Beyond backup – Three ways Veeam and Pure Storage drive a higher ROI for IT

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For many IT decision makers, flash is strictly for critical business applications. So, it would seem a no-brainer for many organizations to consider flash for backup and recovery workloads. Perhaps it’s time to think differently.

What if there was a more modular way to deploy flash that would enable organizations to reap the same operational benefits for backup as they’ve already enjoyed in their production application environments? Such as increased data center efficiencies through massive storage consolidation, predictable scale-out performance capabilities and increased IT management simplicity.

Moreover, with more organizations running in an Always-On environment, there is an increasing need for solutions that enable the rapid recovery of critical applications and data from ultra-fast backup storage resources like flash.

These are excellent reasons for using flash for backup and recovery workloads, however, Veeam and Pure Storage can further sweeten the ROI pot to make this more of a no-brainer for financial decision makers.

In addition to accelerating backup and recovery, reducing data center footprint, simplifying IT operational management and dramatically improving application SLAs, Veeam combined with Pure Storage FlashBlade enable businesses to get a higher return on their IT investments.

How? By enabling organizations to leverage their investments in backup infrastructure to support several additional business use cases beyond backup:

  1. Enhanced business agility: Rapidly orchestrate the creation of VMs and data directly from the Veeam backup repository on FlashBlade to provide developers with a high-performance dev/test environment that is totally isolated from production. This helps increase business agility while lowering the costs associated with dedicated dev/test infrastructure and/or the cost of using public cloud resources.
  2. Hybrid cloud backup: Many organizations are looking to the public cloud to lower backup and DR costs. Veeam Cloud Connect (VCC) paired with FlashBlade enables organizations to replicate backup data to the public cloud for cost effective off-site backup and DR. Businesses get the best of both worlds – rapid recoveries of critical data from local flash and cheap/deep storage for low cost backup in the cloud.
  3. Data Analytics: Many organizations take multiple backups throughout the course of the business day. Why not leverage this data to perform data analytics? Veeam can be used to non-disruptively move backup data to FlashBlade and end users can run their queries off super-fast flash resources to get the actionable insight they need to support the business.

Veeam and Pure Storage are making flash a viable option for backup and recovery workloads by enhancing application recovery SLAs, dramatically reducing data center footprint, simplifying IT and allowing customers to leverage their backup data across multiple use cases beyond backup.

This in turn enables organizations to get a higher return on their investments in backup infrastructure, save money and enhance business agility.

Learn more about Veeam and Pure Storage solutions.

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Mining for digital hybrid-cloud gold — Veeam and NetApp on theCUBE

Source: Veeam

In the digital age, data is gold. With global data growth projected to reach 180 zettabytes by 2025, we are on the threshold of a digital gold rush of epic proportions. The challenge is how do you extract the most value out of your digital assets when data is disbursed across on-premises and public-cloud infrastructures? Likewise, how do you ensure the Availability of your critical business applications and data in an increasingly hybrid-cloud world?

Maria Olson, VP of Strategic Alliances at NetApp and Andy Vandeveld, VP of Alliances at Veeam, discussed how NetApp and Veeam are helping organizations like the Denver Broncos, Telefonica and many others with their digital transformation initiatives. In the hunt for digital gold, these organizations are leveraging NetApp’s Data Fabric capabilities in conjunction with Veeam, to simplify data management and IT operations, enhance Availability, lower costs and create a more seamless digital experience for customers, partners and end users.

In their discussion on theCUBE, Olson and Vandeveld stated that organizations are looking for the following:

  1. Simplified IT and Always-On application capabilities
  2. Help with digital transformation
  3. Flexibility

Digital transformation requires flexibility and choice. ONTAP is at the heart of the Data Fabric. It’s the operating system that powers NetApp core storage technologies. ONTAP can be deployed on engineered systems like FlexPod and All-Flash FAS in the data center or can be implemented on commodity white box infrastructure in remote office locations. Likewise, it can be deployed as a software-defined solution in AWS, Azure, IBM Cloud or in one of many NetApp and Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partner environments. And, with Veeam’s direct integration with ONTAP, businesses gain IT simplicity while ensuring the Always-On Availability of those workloads regardless of the location or the underlying infrastructure they reside on.

With respect to flexibility, Vandeveld said: “…customer consumption models are changing. They’re running on-prem in a private cloud, running in a public cloud [or hybrid] …no two looks the same. Customers are saying, ‘Let us decide how we are going to consume and you help accommodate that consumption.’ They want flexibility and that’s what they’re asking us to provide.” Olson added, “One of the things that I love about the relationship with NetApp and Veeam is that we’re embracing cloud, we’re not fighting cloud. We have multiple offerings in terms of storage and data management across all of the new and emerging cloud players and the existing ones.” The combination of ONTAP and Veeam provides the flexibility and choice businesses need to leverage the best of hybrid-cloud solutions to accelerate the digital transformation journey.

When asked about how NetApp and Veeam measure the success of the partnership, Olson talked about the need for strong alignment. “You have to have alignment on what set of solutions you’re going to go out there and build.” She also talked about the need for an aligned go-to-market plan that includes a comprehensive, channel-focused strategy with the people and culture that can consistently execute on the plan.

Vandeveld tagged on to Olson’s remarks by commenting, “We have strong alignment at the executive level. You need to have that strategic vision. Another strong metric for Veeam is our NPS (customer satisfaction) score of 73. It’s off the charts. That doesn’t happen if you aren’t delivering the right solutions with the right set of partners. That’s just another metric of how successful these partnerships are; particularly the one we have with NetApp.” Olson added, “NetApps’ NPS is 64 which is way up there as well. So that’s another area we are very aligned!”

Through NetApp ONTAP, organizations have a simple yet powerful way to manage, move, share and protect data, regardless of the underlying infrastructure. And, with Veeam’s direct integration with ONTAP, businesses can ensure the Availability and protection of their digital gold. Together, Veeam and NetApp provide greater IT simplicity, flexibility and Always-On Availability so that organizations can run application workloads wherever the business demands — on-premises, in the public cloud or a combination of both — to ensure they hit digital pay dirt.

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Improve your disaster recovery reliability with Veeam

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The only two certainties in life are death and taxes. In IT, you can add disasters to this short list of life’s universal anxieties.

Regardless of the size of your budget, people power and level of IT acumen, you will experience application downtime at some point. Amazon’s recent east coast outage is testimony to the fact that even the best and brightest occasionally stumble.

The irony is that while many organizations make significant investments in their disaster recovery (DR) capabilities, most have a mixed track record, at best, with meeting their recovery service level agreements (SLAs). As this chart from ESG illustrates, only 65% of business continuity (BC) and DR tests are deemed successful.

ESG survey

In his report, The Evolving Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Landscape,” Jason Buffington broke down respondents to his DR survey into two camps: “green check markers” and “red x’ers.”

Citing his research, Jason recently shared with me: “Green Checkers assuredly don’t test as thoroughly, thus resulting in a higher passing rate during tests, but failures when they need it most — whereas Red X’ers are likely get a lower passing rate (because they are intentionally looking for what can be improved), thereby assuring a more likely successful recovery when it really matters.  One of the reasons for lighter testing is seeking the easy route — the other is the cumbersomeness of testing. If it wasn’t cumbersome, most of us would likely test more.”

DR testing can indeed be cumbersome. In addition to being time consuming, it can also be costly and fraught with risk. The risk of inadvertently taking down a production system during a DR drill is incentive enough to keep testing to a minimum.

But what if there was a cost-effective way to do DR testing that mitigates risk and dramatically reduces the preparation work and the time required to test the recoverability of critical application services?

By taking the risk, cost and hassle out of testing application recoverability, Veeam’s On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots feature is a great way for organizations to leverage their existing investments in NetApp, Nimble Storage, Dell EMC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Storage to attain the following three business benefits:
 

  1. Risk mitigation: Many IT decision makers have expressed concerns around their ability to meet end-user SLAs. By enabling organizations to rapidly spin-up virtual test labs that are completely isolated from production, businesses can safely test their application recoverability and proactively address any of their DR vulnerabilities.
  2. Improved ROI: In addition to on-demand DR testing, Veeam can also be utilized to instantly stand-up test/dev environments on a near real-time copy of production data to help accelerate application development cycles. This helps to improve time-to-market while delivering a higher return on your storage investments.
  3. Maintain compliance: Veeam’s integration with modern storage enables organizations to achieve recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) of under 15 minutes for all applications and data. Imagine showing your IT auditor in real-time how quickly you can recover critical business services. For many firms, this capability alone would pay for itself many times over.

Back when I was in school, 65% was considered a passing grade. In the business world, a 65% DR success grade is literally flirting with disaster. DR proficiency may require lots of practice but it also requires Availability software, like Veeam’s, that works hand-in-glove with your storage infrastructure to make application recoveries simpler, more predictable and less risky.

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Five ways hybrid cloud backup using Veeam and NetApp AltaVault can make your job easier

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IT managers tasked with ensuring the Availability of business services may often feel like the tragic figure Sisyphus of Greek mythology. Punished for eternity by the gods, Sisyphus was forced to roll an enormous bolder up a hill only to see it come tumbling back towards him once it reached the summit. Feel like you’re living in your own Greek passion play when it comes to managing your data protection environment? Fear not. Your sentence may soon be commuted.

Veeam has gathered legions of followers (over 200k globally and growing) who have cast aside the shackles of backup infrastructure complexity, uncertainty and high costs. Through direct integration with VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and modern storage, Veeam is making backup a lot more efficient, a lot less complex, more reliable and much less of a daunting task for IT teams.

But wait — it gets better. What if you could get that same simplicity of management with vastly improved application recovery SLAs, while saving your organization lots of money? Enter hybrid cloud backup. Veeam and the NetApp AltaVault cloud-integrated backup appliance provide organizations with a simple way to leverage public cloud resources to enhance backup and DR, lower IT costs and ease IT operational management.

hybrid cloud backup using Veeam and NetApp AltaVault

When Veeam Availability Suite is used in tandem with NetApp AltaVault, businesses attain the following five benefits:

  1. IT cost reductions — by leveraging low-cost storage resources in public cloud provider environments, IT organizations can help their internal customers save big time. What’s more, AltaVault deduplicates, compresses and encrypts backup data replicated into the cloud. This means that you get the benefit of efficient local backup copies on premises along with ultra-efficient long-term backup and archival in the cloud.
  2. Cost avoidance savings — by using AltaVault to replicate backup data into the cloud for backup and DR purposes, you avoid the expense of having to purchase and maintain dedicated IT infrastructure for backup and recovery. In fact, unlike secondary data center environments where you would need to provision compute, storage and networking hardware to enable off-site backup and DR, these resources can be provisioned on-demand, only when you need them, in the cloud.
  3. IT staff augmentation — by working with a cloud service provider, you get the added benefit of gaining access to additional IT expertise as part of the service. This can be invaluable because having another set of eyes and ears to advise you on how to best ensure the protection and rapid recovery of your critical data assets will help you sleep better at night.
  4. Stepping stone to IT transformation — most organizations anticipate that over time they will start using more services in the cloud to help enable business speed and agility. Starting with a relatively low-risk use case like backup in the cloud is a great way to get acquainted with using cloud services. In addition, by efficiently replicating your backup data into the cloud with Veeam and AltaVault, you can start seeding the cloud with data that can be leveraged later to enable development and testing in the cloud, data analytics, user file sharing, etc.
  5. Placate the C-level suite — increasingly, financial decision makers are starting to ask, “Why aren’t we using the cloud?”. If you don’t have a good answer to this question, feel free to plagiarize this blog post as your action plan. The savings opportunities alone that can be attained by using Veeam and AltaVault on premises and in the cloud will be sure to placate your bosses.

With the added benefits of cost savings, ease of deployment and configuration, and boosted backup and recovery features, it’s clear that Veeam plus AltaVault is the perfect backup combination for the hybrid cloud.

Read the success story to learn how QBCC leverages Veeam Availability Suite with AltaVault to improve backup reliability, lower costs and ensure compliance with regulatory standards. For more information on how Veeam and AltaVault work together, check out our Veeam Deployment Guide for NetApp AltaVault.

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Why fast virtualized application recovery is key to the hybrid cloud journey

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Considering that many VMworld attendees are front-line IT system firefighters, a nightmarish scenario could unfold. While roaming the casino halls at some ungodly hour, a critical business system could suddenly crash and burn. How many of these folks are confident in their ability to quickly extinguish the flames through rapid VM recovery capabilities?

It is estimated that businesses lose $16M annually due to application downtime. Between lost revenue, lost productivity, lost business opportunity and lost credibility, the consequences of application service disruptions are enormous.

Perhaps it is no surprise then that in a recent IDC research report, over 80% of 1,200 IT users surveyed, indicated that faster recovery was the top reason for investing in VMware virtualization solutions.

While many industry observers often point to lower costs as a prime business reason for betting the house on virtualized infrastructure, faster recovery, server consolidation and increased agility trumped cost savings by a large margin in IDC’s survey.

Perhaps even more telling is that those IT respondents with a higher degree of confidence in the resiliency and recoverability of their application environment, were likely to be much further down the path of being fully virtualized. And herein lies the key to accelerating the journey to private and hybrid cloud – a key initiative for many businesses.

The last mile of virtualization typically consists of mission critical platforms like order entry systems, business revenue generating applications, messaging systems, etc. These are typically the last hold outs to get converted over from physical to virtualized systems. The conventional thinking is that by dedicating physical (non-shared) resources to a critical application, performance and availability can be better ensured.

The irony is there may be a false sense of security with walling off critical applications into dedicated, silo’d infrastructure. For instance, the CPU and storage resources assigned to an application today may be woefully inadequate for that system tomorrow. Having the ability to quickly and non-disruptively migrate an application, via VMware’s server vMotion feature, to a system with more resources, is a decided advantage over a physical, “lift and shift” environment.

Likewise, if a mission-critical application were to go belly up, there are faster, more efficient and less painstaking ways to recover an application residing on a virtualized machine than one configured on a   dedicated server.

In fact, there are VMware integrated recovery solutions, like Veeam Availability Suite, that can quickly spin up new VMs on premise or in the public cloud, while providing very low recovery point and recovery time objectives (RTPO). And from an IT administrative perspective, it doesn’t have to be a stressful, panic-stricken fire-drill.

In addition, through Veeam’s automated application recovery testing capabilities, IT organizations can demonstrate to their business stakeholders that critical applications, whether physical or virtualized, will continue to meet service levels even in the event of an outage.   

And while the IT team is in Vegas, the last thing you want to do is roll the dice on the ability of your applications to quickly recover following an outage. You want this process to be smooth, fast and predictable.

Perhaps it’s easy to see then that application recovery, or better put, application availability, plays an integral role in any organization’s virtualization strategy. Now if we could only recover as quickly from a Vegas fueled night out on the town.

While at VMworld, please visit Veeam at booth #1731 to learn how you can improve the Availability of your mission-critical applications while simplifying IT operational management. And if you would like a chance to win a free ticket to VMworld Europe in Barcelona, click here.

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