Veeam Availability with IBM Spectrum Storage integration for fast, efficient backup and recovery

Source: Veeam

With the introduction of Veeam Availability Suite 9.3 Update 3, Veeam brings storage integrated backup and recovery to a wide selection of IBM Storage offerings, helping business of all sizes meet ever increasing recovery service level agreements for IT services and their applications and data.

Let’s face it, for today’s Always-On Enterprise, the amount of data — and the rate it is changing — makes the traditional nightly backup strategy most organizations rely on obsolete. Today’s pace of business requires more frequent restore points to choose from. And unless your users are OK with business standing still when things go wrong, you’ve got to restore and recover quickly as well.

Meeting these growing demands continues to be a challenge for many organizations as a recent ESG study quantifies. You can see the results yourself in the 2017 Veeam Availability Report. That is why Veeam continues to build solutions with leading storage vendors, delivering what we call Availability for any data, wherever it resides.

Veeam with IBM Storage

Veeam’s new storage integration with IBM Spectrum Virtualize extends our innovative approach to leveraging storage IBM FlashCopy snapshots on the IBM Storwize family as well as the IBM SAN Volume Controller. As a result, Veeam customers, partners and system integrators now have a much wider selection of IBM Spectrum Virtualize storage arrays from IBM, and other IBM partners, on which they can build Veeam Availability solutions.

The new Veeam release allows you to efficiently make backups and granularly recover what you need right from IBM FlashCopy storage snapshots with:

  • Backup from Storage Snapshots to lower the impact of backup on production environment
  • Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots to quickly restore entire virtual machines, files and individual application items directly from storage snapshots
  • On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots to create complete isolated copies of your production environment with just a few clicks for development, testing and troubleshooting

Veeam integration with IBM FlashCopy also allows you to orchestrate the management of the snapshot process which further improves recovery point objectives. The ability to leverage IBM FlashCopy storage snapshots for backup, recovery and sandboxing reduces the impact on your production VMware environment, simplifies operations and helps you get more from your IBM Storage investment.

Veeam with IBM Spectrum Storage integration

Backup from Storage Snapshots

Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots is the starting point for Veeam’s ability to schedule and manage application-aware snapshots. In my opinion, this is the most important part of Veeam’s storage integration. Being able to offload down to the production storage and leverage storage efficient snapshots, present that Volume/LUN to the backup proxy and then start pulling the data, all while still maintaining change block tracking from VMware so only having to take or backup the data that has changed since the last backup was created.

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 on IBM Spectrum Virtualize automates backups from IBM FlashCopy snapshots as often as you need to meet demanding recovery point objectives (RTO).

Veeam with IBM Spectrum Storage integration

In failure scenarios, having a restore point that is minutes or hours old versus days old is the most effective to meeting service level agreements. Veeam’s level of flexibility and control of snapshots is the basis for preventing data loss and faster recovery.

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

When it comes to recovery, speed and agility are key. The faster and easier you can access and restore files, applications or complete VMs, the sooner you can restore productivity. This is why Veeam leverages the low overhead of periodic IBM FlashCopy storage snapshots, resulting in lower recovery point objectives (RPO).

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots gives you access to what you need without having spin up a recovery environment, which can take hours or days in some cases before the provision process is complete. Instead, through a simple interface that will be familiar as a file explorer, Veeam allows you to dive into the snapshot, view its contents and quickly restore just what you need, including:

  • Recovery of guest files for more than a dozen OS file systems
  • Application items from Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Databases
  • Instant VM Recovery to recover failed VMs in minutes versus hours and days

Veeam with IBM Spectrum Storage integration

With Veeam Explorer, you can view and restore VM content from storage snapshots even if Veeam didn’t create that snapshot. That includes native IBM, crash-consistent storage snapshots and snapshots created by third-party tool that produces application-aware snapshots.

On-Demand Sandbox from Storage Snapshots

One of my favorite Veeam features is the ability to leverage application-consistent storage snapshots for test and development, troubleshooting and training. It is a dream come true for a lot of administrators out there that need to create an exact functioning replica of an environment. Veeam automates the whole process:

  • First running application-consistent snapshots on production, performant and efficient storage
  • Automation of the provisioning to VMware
  • Then deprovisioning the sandboxed environment as well

Veeam also has this capability with SureBackup and SureReplica allowing for customers to take backup files on backup storage, present them to an isolated network and spin them up for use as testing or development environment.

To make it happen, Veeam uses the concept of an application group, consisting of all needed dependencies and workload virtual machines. This operation can leverage both storage snapshots and backup repository workloads.

IBM + Veeam are Better Together

Veeam Availability Suite is perfectly suited for the Availability of VMware environments. Fast, efficient and verified backups of the workloads that are important to your business as well as flexible recovery options to restore what you want, when you need it.

Learn more about how you can minimize and avoid costly downtime with Veeam protecting your virtual workloads on IBM Storage offerings.

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How to benefit from the new Nimble Secondary Flash array

Source: Veeam

What if I suggested putting Flash into your backup target? This is exactly what Nimble Storage has done with the recent release of their Secondary Flash array.

Adding a flash tier can offer some great additional advantages to certain Veeam features and functionality when it comes to backup, but mainly recovery.

Veeam works hard to reduce backup windows and any performance impact on production workloads, while keeping the system completely simple and useable. This is where the Nimble Secondary Flash array can play a big part in helping speed up those backups, the ability to leverage this data for virtual labs and the ability to run multiple Instant VM Recovery functions at once.

Let’s look at the configuration for this new SAN backup appliance from Nimble.

Platform SF100 SF300
Connectivity iSCSI or FC
Max write throughput 400 MB/s 800 MB/s
Mandatory flash requirement 8% — to enable high dedupe ratio
Raw capacity 21 TB —  126 TB 42 TB — 252 TB
Usable capacity 16 TB — 100 TB 30 TB — 200 TB
Effective capacity (8:1) 800 TB 1.6 PB
Max read/write IOPS (up to) 20K 40K
Expansion shelves Up to 2 Up to 2

What are the key features and capabilities that this helps in a Veeam environment?

High speed recovery

Instant VM Recovery: Instant VM Recovery is the ability to take any virtualized application on VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V directly from a backup. Instead of making users wait while you provision storage, extract the backup and copy it to production, you can simply start a VM with Veeam’s patented vPower technology. After that, use VMware Storage vMotion, Hyper-V Storage Migration or Veeam’s proprietary Quick Migration to move the VM back to production storage.

Verified Recoverability

SureBackup / SureReplica: SureBackup provides a fully automated process that allows you to verify the recoverability of a backup. Automatically start your VM(s) from the backup repository, directly from the compressed and deduped backup file, then it will check the heartbeat, run your custom scripts, and send a report. Everything is happening automatically, in an isolated virtual network environment. You can verify VM replicas with the SureBackup job known as SureReplica. Given the additional performance of the new Nimble Secondary Flash array, the time to perform this automated verification will be much faster.

Leveraged Data

Virtual Lab: The Virtual Lab feature within Veeam Backup & Replication allows businesses to leverage the investment made on the appliance storage to spin up isolated virtual environments that can be used to automate the verification of those backup files (SureBackup), but also giving the ability to run test and development VM workloads in an isolated network. The Virtual Lab does not require that you provision extra resources for it. You can deploy the Virtual Lab on any host in your virtual environment.

Nimble Secondary Flash array

This flash-enabled architecture is not just going to give those recovery benefits, but also improve backup windows and bring data efficiencies with Inline Deduplication. Those aren’t things you normally hear in the same sentence — backup performance and capacity optimized storage.

Per-VM backup file chains: By default, backup jobs write VM data to the backup repository in one write stream. Depending on the repository storage type, this may not lead to the most efficient and fastest way of getting that data to the backup target. Per-VM file chains allow for each VM to have its own chain. When writing per-VM to the repository, it means that there are multiple write streams. The Nimble Secondary Flash array can achieve much better performance from this configuration with multiple write streams and increase the write queue depth.

Nimble Secondary Flash array

Align and Decompress: The Nimble Secondary Flash array uses a fixed block size for deduplication, Veeam aligns the VM data backup to a 4kb block size boundary. This allows for better deduplication on the array across all backup files. The Veeam backup proxy decompresses the backup data blocks before storing to the repository. This configuration allows for an uncompressed backup file to be sent to the target, meaning more efficient deduplication rates.

Nimble Secondary Flash array

Offloading to the Nimble Array:

All of this, coupled with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 and the addition of Nimble storage integration, reduces the impact on the VM environment by offloading application consistent snapshots down to the storage array, then presenting that snapshot directly to a Veeam backup proxy (Backup from Storage Snapshots). Take advantage of snapshot orchestration to a secondary Nimble array by performing the backup from the secondary Nimble array, which reduces production impact on both the VMware environment and production array (Backup from Secondary Storage Snapshot).

Finally, leverage Nimble performance for application-consistent snapshots and then clone them to create an automated, On-Demand Sandbox from Storage Snapshots for test and development cycles.

Nimble Secondary Flash array

Wrap up

In summary, backup from Nimble storage snapshots on primary or secondary arrays reduces the impact from data protection activities on production workloads. Add the new Nimble Secondary Flash array and this will benefit storage efficiencies as well as recovery performance. This is a great Availability option between Veeam and Nimble.

 

Additional resources:

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How to benefit from the new Nimble Secondary Flash array

The three C’s of VeeamON 2017: content, community, certification

Source: Veeam

With VeeamON 2017 hastily approaching, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the things you can experience while over in New Orleans for the Availability event of 2017.

Content

The glue to any conference is the content, in the form of the keynote sessions and breakouts. With over 85 breakout sessions and different tracks, including technical, business, alliances, ProPartner and cloud tracks, there is sure to be something for everyone.

The breakouts will be presented by a mixture of our very own Veeam experts, IT community pros, Alliance partners and, of course, our Veeam customers. They will be touching on various topics around the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud, best practices and some real-life scenarios.

My recommendations on sessions would be the following that span over all the different tracks available.

Anton Gostev, our vice president of product management, will be hosting a session around the best practices for today with VMware and Veeam. This session is always highly-attended, and this year will be no different.

The topic of ransomware is another session that is a recommendation. This will be presented by Rick Vanover, director of technical product marketing and Brian Maher, senior manager of alliance marketing.

From the cloud track, don’t miss the New Playbook for VCSP Partners session on Partner Day to learn about the latest Veeam products and product releases. This session will be presented by Paul Mattes, vice president of global cloud group and Danny Allen, vice president of cloud & alliance strategy.

Those are just a few that would be in my schedule. Be sure to check on the other VeeamON 2017 sessions and start creating your schedule. You can also find more top sessions in this blog post.

My team, the Technical Product Marketing Team, is also contributing to that plethora of content with some of our own sessions, teaming up with the Product Management Team and our Alliance peers to deliver some deep-dive information on how our Availability message is achieved.

Clint Wyckoff
Clint Wyckoff will be delivering Veeam Availability Console and the Agents: Introduction and Technical Demo session. This will focus on live demonstrations and how these features can be used in your customers’ environments.

 

 

Anthony SpiteriAnthony Spiteri, our cloud evangelist, will be teaming up with David Hill, a solution architect with VMware, and they will be discussing how to build a successful cloud service leveraging the VMware vCloud Air Network.

 

 

 

Michael WhiteMichael White will be presenting on the problems and answers to Business Continuity and how Veeam plays a role there. This session will be touching on Veeam Availability Orchestrator and how this new Veeam product can enable you to start protecting your IT infrastructure.

 

 

 

Michael CadefFinally, I will be teaming up with Pete Flecha from VMware to talk about the new generation storage offerings and how Veeam can help protect those in a profile driven world.

 

 

Community

Community is very close and important to us at Veeam. My team has a strong focus on our community advocates and engaging in community events. Another key part to any event in our industry is interacting with people, networking and hearing other community member’s stories. If I was going to pick out three areas of community that you should interact with, they are below.

Veeam Vanguards

The Veeam Vanguards are the Veeam Community Advocates. Some of these guys work for our partners, alliances and customers. They interact by different ways and means from blogging about technical process within our software or from answering other community queries on our forums. Most of the group will be with us in New Orleans so be sure to hunt them down and have a chat with them.

You can get familiar with the current class of Vanguards along with their pictures and profile details in advance so you can easily find them at the event.

Existing Veeam customers and partners

Another great angle is the mixture of end users and partners, and getting that interaction with these is a priceless combination. Share your thoughts and feedback with your industry peers.

Podcast

Veeam Community Podcast

The Veeam Community Podcast will be on the road capturing as much content as possible while we get the chance to interact with our IT community. If you see myself or Clint and you have something to say, then please come on over.

 

 

Certification

You will find yourself among IT pros, industry leaders and Veeam experts — the perfect environment for Veeam solutions learning. In case you are already a VMCE, you can attend the brand new VMCE-Advanced: Design & Optimization v1 (VMCE-ADO) course.

This year at VeeamON 2017, you will also have the chance to sit the exam on site while at the event. All training sessions will be running prior to the event, so you will not have to miss any of that great content.

VMCE

Anybody looking to get through the free online training offered by Veeam can visit Veeam University, where you will find all the online free resource to set you in good stead as you move through the more complexed certification process.

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Cisco HyperFlex snapshot integration coming soon with Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 2

Source: Veeam

In early February 2017, Cisco announced their 2.0 release of HyperFlex. The noticeable innovations are the introduction of All Flash HX nodes with 3rd generation UCS Fabric networking, as well as even better support for data and I/O intensive applications. These innovations already enhance the existing flexible and modular platform, which combines compute performance nodes, hyper converged storage and networking.

But there is more in HX 2.0 than what is mentioned above.

Normally you would expect to see our new storage integrations happen at the major release cycle, but not this time! Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 2 will introduce an integration with Cisco HyperFlex. A major highlight here is that this is Veeam’s first integration with any hyper converged system. It’s also worth noting that because it is the first integration for a hyper converged storage system, it’s different than the other Veeam integrations you may be familiar with. The main thing to note is that the HyperFlex integration does not include Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots, but it may be added at a later date.

Let’s review how this phenomenal technology works with the latest release of Cisco HyperFlex.

Backup from Storage Snapshots

Backup from Storage Snapshots minimizes the performance impact on production virtual machines (VMs) during their backup window. This integration will allow you to take backups at any time of day, even on the most I/O intensive workloads and will also leverage the agentless application aware backup where required (like Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL and Oracle).

The ability of the Veeam backup proxy to read the data directly from the Cisco HyperFlex VM snapshot over the NFS HyperFlex data network is where the magic happens. This can be achieved in two ways: The data is read over NFS from either the IO Visor (preferred) with optimal data paths or via the HyperFlex Controller Cluster Master.

In addition to the optimized way of reading the data, Veeam is still able to leverage VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT), which keeps incremental backups incredibly fast.

The image below shows an example architectural view of how the Veeam proxy is connected with the Cisco HX components.

Cisco HyperFlex snapshot integration

The data flow goes as follows:

  1. Analyzes which VMs in the job have disks on supported storage
  2. Performs Veeam’s agentless application-aware processing and consistency for a VM
  3. Creates HyperFlex VM snapshot, leveraging the HyperFlex API
  4. Releases the consistent state of the VM
  5. Retrieves the CBT information for VM snapshots
  6. Reads new and changed virtual disk data blocks directly from the HyperFlex VM snapshot and transports them to the backup repository or a replica VM
  7. Triggers the removal of the HyperFlex VM snapshot once the VM has been backed up
  8. Truncates database logs within the VM

Cisco HyperFlex snapshot integration

Replication leveraging the Backup from Storage Snapshots technology

You can leverage Veeam’s VM-level replication between different HyperFlex or other VMware environments.

Veeam replication copies data of the original VM running on the source host and creates its full replica on the target host. Unlike backup files, replica virtual disks are stored uncompressed in their native format. All subsequent replication cycles are incremental. Veeam copies only those data blocks that have changed since the last replication job session. This is achieved by leveraging VMware CBT.

Cisco HyperFlex snapshot integration

The replication process can be achieved by using all Veeam transport modes that are available for NFS storage, but the one to highlight here is the fact that the Backup from Storage Snapshots feature can be leveraged in this scenario to better reserve any impact of performance on the production environment.

All in all, this allows for a much better Availability experience when working with Backup from Storage Snapshots and the Veeam replication engine between multiple sites.

Cisco HyperFlex snapshot integration

Conclusion

This new Cisco HyperFlex release extends the Availability of the Cisco Data Center portfolio with Veeam. The use case for the Cisco HyperFlex offering is broad, covering main data center workloads, as well as remote and branch office locations. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 2 will bring more efficient Availability to Cisco HyperFlex 2.0 by providing both an optimized backup and replication workflow to lower the recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) to less than 15 minutes for all applications and data running on top of it.

Required minimums (Backup from Storage Snapshots):

  • Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 2 (or newer), Enterprise Plus edition
  • Cisco HyperFlex 2.0 or newer

Here are some useful links, including our newly released Cisco Validated Designs:

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Cisco HyperFlex snapshot integration coming soon with Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 2

Fast recovery with NetApp snapshots and Veeam

Source: Veeam

Let’s face it, for an IT administrator, recovery is a big part of your world. Over the years, I’ve seen exhaustion and fatigue on the faces of IT staff struggling to recover their business applications and data after unplanned system disruptions. In the IT arena, ever-increasing demands and expectations are setting the bar higher, and fast recovery is a key to success.

Veeam’s deep integration with NetApp enables businesses to leverage storage snapshots to create application consistent backups to fast SAN/NAS based repositories. As a result, IT administrators avoid the pain, frustration and exhaustion often experienced when in “recovery mode.”

At this point, I think it is important to recognize that fast recovery has a lot to do with backups. Think of good backups as the preparation required of a world-class athlete. It is often said the race is won before it starts. A competitor’s ability, training and confidence all factor into the winner’s success before the gun goes off.  Fast recovery is only as good as your pre-crisis preparation, ability to recover and confidence in the integrity of your backups.

NetApp snapshots orchestration

For Veeam, the starting line is our orchestration of NetApp snapshots. Veeam Backup & Replication sits on top of the FAS storage system, to control and automate application consistent snapshots for local fast recovery point objectives (RPO). By taking backups from storage snapshots, Veeam reduces the impact on the VMware vSphere environment. By directing the backup copy to a secondary storage target, Veeam offloads backup overhead from primary storage where VM’s are running. It is a great way to follow the 3-1-2 rule of three copies of data on two media types and keeping one in a different location.

3-2-1 Rule

Veeam, for example, can orchestrate and schedule these application-aware snapshots to a secondary NetApp FAS array. From there, Veeam backup from SnapMirror and SnapVault leverages a secondary FAS system for backup and reduces the impact on not only the vSphere environment, but also on the primary FAS system. With orchestrating snapshots locally and then replicating them to a secondary FAS system, Veeam delivers backup to a secondary media type. This is a good example of how Veeam can achieve a high return on your SnapMirror and SnapVault investment.

Fast recovery with Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots allows IT admins to browse into these NetApp snapshots and perform fast granular recovery of files and application items even though the snapshots are in a crash consistent state.

Fast Recovery with NetApp Snapshots and Veeam

By avoiding the complexity and spinning up time required to restore full VMs, restoring from snapshots drastically reduces the recovery time and allows IT to move on to the next event. What was a marathon-like effort, is now merely a short sprint back to productivity.

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots can be used to view historic snapshots or snapshots that have not been orchestrated by Veeam but still enable file level recovery options.

Below you can see the view from a snapshot that is created and orchestrated by Veeam.

Fast Recovery with NetApp Snapshots and Veeam

You can also see the options available for this virtual machine, which has been snapshotted in an application consistent state.  Veeam provides application, item-level recovery from storage snapshots—all without the use of software agents and from an easy-to-use interface.

Veeam Instant VM Recovery with NetApp

Veeam Instant VM Recovery is another good example of how we work with NetApp storage to overcome the hurdles of recovery. You can immediately restore a VM from secondary storage back to your production server.

Fast Recovery with NetApp Snapshots and Veeam

The steps below show the process to run an Instant VM Recovery for a storage snapshot from the Veeam management console. The final step (see the bottom right shot) is for the backup admin to use vSphere tools such as Storage vMotion to migrate from the mounted snapshot to its original datastore.

Fast Recovery with NetApp Snapshots and Veeam Fast Recovery with NetApp Snapshots and Veeam
Fast Recovery with NetApp Snapshots and Veeam Fast Recovery with NetApp Snapshots and Veeam

Veeam’s Virtual Lab

Another great way to avoid injury of your production environment in the first place – and thus avoiding the need to recover — is Veeam On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots. This Veeam feature requires NetApp FlexClone, and again is an excellent added value to your NetApp investment.

FlexClone is a great technology from NetApp that gives IT admins a fully functional snapshot version of their production data with production-quality storage performance. Veeam enables the automation of the entire process, including the creation of the FlexClone snapshot, presentation, provisioning and automates clean-up operations when testing and development is completed.

Fast Recovery with NetApp Snapshots and Veeam

 

This feature can provide a full performance virtual lab without using any further production storage and, as of Veeam v9, can leverage both primary and secondary tier FAS systems. Use it for not only reducing setup time and testing time of new patches and applications, but also for training and development.

 

Without Veeam, the effort needed to recover from service disruptions often leaves you doubled over, out of breath and seeing stars. Especially when a business line manager is screaming at the service desk because mission-critical application SLAs are continually missed.

Learn more about how Veeam delivers Availability for the Always-On Enterprise with efficient and fast backup and recovery with NetApp.

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Tips and tricks on leveraging NetApp E-Series arrays in Veeam Availability Suite designs

Source: Veeam

The NetApp integration added in Veeam Availability Suite v8 is a great set of capabilities to ensure higher levels of Availability in the data center. In NEW Veeam Availability Suite v9, Veeam improved the functionality, adding — among other considerations — the NetApp E-Series range as a viable and high-performing backup repository SAN appliance for Veeam backup jobs. The E-Series offers a high-performance backup repository to store Veeam backup files. This, coupled with the high density of storage and the performance of recovery from an enterprise level storage array, makes the E-Series is a great fit for a SAN-based Veeam repository.

E-Series product description

NetApp has two products within the E-Series portfolio: the E-Series and the EF-Series. For the purpose of this post, I am going to touch on the E-Series only, purely because it is quite unrealistic but not unheard of for end users to require an all-flash array for backup purposes. However, the EF-Series has the same SANtricity OS as the E-Series range, so all points in the post are relevant to both products.

E2700 & E5600

Both the E2700 and the E5600 are SAN storage arrays with FC, iSCSI or SAS connectivity options, and both scale up from a capacity point of view by adding additional disk shelves. The options around disks from a controller and storage point of view are 2U with 12 disks or 4U with 60 disks. The E-Series family uses a lightweight management software called SANtricity, which has many features, including:

  • Dynamic drive rebalancing
  • RAID management
  • Intelligent cache tiering
  • Data replication

Another key feature of the E-Series array is the Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP). This technical feature enables the dynamic drive rebalancing, allowing users to grow capacity while also providing disk-level protection in case of disk failure.

The final feature I am going to mention is full-disk encryption (FDE), an enterprise feature within the storage array market and sometimes a requirement for all tiers of backup storage. The ability to encrypt at the drive level using the AES-128 bit algorithm and simplified key management gives users that level of security without an affecting performance.

Below is an example configuration:

E27**

RAW capacity = 1.2PB

Max Number of Drives = 192

E2712 = 2U / 12 Drives

E2724 = 2U / 24 Drives (SAS/SDD options only not NL-SAS)

NetApp E-Series arrays

NetApp E-Series arrays

E2760 = 4U / 60 Drives (NL-SAS, SAS, SDD options available)

NetApp E-Series arrays

E56**

RAW capacity = 2.3PB

Max Number of Drives = 384

NetApp E-Series arrays

 

Veeam Availability Suite with NetApp E-Series

Veeam delivers five key capabilities that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise:

  • High-Speed Recovery: Rapid recovery of what you want, the way you want it
  • Data Loss Avoidance: Near-continuous data protection and streamlined disaster recovery
  • Verified Recoverability: Guaranteed recovery of every file, application or virtual server, every time
  • Leveraged Data: Low-risk deployment with a production-like test environment
  • Complete Visibility: Proactive monitoring and alerting of issues before operational impact

It’s clear that these two technologies are a good fit together. Let’s see how this looks end-to-end.

Backup & archive use case

NetApp E-Series arrays in Veeam Availability Suite designs

 

Regardless of the production storage in this instance, the E-Series allows for all great features from both vendors to accomplish short-term backup retention, as well as a long-term archive policy. My next post regarding the cloud-integrated appliance may have a better use case as the archive piece. The best solution really depends on the data you are backing up and where the locality of that data needs to be.

Off-premises backup or replication target

NetApp E-Series arrays in Veeam Availability Suite designs

 

Another scenario where the E-Series may fit is in an environment using FAS for production storage similar the first scenario but with Veeam’s ability to talk to the underlying NetApp FAS storage API. In this case, you’ll see a large reduction in the backup window and the hit on the vSphere production environment. The big thing to note here is that by leveraging the E-Series as the primary backup storage, you are not using the same hardware, but you are still able to work with the same technical support for all storage-related issues.

Veeam replication jobs here for fast disaster recovery (DR) SLAs without needing to invest in expensive DR storage systems. You can simply use a Veeam backup copy job for an off-site backup to another E-Series device.

Benefits of Veeam and E-Series

The fundamental reason that the NetApp E-Series is a great fit for a backup repository is because of the great improvements on the restore capabilities from Veeam when used with a storage system that can handle operations in a fast and timely manner.

The restore capabilities with the E-Series and Veeam’s ability to leverage the backup data to perform verification tasks and bring up a virtual environment for testing purposes is a huge plus for this storage system as a backup repository. With the built-in deduplication and compression engines, this allows for some powerful storage efficiencies on this block-based SAN. This decreases network traffic and the storage required for storing VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V backup files. Veeam Backup & Replication includes built-in deduplication, compression and additional data reduction techniques, including swap exclusion, BitLooker and file-selective, image-level processing.

BitLooker is a v9 feature that analyzes the NTFS master file table (MFT) to identify blocks belonging to deleted files and then automatically skips those blocks from image-level processing instead of saving those zeroed blocks into the backup image, allowing for a huge reduction in size.

Another feature of Veeam’s that increases backup performance is the new per-virtual machine (VM) backup file chains option in the backup repository settings. With this option selected, any backup job writing to this repository will store each VM’s restore points in the dedicated backup file. This enables multiple write streams within a single job with parallel processing enabled. Enabling multiple streams dramatically improves overall job backup performance.

NetApp E-Series arrays in Veeam Availability Suite designs

Availability end-to-end

As you can see, leveraging the NetApp E-Series is a great way to have end-to-end Availability for your data center. Have you leveraged the NetApp E-Series in any Veeam designs? If so, share your configuration below.

See also:

Tips and tricks on leveraging NetApp E-Series arrays in Veeam Availability Suite designs