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

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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

SMB-VAW

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

SMB-VAL

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

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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.

Migration-VDP

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

Stateful containers in production, is this a thing?

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As the new world debate of containers vs virtual machines continues, there is also a debate raging about stateful vs stateless containers. Is this really a thing? Is this really happening in a production environment? Do we really need to backup containers, or can we just backup the data sets they access? Containers are not meant to be stateful are they? This debate rages daily on Twitter, reddit and pretty much in every conversation I have with customers.

Now the debate typically starts with the question Why run a stateful container? In order for us to understand that question, first we need to understand the difference between a stateful and stateless container and what the purpose behind them is.

What is a container?

“Containers enable abstraction of resources at the operating system level, enabling multiple applications to share binaries while remaining isolated from each other” *Quote from Actual Tech Media

A container is an application and dependencies bundled together that can be deployed as an image on a container host. This allows the deployment of the application to be quick and easy, without the need to worry about the underlying operating system. The diagram below helps explain this:

stateful containers

When you look at the diagram above, you can see that each application is deployed with its own libraries.

What about the application state?

When we think about any application in general, they all have persistent data and they all have application state data. It doesn’t matter what the application is, it has to store data somewhere, otherwise what would be the point of the application? Take a CRM application, all that customer data needs to be kept somewhere. Traditionally these applications use database servers to store all the information. Nothing has changed from that regard. But when we think about the application state, this is where the discussion about stateful containers comes in. Typically, an application has five state types:

  1. Connection
  2. Session
  3. Configuration
  4. Cluster
  5. Persistent

For the interests of this blog, we won’t go into depth on each of these states, but for applications that are being written today, native to containers, these states are all offloaded to a database somewhere. The challenge comes when existing applications have been containerized. This is the process of taking a traditional application that is installed on top of an OS and turning it into a containerized application so that it can be deployed in the model shown earlier. These applications save these states locally somewhere, and where depends on the application and the developer. Also, a more common approach is running databases as containers, and as a consequence, these meet a lot of the state types listed above.

Stateful containers

A container with stateful data is either typically written to persistent storage or kept in memory, and this is where the challenges come in. Being able to recover the applications in the event of an infrastructure failure is important. If everything that is backed up is running in databases, then as mentioned earlier, that is an easy solution, but if it’s not, how do you orchestrate the recovery of these applications without interruption to users? If you have load balanced applications running, and you have to restore that application, but it doesn’t know the connection or session state, the end user is going to face issues.

If we look at the diagram, we can see that App 1 has been deployed twice across different hosts. We have multiple users accessing these applications through a load balancer. If App 1 on the right crashes and is then restarted without any application state awareness, User 2 will not simply reconnect to that application. That application won’t understand the connection and will more than likely ask the user to re-authenticate. Really frustrating for the user, and terrible for the company providing that service to the user. Now of course this can be mitigated with different types of load balancers and other software, but the challenge is real. This is the challenge for stateful containers. It’s not just about backing up data in the event of data corruption, it’s how to recover and operate a continuous service.

Stateless containers

Now with stateless containers its extremely easy. Taking the diagram above, the session data would be stored in a database somewhere. In the event of a failure, the application is simply redeployed and picks up where it left off. Exactly how containers were designed to work.

So, are stateful containers really happening?

When we think of containerized applications, we typically think about the new age, cloud native, born in the cloud, serverless [insert latest buzz word here] application, but when we dive deeper and look at the simplistic approach containers bring, we can understand what businesses are doing to leverage containers to reduce the complex infrastructure required to run these applications. It makes sense that lots of existing applications that require consistent state data are appearing everywhere in production.

Understanding how to orchestrate the recovery of stateful containers is what needs to be focused on, not whether they are happening or not.

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Another look at the 2019 Veeam Innovation Awards for Partners

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The nomination window for the 2019 Veeam Innovation Awards for Partners is closing in a few days, so we’re taking a minute to highlight some of the VIA 2018 winners announced earlier this year.

First and foremost, Veeam Software loves innovation – internally and with our partners. We’ve shown this through the years in our products and with every new release, we’ve seen our customers and partners be innovative as well. Throughout the years we’ve seen great things come to live, some shared public and some kept internal within the company.

At VeeamON 2018, the batch of Veeam Innovation Awards went out to the top innovations and we already covered, Probax and Iland, who did amazing things with Office 365 and some great implementations built on top of Veeam Cloud Connect, respectively. Looking back at last year’s solutions, two other awardees leveraged the breadth of Veeam’s technologies within their offerings: SIS and Merrimac.

SIS

SIS created a solution which enabled their customers to leverage their Veeam Cloud Connect backups into their existing vCloud Director environment. This gives their customers a huge advantage in terms of recovery when needed as they can just power on 1 or more virtual machines at once giving them a high value for recovery-on-demand. It even makes it easy to migrate to the SIS infrastructure and slowly phase out on-premises installations. You can check out the SIS video here.

Merrimac

Being creative can happen in many ways. With mobile devices growing at a rapid rate, web-based and mobile applications grow as well. This is why Merrimac developed a web-based and mobile analytic dashboards. This gives them an overview on their infrastructure however as it was so useful they improved it and now Merrimac customers have access to it as well. It gives a nice overview on anything related to backup and replication, including local and cloud backups/replicas. Be sure to check out the Merrimac Solutions video.

At Veeam, we are as excited about how innovative our partners are as we are about our own technology advancements, so we’re looking forward to recognizing some even cooler solutions this year. Are you up for the challenge? If you are a Veeam partner, make sure you nominate your offering soon. Last year, we had 4 VCSP’s winning and we are eager to see if this year the VCSP’s will sweep the partner awards again, or whether we’ll see some cool stuff from our Systems Integrators or VAR partners as well.

Come claim your prize at the Veeam Velocity 2019 stage. The game is on!

To find out more about the 2019 VIAs or to nominate your solution, please click here.

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Another look at the 2019 Veeam Innovation Awards for Partners

Now taking nominations for the 2019 Veeam Innovation Awards for Veeam Partners

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The nomination window for the 2019 Veeam Innovation Awards for Partners is closing in a few days, so we’re taking a minute to highlight some of the VIA 2018 winners announced earlier this year with a few VCSPs.

At VeeamON 2018 in Chicago we held our inaugural Veeam Innovation Awards or VIAs. The idea behind the awards where to highlight our partners that do great things with great technology. Veeam has long offered our partners the ability to innovate on top of our core product set. This is most evident in our Veeam Cloud and Service Provider community where being able to differentiate among providers can mean the difference between success and failure in an industry that is ultra-competitive.

Having come from a successful VCSP in Australia where I worked alongside developers to create services based on the Veeam Backup & Replication platform I understand what it takes to develop and integrate Veeam into service offerings. In fact, having spent the majority of my career working within the Service Provider space I made sure that I was aware of what my competitors where doing. I often did research to find out how their innovations where stacking up to ours. There is a lot of intellectual property that goes into developing services, however we all start with the same base.

In the case of Veeam, what we offer today is a powerful platform that offers service providers immense flexibility, performance and reliability on which to offer cloud-based data protection. Weather this be for Infrastructure VMs, Backup as a Service/Replication as a Service through Cloud Connect or more recently backup for Office 365, our providers have been able to leverage Veeam’s automation functionality using our APIs and PowerShell commandlets to integrate those services into their own cloud management platforms.

With that, it’s no surprise that VCSPs featured heavily in the inaugural VIAs…

Probax

Probax is a VCSP headquartered out of Perth, Western Australia and are 100% reseller focused. Having already integrated Veeam Cloud Connect into their MSP reseller portal they created the Honeycomb VTL Archive product which leverages Veeam Backup Copy jobs taking GFS backup chains and moving them to low cost storage…all managed through the Probax Web Console. They have also created a service around the backup of Office 365 leveraging Veeam’s Backup for Microsoft Office 365 which has again been directly integrated into their Web Console. They embodied the spirit of the VIA’s by looking outside the box and solving the problem of air-gapping longer-term backup files in a protected state…all through the use of Veeam’s APIs and PowerShell capabilities.  Check out the Probax video.

iLand

iLand was another one of the four winners in 2018 and they took a slightly different approach with their submission having already lead the industry with their innovation around automation and provisioning of Veeam Infrastructure backups as well as offering Cloud Connect Backup & Replication services from their award winning control panel. iLand Catalyst is an in-house developed assessment tool that looks at storage requirements, latency considerations and other key metrics that enable their customer to be successful with Veeam based iLand solutions. This form of innovation looks to extend the usability of their Veeam platform to enable customers to understand how to size and plan for services effectively taking out the guess work often involved in purchasing cloud-based resources for backup and disaster recovery.  Check out the iLand video.

Next week, we’ll be highlighting the other two VIA2018 awardees – SiS and Merrimac.

Once again, it’s great to see our Veeam Cloud and Service Providers leading the way in offering innovative solution based on the Veeam Availability Platform…I’m looking forward to seeing what innovations are put forward at Veeam Velocity 2019 for the second incarnation of the VIAs!.
To find out more about the 2019 VIAs or to nominate your solution, please click here.

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Now taking nominations for the 2019 Veeam Innovation Awards for Veeam Partners