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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

AWS: 24.7.365 service Availability with Veeam

Source: Veeam

We’re only a few weeks into 2017, and there have already been a number of high-profile service disruptions that have hit the headlines. It’s pretty clear: Nobody wants to be the next outage to make front-page news. Additionally, in today’s hybrid cloud and advanced application architectures, leveraging cloud services can be part of the offering. What about an outage in the cloud? What about a service not being available? There still needs to be an Availability experience.

We take Availability seriously at Veeam. One example is our upcoming Veeam Availability Orchestrator, which is a great way to give an Availability experience to your on-premises data centers. Over 230,000 customers worldwide are achieving better Availability with Veeam Availability Suite for backup and replication functions. But for the public cloud, what about achieving Availability there?

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That’s one of the fundamental principles of Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. For workloads running in the public cloud, both the Veeam Agent for Linux (which is currently available) and Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows (currently in beta) have been built to give Availability in the public cloud. This is where capabilities such as being able to restore in a different cloud or service area on premises become critical to maintaining Availability to meet expectations today. When it comes to dealing with an outage in the public cloud, what are enterprises to do?

Like any new technology (even though the public cloud isn’t so new anymore), there needs to be simple review: Does your mission-critical IT service rely on some component? If so, what do you need to do to keep it available? Does this mean you need to have an instance of the data? Does this mean you may need to migrate it to another service (such as a different service area within the cloud)? If some or all of these questions have a yes answer, then you need Availability in the public cloud.

At Veeam we realize this need for Availability in the public cloud. With the Veeam Agents, Veeam Availability Orchestrator and some key technologies coming at VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans: You can have the Availability experience you need. See you at VeeamON.

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AWS: 24.7.365 service Availability with Veeam

Redesigning network topology for modern app architecture (Technical Case Study)

Source: Microsoft
For Microsoft IT, the transition to the cloud requires fundamental changes to legacy network design. Modern, cloud-based apps and services need reliable Internet connectivity to provide top-notch user experiences and high levels of productivity. We evaluated our network’s needs and set about to re-architect the infrastructure to support the cloud-first, mobile-first culture at Microsoft—creating a proactive network model that takes advantage of consistent taxonomy, standard configuration, and automation.
Redesigning network topology for modern app architecture (Technical Case Study)

Personas drive usage and accessibility in the Microsoft Lobby Experience (Article)

Source: Microsoft
When universal design principles challenged our thinking, Microsoft IT took accessibility to a new level with the design of our updated lobby experience. Not only did we incorporate accessible features into the multitouch technologies throughout our new lobbies, we leveraged personas to build inclusive improvements into our designs from the start. The holistic approach goes beyond typical accessibility scenarios—it provides an improved experience across a broad audience by addressing more subtle, situational impairments.
Personas drive usage and accessibility in the Microsoft Lobby Experience (Article)

Happy 9th Birthday Veeam Backup & Replication!

Source: Veeam

Today is a BIG DAY for our flagship product, Veeam Backup & Replication. Nine years ago, on Feb. 26, Veeam Backup & Replication was first introduced at VMworld Europe 2008 and made generally available on March 3, 2008.

Veeam Backup & Replication v1 was designed with functionalities that are still the main pillars of our product, such as instant file-level recovery, built-in deduplication, synthetic full backups and replication multiple restore points.

This is how it all started:

Veeam Backup & Replication v1

Let’s take a look at the worldwide technological climate of 2008 so we can better position Veeam Backup & Replication in time:

  • iPhone was at its first generation
  • Windows Vista was the latest Microsoft Windows version
  • There were six months left until first release of Android OS
  • Tesla’s first production vehicle, the Tesla Roadster was released one month before Veeam Backup & Replication
  • USB 3.0 was announced in November 2008
  • Google Chrome was released in September 2008

Innovation is what defines Veeam Backup & Replication

Since the very beginning Veeam Backup & Replication has been the result of innovating and listening to our customers’ needs. As I mentioned earlier, v1 was built with Instant File-Level Recovery, built-in deduplication, synthetic full backups and later in v3 we introduced Instant File-Level Recovery for Linux.

v5 was the release that established Veeam on the market: It introduced the vPower technology and therewith Instant VM Recovery, On-Demand Sandbox, VM backups verification with SureBackup and more. One year later, in v6, we introduced Hyper-V support, advanced replication, the 1-Click File Restore feature and more major enhancements.

The 6.1 release was also significant. It introduced VeeamZIP and the Free Edition, with no expiration date and no limitation on the number of VMs. The 6.5 release represented the debut of the Explorers: Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange and for Storage Snapshots and later in v7 Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint.

Veeam Backup & Replication v8 was a game changer. That’s when Veeam Cloud Connect came in, together with new Explorers for Microsoft SQL Server, Active Directory and Exchange.

v9 was really BIG. Many new features were added to enable organizations of different sizes and shapes to operate Always-On. From those features I’d like to mention Veeam Cloud Connect Replication, which opened new possibilities for both our customers and VCSPs: Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

Nine years later, here we are with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 leading the way in enabling companies to cope with the fast pace of digital transformation. And now, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 supports up to 57 restore scenarios from one agentless backup – nobody can touch that.

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5

The latest release of VBR provides advanced ReFS integration, enterprise scalability enhancements and, because cloud is the new normal for data Availability, Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure, as well as cloud-based DR and backup through Veeam Cloud Connect. See this through the years with our roadmap:

Veeam Backup & Replication Features

And speaking about cloud, Veeam and its partners are giving away $200 MILLION in Cloud services. You can activate your service until March 31! (at the moment, this offer is only available for North America customers)

Wondering about the future release of Veeam Backup & Replication? In May, at VeeamON 2017 we’ll reveal more details about Veeam Backup & Replication v10.

Happy birthday, Veeam Backup & Replication!

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Happy 9th Birthday Veeam Backup & Replication!

Experience Availability in New Orleans – VeeamON 2017

Source: Veeam

New Orleans, Louisiana will be hosting VeeamON 2017, the world’s premier Availability event, from May 16 – 18. Not only will you get the latest in data Availability innovations, but you’ll have the chance to interact with industry leaders around the world, attend breakout sessions held by Veeam experts and listen to what industry-renowned speakers have to say.

VeeamON 2017 will take place in a special location. New Orleans is a unique blend of cultures that has so much to offer. I hope you’ll plan your agenda in such a way that you’ll have the chance to enjoy the Big Easy. Today, I will share with you several attractions that will definitely make your stay in New Orleans unforgettable.

Discover

When in New Orleans, the first thing to visit to fully experience this city is the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. The French Quarter is a National Historic Landmark where you can enjoy the eclectic architecture of New Orleans and try the local cuisine at some of the city’s famous restaurants. The Quarter is also known for very active nightlife and bars, ideal for having fun after you relish Availability at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which, by the way, is in the immediate vicinity of the French Quarter.

Engage

Celebration is the word that best describes this vivid city. New Orleans lives through its music and art — that’s why you should visit Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter. The square is situated on the Mississippi riverfront very close to the conference venue, and it is surrounded by historic buildings, including the famous St. Louis Cathedral and the Presbytere and Cabildo (Louisiana State Museums). Here you will meet street artists performing live music, caricatures and portraits artists, blend in with the locals and engage in the spirit of New Orleans.

Innovate

Innovate is one of our favorite words at Veeam because we love trying new things and not only at work. While in New Orleans, you can take the New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour, which departs from the French Quarter. In this fun and informative (and interactive!) tour, you will visit some of the oldest restaurants and bars in town to experience the spirited side of the city, as well as its fine dining and drinking history.

Did you decide to attend VeeamON 2017? You can register here or you can:

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Experience Availability in New Orleans – VeeamON 2017

Reinforcing agile development practices with structured app portfolio reviews (Article)

Source: Microsoft
Microsoft IT uses a structured review process to monitor the Sales and Marketing organization’s app portfolio. Using modern, agile methodologies, our process facilitates efficient collaboration among key stakeholders, incorporates data analytics to resolve service incidents, and focuses on improving the end-to-end service offering. Along with efficiency in tracking and resolving service issues and effective conversations among stakeholders, we’ve seen our organization gain accountability and engineering efficiencies.
Reinforcing agile development practices with structured app portfolio reviews (Article)