6 great Availability solutions from Veeam and Microsoft Azure!

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Veeam produces the world’s best Availability solutions. Over the last two years, our customers have become increasingly interested in Availability solutions in the cloud, specifically in Microsoft Azure. Veeam has always been and continues to be hardware agnostic. We always let our customers choose their preferred hardware, or in this case cloud provider. With that said, Veeam has built six show-stopping innovations for our customers who are looking to use Veeam with Microsoft Azure to strengthen their Availability story in the hybrid cloud.

Certified Veeam VMs in the Azure Marketplace

Veeam has two certified VMs called Veeam Cloud Connect for Service Providers, and Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise that are available in the Azure Marketplace. Whether you’re a service provider providing Azure-based hosted Backup as a Service (BaaS) to your customers, or an enterprise customer managing your own off-site backup archives, Veeam Cloud Connect provides a fully integrated, fast and secure way to archive and restore Veeam-powered backups from Azure. These VMs can be provisioned in less than 30 minutes and can provide connections from a customer’s on-premises Veeam environment to Azure page blob storage. Customers can then build long-term archives of their Veeam backups in Microsoft Azure. Recently, Microsoft announced that it will enable all Azure customers to access and use disks in Azure up to 4TB in size (previously 1TB). This enhancement (due out later this year) means that Veeam customers can fully realize a more cost-effective solution using a Veeam virtual appliance to back up four times as much data in Azure Storage. And, Veeam archives in Microsoft Azure offer file level granular recovery back to the customer’s on-premises environment or recovery to Microsoft Azure.

Veeam and an Azure appliance

Azure has another flavor of storage called block blob storage. This storage is accessed directly and is not subject to 1 or 4 TB limitations like page blob storage. Veeam supports the use of several physical and virtual appliances to provide access to Azure block blob storage. This solution maintains metadata information about the data which has been moved from Veeam on premises to Azure block blob storage. The customer can easily recover data from Azure archives back to their on-premises environments or to Microsoft Azure.

Veeam data repository with Azure block blob storage

What if you want to use Azure block blob storage and not use an appliance? This year at VeeamON, there was an announcement that the NEW Veeam Availability Suite v10 (available late 2017) will come with support for data repositories that are directly connected to Azure block blob storage. This will give customers all the benefits of Azure block blob storage without the need for an appliance.

Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure

Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure does exactly what its name suggests. If you have a backup that is archived in Microsoft Azure, you can restore it in Microsoft Azure. This includes archives of physical machines or VMs from both VMware and Hyper-V. So cool!

Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure

Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure is a FREE solution designed to simplify and automate the setup of a disaster recovery (DR) site in Microsoft Azure using lightweight software-defined networking (SDN). It helps maintain business continuity and Availability by reducing the complexity of VPN deployments and is designed for businesses of ALL sizes, including service providers.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam also provides world class backup for Microsoft Office 365 allowing customers to back up Exchange data from Office 365 and build archives in their on-premises environment. The customer can then recover back to Office 365 or to their own on-premises environment. During VeeamON 2017, we announced future support for both OneDrive and SharePoint, available later this year.

Veeam is committed to delivering Availability in the private cloud and in the public cloud. These six great solutions represent the current innovations from Veeam for Microsoft Azure, and they are just the beginning! Veeam will continue to build innovative solutions to drive Availability for our customers in the private cloud. What hybrid cloud solutions would you like to see from Veeam?

For those of you attending Microsoft Inspire (July 9 – 10, Washington, DC) be sure to stop by the Veeam booth and learn more about these six great Availability solutions from Veeam and Microsoft Azure.

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Three scenarios for leveraging hybrid cloud solutions to improve Availability

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In “The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing,” Peter Mell and Timothy Grace point out that there are four types of clouds: Private, public, community, and a hybrid mix of at least two of these. If you are thinking “What is a community cloud?” then I encourage you to go back and read the NIST paper. It’s really short and succinct, and your personal cloud vocabulary will be better for it. The vast majority of business will end up using their own private clouds and interfacing with various public cloud offerings from their partners. Availability seems to fit just perfectly as a hybrid cloud opportunity.

Private cloud (on-premises) infrastructures like physical and virtual machines that were traditionally protected with backups kept in on-site backup repositories, or on tape-based archival systems that were transported to off-site tape storage facilities, have begun to be replaced by hybrid cloud Availability solutions that offer benefits such as reduced costs, better accessibility, and reduced RPO/RTO times. When you look at those benefits, it’s easy to see why businesses large and small are moving to hybrid cloud solutions to improve Availability.

There are three key scenarios where I think hybrid cloud solutions really seem to be a benefit:

1. Extending the data center to the cloud

Using public cloud storage with its low cost, scalability, accessibility and security is a nice fit for a business looking to replace the cost and complexity of an on-premises data center. Veeam Availability Suite can be used with appliances such as Microsoft StorSimple, NetApp AltaVault, or virtual appliances to connect to public cloud storage in a hybrid solution that extends Availability to the public cloud and can cut costs dramatically over legacy tape infrastructures.

2. Remote Office/Branch Office operations

In a Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) environment, a business could use a managed service provider and/or manage their own connections via Veeam Cloud Connect to enable hybrid cloud Availability on a site-by-site basis. This software-based Availability design makes it easy to protect and archive data while it also lets the business recover individual files or even whole VMs from the public cloud or managed services storage in a fast and easy manner.

3. Backup and restore anything to the cloud

The business world revolves around data. That data could be raw, part of a database, application or mission critical service. It could be produced on client desktops, laptops, tablets, cell phones or servers. It might be resident in a virtual environment or in a physical one. The key is that the business needs to be able to backup and restore this data both to and from the cloud. The backup and recovery needs to work in both directions. Tools such as Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 enable the backup of cloud-based data to an on-premises data repository and then enable recovery back to Office 365 or to an on-premises Exchange Server. This ability to backup and recover data across both segments in a hybrid cloud truly extends Availability.

If you are interested in learning more about improving Availability with hybrid cloud solutions from Veeam, read our complete white paper, “Three Key Scenarios for Leveraging Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures to Improve Availability.”

Here at Veeam we never recommend one storage solution or cloud solution over another to our customers, however, we do build integration features into our products for our customer who make specific choices. If you are interested in learning more about using Veeam Availability Suite in conjunction with Microsoft Azure, join us for the great webinar, Hybrid Cloud Solutions from Veeam and Microsoft Azure on Feb. 15, 2017.

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10 Reasons you’ll love Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 for Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V!

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Microsoft has a new Windows Server 2016 and Veeam has a new Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. The release dates of these two great products are too close to be a coincidence. In fact, I know that many of the features of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 were built specifically for Windows Server 2016. Many of our competitors in the Availability marketplace will claim that they have “support” for Windows Server 2016, which in most cases just means that they can back up an instance of Windows Server 2016 if the conditions are right. At Veeam, we don’t just support Windows Server 2016. Instead, we actually built in a deep integration with the innovative features and functions that make the latest Windows Server platform great! The following are my top 10 reasons why I think you will love Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 for Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V!

#10: Support for 2016 data center applications!

Veeam fully supports Windows Server 2016! Backup, replication, monitoring and recovery are ALL best-of-breed! Instant VM Recovery, Instant File-Level Recovery and the ability to reach into the most current database workloads — like new Microsoft Active Directory, SQL, Exchange, SharePoint and Oracle — and do granular recovery are ALL fully supported on Windows Server 2016. Veeam even supports new features like Nano Server, Storage Spaces Direct, Advanced Resilient File System (ReFs) and Resilient Change Tracking.

#9: Storage Spaces Direct data integrity streams

Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) is a state-of-the-art, software-defined storage system. It can be configured in Windows Server 2016 in either a converged or hyper-converged scenario on hardware of the customers’ choice — even something as inexpensive as JBOD. S2D can be used as the storage platform for Hyper-V and, you guessed it, it is fully supported by Veeam!

#8: Windows Server 2016, anywhere you want!

Veeam customers can deploy Windows Server 2016 in all kinds of environments, including Hyper-V, VMware, single site, multi-site, the private cloud, the hybrid cloud and the public cloud. Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 has the flexibility to protect Windows Server 2016 deployments wherever and however you choose to deploy.

#7: ReFS full allocation

I used to build VMs using an approach called thin provisioning because it was really fast. The problem with thin provisioning is that all the thin provisioned VMs on a single host were sharing the disk subsystem without any insight into who they were sharing it with, or how much had been used. Problems arose when disk space ran out and all the VMs on that host that had been thin provisioned crashed together. Ouch! With ReFS full allocation, you can get the speed of thin provisioning. In fact, new VM provisioning is almost instantaneous, along with the benefits of an isolated disk subsystem. Veeam supports it!

#6: ReFS snapshot commit

ReFS uses something called a Block Cloning API to track file system contents. Then, when a block is duplicated, instead of writing the block over again, the file system simply writes a pointer to the original block. This Block Cloning API provides some pretty cool opportunities when it comes to committing snapshots, and even more so when it comes to saving disk space on things like synthetic, full backups. Again, Veeam supports it!

#5. Resilient Change Tracking

Remember that cool feature in previous Veeam editions called Changed Block Tracking? Veeam installed it as a filter driver to the OS and it then monitored block level changes and recorded them in change files that allowed for rapid incremental backups when the time came. Microsoft has now included a similar functionality called Resilient Change Tracking in Windows Server 2016. This means no more filter driver installation from Veeam and, if you can believe it, this direct integration of Resilient Change Tracking makes it possible to get even faster backup times from Veeam Availability Suite 9.5.

#4: Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure

As the line between private and public clouds continues to blur, Veeam customers will want to recover VMs not just on-premises, but to public cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure. Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 includes the built-in capability to restore directly to Microsoft Azure. It’s a simple as linking your Veeam instance to your Microsoft Azure account, and then recovering to Azure. Veeam also offers a specific Veeam Cloud Connect solution that can extend archive and recovery solutions to Azure through managed service providers or directly through the enterprise.

#3: Nano Server

Windows Server 2016 introduces a new installation method that lets an instance of Windows Server 2016 be completely headless. No overhead. All configuration is done with PowerShell commands and you literally start with next to nothing and build only what you want. This is a game changer when it comes to conserving resources on VMs running Window Server 2016. You guessed it, you can back it up and recover it with Veeam Availability Suite 9.5.

#2: PowerShell Direct

Kudos to Microsoft on this one! In the past, if you wanted to administrate a VM using PowerShell, you needed to configure remote administration tools and permissions, even if the VM you were trying to administer was on the same Hyper-V host. It was sort of silly. PowerShell Direct can now be used to issue commands directly (thus the name) from the host to its local VMs. Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 supports PowerShell Direct and can be used to issue commands from the Veeam console to the local VMs, without additional remote admin tool configuration.

#1: Advanced ReFS integration!

We all want to put more stuff on less disk. Now, advanced ReFS makes this concept a true reality. You can use this amazing technology to save 30% to 60% on synthetic full backups. This is one of the coolest joint benefits available when using Veeam and Windows Server 2016. The results are exceptional. For more details, check out the following Advanced ReFS integration blog post by Rick Vanover. This technology’s effectiveness is really quite remarkable. And, of course, Veeam supports it.

 

And these are the top 10 reasons why I think you will love Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 for Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V. It is important to note, however, that I left several cool technologies that Veeam supports off this list. If I were to make this a top-12 list, I would add containers and support for physical installs of Window Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 is one cool operating system and the new features are nothing short of genius. Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 is built for Windows Server 2016. If you aren’t already using Veeam Availability Suite 9.5, visit our website and download your FREE trial today.

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Veeam Named Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist; In 2 Categories!

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Here at Veeam we work hard at building great relationships with our customers and our partners. We have some amazing alliances with the industry’s leaders. Our Microsoft alliance relationship is of incredible value! Microsoft plays such a key role in technology, we seem to encounter them at every level of our business from software development to marketing, channel partners, sales and promotions, innovation, and of course, we share the same end customers who are committed to Availability using Veeam, Windows Server, virtualization, and the cloud.

This week in the lead up to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft released the names of the finalists for the Microsoft 2016 Partner of the Year Awards. Veeam was named a finalist in not one, but 2 categories: Application Development and Microsoft Azure Certified ISV Solution. The 2016 Microsoft Partner of the Year award is a recognized standard for excellence in our industry, and we are honored to be recognized as part of this elite group.

Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist

Being a 2016 MPN Partner of the Year award Finalist means that Veeam is innovating and iterating our solutions in the right direction to benefit partners and customers. It means we are successfully partnering with Microsoft to drive both Microsoft and Veeam solutions to our customers through our partner channel. The 2016 Partner of the Year award is a measure of the depth and overall success of our efforts to work closely with Microsoft to build solutions that benefit the customer and the partner.

Veeam currently has 4 solutions operating in the Azure Marketplace, including the popular Veeam Cloud Connect. Veeam Cloud Connect is designed to enable Veeam’s 193,000 customers to connect their on-premises Veeam environments to Microsoft Azure for the purposes of archiving and restoring virtual machine backups to Microsoft Azure. Veeam Cloud Connect can be implemented directly by an enterprise or through a managed service provider depending on the needs and preferences of the customer. This flexibility means that Veeam Cloud Connect can be used across the spectrum of business from the smallest SMB to the largest enterprise.

Our development team has worked closely with Microsoft to develop valuable innovations in our current software and ensure Veeam is prepared to deliver future innovations. We have been fortunate to work at the highest levels with Microsoft and really feel like there is a 1+1=3 synergy as we work together. Watch this short segment of Jeffery Snover as he speaks at our VeeamON conference. Microsoft and Veeam really are better together.

“We love working with Microsoft! Over the course of the last several years, Veeam and Microsoft have worked together in development, marketing, and joint sales motions in both the SMS&P and EPG segments. We have built some great relationships across the various Microsoft teams we interact with and have been fortunate to work with some very insightful and innovative individuals. Our partnership with Microsoft has incredible value! We have had some great successes working together on our solutions for Microsoft Azure, and look forward to continued success as we work together in the future.”

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