Learn how Microsoft is experimenting with cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technology by piloting the use of IoT hardware, data, and even industrial design to enable new productivity experiences for its employees.
Enabling the Internet of Things in the enterprise (Article)
Building on its leadership and structural changes announced on March 17 [LINK], Lenovo today announced that current Chief Technology Officer Peter Hortensius will fully move into his new role leading technology and strategy for the company’s new Data Center Group, effective April 1, and that former CTO and current head of Lenovo Capital and Investment Group (LCIG) George He will become acting CTO while the company searches for a permanent leader in that role.
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Across the board, digital transformation is revolutionizing multiple industries. Healthcare is among the most prolific of these industries as digital transformation leverages the capabilities of a robust wireless network. Healthcare organizations are delivering innovative patient care, streamlining connections between patients and providers and improving collaboration among colleagues through connected devices on the Internet of Things […]Robust Wireless Network in the Healthcare Environment
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To keep our corporate users productive, Microsoft IT must assign and update Office 365 licenses for a constantly changing user base. Find out how the team built an automation service to do this and how it works in a hybrid environment.
Automating licensing for Office 365 in a hybrid environment (Technical Case Study)
After a recent acquisition, Microsoft IT needed a unified way to create, manage, and release hardware product data. Using an agile development methodology, we were able to quickly build and release a new consolidated product data management system.
Harnessing the power of agile development (Business Case Study)
At VeeamON 2015, we announced a new solution called Veeam Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers. The feedback we are receiving is overwhelming. In the meantime, we worked hard on releasing a technical preview. All of you who have worked with this preview and gave us feedback, thank you very much!
And we have one other surprise: We decided to make it FREE!
We have said it before, and we’ll say it again … Today’s IT world is changing rapidly. For those service providers, resellers, partners and integrators who want to extend their business offerings to their customers, Veeam Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers delivers a business-in-a-box to quickly and easily deploy new business offerings and enter the cloud era while eliminating the known pains such as a lack of resources, experience, infrastructure requirements and many more.
With this solution, you can use your extensive knowledge of Veeam solutions and offer added value to your customers by managing and monitoring their on-premises infrastructures and offering hosted backup repositories through our well-known and popular Veeam Cloud Connect technology.
Simplified customer onboarding
Managing new and existing customers should be as easy as possible for the service provider as the customers themselves. In a matter of minutes you can start managing your customers. An easy-to-use and straightforward wizard will onboard new customers. After that, your customer (or tenant) can add additional users to its subscription to give access to the tenant portal based on defined rights.
There is no need for configuring a virtual private network (VPN), no firewall configuration or creating VLANs on your side. Everything works over https and uses the same gateway technology of Veeam Cloud Connect.
You can also easily define custom plans per customer to make sure that the delivered service is built on the needs of your customer.
Speaking of billing and invoices, if you are in the beginning stage of your new business, integrating billing into your existing systems or building an entirely new system aren’t the easiest tasks to do. Our out-of-the-box billing system is simple and flexible and you can start charging your customers from the very first minute. Depending on the SLA you agreed upon with your customer, you will be able to specify settings, such as invoice details, invoice summary only or a detailed report of their usage. On top of that, you will be able to create a custom schedule to automatically send those invoices to your customers, and you can even customize the invoices with your company logo.
Streamlined remote monitoring and remote management
The easy-to-use remote monitoring and management capabilities will make it easy for you to use your extensive knowledge of Veeam and offer added value to your customers. You can detect issues with their environments, see if all jobs are running as expected, and even start, stop and retry those jobs.
This will save a lot of time for your engineers because they won’t need to go on site, but they also won’t lose time setting up VPNs, which will result in faster time to resolution, being beneficial for both you and your customers. Service providers can also download the logs to troubleshoot further.
Additionally, the service provider can see everything per tenant (and per tenant’s location) and not only look at alarms and jobs, but also at the entire Veeam Backup & Replication™ infrastructure.
And there is much more: Dashboards give you overviews of intelligent information based on customers, growth and much more.
Multi-tenant customer portal
Each tenant or customer has also his or her own portal, which you can customize with your own logo and color scheme. He or she can create additional users and give them specific rights depending on their roles in the company. The tenant has self-service monitoring and configuration available for their environment. Just like a service provider, a tenant has dashboards with valuable information and can look at their jobs and perform related tasks. Tenants also have a full overview of all protected virtual machines in their environment, including the amount of restore points and many more details.
If the tenant is also using a service provider’s Backup as a Service offering, he or she can see the quota that used already.
The tenant also has an overview of invoices is visible, including whether they have paid already or not, just like the service provider can see.
Last but not least, the tenant has a great overview of well the environment is protected against a potential disaster.
Backup as a Service
Besides remotely managing and monitoring your customers’ environments you can take this one step further and offer Backup as a Service. Veeam Cloud Connect for backups is fully integrated into this solution, offering you, another possibility as a service provider to deliver additional benefits to your customers!
Veeam Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers, available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, is designed to simplify your steps in the cloud era, building new businesses and revenue streams. With easy customer onboarding, out-of-the-box billing, remote management and monitoring to monetize your knowledge on Veeam solutions, and full integration with proven Backup as a Service technology, it’s easy to acquire new customers, offer better services to current customers and build new revenue streams in a matter of minutes.
Get started today!
Step 1: Apply for the Veeam Cloud & Service Provider program. It’s FREE!
(if you haven’t already)
Step 2: Once approved, get your free rental key.
- Configuration Guide: Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers
- Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) Program
I hope you already had the chance to try some of the great features in the newly released Veeam Availability Suite v9. Maintaining Availability for your virtualized workloads is now much easier using functionality and features such as Veeam Explore for Oracle, Veeam Cloud Connect with replication and Scale-out Backup Repository.
But you haven’t seen them all! There are more than 250 new features and enhancements in v9 including those that you may have not heard about, but that would really make your life easier. Below are some of my personal favorites.
You can now use PowerShell to execute cmdlets and scripts to connect to a local or remote Veeam backup server and to restore SQL databases without PowerShell Remoting. Veeam made this happen with the new standalone Remote PowerShell console. It is designed as a snap-in to Microsoft Windows PowerShell 2.0 and enables you to do almost all the operations you can do in the Veeam Backup & Replication GUI. More than that, you can start a remote session to a remote server or even several servers at the same time.
Per-VM Backup Files
New Per-VM backup file chains enable 10x faster backup performance with parallel VM processing. The idea behind this feature is to use a separate write stream for every virtual machine in the backup job, and store the data into a separate backup file, instead of storing data of all VMs to the same backup file in one write stream. As a result, backups are individual and smaller, which brings better files portability. Per-VM backup file chains allow you to get the most out of your storage investments due to using backup repository resources to their fullest.
VMware vSphere VM tags backup and restore
Wait… wasn’t VMware vSphere tags support introduced in Veeam Availability Suite v8? Yes, and many of you are already enjoying the ability to group VMs based on specific tags and populate backup jobs using tags. In Veeam Availability Suite v9, we have extended this functionality to backup and restore vSphere tags. Essentially, VM tags are metadata, and now you can back it up and restore along with your VMs, so you’ll never lose it.
1-Click File-Level Recovery without indexing
1-Click File-Level Recovery is one of the numerous enterprise-level improvements in v9, which is especially useful for service providers. It eliminates the need to index the guest file system allowing for files search and recovery via the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager web UI. There’s no need in guest credentials to do the indexing, so service providers can easily delegate file-level restores to their tenants.
Backup copy parallel processing
Veeam Availability Suite v9 includes improved backup copy job performance. Multiple VMs are now processed in parallel when doing a backup copy, similar to primary backup jobs. This enhancement removes the “dead time” between each VM and makes moving backups off-site faster and smoother. Maintaining the 3-2-1 rule is even easier now, isn’t it?
Veeam Availability Suite v9 brings a lot to the table in terms of both enterprise enhancements and efficient daily administration of your backup infrastructure. In the recent VeeamLive webinar, Doug Hazelman, Chief Evangelist at Veeam, and Jason Leiva, Veeam’s Solutions Architect, revealed the top ten cool and handy features you may not know about in Veeam Availability Suite v9. Don’t miss the chance to further explore the full potential of v9!
Learn more in Veeam Help Center:
- Starting Veeam PowerShell Sessions
- Per-VM Backup Files Overview
- Backup Copying Process
- Performing 1-Click VM Restore
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The public cloud is gaining momentum, and many businesses are considering using cloud resources in their own environment. The hybrid model in particular, where you have workloads and services running both on premises and in a public cloud, is becoming more and more popular.
When talking to businesses worldwide, we notice that the biggest use-case for using a public cloud is as an extension for the on-premises data center because businesses need to be very flexible and agile as an Always-On Business. Mostly, on-premises data centers are scaled enough to support production workloads and services but they don’t always have the necessary resources available to support test, development and acceptance scenarios. Sometimes they don’t even have the resources necessary to test (disaster) recovery scenarios. Wouldn’t it be great if we could use cloud services at that point in time in an easy way, without too much effort?
Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure
Veeam has released a new feature called Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure, and it’s available NOW in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. This feature is specifically designed to restore Veeam backups as a virtual machine (VM) to Microsoft Azure’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and you can provision this appliance for FREE from the Azure Marketplace. It will be integrated in the next version of Veeam Backup & Replication, but it’s available as a standalone today!
With this new feature, you can restore backups created with Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE and Veeam Backup Free Edition as a VM in the Microsoft Azure classic model. Moreover, these backups can come from VMs running on VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or any physical device supported by Veeam Endpoint Backup Free.
This new feature is a fully functional prerelease (not a pre-announcement like we do with many Veeam Backup & Replication features) and will be fully embedded in our next release of Veeam Backup & Replication. But there’s no need to wait – get your hands on this functionality now!
Why deploy your workloads into Microsoft Azure?
There are many reasons why you might want to deploy your workloads into Microsoft Azure and this feature can help you with them.
Some organizations might want to effectively migrate a portion of their on-premises workloads to Microsoft Azure, and restoring the latest backup is a very effective way in doing this.
But there are more use-cases for restoring your backups to Microsoft Azure. For example, you can restore your latest backup of a certain workload to perform disaster recovery testing, or you can use that same restore to test certain updates, patches or upgrades before effectively applying them to your production environment. Others will use this feature to mimic a production workload and allow developers to do their development, testing and acceptance work on it. The great things about these scenarios are that you don’t need to have the resources available on premises, you use a pay-as-you-go model and you can shut down or even remove the environment whenever the work is complete.
How it works
To start, you will need to deploy Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. After deployment, you will be able to RDP into this VM to start the feature.
Before you use this solution, you will need to create and attach a publish settings file first in the UI so you have access to your subscription. Simply use the wizard, go to the URL and then download and import the file.
After that, you will need to upload your backups to the Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure appliance. There are a few ways you can do this, such as using Azure File Storage, using RDP, attaching a VM disk to the appliance, using a FTP server, or — the easiest way — by using our free solution, Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure.
Please note that you only can deploy this feature in the Microsoft Azure resource manager model so before you use FastSCP for Microsoft Azure make sure you read this blogpost to enable this functionality.
Lastly, you can use our very easy-to-use wizard to restore the VM to your subscription and define the parameters such as the cloud service, storage account and many more. After following the wizard, the feature will take care of the rest and restore the VM to your Azure subscription.
Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure offers an easy way to restore your on-premises backups to Microsoft Azure’s Infrastructure as a Service. This feature is coming to you today as a standalone solution and will be fully integrated into Veeam Backup & Replication in the near future.
For many of you, this will open up a whole new set of scenarios that can help your organization in many different aspects of your IT lifecycle.
To get it now, visit the Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure page.