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Veeam Management Pack (MP) for System Center has always been a great way for enterprises to clearly connect mission-critical applications to the vital systems they run on down to the virtualization and hardware levels. This app-to-metal visibility is truly a requirement in enterprises today, and for organizations who have implemented Microsoft System Center, you have a great opportunity with the Veeam MP. Today, the Veeam MP v8 Update 5 is now Available!
What’s new in Veeam MP?
There are many new things in Veeam MP v8 Update 5. This builds off of Update 4 last year. Here is a quick rundown of what’s new in this update, followed by a longer explanation in subsequent sections:
- Built-in monitoring for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
- Morning Coffee Dashboard for at-a-glance, real-time health status of your Veeam backup environments
- Monitoring for VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Additional VMware vSAN & vCenter Alarms
The key takeaway here is that critical new platforms can be monitored now with the Veeam MP.
Built-in monitoring for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
Last year, when Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows was updated to version 2.1, it had integration with Veeam Backup & Replication for management of the deployment of the Windows Agent as well as job configuration. With Veeam MP v8 Update 5, this capability is extended into System Center and allows real-time alerts of your Veeam backup jobs and policies for systems where the System Center Agent is installed. In addition to monitoring the Veeam backup status of these agents (usually physical servers), having the System Center Agent on these systems will combine system-wide event and performance data. Couple this with applications that System Center is aware of (like Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and many more), and there is a visibility benefit that combines the run-state of a system, enterprise applications and the Availability strategy with Veeam backup products. This is in addition to the ability to manage VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualized infrastructures, and their backups, in Veeam MP.
At-a-glance, real-time health status of your Veeam backup environments
One of the most popular capabilities of Veeam MP are the Morning Coffee Dashboards for VMware and Hyper-V environments. In Veeam MP v8 Update 5, we added a Morning Coffee Dashboard for Veeam Backup & Replication, to give an at-a-glance, real-time health status of the backup infrastructure components. This is very important for larger Veeam Backup & Replication installations, as there may be many Veeam Backup Servers, sites, backup jobs, proxies, different types of repositories, use of Scale-out Backup Repositories and now the Veeam Agents. This new dashboard in the Operations Manager console complements the existing Veeam Morning Coffee Dashboards already available in Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) which can extend Veeam MP visibility beyond the on-premises consoles to the cloud-based Microsoft OMS view. This dashboard can also be scoped for each data center’s backup infrastructure, which may be a more relevant view due to different characteristics in each. The figure below is a sample Morning Coffee Dashboard for Veeam Backup & Replication, which shows how easy it is to read:
Monitoring for VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
One of the new technologies that VMware has brought to market is the VMware Cloud on AWS. This new offering allows organizations to have a full vSphere environment running in AWS. The best part is that organizations have the complete control they are accustomed to on-premises with a VMware vSphere infrastructure, yet very close to other Amazon Web Services offering. Since Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3, which came out last month, organizations have been able to back up workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS. Now, with Veeam MP v8 Update 5, organizations can have a consistent view of the clusters running on-premises with the infrastructure running in VMware Cloud on AWS. Coupled with the backup capability, the management opportunity here is a complete solution for organizations wanting to run workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS.
VMware vSAN & vCenter Alarms
Another new VMware technology that Veeam MP can provide monitoring for is VMware vSAN. VMware vSAN is a great storage technology (on a personal note, we’re using it in our lab and I’m falling in love with it). With this new storage technology, there are many new alarms that enterprises will need to be aware of to keep vSAN running as expected, including automated vSAN health, configuration, and hardware compatibility checks. And additional to the new vSAN alarms, there are new Veeam MP monitors tracking critical vCenter services, such as the Update Manager service and the PSC (Platform Services Controller).
Like all other capabilities in the Veeam MP, these new alarm monitors come with KB articles so that Veeam MP operators can quickly get easy-to-read information, even if they are not an expert in VMware vSphere or vSAN. This can help organizations solve issues correctly and quickly by having the right information at the right time.
By the way, if you didn’t know, Veeam Backup & Replication supports backup from vSAN with leading awareness for data locality, and we have done this for almost 4 years now. This is in addition to full support for VMware’s Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM). Combining the best, most aware backup with the best management capabilities is the perfect recipe for the best vSAN experience.
Veeam MP v8 U5: More of what you need for visibility and management
For organizations using System Center, this is a critical set of new capabilities and there is no better time than now to plan an upgrade to Veeam MP v8 Update 5. Having this level of visibility, app-to-metal, is what organizations need to meet their SLAs and the needs of their stakeholders. See more details in the KB of what’s new.
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It seems like it’s almost every day that the news reports another major company outage and as a result, the massive operational, financial and reputational consequences experienced, both short- and long-term. Widespread systemic outages first come to mind when considering disasters and threats to business and IT service continuity. But oftentimes, it’s the overlooked, “smaller” threats that regularly occur. Human error, equipment failure, power outages, malicious threats and data corruption can too bring an entire organization to a complete standstill.
It’s hard to imagine that these organizations suffering the effects of an outage don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place — they most certainly do. But, why do we hear of and experience failure so often?
Challenges with disaster recovery planning
At the heart of any successful disaster recovery plan is comprehensive, up-to-date documentation. But with digital transformation placing more reliance on IT, environments are growing larger and more complex, with constant configuration changes. Manually capturing and documenting every facet of IT critical to business continuity is neither efficient or scalable, sending to us our first downfall.
Frequent, full-scale testing is also critical to the success of a thorough disaster recovery plan, again considering the aforementioned scale and complexity of modern environments — especially those that are multi-site. Paired with the resources required and potential end-user impact of regular testing, the disaster recovery plan’s viability is often untested.
The likelihood of a successful failover — planned or unplanned — is slim if the disaster recovery plan continues to be underinvested in, becoming out-of-date and untested quickly. Mismatched dependencies, uncaptured changes, improper processes, unverified services and applications and incorrect startup sequences are among the many difficulties when committing to a failover, whether it’s a single application or the entire data center.
While it is the effects of an IT outage that first come to mind when considering disaster recovery, one aspect tends to be overlooked — compliance.
Disaster recovery has massive compliance implications — laws, regulations and standards set in place to ensure an organization’s responsibility to the reliability, integrity and Availability of its data. While what constitutes compliance varies from industry to industry, one thing holds true — non-compliance is not an option and brings with it significant financial and reputational risks.
Veeam Availability Orchestrator
To help overcome these common challenges faced by businesses of all sizes and industries, Veeam is very excited to announce that NEW Veeam Availability Orchestrator is now generally available!
Veeam Availability Orchestrator brings a highly automated and resilient orchestration engine for Veeam Backup & Replication replicas, designed specifically to help satisfy compliance requirements, minimize downtime and ensure the continuous delivery of production IT services. Easily reduce the time, cost and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster through the automatic creation, documentation and testing of your disaster recovery plan, fully prepared for C-level executive and stakeholder signoff, proving compliance with industry regulations and audits.
Document your environment
Meet documentation needs for compliance audits, legal requirements and your technical libraries with disaster recovery documentation that is automatically updated and republished as the virtual environment changes, including:
- Four fully customizable, template-based reports in an easy to consume format
- The ability to satisfy legal and compliance requirements with disaster recovery documentation delivered on a regular basis, fully-prepared for C-level executive and stakeholder signoff
- Automatically maintained documentation with up-to-date data as the virtual environment changes
Test your disaster recovery plan
Prove recoverability through automated disaster recovery plan testing and readiness checks with zero impact on production systems, reducing costs through the avoidance of expensive manual processes and the ability to:
- Easily execute both on-demand and scheduled testing and recovery verification
- Access real-time reports and dashboards for plan readiness, execution and testing
- Regularly test plan readiness without impacting production environment performance and its users
Execute your disaster recovery plan
Ensure IT service continuity and minimize service disruption through the failover and failback of multi-site disaster recovery plans for planned migrations, disaster avoidance and disaster recovery, including:
- VM, Application and service verification — like Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and IIS — during failover, with predefined startup sequences
- Integrate failover execution into other business continuity tools through an open API
- Regulate access to disaster recovery resources with delegated, role-based access control
Compliance regulations and digital transformation initiatives — and the resulting stresses on IT for accountability and Availability — make planning for and recovering from disaster challenging. Veeam Availability Orchestrator brings a purpose-built solution designed to help satisfy compliance requirements and ensure the continuity of IT services and the business.
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