v9 is HERE!

I am happy to announce that Veeam Availability Suite v9 is now generally available (GA) and ready for download! This latest version is packed with so many new features that it’s difficult to talk about them all on this blog, but I highly recommend you check out the What’s New in Veeam Backup & Replication v9 document because it’s packed with details about all the new things we’ve up into v9 (read also What’s New in Veeam ONE v9).

If you’re just catching up, here are the blog posts we published about many of the major features in v9:

While v9 is packed with new features, two major ones that really stand out for me: One is Veeam Cloud Connect Replication and the other is Scale-out Backup Repository. Either one of these features would have been reason enough for a major release, but when you consider the amount of effort that has gone into just these two features, I’m amazed our developers were able to pull it off.

Veeam Cloud Connect Replication is going to open up DRaaS to entirely new markets where it wasn’t feasible before. Not only is this wonderful for Veeam Cloud  & Service Provider (VCSP) partners who take advantage of the opportunity by offering new, valuable services, but it’s also great for our customers, especially those that only have a single sight and want true disaster recovery. With the capability to fail over the entire site or just a sub-set of VMs, Veeam Cloud Connect Replication covers multiple disaster scenarios. We’re confident this is going to redefine the DRaaS industry in the years to come.

The Scale-out Backup Repository is yet another feature that our customers have been asking for, but we delivered it in a way they’re not expecting. Rather than just creating simple storage pools you can easily expand, we went the extra step to allow you to set performance profiles. This means that you can have a fast class of backup storage — like SSD — to hold the incremental backups and a slower tier to handle the full backups. This makes incremental backups much faster, and because they don’t take as much space as full backups, you can save on that precious SSD space. This is just the beginning for the Scale-out Backup Repository, so keep an eye out for what we come up with next.

Finally, I’d like to address the fact that we promised to release v9 in 2015. The truth is we did … we just didn’t make it widely available with a GA release. We RTM’ed the code on Dec. 16, 2015, and made it available to our VCSP partners so they could start building their DRaaS services to ensure we would have partners ready to offer Veeam Cloud Connect Replication at launch. We did the same thing with v8, and moving forward, we’ll continue doing this. We want our partners to have a chance to build their services so our customers can take advantage of them from day one of the release. With the holidays so close, we decided to push GA into January, freeing up time for our customers to enjoy their holidays.

We’ll have another point release in 2016 to coincide with Windows Server 2016, and I’m sure we’ll sneak in a few additional features and enhancements that didn’t make the v9 release. Keep your eyes on the Veeam blog and Veeam social media channels for more news coming soon.


JOIN us for a LIVE webinar, It’s here! NEW Veeam Availability Suite v9 on Jan. 26 (North America & EMEA) and Jan. 27 (APAC.)

Source: Veeam
v9 is HERE!

Optimizing private cloud for dev and test with Windows Azure Pack (TechNet Radio)

Microsoft IT supports a large computing environment for product development across teams. This highly variable environment is delivered as a service using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure pack. Understand how MSIT is able to provide a scalable private cloud for dev and test to enable rapid and agile product development.
Source: Microsoft
Optimizing private cloud for dev and test with Windows Azure Pack (TechNet Radio)

Lenovo and Google Partner on New Project Tango Device

Source: Lenovo

LAS VEGAS, NV – Jan. 7, 2016: Today at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Lenovo announced the development of the first consumer mobile device with Project Tango in collaboration with Google. Available in summer 2016, the new smartphone, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, turns the screen into a magic window that can overlay digital information and objects onto the real world. Lenovo, Google, and Qualcomm Technologies are working closely together to optimize the software and hardware to ensure consumers get the most out of the Project Tango platform.
Lenovo and Google Partner on New Project Tango Device

Protect Your Business with Backup/Replication Software by Veeam and Zerto

Backup and Replication Software – Veeam




Veeam Software Editions and Comparison Chart

Veeam Backup & Replication™ is much more than backup – it provides fast, flexible, and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data. We bring backup and replication together in a single solution to reinvent data protection and deliver the #1 VM backup for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments.

Availability for the Modern Data Center

Organizations are modernizing their data centers in order to provision IT services faster, strengthen security and control, and lower operational costs. While building modern data centers, organizations invest in server virtualization, modern storage applications and cloud-based services. However, businesses are facing new demands from end users including access to data and applications 24/7, no patience for downtime or data loss, and exponential data growth at 30-50% per year.

This opens a gap—an availability gap—between the requirements of the Always-On Business™ and IT’s ability to effectively deliver availability. Veeam® bridges this gap by providing customers a new kind of solution—Availability for the Modern Data Center™, which delivers recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) of < 15 minutes for ALL applications and data.

Veeam’s award-winning technology delivers:

  • Recovery of failed VM in as little as 2 minutes
  • Near-continuous data protection with built-in replication
  • Fast, agentless item recovery and e-discovery for Microsoft ExchangeENHANCED!, SharePoint and Active Directory, along with transaction-level recovery of SQL databases
  • Lower RPOs and 20x faster backups with backup from HP and NetApp storage snapshots
  • Automatic recoverability testing of every backup and every replica, every time
  • Offsite backups 50x faster than standard file copy with built-in WAN acceleration
  • Fast and secure cloud backups with Veeam Cloud Connect
  • Deduplication and compression to minimize storage consumption
  • Offsite recovery with 1-click site failover and support for facilitated data center migrations with zero data loss


Zerto Virtual Replication

Why Replicate in the Hypervisor?

Hypervisor-Based Replication

revolutionize_bcdrIntroducing Hypervisor-based Replication. Zerto offers a virtual-aware, software-only, tier-one, enterprise-class replication solution purpose-built for virtual environments. By moving replication up the stack from the storage layer into the hypervisor, Zerto created the first and only replication solution that delivers enterprise-class, virtual replication and BC/DR capabilities for the data center and the cloud.

Zerto architecture: Simple, effective, and virtual-ready

At the heart of this patent-pending replication technology are two key components:

Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) — The ZVM plugs directly into the virtual management console (such as VMWare’s VCenter), enabling visibility into the entire infrastructure. The ZVM is the nerve center of the solution, managing replication for the entire VSphere domain, keeping track of applications and information in motion in real time.

Virtual Replication Appliance (VRA) — The VRA is a software module that is automatically deployed on the physical hosts. The VRA continuously replicates data from user-selected virtual machines, compressing and sending that data to the remote site over WAN links.


Key Differences with Hypervisor-based Replication:

Because it is installed directly inside the virtual infrastructure (as opposed to on individual machines), the VRA is able to tap into a virtual machine’s IO stream. Therefore, each time the virtual machine writes to its virtual disks, the write command is captured, cloned, and sent to the recovery site.

Unlike some replication technologies that primarily offer data protection along with cumbersome snapshots and backup paradigms, Zerto’s solution provides continuous replication with zero impact on application performance.

Hypervisor-based replication is fully agnostic to storage source and destination, natively supporting all storage platforms and the full breadth of capabilities made possible by virtualization, including high availability, clustering, and the ability to locate and replicate volumes in motion.

Hypervisor Advantages

Hypervisor-based replication offers many important benefits:

      • Granularity: the ability to replicate at the correct level of any virtual entity, be it a single virtual machine, a group of virtual machines, or a virtual application (such as VMWare VApp). With Zerto, you’re backed up beyond mere backup.
      • Scalability: Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication solution is software-based so it can be deployed and managed easily, no matter how fast or large the infrastructure expands. The solution also enables administrators to perform operations and configure policies at the level of the virtual machines or applications.
      • Ease of management: With no guest-host requirements or additional hardware footprint, Zerto’s solution is easy to manage. It simply resides in the hypervisor, enabling centralized management from the virtual management console (such as VMWare VCenter).
      • Server and storage motion: Only hypervisor-based replication allows you to quickly move virtual machines around from one physical server or array logical unit (data store) to another, while maintaining full replication.
      • Hardware-agnostic: Hypervisor-based replication is hardware-agnostic, supporting all storage arrays including Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network-Attached Storage (NAS), and virtual disk types such as Raw Device Mapping (RDM) and VMWare File System (VMFS).
      • RPO and RTO: Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication solution achieves RPO in seconds, and RTO in minutes.

USA Made Corner 12U Wall Mount Rack

The Kendall Howard Phantom Class® 12U Corner Wall Mount Cabinet is truly unlike any other rack on the market. It is the first and only EIA compliant wall mounted equipment rack that can mount in the corner of the room. The Phantom Class® Corner Wall Mount Cabinet is so innovative with a one-of-a-kind design that we have been awarded a patent for this product. Imagine the ability to mount equipment in schoolrooms, offices or utility rooms without taking up valuable wall space. Saving space means saving time and money.

  • 17.5″ usable depth, 27″ actual depth
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The 10.1-inch FZ-G1 pairs the field-tested, fully-rugged chassis of the original with the latest, fourth-generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ and host of new features, like a glove-sensitive touch screen; a 20-hour, hot-swappable battery; integrated RFID; and much more. If you want a Windows®-ready, rugged tablet look no further.

Engineered to withstand the hard knocks, drops and spills of real life on the road, the FZ-G1 is built to operate flawlessly in every environment — from intense heat and sunlight, to pouring rain and freezing temperatures. Running Windows 8, the FZ-G1 integrates seamlessly and securely with enterprise platforms.

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The Toughpad® FZ-R1 is the world’s first Windows® 8.1 tablet computer to incorporate a Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) reader for secure payments, purpose-built to accept most electronic payments. The magnetic stripe reader (MSR) has encryption at the point of swipe, while the built-in chip and PIN combined with signature technology not only addresses changing payment card technology, but also increases payment security.

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Nimble Storage Named a Leader in Magic Quadrant

Published: October 21, 2015
Stanley Zaffos, Roger W. Cox, Valdis Filks, Santhosh Rao

Gartner has named Nimble Storage a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays, after two years as a Visionary.

Leaders are selected for their completeness of vision and ability to execute, coupled with market share, credibility, and the sales and marketing capabilities required to drive the broad acceptance of new technologies.


Nimble shipped its first storage array five years ago and today has more than 6,200 customers in 50 countries around the world. We believe that our elevation to the Leaders quadrant is reflective of the depth of our commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction and thank Gartner and our customers and partners for making this milestone possible.

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Office 2016 is out today!!

Office 2016 – Available Sept. 22

Business as usual is a good thing
Get more done with the world’s most successful suite of solutions: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access. New sharing and collaboration features make Office 2016 a worthy upgrade, and its support for tablets and phones make it the premiere office suite for mobile devices.

Users will appreciate the powerful new features designed to increase productivity on whatever device they’re using:
• Tell Me saves you the time of looking for a specific function in the ribbon—just type what you want to do
• Pick up where you left off no matter which device or application you’re using when you have Office 365
• Natural input using touch gestures, and digital ink so you can jot notes or use annotations
• New themes give Office applications a fresh look or provide an experience that’s easier on the eyes


Five steps to improve your network’s health – by GFI

On April 7, 2014, just when some people were beginning to feel more confident
that their approach to network security was resulting in strong protection, an
encryption vulnerability in OpenSSL known as “Heartbleed” hit – and it hit hard.
Companies and customers worldwide scrambled to assess if and how the bug
affected them – and, where necessary, take the required steps to recover.