Pro tips on getting the most from Veeam ONE’s monitoring and analytics – LIVE webinar July 25th

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Few realize that Veeam® ONE™ is one of our oldest products. Like every product at Veeam, it continues to evolve based on the needs of our customers and today serves as an important component of Veeam Availability Suite™, delivering Monitoring & Analytics for Veeam Backup & Replication™, as well as for virtual and physical environments.

Since 2008, Veeam ONE has amassed an impressive arsenal of capabilities through dozens of updates. This has allowed users to leverage the latest monitoring and reporting functionality for any new Veeam Backup & Replication feature and supported infrastructure, ensuring ALL eyes and ears remain fixed on the health state of critical infrastructures, datasets, backup activities, and now, even applications. The list of unique alarms and reports continue to grow with each new release. In fact, did you know that Veeam ONE includes 340 individual Alarms and over 145 pre-built reports? This alone is 485 reasons why you should leverage the power of Veeam Availability Suite, by tapping into the most helpful Veeam ONE alarms and reports for your business. And below, we’ll discuss a number of ways how you can do that as well as outline them in more detail during an informative Veeam ONE webinar, July 25th!

Our customers continue to pave the way to innovation

Part of our on-going effort to enhance existing products is to collect user experience feedback— whether that data comes from customer surveys or from comments logged during technical support calls. Regardless of the source, we take customer needs seriously.

Recently, we asked a number of our customers what they liked most about Veeam ONE and they told us they relied heavily on alarms they receive on the state of their virtual and backup infrastructures. The alarms run in parallel with a handful of pre-built reports that provide periodic data to ensure backups and infrastructure are operating at peak performance. Due to the high quantity of unique alarms and reports that exist, it’s nearly impossible to be familiar with them all. However, we found that a handful of these tools are consistently used and relied upon by a majority of our users on a daily basis.

TOP Veeam ONE Alarms EVERY business should be using

Veeam ONE Alarms are essential in notifying you when part of your virtual, physical or backup environment is not working as designed or as it should be. Pre-built alarms can monitor everything from physical machines running Veeam Agents to VMware, Hyper-V, vCloud Director, Veeam Cloud Connect and other environments. They are designed to keep IT admin up to date on the operations and issues occurring in their environment in real-time. They also help users quickly identify, troubleshoot react to and even fix issues that may impact critical applications and business operations.

The truth is, every Veeam Availability Suite user should be leveraging Veeam ONE alarms to optimize their data center. As mentioned earlier, there are 340 unique alarms, many of which have been disabled by default to avoid spamming users, however, they can also be turned on individually with ease. And while we realize it’s impossible to be an expert on all 340, at a minimum, the following alarms are a great place to start.

Guest Disk Space Alarm

The Guest Disk Space Alarm identifies when a Guest machine is running out of disk space, enabling users to add resources to the machine before performance is negatively impacted. This is important because if guest disk space runs out, the machine may become inactive and inaccessible, which will undoubtedly increase the possibility of downtime. This alarm alerts you before the issue occurs allowing you to proactively manage your environment.

Backup Job State Alarm

Another critical alarm is the Backup Job state alarm. This alarm is beneficial because it will notify you if one or more VMs have failed to backup successfully, allowing you to take immediate action to ensure all your data is secure.

Internal Veeam ONE alarms

In addition to alarms designed to alert you to critical issues with your environment, there are also internal Veeam ONE alarms that help ensure data is being collected properly. This specific “pack” of alarms is important to pay attention to in case Veeam ONE has failed to collect data properly. If this has happened, then there is a chance you are basing decisions on unreliable metrics. To protect against inaccuracies, monitoring internal alarms regularly can ensure Veeam ONE is performing as it should.

These are just two critical alarms and an alarm pack that every Veeam Availability Suite user should understand. During our webinar, we will discuss these and other important alarms, so be sure to register and tune in July 25th.

Beneficial Reports to start using today

So, what about Veeam ONE’s 145 Pre-built Reports? Where do you start? Veeam ONE offers detailed reports including pre-built and customizable reports that are ready to be used for several critical processes. To start, Veeam ONE includes a number of backup-related reports that our power users mentioned as “must-haves” and “must-check regularly.”

Backup Infrastructure Assessment Report

The Backup Infrastructure Assessment Report evaluates how optimally your backup infrastructure is configured and offers a set of actions to improve efficiency. This is done by examining a set of recommended baseline settings and implementations, and then comparing these recommendations to your environment. By analyzing factors like VM configuration and application aware image processing to job performance and backup configuration, the report can verify problem areas to help you more effectively mitigate issues.

Job History Report

The Job History Report has also been proven very useful for users because it provides all job-related data, statistics and performance data in a single package. As you can see from the screenshot below, the Job History Report is a great resource to provide you the details you need regarding your data protection jobs.

This report is useful because it provides information on all jobs that are running in your environment. It allows you to easily identify jobs that are taking the longest amount of time as well as the jobs transferring the most data. By providing you with all job-related data, it helps identify performance bottlenecks allowing you to reconfigure jobs as needed.

Not only do Veeam ONE reports analyze backup data, they can also show you how your entire virtual environment is running. A number of reports can additionally assist with capacity planning, managing VM growth in your environment as well as identifying over or undersized VMs. Another report worth highlighting that assists with capacity planning is the Host-failure Modeling report. This report provides resource recommendations to prevent future CPU and memory shortages. And since the Capacity Planning Report is one of our most popular reports, let’s take a closer look.

Capacity Planning Report

Capacity Planning reports are available for VMware and Hyper-V, as well as to assist with capacity planning for backup repositories. Specific report that have proven to be especially beneficial for our customers are the Capacity Planning Reports for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. In the screenshot below, you can see how this report identifies the number of days remaining before the level of resource utilization reaches a specified threshold. The report analyzes historical performance, build trends, and predicts when a defined threshold will be violated. This is very useful as it allows you to be proactive and avoid resource shortages.

Billing and Chargeback Reports

Veeam ONE also includes excellent reports for managing billing and chargeback. These are beneficial in understanding the costs of a virtual infrastructure by analyzing resource usage for CPU, memory, and storage. We’ll discuss this report and others in more detail during the webinar.

Building on Veeam ONE’s Legacy – Our latest capabilities

The second half of our webinar will call out a number of the new capabilities introduced with NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. We’ll highlight five new Veeam ONE features that introduce new technologies designed to simplify monitoring and reporting processes and deliver on a number of customer requests. You’ll learn more about our new era of Veeam Intelligent Automation, including Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics, to help quickly address known infrastructure-related issues, as well as new automated Remediation Actions that can be leveraged to automate specific activities. We’ll also discuss our new Heatmaps feature, new Business View groupings, and introduce our highly-anticipated application-level monitoring capabilities, plus more. We promise you won’t leave empty handed.

Register now to join us July 25th

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Pro tips on getting the most from Veeam ONE’s monitoring and analytics – LIVE webinar July 25th

Take your business beyond Availability with DataLabs

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Beyond traditional backup use cases, one of the most important capabilities Veeam Backup & Replication provides you as a customer is the ability to proactively leverage data. It also allows you to be smarter about what you do with the gold mine of data you have wrapped up in backups that are sitting idle and to improve operational efficiencies, increase speed to market and even leverage existing data to improve compliance and security.

Veeam Backup & Replication Update 4, along with a huge payload of other features, focuses on the leveraging of data and transitioning from being reactive to becoming more proactive with this valuable resource. This proactivity comes in the form of our new Veeam DataLabs. A few of Veeam DataLabs’ capabilities have been customer favorites for years, including SureBackup and SureReplica to verify recoverability, as well as On-Demand Sandbox to speed up application deployment and address several DevOps and Dev Test concerns. Now, Update 4 introduces Veeam DataLabs Staged Restore and Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore to address compliance and security use cases as well. Find out more about Veeam DataLabs.

Veeam DataLabs Staged Restore

What business can afford a data breach? Today, a breach often includes a guaranteed barrage of negative publicity, loss of trust from loyal customers, as well as the possibility of a decrease in future business, not to mention, fines!

According to a recent study, the average total cost of a data breach is $3.86 million, which is a 6.4% increase over 2017 (Source: 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview, July 2018, conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC). This is why our first and most important new Veeam DataLabs use case focuses on GDPR and Article 17 (the right to erasure). This article applies to many of our customers who hold data from European citizens (regardless of their organization’s geographic location) and therefore must adhere to new data-compliance regulations or face a fine of up to 3% of their global turnover.

In the event that you lose critical data in production and are forced to restore the data, we are hopeful that backups exist, which have been tested with SureBackup to verify that the VM, application and OS are in good working order. SureBackup provides Veeam customers with peace of mind and reassurance that their backups have been successfully booted and tested for recoverability. However, while verifying backup recoverability is an effective first step to recovery, as of May of 2018, most businesses still need an effective way to also ensure compliance during this process. What if the backup being restored contains sensitive data protected by GDPR regulations? Leveraging the capabilities of Veeam DataLabs Staged Restore helps simplify this process.

Let’s look at this process before and after the introduction of GDPR and use a construction company as an example. Suppose this company is contractually required to keep data related to a new housing development for 25 or more years. This data may include supporting emails, contacts, reports, quotes, inquiries, etc. associated with the build. Eventually, the company may use this data to determine which showrooms were most popular, which customers preferred specific designs, etc. to improve their business and marketing tactics. In this case, the company would retain this data in their backups, which is permitted by GDPR regulations; however, any of the data that customers have requested to be removed and flagged for erasure under the “right to be forgotten” clause should never return to a production environment or workflow.

Therefore, before May 2018 and the introduction of GDPR, if the construction company needed to restore a backup including this data, the restore process would be managed in the following manner:

 

Fast forwarding to May 25, 2018, the next image shows how Veeam DataLabs Staged Restore helps the construction company perform a restore. It shows how they simultaneously remain compliant with GDPR’s Article 17 “Right to be Forgotten,” ensuring the data is successfully restored, but also that all sensitive data included in the backup is effectively removed and therefore never returns to the production environment.

 

Another prevalent use case often performed by our users is testing and updating patches. Most users prefer to test their patches and roll them out to a production environment with SureBackup. Before Update 4, users would oftentimes lose their tests and replicate within their production environment. Using Veeam DataLabs Staged Restore, this action can be done as part of the restore, with changes within the production environment, therefore removing a redundant step.

Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore

Like compliance, we know that malware is also a major concern. In 2017, there was a significant increase in press coverage around the security of private and sensitive data, most of which was due to the increased threat of ransomware. More data was lost or stolen in the first half of 2017 (1.9 billion records) than in ALL of 2016 (1.37 billion) and that was before the most significant breaches of the year (Source: Breach Level Index).

And the truth is, malicious attacks won’t stop any time soon. Ransomware attacks are predicted to continue in frequency and aggression as they become more sophisticated and harder to stop, and this issue has proven to be top-of-mind for Veeam customers. In fact, a recent ESG study indicated that 70% of our customers are concerned about their backups being contaminated (Source: ESG Master Survey Results, 2018 Data Protection Landscape Survey, October 2018).

Ransomware is a form of malicious malware that takes systems and data hostage, either by locking the user out completely or locking files so they can’t be accessed. The most common action by hackers is to encrypt files and force users to pay a ransom via cryptocurrency to get the decryption key.

Typically delivered through a link, ransomware is usually activated once a user clicks a link, which makes it possible for the virus to take over and spread to the rest of the corporate network.

The customer is then given instructions on how to send payment. Other, more aggressive forms of ransomware exploit security holes to infect systems. NotPetya and WannaCry were two such attacks this year.

It’s important to note that Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore does not prevent ransomware or other malicious attacks. However, this unique, patent-pending capability allows for a pre-staging scan from third-party, anti-virus integrations. This means that when a customer attempts to recover their files, they can verify that their backups are safe and virus-free before recovering, ultimately ensuring the threat has been removed from their network.

For ease of articulating this and the associated issues and problems, the diagram below depicts a typical timeline when a customer is hit with a zero-day attack. Currently, the biggest problem in the industry is that anti-virus vendors lack an adequate fix for a zero-day attack.

 

 

In this common timeline example, how do organizations know how much and which data has been compromised and unreadable?

With Update 4, as an added optional step for all non-granular restores inside the restore wizard, Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore will allow customers to scan backups before restoring them to production. The wizard will also include additional options if an infection is identified.

For additional assurance, this process allows for the mount server’s anti-virus software to be fully up to date with virus definitions, and multiple anti-virus vendors can perform a scan.

In the diagram above, you can see that the initial step is to select the restore point required on the Veeam management server. When the backup file is located, disks for the infected machine(s) are mounted to the Veeam mount server. The next stage then allows the anti-virus software to perform a scan against the attached disk.

As part of the recovery wizard, you then have three response options:

 

  1. If no infections are found, you can continue with the restore
  2. If an infection is found, but you need to proceed, Veeam will disable the network adapters for further investigation
  3. If an infection is found, you can abort the recovery

 

This feature provides organizations the ability to recover back to a safe, uncompromised backup restore point. The ability to pinpoint the time of infection or the time it was infected and working back from that point allows for a safe and secure process for recovering data after a malicious attack. The diagram below depicts the new process of secure data recovery when utilizing Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore.

 

 

With new, stringent compliance standards to follow and aggressive malware concerns weighing heavily on the minds of your key decision makers, Veeam DataLabs can help provide peace of mind that you are following every precaution to remain compliant and avoid the potential of cross-contaminating your production environment with viruses in your backups. Read more on Veeam DataLabs now or download a FREE trial of NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 to try Veeam DataLabs today.

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Take your business beyond Availability with DataLabs