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The ability to back up your data and recover is one thing, but let’s also consider the opportunity to leverage that backup data or even the ability to leverage the investment you made further with your production storage. Enabling other parts of your business to benefit from that data is even more important as we are in a world that is critically reliant on data.
Some of the areas that could really prosper from near-live copies of the production data on performant and efficient storage are security testing, IT administration tasks, DevOps and Analytics. Why take complete copies for these purposes? Why potentially affect the production workloads whilst running analytics or other processes against production workloads?
Veeam DataLabs allows for this, the ability to use backup files or even replicas, and run a copy of the instance in an isolated network to perform any task outside of the production environment. Also included, is the ability to leverage application-consistent storage snapshots from the many storage integrations vendors support today.
The diagram shows isolation between production and data labs
For example, you can provide self-service for developers to spin up copies of the data as they design new features. You might provide sandbox environments for IT Operations to test new patches and updates before they are rolled out across the company. The Security and Forensics teams may use copies of the data to test for security vulnerabilities without disrupting the production systems, or for performing forensics on an event that was picked up through their security incident and event management platform. Or maybe the compliance and analysis groups need to provide statistics and analysis on data growth or data types.
In order for this to work, we need to create three things in Veeam Backup & Replication. This can be achieved in the user interface or via PowerShell.
This process requires the following:
- Virtual Lab
- Application Group
- SureBackup job
Once these three components have been configured, you can begin taking advantage of Veeam DataLabs. It’s a one-time setup.
The Virtual Lab is a small Linux appliance that runs within your environment and provides a gateway to your “lab” environment, allowing nothing to pass back through to the production environment. This appliance will run within the target environment within the virtual infrastructure.
The concept of an Application Group is that many workloads do not work alone, they require multiple instances to truly be able to test functionality of the overall application. The Application Group will group together all of those components and dependencies. This Application Group can be selected from storage snapshots, backups or replicas, and they can be mixed to allow for different tiered instances to be included in the isolated environment.
The SureBackup job is the policy-based schedule and group of when and where we want the sandbox environment to run. This job brings together the Application Group and the Virtual Lab. For example, you may have multiple Virtual Labs configured for different sites and locations. You may also have multiple Application Groups for different test and development cycles.
Storage snapshot integration
The particular process that I would like to cover is when using the storage snapshot integration.
- Veeam will detect the latest storage snapshot for the VM(s)
- Veeam will then trigger a copy of the storage snapshot, this will ensure that the snapshot will remain the same during this process.
- The snapshot copy is then presented as a new datastore to the environment where the virtual lab has been configured.
- Veeam will then reconfigure the configuration files. Start the VM(s) at this point. The sandbox environment is ready to perform the required tasks.
- Once the process is complete, and the copy and environment is no longer needed, Veeam will automate the following procedures: Power off, clean up, unmount datastore and the final power off of the virtual lab. The final task is to remove the storage system snapshot copy.
I think you would agree this process is above the everyday backup and recovery that is essential in all businesses today. The ability to reach additional touch points within the business and offer the value of data without affecting the day-to-day running of a production system is a real value to many.
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Source: SANS security tip
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Protecting Your Social Media Account
Today was the last day of the VeeamON 2018 conference — the end of three busy days for an amazing experience.
Day three started immediately with breakout sessions, and the first one I took part in was Establishing a business-centric approach to data management, presented by Dave Chapa, global evangelist at Veeam. Dave showcased that for too long IT has been focused on what it means to IT to keep a system running. Instead, we should focus more on the business’ goals and objectives and how we use the technology we have available to meet those goals.
Later in the day, I went to the 18 tips to prevent ransomware attacks for 2018 session, held by Veeam’s Rick Vanover and Joe Marton. One of the tips they talked about is the 3-2-1 rule and I can’t stress enough how important this is for fighting ransomware. Having three different copies of your data, stored on two different media, one of which is off-site can address almost any failure scenario and works for all data types and all environment types (physical and virtual).
Rick and Joe also tackled the scenario in which users are storing data locally and explained how these endpoints can be protected from ransomware using the Veeam Agents.
The session room was a full house:
— Paul Crocetti (@PaulCrocettiTT) May 16, 2018
The closing general session was moderated by Jeff Gianetti, SVP of Americas Sales at Veeam. Jeff introduced our keynote speaker, Kenneth Cukier, Data Editor of The Economist who talked about the importance of data and how it’s going to change every aspect of our lives. “More data isn’t just more, more data is different.”
Veeam Innovation Award 2018
VeeamON 2018 marked the debut of the Veeam Innovation Award (VIA), recognizing innovative solutions powered by Veeam. There were many nominees with amazing projects, but we only celebrated the lucky winners during the keynote. Veeam’s Product Strategy Sr. Director Jason Buffington, Co-Founder Ratmir Timashev and President and Co-CEO Peter McKay presented the awards to the four winners: Probax, SIS, Merrimac Solutions and iland.
After three full conference days, I can say VeeamON 2018 was quite an experience! I had great talks with IT folks from all around the world, and I learned a lot from the breakout sessions and Hands-On Lab. Moreover, I saw some of the great innovations that industry leaders such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Cisco, VMware, NetApp, IBM and Microsoft are preparing, and I can only say that we live in a great time!
And the learning doesn’t stop here. Over 200 attendees also signed up for VMCE training, which takes place in the next three days.
Tweet of the day
— Bart Pellegrino (@bpellegrino) May 16, 2018
We are now heading to the VeeamON party, arguably the best party in the industry. Don’t forget to check our social channels (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram) for more news from VeeamON 2018, and I hope to see you again next year at VeeamON.
Hello from the Windy City! Today was the first full day of VeeamON 2018 dedicated to all attendees, and there were great sessions and speakers!
The first thing on the agenda was the general session, held by our President and Co-CEO Peter McKay, who showcased our new vision of providing the most complete Hyper-Availability Platform for Intelligent Data Management, which ensures business continuity, reduces risk and accelerates innovation.
The general session was followed by breakout sessions, which were a gold mine for every IT expert at VeeamON Chicago.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect this month, I was interested to learn more about it. I attended both Regulatory Compliance Considerations sessions, held by Veeam’s Michael Cade, Mike Resseler and Mark Wong. They were very informative about the steps organizations need to take in order to be compliant, insisting on the fact that being compliant is not a one-time action, but a continuous process of implementing a set of principles.
One of the key capabilities highlighted this year is Veeam DataLabs. DataLabs is the new name for Veeam’s virtual labs. The new name comes from the many innovations since 2010 when virtual labs were first introduced.
DataLabs are capabilities in Veeam Availability Suite as well as Veeam Availability Orchestrator. They are a combination of critical application backups and network configuration that provides a safe environment for testing, audits, analytics, simulation and more.
One of my favorite innovations over the years with DataLabs is that now they can be run from either a backup file, replicated VM or even a storage snapshot. These each have their own I/O performance and provide a gateway to Hyper-Availability. The possibilities are endless!
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 2.0: What’s New
My favorite session so far is Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 2.0: What’s New? The room was a full house and I really hope everybody interested had access to the session, because some very interesting stuff is coming in version 2.0.
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 eliminates the risk of losing access to your business-critical data and ensures that you remain in complete control. Now it’s easier than ever to set-up, search and maintain visibility into your Office 365 data with version 2 delivering:
- NEW Data Protection for OneDrive for Business. Fast, efficient backup of Office 365 OneDrive for Business accounts with the ability to restore and export files and folders with the NEW Veeam Explorer for Microsoft OneDrive
- NEW Data Protection for SharePoint. The ability to back up SharePoint Online and SharePoint on-premises with fast, flexible recovery of SharePoint sites, documents, libraries and lists with the already-familiar Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint now built-in
- ENHANCED Major ease-of-use and backup flexibility improvements in a newly redesigned job wizard to make set-up, search and maintaining visibility into your data easier than ever
In addition, version 2.0 marks the release of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Free Edition. This FREE product functionality will be identical to the paid version, but with the following limitations:
- Maximum number of Exchange Online users: 10
- Maximum number of OneDrive for Business users: Accounts associated with these same 10 users
- Maximum amount of SharePoint data protected: 1TB
This version includes best effort support (which means there is no SLA guarantee and it is typically limited to email-only support requests).
*Please note that the feature-complete beta is available now and the GA version is coming soon.
Tweet of the day
— Tim Smith (@tsmith_co) May 15, 2018
If you want to get in touch, tweet me at @Cristi_Antonio! I will be back tomorrow with more news from the last day of VeeamON 2018.
VeeamON 2018 kicked off today and more than 2,200 attendees from around the world transformed the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago into a tech capital. Traditionally, the first day of VeeamON is dedicated to partners, and today was no exception.
The Partner Summit was opened by our President and co-CEO Peter McKay, who talked about Veeam’s vision for 2018 and beyond and how we team up with our partners to provide the best solutions on the market for Intelligent Data Management. Peter continued his keynote with sharing the great results Veeam achieved in 2017, including the Net Promoter Score (NPS) score of 73, 3.5 times higher than the industry average.
N2WS is now part of the Veeam family, and I was very interested to find out more about it. I attended the session held by Ezra Charm, N2WS VP of Marketing, who showcased our new offering for backup and DR for AWS.
Another highlight of the day was Anton Gostev’s session, Ask me anything: Veeam R&D and Support. This session became official at VeeamON 2018 after more unofficial Q&A sessions at previous editions. The questions were very diverse, people were very interested to find out about future releases and everybody got an answer.
There also were two winners for “Best Questions,” chosen by Anton Gostev and Rick Vanover. These two winners received a 1 TB USB hard drive — perfect for holding backups for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows!
The Expo Hall is a big attraction at every VeeamON conference. The attendees are interacting with the Veeam experts in an out of the box setup and get hands-on experience with Veeam solutions.
Tweet of the day
— Bart Pellegrino (@bpellegrino) May 14, 2018
Engage with the VeeamON community
To discover even more from the first day of VeeamON 2018, follow our social channels:
I will be back tomorrow with more news from VeeamON 2018 Day 2. Stay tuned!
VeeamON 2018 will kick off in 5 days in Chicago and it’s beginning to look a lot like the premier conference for intelligent data management. To make sure that you’re fully equipped for the VeeamON conversation, whether you’re attending onsite or just engaging online, I prepared a short guide that will support your social media presence.
Social media channels to follow
There will be a lot happening during VeeamON 2018, from product announcements and the partners’ lounge, to networking and innovative breakout sessions. If you don’t want to miss a thing and engage with the community, follow our official social channels:
- Veeam Twitter account
- VeeamON Facebook page
- Veeam Software Facebook page
- VeeamON Instagram profile
- Veeam YouTube channel
- Veeam LinkedIn page
On these channels, you’ll find LIVE coverage of the event, including highlights of sessions, interviews, news and announcements. Moreover, at the end of each day, we’ll publish detailed daily recaps on the Veeam Blog.
You are welcome to post your own updates from the event on your social channels. For a consistent and neat online activity during VeeamON 2018, here are few best practices that will help you:
- Do use the official #VeeamON hashtag in all your VeeamON related posts
- Do re-share appropriate posts from other event participants and engage them in relevant discussions
- Do be conversational and informal
- Do post visual content – photos, videos
- Don’t post content depicting sexualized images, alcohol consumption and inappropriate behavior
- Don’t comment negatively about competitors, colleagues, partners or customers
- Don’t engage in arguments or use bad language
Besides the official #VeeamON hashtag, you can also include the #datamanagement hashtag. Additionally, I recommend you download the VeeamON 2018 mobile app to stay in touch with everything related to VeeamON (available for iOS and Android).
If you’re attending VeeamON onsite, we encourage you to announce it on your Twitter account and invite other users to meet you at the venue. See you in Chicago!
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