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Getting started with Power BI (Productivity Guide)

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Microsoft Power BI helps you stay up to date with the information that matters to you. Learn how to create interactive dashboards and build reports to analyze your business in detail. Connect multiple datasets in Power BI to bring all of your relevant data together in one place. Gain insights, make decisions, and monitor your business wherever you are.
Getting started with Power BI (Productivity Guide)

Cisco Powered ready DRaaS with Veeam: Simplifying the Delivery of Disaster Recovery Services

Source: Veeam

Today’s businesses are become increasingly digital and moving more operations to the cloud. As a result, Availability and reliability are top priorities. Many organizations automatically back up their data and applications, but they realize that backing up is insufficient protection against catastrophic loss. For example, backup recovery points might be as many as 24 hours apart, meaning a business could lose an entire day of data. In addition, recovery is often limited to data restoration. Applications and VMs still need to be reconstructed manually, further delaying recovery.

This need to protect day-to-day operations is often an organization’s entry point for the cloud. The decision to move applications, especially mission-critical applications, can be a long and complex process. However, because the cost of cloud-based recovery range anywhere from half to a third of the cost of traditional recovery, this is often a much easier decision for organizations to make.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is an excellent complement to any production Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and backup services that you already offer. With DRaaS, you can protect premises-based operations as well as offer cloud-based DR add-ons to your IaaS services. As demand for higher Availability and reliability increases, you’ll be able to actively meet your customers’ needs. As Ken Seitz from Cisco says in Opening New Markets with Evolving DRaaS Services, “Cisco understands that businesses prioritize their applications in different tiers and that each tier has different availability and reliability requirements.”

At Veeam, we’ve simplified the entire DRaaS process. This enables your customers to easily access DR capabilities while leveraging all of the advantages of the cloud. For you as a service provider, we offer a complete solution that:

  • Supports multi-tenancy
  • Reduces network complexity
  • Minimizes bandwidth consumption
  • Delivers labor saving when testing and executing runbooks
  • Is Cisco Powered ready

This last benefit is especially important. The Cisco Powered DRaaS designation is a powerful marketing tool that can help you differentiate your disaster recovery offering from other cloud providers. Because of the certification and audit processes required to use the Cisco Powered logo and receive program benefits, the market knows that these services deliver enterprise-class performance, reliability and security.

The audit process for Cisco Powered is impressive because it brings  tremendous integrity to the validation process. Anyone can say they have a reliable cloud service, but not everyone can prove it.

When we say DRaaS with Veeam is Cisco Powered ready, it means you’re already well on your way to meeting these audit requirements and becoming part of an elite group of service providers. We’ve made this investment so that you can offer reliable DRaaS cloud services that much easier.

Working with Veeam also gives you access to a large market that is ready to move to the cloud. There are almost 200,000 customers who have a traditional on-premises installation of Veeam; all of these customers are viable prospects to use Veeam in the cloud. This gives you the opportunity to establish a cloud relationship with these customers. When these companies are ready to expand further into the cloud with IaaS, DRaaS and other cloud services, you’ll be in a prime position to meet their needs.

DRaaS using Veeam is not limited to just sites using Veeam on premises: Your DRaaS service can be used with any backup solution. In fact, with its shorter recovery times and more granular recovery options, DRaaS with Veeam is a excellent complement to the backup services you or your customers already have in place. You’ll be able to meet increasing Availability and recovery requirements for a world that never sleeps.

 

Learn more about DRaaS with Veeam on June 29 at 11 a.m. CT and see how you can offer Cisco Powered Disaster Recovery as a Service.

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Cisco Powered ready DRaaS with Veeam: Simplifying the Delivery of Disaster Recovery Services

Self-service backup and restore capabilities for VMware vCloud Director coming in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5

Source: Veeam

Veeam Backup & Replication added support for VMware vCloud Director back in the v7 release. It was an immediate success for many service providers because they were finally able to properly protect native vCloud components like Organizations and vApps, instead of relying on operations happening at the underlying vSphere level where no information about vCloud constructs could be saved and restored.

In addition to this, the complete support for RESTful API allowed those service providers with in-house development to integrate these capabilities into their own portals and automate procedures.

In the following releases, Veeam kept adding support for new versions of VMware vCloud Director, and, in fact, Veeam Availability Suite v9 has complete support for the latest vCloud Director 8.0.

But, service providers are hard to please, and they push us to develop better solutions. This is what we are doing in the upcoming Veeam Availability Suite 9.5.

Through the use of the web interface provided by Veeam Enterprise Manager, or via its RESTful API, service providers are already able to allow self-service restore operations to their customers. However, the authentication into the portal is only possible using Windows credentials. Additionally, only restore operations are supported, which means service providers have to either configure backups for all their customers and maintain them, or develop custom procedures using automation tools that can leverage Veeam Powershell or RESTful API.

In Veeam Availability Suite 9.5, two major improvements are coming.

Native vCloud authentication

First, the authentication process. In 9.5, Veeam will leverage the native vCloud Director authentication technology to also authorize tenants to log in to Enterprise Manager.

Native vCloud authentication

By identifying the resources a vCloud Director user is allowed to see and manage, Veeam will automatically filter vCloud resources and show to a tenant only the components that belong to him:

Native vCloud authentication

This is a major improvement in service provider operations because now a tenant only needs to be configured once in vCloud Director, and any change like a new password or a disable operation will be immediately reflected in Veeam Enterprise Manager.

But there’s more!

Self-service backup

Once a tenant logs in to Veeam Enterprise Manager using their vCloud Director credentials, they will be able to create new backup jobs by specifying which VMs to backup as well as all essential parameters such as retention and notifications.

Of course, tenants will not be able to set up all job parameters; for example, service providers will still control the backup destination (and tenant’s quota). Likewise, to make things simpler for the tenants (and more controllable for the service providers), all advanced job parameters will be automatically populated from the job template assigned to the particular tenant. This way, tenants don’t have to learn all the backup modes and advanced job settings provided by Veeam.

Before you think that such self-service gives tenants too much flexibility (and the ability to impact the service provider’s infrastructure), keep in mind that it is protected from excessive resource consumption by Veeam’s existing intelligent load balancing. Moreover, service providers will be able to limit particular tenant’s ability to schedule the jobs to run too often or restrict the ability to schedule jobs completely and set the required schedule themselves manually or using a script.

Last but not least, the new approach is also more secure because a tenant will now be able to input the guest OS credentials required for application-aware processing directly into the Veeam job they create, without having to hand over to the service provider as was required before the self-service portal.

Self-service backup

This is a major improvement towards complete confidentiality. With this new capability, Veeam service providers will be able to offer their customers the deepest possible level of granularity right down to an application item, guarantee application consistency to critical workloads hosted on behalf of their customers and deliver the peace of mind that no credential can be misused by the service provider staff.

Self-service restores

Thanks to the combination of native vCloud authentication and the secure configuration of guest credentials, restores are also going to be streamlined much further.

As soon as a tenant logs in to Veeam Enterprise Manager, they can easily see the list of the VMs that are protected. From here, they will be able to quickly restore the entire VM and even use the quick rollback option to restore only the damaged blocks of the virtual disk.

And, thanks to the advanced guest processing, file-level and application item-level restores available in the Enterprise Manager web UI today will also be available for tenants directly from the self-service portal.

Self-service restores

Back-end management

As anticipated before, service providers will be able to manage these capabilities directly from the same Enterprise Manager. By logging in with the portal administrator credentials, they will be able to configure their tenants’ target repositories and quotas:

Back-end management

Advanced job settings templates can also be used to quickly assign advanced backup options to tenants without them knowing about these technical tidbits. For example, if a service provider wants to use a generic deduplication appliance as a backup target, he will want to have every backup job use an active full backup mode.

Conclusions

All of these options are going to be available in the upcoming Veeam Availability Suite 9.5, and I can tell you that when we presented these new features to a selected list of top service providers, the feedback we received was awesome.

We are confident that every service provider using VMware vCloud Director will find that this improved technology will be a must-have for their environment.

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Self-service backup and restore capabilities for VMware vCloud Director coming in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5

WIN a zero gravity flight alongside our 200,000th Veeam customer!

Source: Veeam

This year Veeam is reaching for the 200,000th customer and we are grateful to all of you for being with us! We’ll celebrate this achievement in a unique way — by giving a weightless ZERO-G Experience® with Veeam to the 200,000th customer along with with three other winners. Life is too short to be boring!

ZERO-G Experience® with Veeam to the 200,000th customer

The ZERO-G Experience® is a unique concept operated by a modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft which creates a weightless environment where you can float and spin just like an astronaut. The whole flight lasts between 90 and 100 minutes and you will relish the true weightless for approximately 8 minutes.

Join us to celebrate this sky-high milestone with a chance to win an unforgettable experience in a weightless environment. All you need is an adventurous spirit, Veeam has the rest covered for you! We’ll take care of your flights to the U.S. take-off location, hotel accommodations, the ZERO-G Experience® itself, and even give you photos and video footage so you can share your special memories.

Veeam offers 24.7.365 Availability and one of the highest industry-satisfaction rates. Now, we want to take you even higher. A small step for mankind, and giant leap for Availability!

Get aboard! Make a purchase to become our 200,000th customer, or take our simple quiz and you could win the memory of a lifetime!

NOTE: This is a global contest, which began on May 19, 2016 and will continue until July 26, 2016. The three quiz winners will be randomly selected and announced at a later date, along with Veeam’s 200,000th customer. The flight will be operated by ZERO-G Corporation.

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WIN a zero gravity flight alongside our 200,000th Veeam customer!

Gartner names Veeam a Leader in the new 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup & Recovery Software

Source: Veeam

The news is out and congratulations are in order for our worldwide team! Gartner, the leading research and advisory firm providing information technology insight for enterprises worldwide, has recognized Veeam as a LEADER in the new 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup & Recovery, which we know reinforces the success of Veeam’s determined focus to deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise for our almost 200,000 worldwide customers.

Gartner names Veeam a Leader in the new 2016 Magic Quadrant

Gartner defines Leaders as businesses within a specific sector that “have the most comprehensive and scalable product portfolios.” Following three consecutive years of recognition as a Visionary business within the industry, Gartner advanced Veeam into the Leaders quadrant for the first time, and for 2016 Veeam was the only new entrant into the Leader’s Quadrant. We believe this recognition is a true testament to our team’s tireless commitment to innovate and iterate our products and services.

This year Gartner narrowed the focus of its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup & Recovery Software to an exclusive group of nine technology vendors. These businesses have consistently demonstrated a strong worldwide presence within the backup and recovery software space, offering products focused on on-premises backup and recovery software for the upper midsized to large enterprises, designed to protect data center workloads that are managed by data center personnel.

It goes without saying that this is a landmark time for Veeam. As we approach securing our 200,000th customer and get ready to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we celebrate this tremendous industry recognition internally and with all of our customers, partners and alliances. Veeam continues to prove itself a pioneer and innovator. Veeam has a reputation for unparalleled reliability – “It Just Works!” This is easily supported by over 3,500 new customers every month and 83% of Veeam customers feeling more confident with Veeam than with their previous solution, according to our most recent Customer Satisfaction survey. We do not take this responsibility lightly. Each and every Veeam team member goes above and beyond every day to live up to our customer’s highest expectations. We don’t stop. We won’t stop.

 

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Gartner names Veeam a Leader in the new 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup & Recovery Software

Apple and Cisco Fast-Tracking the Mobile Enterprise

Source: Cisco
I came to Cisco to create incredible technology experiences for millions of enterprise workers. That’s why I’m so thrilled to be the executive sponsor of our partnership with Apple; together, our two companies are capable of “incredible” on a pretty massive scale. Since our announcement in August, engineers, user experience and design teams from Cisco […]Apple and Cisco Fast-Tracking the Mobile Enterprise

Veeam Named Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist; In 2 Categories!

Source: Veeam

Here at Veeam we work hard at building great relationships with our customers and our partners. We have some amazing alliances with the industry’s leaders. Our Microsoft alliance relationship is of incredible value! Microsoft plays such a key role in technology, we seem to encounter them at every level of our business from software development to marketing, channel partners, sales and promotions, innovation, and of course, we share the same end customers who are committed to Availability using Veeam, Windows Server, virtualization, and the cloud.

This week in the lead up to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft released the names of the finalists for the Microsoft 2016 Partner of the Year Awards. Veeam was named a finalist in not one, but 2 categories: Application Development and Microsoft Azure Certified ISV Solution. The 2016 Microsoft Partner of the Year award is a recognized standard for excellence in our industry, and we are honored to be recognized as part of this elite group.

Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist

Being a 2016 MPN Partner of the Year award Finalist means that Veeam is innovating and iterating our solutions in the right direction to benefit partners and customers. It means we are successfully partnering with Microsoft to drive both Microsoft and Veeam solutions to our customers through our partner channel. The 2016 Partner of the Year award is a measure of the depth and overall success of our efforts to work closely with Microsoft to build solutions that benefit the customer and the partner.

Veeam currently has 4 solutions operating in the Azure Marketplace, including the popular Veeam Cloud Connect. Veeam Cloud Connect is designed to enable Veeam’s 193,000 customers to connect their on-premises Veeam environments to Microsoft Azure for the purposes of archiving and restoring virtual machine backups to Microsoft Azure. Veeam Cloud Connect can be implemented directly by an enterprise or through a managed service provider depending on the needs and preferences of the customer. This flexibility means that Veeam Cloud Connect can be used across the spectrum of business from the smallest SMB to the largest enterprise.

Our development team has worked closely with Microsoft to develop valuable innovations in our current software and ensure Veeam is prepared to deliver future innovations. We have been fortunate to work at the highest levels with Microsoft and really feel like there is a 1+1=3 synergy as we work together. Watch this short segment of Jeffery Snover as he speaks at our VeeamON conference. Microsoft and Veeam really are better together.

“We love working with Microsoft! Over the course of the last several years, Veeam and Microsoft have worked together in development, marketing, and joint sales motions in both the SMS&P and EPG segments. We have built some great relationships across the various Microsoft teams we interact with and have been fortunate to work with some very insightful and innovative individuals. Our partnership with Microsoft has incredible value! We have had some great successes working together on our solutions for Microsoft Azure, and look forward to continued success as we work together in the future.”

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Veeam Named Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist; In 2 Categories!

Protecting data with Windows 7 BitLocker (Productivity Guide)

Source: Microsoft
Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption technology uses the strongest publicly available encryption to protect your computer’s data, and prevents others from accessing your disk drives without authorization. Additionally, the BitLocker To Go feature prevents unauthorized data access on your portable storage devices, including Universal Serial Bus (USB) flash drives, also known as “thumb drives.”
Protecting data with Windows 7 BitLocker (Productivity Guide)