from Storage Snapshots to lower the impact of backup on production environment
  • Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots to quickly restore entire virtual machines, files and individual application items directly from storage snapshots
  • On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots to create complete isolated copies of your production environment with just a few clicks for development, testing and troubleshooting

Veeam integration with IBM FlashCopy also allows you to orchestrate the management of the snapshot process which further improves recovery point objectives. The ability to leverage IBM FlashCopy storage snapshots for backup, recovery and sandboxing reduces the impact on your production VMware environment, simplifies operations and helps you get more from your IBM Storage investment.

Veeam with IBM Spectrum Storage integration

Backup from Storage Snapshots

Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots is the starting point for Veeam’s ability to schedule and manage application-aware snapshots. In my opinion, this is the most important part of Veeam’s storage integration. Being able to offload down to the production storage and leverage storage efficient snapshots, present that Volume/LUN to the backup proxy and then start pulling the data, all while still maintaining change block tracking from VMware so only having to take or backup the data that has changed since the last backup was created.

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 on IBM Spectrum Virtualize automates backups from IBM FlashCopy snapshots as often as you need to meet demanding recovery point objectives (RTO).

Veeam with IBM Spectrum Storage integration

In failure scenarios, having a restore point that is minutes or hours old versus days old is the most effective to meeting service level agreements. Veeam’s level of flexibility and control of snapshots is the basis for preventing data loss and faster recovery.

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

When it comes to recovery, speed and agility are key. The faster and easier you can access and restore files, applications or complete VMs, the sooner you can restore productivity. This is why Veeam leverages the low overhead of periodic IBM FlashCopy storage snapshots, resulting in lower recovery point objectives (RPO).

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots gives you access to what you need without having spin up a recovery environment, which can take hours or days in some cases before the provision process is complete. Instead, through a simple interface that will be familiar as a file explorer, Veeam allows you to dive into the snapshot, view its contents and quickly restore just what you need, including:

  • Recovery of guest files for more than a dozen OS file systems
  • Application items from Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Databases
  • Instant VM Recovery to recover failed VMs in minutes versus hours and days

Veeam with IBM Spectrum Storage integration

With Veeam Explorer, you can view and restore VM content from storage snapshots even if Veeam didn’t create that snapshot. That includes native IBM, crash-consistent storage snapshots and snapshots created by third-party tool that produces application-aware snapshots.

On-Demand Sandbox from Storage Snapshots

One of my favorite Veeam features is the ability to leverage application-consistent storage snapshots for test and development, troubleshooting and training. It is a dream come true for a lot of administrators out there that need to create an exact functioning replica of an environment. Veeam automates the whole process:

  • First running application-consistent snapshots on production, performant and efficient storage
  • Automation of the provisioning to VMware
  • Then deprovisioning the sandboxed environment as well

Veeam also has this capability with SureBackup and SureReplica allowing for customers to take backup files on backup storage, present them to an isolated network and spin them up for use as testing or development environment.

To make it happen, Veeam uses the concept of an application group, consisting of all needed dependencies and workload virtual machines. This operation can leverage both storage snapshots and backup repository workloads.

IBM + Veeam are Better Together

Veeam Availability Suite is perfectly suited for the Availability of VMware environments. Fast, efficient and verified backups of the workloads that are important to your business as well as flexible recovery options to restore what you want, when you need it.

Learn more about how you can minimize and avoid costly downtime with Veeam protecting your virtual workloads on IBM Storage offerings.

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