Veeam Vanguard nominations for 2019 are now open!

Source: Veeam

As 2018 comes to a close, we are proud to have completed the fourth year of the Veeam Vanguard Program. The Veeam Vanguard Program is Veeam’s global, top-level influencer program. Each Vanguard is nominated (either by themselves or others) and selected by the Veeam Product Strategy team. There are Vanguards of all types and all backgrounds — what will the 2019 program have in store?

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You can nominate yourself or someone you know for the Veeam Vanguard Program for 2019.

Nominations close on January 2nd, 2019.

We have grown the program over the years. At Veeam, we have added different technologies; and new influencers have an opportunity to be discovered. The Vanguards have unparalleled external access to Veeam initiatives, product updates, betas, incredible swag and more. One of the highlights of the annual program is the Veeam Vanguard Summit. This year, it was held in Prague and we hosted over 40 Vanguards for a week of technology and community fun.

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One of the best ways to describe the Veeam Vanguard Program can come right from the Vanguards themselves.

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Paul Stringfellow, UK:

“As a new member of the Vanguard program in 2018, it’s been a great pleasure to work with such a diverse group of people. It’s a truly global group big enough to support many different experiences, skill sets and opinions, while small enough to be a group that can get together to share ideas, technology developments and strategies. A fantastic group of people who it’s been a true pleasure to get to know this year. Veeam should be truly proud of the program they have built and the tremendous team who support it. Each one is a fine ambassador for their company.”

Dave and Kristal Kawula, Canada:

“The Veeam Vanguard Program is hands down one of the most diverse community programs in the industry. Microsoft, VMware, Amazon, Dell, HPE, Cisco and other technology professionals all in one room. Simply put, the Veeam Vanguard Program is awesome! “

Florian Raack, Germany:

“I always thought accelerating in a fast car was fun, but the acceleration of my skills in the Veeam Vanguard program surpasses this by far. I’ve been on board this unique community program for two years now and I don’t regret a single minute. Besides deep insights into the Veeam product world and co-determination of some portfolio decisions, it just feels good to have a group of the world’s best IT experts behind me. Besides the pure Veeam product knowledge, I take the experience of the other Vanguards with me for my daily work. The whole thing is refined with first-class swag.”

Didier Van Hoye, Belgium:

“The diversity in both the depth and breadth in skill sets, IT environments and background combined with the passion and drive of the Veeam Vanguards is impressive. This group of people experiences, deals and works with a huge variety of challenges that need to be addressed while protecting the data and services of their employers and/or customers. They share this cumulative knowledge freely with the global community for the benefit of all. The Veeam Vanguard program shows Veeam’s appreciation for these community efforts while supporting it. Veeam in return gets insights in real live ecosystems as well as open and honest feedback that they need to improve and evolve.”

These are just a few views of the program, and everyone experiences the Vanguard program in their own way. If you like what you are seeing, it’s natural to have a few questions on this type of program, so I’ve created a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Who can apply to be a Vanguard?

Anyone active in a technology community.

Can Veeam employees be awarded Vanguard status?

No, but employees can nominate persons for consideration. Former Veeam employees who have been separated for more than 1 year are eligible for nomination.

What criteria are needed to be awarded Vanguard status?

The criteria are decided by our team that looks across communities to find the persons who embody our brand the best.

How will nominees be notified of the result?

The Product Strategy team (my staff and I) are going to review the nominations after the registration closes, and then we will deliberate the results. Look for communication either way after that.

If you see a Vanguard in the wild, let us know via nominations or nominate yourself. Nominations will close on January 2nd, 2019!

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Veeam Vanguard nominations for 2019 are now open!

How to ensure data protection for the SMB (with a limited-time offer!)

Source: Veeam

Small businesses are the heart of economic activity in any country. Despite the large enterprises getting all the headlines, small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) provide critical services and jobs in their community and globally, and often come up with incredible innovations. However, to be able to compete with large enterprises in this age of data hyper-growth and customers demanding instant gratification, SMBs require some backup. They need to avoid interruptions to their business while being as efficient as possible. Ensuring data protection for the SMB is key.

So, how do you ensure data protection for the SMB?

To enable small and medium companies everywhere to protect all their virtual, physical and cloud workloads and avoid unplanned downtime, we are now kickstarting a new limited-time offer! Starting today, if you buy a new perpetual license for any edition of either Veeam Backup Essentials, Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Suite for no more than 12 CPU sockets, you get Veeam Agents for servers or workstations FREE!

Depending on the product edition and number of sockets (up to 12 purchased, you could get up to six Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows or Linux licenses for physical servers, or Agents protection for up to 18 workstations, meaning a cost savings of up to $2,295!

You get to choose what to protect — servers or workstations — and the agent licenses never expire. Start protecting your data and saving money now — find out all the details here.

Why choose Veeam Agents for you SMB solution?

Having begun as a start-up 12 years ago, Veeam has always recognized the data protection needs of SMBs and thus designed its backup products to be easy to use, reliable and affordable. For example, one of our first products, the free FastSCP for VMware ESX Server introduced in 2006, made life much easier for VMware administrators by solving the problem of data transfers for ESX Server.

In 2009, we introduced of the first Veeam Essentials bundle, specifically designed for small businesses just starting out with virtualization and data backup. It aimed to help IT admins reduce downtime and data loss, as well as gain much needed visibility into their virtual infrastructures, at an affordable price. That bundle for small office deployments (up to six sockets) continues today as Veeam Backup Essentials 9.5, which combines the backup, restore and replication capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication with the advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning functionality of Veeam ONE — the same functionality of the enterprise-level Veeam Availability Suite at half the price (!).

 

“I didn’t look any further than Veeam Backup Essentials because it provides solutions to all of our problems.”

Paul Schoonderwoert
IT Manager, EPL B.V.

“You won’t find anything better than Veeam Backup Essentials. It’s the best solution on the market.”

René Rasmussen
IT Specialist, Møbeltransport Danmark

 

Finally, looking at the evolution of IT and seeing that some physical servers and workstations simply cannot be virtualized, we launched the Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux in 2017, designed to ensure Hyper-Availability for ALL workloads — virtual, physical and cloud. Even though Veeam stayed away from agents for many years, those solutions bring features that are of critical to the success of small and mid-sized organizations.

 

“As a one-man support team, I need a backup system that is easy to use. With Veeam, I just set it up and forget it; it practically runs itself. Reliable backups are just one less thing I have to worry about.”

Jason Knight
IT Manager L&L Energy, Inc., L&L Energy, Inc.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

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Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows delivers Hyper-Availability for Windows-based workstations, physical servers and cloud instances. Small businesses relying on physical servers running on-premises can use it to protect their data in case of connectivity or hardware failures, file corruption or other issues.

Furthermore, each endpoint device used by an employee is crucial for a small business. If an employee’s desktop, laptop or tablet loses data due to ransomware, theft or hardware failures, the financial costs for the business could be devastating, along with the compliance, publicity and internal ramifications. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows ensures Hyper-Availability for Windows-based endpoints, including when users are outside the corporate network. It even has a remote configuration and management API, which helps IT administrators deploy and configure agents with the help of a simple command line interface.

Veeam Agent for Linux

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Many IT pros swear by Linux and drive its adoption and usage either on premises or in a public cloud. Nevertheless, backing up and recovering Linux instances is often cumbersome or expensive, taking up a lot of IT admins’ valuable time — which is already at a premium in a small/medium business. Therefore, Veeam Agent for Linux was designed to enable easy automated backups of an entire computer or the creation of volume-level and file-level backups of Linux instances running in the cloud or on premises. Linux admins can then quickly perform either bare-metal, volume level or file level restores from on-premises backups or Linux cloud instances, minimizing downtime and meeting SLAs.

Both Veeam Agents also benefit from centralized management and integration with all the features of Veeam Backup & Replication.

Until Dec. 31, your small and medium sized business can get protection for up to six physical servers or 18 workstations for FREE — €1,996 savings — when you buy 12 CPU sockets or less of Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Backup Essentials. Check out the promo here.

For more details, grab a front-row seat at this “How to protect your small business against top disasters” live online session.

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How to ensure data protection for the SMB (with a limited-time offer!)

Migration is never fun – Backups are no exception

Source: Veeam

One of the interesting things I’ve seen over the years is people switching backup products. Additionally, it is reasonable to say that the average organization has more than one backup product. At Veeam, we’ve seen this over time as organizations started with our solutions. This was especially the case before Veeam had any solutions for the non-virtualized (physical server and workstation device) space. Especially in the early days of Veeam, effectively 100% of business was displacing other products — or sitting next to them for workloads where Veeam would suit the client’s needs better.

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The question of migration is something that should be discussed, as it is not necessarily easy. It reminds me of personal collections of media such as music or movies. For movies, I have VHS tapes, DVDs and DVR recordings, and use them each differently. For music, I have CDs, MP3s and streaming services — used differently again. Backup data is, in a way, similar. This means that the work to change has to be worth the benefit.

There are many reasons people migrate to a new backup product. This can be due to a product being too complicated or error-prone, too costly, or a product discontinued (current example is VMware vSphere Data Protection). Even at Veeam we’ve deprecated products over the years. In my time here at Veeam, I’ve observed that backup products in the industry come, change and go. Further, almost all of Veeam’s most strategic partners have at least one backup product — yet we forge a path built on joint value, strong capabilities and broad platform support.

When the migration topic comes up, it is very important to have a clear understanding about what happens if a solution no longer fits the needs of the organization. As stated above, this can be because a product exits the market, drops support for a key platform or simply isn’t meeting expectations. How can the backup data over time be trusted to still meet any requirements that may arise? This is an important forethought that should be raised in any migration scenario. This means that the time to think about what migration from a product would look like, actually should occur before that solution is ever deployed.

Veeam takes this topic seriously, and the ability to handle this is built into the backup data. My colleagues and I on the Veeam Product Strategy Team have casually referred to Veeam backups being “self-describing data.” This means that you open it up (which can be done easily) and you can clearly see what it is. One way to realize this is the fact that Veeam backup products have an extract utility available. The extract utility is very helpful to recover data from the command line, which is a good use case if an organization is no longer a Veeam client (but we all know that won’t be the case!). Here is a blog by Vanguard Andreas Lesslhumer on this little-known tool.

Why do I bring up the extract utility when it comes to switching backup products? Because it hits on something that I have taken very seriously of late. I call it Absolute Portability. This is a very significant topic in a world where organizations passionately want to avoid lock-in. Take the example I mentioned before of VMware vSphere Data Protection going end-of-life, Veeam Vanguard Andrea Mauro highlights how they can migrate to a new solution; but chances are that will be a different experience. Lock-in can occur in many ways, and organizations want to avoid lock-in. This can be a cloud lock-in, a storage device lock-in, or a services lock-in. Veeam is completely against lock-ins, and arguably so agnostic that it makes it hard to make a specific recommendation sometimes!

I want to underscore the ability to move data — in, out and around — as organizations see fit. For organizations who choose Veeam, there are great capabilities to keep data available.

So, why move? Because expanded capabilities will give organizations what they need.

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Migration is never fun – Backups are no exception

Phone Call Attacks

Source: SANS security tip
More and more scams and attacks are happening over the phone. Whenever you get an urgent phone call on the phone pressuring you to do something (such as a caller pretending to be the tax department or Microsoft Tech Support) be very suspicious. It’s most likely a scammer trying to trick you out of money or pressure you into making a mistake. Protect yourself, simply hang up the phone. You are not being rude, the person on the other line is trying to take advantage of you.
Phone Call Attacks