Win a trip to Miami for VeeamON 2019

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With the holiday season fast approaching, we’re proud to look back on another successful year as well as forward to 2019, where we will have even more exciting news for your Veeam folks! Thanks to the continuing support of our customers and partners, we’ve reached a customer satisfaction level 3.5 times higher than the average in the industry. So, when nine out of ten of our customers say they would recommend us, we couldn’t be happier.

Veeam was also listed on the Forbes Cloud 100 list for the third year in a row, which means that independent analysts and media publications see Veeam as being a step above other industry-leading solutions.

But even with more than 300,000 businesses relying on Veeam, we aren’t resting on our laurels.

Get ready for May — VeeamON is coming to Miami! Back for a fifth installment, the premier conference for Intelligent Data Management will bring together IT professionals from all around the globe to discover the latest news in Availability through inspiring breakout sessions, presentations and networking.

Join us in Miami

To celebrate the holidays, we’re offering FREE, full VeeamON 2019 passes to three lucky winners. Oh yeah, with round-trip flights to Miami and accommodation at a top hotel for the whole duration of the conference.

Enter the competition now for a chance to visit the biggest event in the industry and, of course, enjoy world-famous Miami Beach with its sunsets, seaside, Latin-infused cuisine and vibrant nightlife.

Wishing you all happy holidays and good luck!

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Best practices in cloud-powered data protection

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Whether you’re planning to join the world of cloud computing or already taking advantage of its benefits, there are some great options available when it comes to being able to protect your data in the cloud. As you look into cloud data protection, it’s important to know exactly why it makes sense for so many organizations and be aware of the use cases of existing cloud users.

Veeam has partnered with ESG to present research in a webinar related to what existing users can expect from the cloud, why they are using it and how it helps them achieve the desirable level of data protection. Below is a preview of what to expect in the “Best Practices in Cloud-Powered Data Protection” webinar.

Real use cases and statistics

The research showed that cloud data protection is still very much a challenge in 2017 and many companies are giving backup and recovery the highest priority. When it comes to leveraging the cloud in specific ways to support cost-effective IT modernization, the following five use cases are prevalent: Data backup/archiving, disaster recovery, running internal production applications in the cloud, file storage and running internally/externally facing web servers (see Figure 1).

Best practices in cloud-powered data protection

Figure 1. Top five cloud infrastructure use cases

Further findings show that many organizations are considering or already using cloud services to support remote data survivability, save money and enhance their recovery ability (see Figure 2).

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Figure 2. Top ten drivers of cloud-related data protection

Are you still unsure of making the cloud a part of your Availability strategy? This excerpt is just a snippet of the gathered information and there’s much more of this useful data in the webinar recording, which combined will help you understand the angle to take on cloud data protection.

Cloud should be a part of your data protection plan

There are a variety of cloud-powered solutions to choose from, each with their own specific applications, benefits and limitations. The three biggest in the market are Storage-as-a-service used for Data Protection (STaaS/dp), Backup-as-a-service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS). No matter which one you choose, Veeam can handle each setup in partnership with the best-on-the-market cloud service providers. Both the ESG “Best Practices in Cloud-Powered Data Protection” webinar and the ESG Solution showcase on this same topic will help you navigate through the cloud-powered solutions and choose the one which better fits your organization’s needs.

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Cloud backup customization

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Cloud is a viable option for many use cases, including but not limited to storage, critical workload management, disaster recovery and much more. And as we have covered in our previous concerns related to this series, it can also be made secure, reasonably priced, and migration can be simplified. We found one of the major cloud concerns in last year’s end user survey to be customization. Let’s dive into where customization and the cloud meet.

How customizable is the cloud?

In order to get the most out of their cloud investment, businesses need to be able to tailor the cloud to their exact needs. And even though cloud customization seems to be a concern, there is a general consensus in the IT community that the cloud is customizable. And when you consider the premise of AWS, Azure and other IaaS offerings that allow you to customize services specifically to your needs from day zero, it’s easy to see why. The cloud and customization seems to go hand-in-hand in some respects. Customization is a key component when it comes to the ability to configure cloud security. Being able to customize your cloud environment to meet exact compliance needs depending on what industry you are in, or in which region or country your data resides, makes customization a vital capability within cloud.

Supreme scalability of cloud

Talking about cloud customization would not be possible without also mentioning the flexibility and scalability that come with utilizing cloud over on-premises. If operations are conducted on-premises, then scaling up typically means buying new servers, and will require time and resources to deploy. The cloud offers pay-as-you go models and scaling happens instantly with no manual labor required. If there is a peak in activity, cloud resources can be added and scaled back down when business activity returns to normal. This ability to rapidly scale up or down through cloud can give a business true operational agility.

Customizing your backup data moving to the cloud

When depending on the data management software you use, you can enable a highly customized approach when it comes to handling data moving to the cloud. Veeam offers ultimate flexibility when it comes to the frequency, granularity and ease of backing up data to the cloud, helping you meet 15 minute RPOs which then impact RTOs. What’s great is the products used for backup and replication in Veeam can also be used as a migration tool to make the task of moving to cloud easier than it seemed at first. Let’s go over existing Veeam Cloud offerings and new ones to see how they can be utilized to customize various aspects of cloud backup needs.

Veeam and cloud customization

First and foremost: Backup and replication. The two functions used in virtually any environment to ensure the safety and redundancy of your data. You can send your data off site with Veeam Cloud Connect to a disaster recovery site or you can create an exact duplicate of your production environment that will have 15 minutes between them. And you can use these same options to get your data into the cloud, be it a cloud repository for storing backups or a secondary site via DRaaS, all within a single Veeam Backup & Replication console.

Since Veeam Cloud Connect operates through the network, we’ve made sure that we provide an encrypted traffic and built-in WAN acceleration to optimize every bit of data that is sent over. WAN acceleration minimizes the amount of data sent, excluding blocks that were already processed and can be taken from the cache on site. That comes really handy during migrations since you may be processing a lot of similar machines and files. This acceleration is included in Azure proxy as well as other optimizations that help reduce network traffic usage.

Additionally, you can use Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure to gain an extra level of recoverability. First setup and pre-allocate Azure services, then simply restore to any point of time for your machine in a couple of clicks. What’s really cool is that you’re not limited to restoring only virtual workloads, but can migrate physical machines as well!

Our Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows (beta version soon available), and the now available Veeam Agent for Linux will help you create backups of your physical servers so that you can store them on the Veeam repositories for further management, restores and migration, should you ever need to convert your physical workloads to the virtual and cloud. Not only does Veeam provide multiple means for getting data to the cloud, but you can also backup your Microsoft Office 365 data and migrate it to your local Exchange servers and vice versa with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365! Many companies have moved their email infrastructure to the cloud, so Veeam provides an ability to have a backup plan in case something happens on the cloud side. That way you’ll always be able to retrieve deleted items and get access to your email infrastructure.

All these instruments are directly controlled by you, and most of them can be obtained with a service provider to take the management off your plate. When working with a provider, it is important to inquire into what can be customized or configured in order to ensure the cloud environment is able to meet your specific needs. This makes working with a cloud service provider a very valuable asset. As they can give you expert advice, reduce any complications and set expectations when it comes to cloud environments and their ability to be customized.

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Migrating to the cloud

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In this cloud blog series, we’ve talked about how secure backups can be in a cloud environment and what the cost may be of not leveraging the potential of DRaaS. The next step would be to start thinking about how to migrate your infrastructure or backups/replicas to the cloud and at what scale it has to be done. We will review the main points that you need to consider and check prior to initiating your move into the world of cloud.

Who can benefit from the cloud?

The short answer is a bold one: Everyone. Regardless of the size of the operation, there is a good incentive in road mapping your migration over to the cloud as it brings a whole new level of accessibility, scalability and long-term cost savings.  But what does that really mean?

When it comes to conventional disaster recovery sites, it’s hard to plan everything beforehand because you have no way of knowing when the disaster is going to strike and at what scale. You’re only as flexible as the hardware that you’re provided with. Any additional capacity would require time and more money to acquire and install.

That’s where the cloud steps up the game. You are presented with a variety of options that allow you to build a flexible DR environment with the ability to grow and shrink its capacity at will. The only price you’ll pay is for the actual hardware in use, thus granting an incredible scalability that is ready for any DR needs. Not every provider possesses such ability at a full scale, but there’s plenty of options to pick from based on your particular needs.

The two approaches Veeam has for businesses with on-premises deployments wanting to get backups or replicas to the cloud are Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). These approaches utilize cloud and service provider technologies which are flexible enough for any use case and you can avoid the cost and complexity of building and maintaining an offsite infrastructure.

So, how hard is it to migrate to the cloud?

What’s important to remember is that migrating data to the cloud is not a one-day feat and is a project that will require planning and a timeline. However, depending on what data management software you use, getting data offsite to the cloud can be a very simplified experience.

Migrating to the cloud certainly doesn’t require you to drop all the investments in your existing DR infrastructure, should you have one. If you’re already running an on-premises infrastructure, then you know that any hardware has its lifecycle and will eventually be replaced. So, you can plan to move your servers and applications to the cloud environment as the time for hardware renewals shows up on the calendar.

If you’re just starting off at the stage of designing your infrastructure then it would be even more beneficial, as you are getting high-class disaster-proof hardware used on Enterprise levels of operation at an affordable price and right-away at your disposal. No need to worry about building and maintaining your own DR site, all the more so about the time to set everything up from scratch.

In any case scenario, Veeam® has the tools to make your migration to the cloud as easy as your daily backup tasks. In fact, even though Veeam Cloud Connect Backup and Replication are used for archival purposes and providing continuous synchronization, they’re a perfect instrument for migrating your infrastructure to the cloud without any hassle.

What should be migrated first?

The first contenders are the servers that will fully benefit from the flexibility and added performance of the cloud. But, not every server or application needs to or can be migrated right away. You need to plan it in the way that won’t obstruct your production performance more than usual hardware migration or upgrade. It’s important to make sure the migration to the cloud won’t cause you trouble during the process or after the completion. That can be done by testing the performance of servers or applications in the lab to find out about any hiccups beforehand. Sometimes an existing set of dependencies, like an on-site SQL database or Active Directory, can make it harder to simply move some applications without correcting their workflow.

In such scenarios the use of hybrid cloud might be helpful. In a hybrid setup one part of your cloud infrastructure is private and running under your full control on-premises and the other part is in public cloud, making use of all the servers that are easily moved to cloud or will benefit from it the most.

Where do you start?

No matter the size of the infrastructure, Veeam Cloud Connect offers a solution to fully control and easily migrate on premises data to highest standard cloud environments – requiring no network (VPN) setup or change to the customer environment. And whether you plan on implementing a big bang migration strategy or the trickle migration strategy, Veeam Cloud Connect allows for both methods. For Veeam customers, migrating backups and replicas to the cloud is as simple as the push of a button since it’s built into their Veeam licenses! Learn more about your cloud opportunity with Veeam.

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The price of Cloud Backup and DRaaS

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Cloud computing is hardly a new player of the IT world. Its ever-growing market share and popularity within the IT community derives from combining flexible prices with the Always-On Availability of infrastructure resources. It brings out a whole new world of possibilities for your business, while reducing the long-term costs of maintaining your own infrastructure. Yet, despite the obvious cost advantages of moving data to the cloud, pricing is still a top concern, as Veeam discovered from our recent 2016 cloud end-user survey (see chart below).

Cloud backup security concerns

Are cloud backup and DRaaS affordable?

The answer depends on many factors. A change of mindset is required when thinking about the affordability of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery (DR). Depending on your individual business requirements, cloud backups or even a full Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution can be very affordable, especially considering the money saved in the event of a disaster. The general rule is the lower the recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) your business requires, the higher the potential cost.

The infrastructure savings

There is a significant amount of money saved through not having to build and maintain a completely new DR site from scratch, and you can set up ready-to-go cloud infrastructure to the highest standards of security and Availability. Its resource flexibility allows for quick adjustments to sudden or planned spikes of your environment. That way, you don’t need to worry about buying additional hardware for establishing a DR site with its own hosts and storage to cover those demanding peak or production down times, just to watch it sit idle 99% of the time, consuming power.

What is the cost of no cloud backup or DRaaS?

Loss of revenue

Should one forgo the idea of using cloud services and utilizing the potential of the DRaaS, the obvious fate is in the sum of tens of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in lost revenue that can occur during downtime. The impact and cost of application outages and degradation have increased tremendously with the growth of digital business, with Gartner estimates at $5,600 per minute of downtime.1 During downtime, no transactions can be made through an ecommerce site, and once the opportunity for a prospect is lost through an inability to purchase, it is likely they will not return. If you wisely choose to have a recovery plan in place, it is essential that the timing on RTOs and RPOs reflect the amount of money you can afford to lose. Gartner has seen a significant increase in the number of Gartner client inquiries over the past year in which the client’s organization needs to support recovery times of four hours or less for mission-critical applications as well as IT service availability levels of at least 99.5% (i.e., approximately 3.6 hours of unplanned downtime per month).2

Loss of productivity

Downtime can cause employees to either do jobs ineffectively or not at all. Communication with clients, colleagues and managers can come to a dramatic halt and leave an entire organization twiddling their thumbs, wondering what to do next. Every hour of lost productivity includes wages which must be paid despite the fact there is downtime. So, it’s easy to see how the costs can add up. Even the loss of one VM with a critical application can cause trouble in the workflow, so it’s important to think through every unpleasant scenario to cover with a backup plan — even the smallest one.

Loss of reputation

A blow to the reputation and loss of customer trust make up the ultimate price that every company should dread. In certain instances, this can eventually lead to going out of business. Whatever happens on your main production site, you should be able to get back up in a matter of minutes and continue working until the initial issue is dealt with.

Imagine your whole production site going down. This would definitely interrupt every business process if you do not react accordingly. Or, another option is to rely only on a local backup that — you guessed it — also went down with the main site. With all of your servers patiently waiting in the cloud infrastructure, this won’t be a problem for you, since you’re just a click away from performing a failover to whichever servers you require at the time for an uninterrupted operation.

A good example of a large-scale, unexpected disaster is the Delta Airlines data center outage that occurred Aug. 8, 2016. It resulted in hundreds of flights being grounded for six hours, affecting thousands of people around the globe. Such delays and cancellations of departures produced frustration and caused long lines at airports. Explore more real-life stories of challenges faced by companies from all around the world and from all different industries, and how Veeam helps them to remain in control on our Success Stories page.

Why cloud?

All of these scenarios were present before the cloud emerged and companies were reliant on their own DR solutions, if they had any. As the industry evolved and grew an additional layer of Availability with cloud computing, new ways of managing your data and accessing it appeared. With Veeam Cloud Connect and DRaaS, it’s easier than ever to have ready-to-go infrastructure straight away with a full control of your backups and replica VMs, always giving you the edge to conquer any adversity that lies along the way to success. Check out our cloud solutions webpage to discover your option.

 

1Gartner, How to Evolve Beyond a Blame-Network-First Culture, 24 June 2016
2Gartner, Managing IT Resilience Is Much More Than Simply Failing Over Applications, Refreshed: 28 September 2016 | Published: 31 March 2014

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How to move a VMware VM from one datastore to another WITHOUT VMware Storage vMotion

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Not every infrastructure requires multiple hosts to sustain your production environment, let alone enterprise licenses with features you don’t really need. That is where VMware Essentials Kit license steps in, providing cover for all of your basic needs and saving you quite a few bucks. But even the simplest setups may have to be reconfigured or adjusted further down the line. And, as the title says, you are now set with the task of moving a VM from one datastore to another.

The bad news is, since VMware Essentials Kit doesn’t include the handy features like vMotion and Storage vMotion, you have to move everything manually. The good news is, there is a way to substantially simplify this task with the help of Veeam! And, what’s even better, you won’t have to pay another penny for that.

In our previous post, we unveiled how you can move your VM from one ESXi host to another by using Quick Migration feature of Veeam Backup Free Edition. Quick Migration comes in every edition of Veeam Backup & Replication and is essentially a one-time replication that allows you to easily move live VMs from one VMware host to another or to move VMs between existing datastores on the same ESXi host without any downtime.

A few things to know before proceeding:

  • Quick Migration is available only for VMware environments
  • At least a minimum paid license of VMware ESXi is required for proper operation of Veeam Backup Free Edition due to API restrictions of free ESXi

Now, let’s get to the scenario where your host remains the same, and only location of VM’s disks is due to change. If you’re already familiar with our product or have used Quick Migration before, then you can skip to step six.

1. Download Veeam Backup Free Edition.

2. Install it on a virtual or physical 64-bit Windows machine (see the full list of supported operating systems) that has access to the production environment. Since we’re rolling with Veeam Backup Free Edition, no license is required during installation.

3. Launch Veeam Backup & Replication Console from your desktop and start by adding your VMware vSphere Server— it can be either vCenter or ESXi host.

How to move a VMware VM from one datastore to another WITHOUT VMware Storage vMotion

4. Now that you’re able to browse your infrastructure, find the VM that you need to move, right-click on it and select “Quick Migration.”

How to move a VMware VM from one datastore to another WITHOUT VMware Storage vMotion

5. Inside the wizard, you’ll find this VM already added to the list. In case you need to move other VMs’ disks as well, you can always add more via the corresponding button.

6. Proceed to the “Destination” step where you can pick a new target datastore for your VM(s). Make sure that you’ve picked correct host, resource pool and VM folder in the first three fields as well!

  • If you want to move only particular disks, you can do so by clicking “Pick datastore for selected virtual disks” below the main datastore field.

How to move a VMware VM from one datastore to another WITHOUT VMware Storage vMotion

7. Since we can’t pick proxies in the Free Edition, on the “Transfer” step they will be left at automatic and will use Veeam backup server itself.

8. Next step will give you a summary of current settings, so make sure to double check them and you’re good to go!

  • If you don’t want your original VM(s) to be deleted, you can untick the option “Delete source VM files upon successful migration” so “_migrated” suffix will be appended to original VM(s).

How to move a VMware VM from one datastore to another WITHOUT VMware Storage vMotion

And that’s it! You have successfully moved your VM from one datastore to another!

While you’re at it, why don’t you try to create a reserve copy of your VM now? After all, you always have to be prepared for the worst! And nothing says safety better than the full image of your valuable data with flexible restore options that Veeam offers.

If you still have questions about Quick Migration or require a bit more insight into every step taken, feel free to check out this overview of the feature on our portal.

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How to move a VMware VM from one datastore to another WITHOUT VMware Storage vMotion