Windows Server 2019 support, expect no less from us!

Source: Veeam

Veeam has always taken platform support seriously. Whether it’s the latest hypervisor, storage system or a Windows operating system. Both Windows Server and Windows desktop operating systems have very broad support with Veeam, and I recently just did some work around Windows Server 2019 and I am happy to say that Veeam fully supports the newest Microsoft data center operating system.

One of the first things that we did here at Veeam was a webinar overviewing both what is new with Windows Server 2019 and how Veeam supports Windows Server 2019. I was lucky to be joined by Nicolas Bonnet, a Veeam Vanguard and author of many books on Windows Server.

If any IT pro is getting ready to support a new platform, such as Windows Server 2019, the first steps are critical to introduce the new technology without surprises. The good news is that Veeam can help, and that was the spirit of the webinar and overall the way Veeam addresses new platforms.

One of the first places to start is Microsoft’s awesome 45-page “What’s new” document for Windows Server 2019. This is without a doubt the place to get the latest capabilities on what the new platform brings to your data center and workloads in the cloud running Windows Server.

There are scores of new capabilities in Windows Server 2019, so it’s hard to pick one or even a few favorites; but here are some that may help modernize your Windows server administration:

Storage Migration Service

I love hearing Ned Pyle from Microsoft talk about the storage technologies in Windows Server, and Storage Migration Service is one that can get older file server data to newer file server technologies (including in Azure).

Storage Space Direct

It’s incredible what has been going on with Windows Storage over the years! One of the latest capabilities is now ReFS volumes can have deduplication and compression. There are additional scalability limits and management capabilities as well (Windows Admin Center in particular) as other improvements across the operating system.

And finally, smallest but rather awesome feature:

Windows Time Service

In Windows Server 2019, the Windows Time Service now offers true UTC-compliant leap second support; so it’s ready for any time service role in your organization.

Again, hard to pick one or even a few features, but here are some that you may know about or may not have known. But the natural question that comes into play is “How do I migrate to Windows Server 2019?” This is where Veeam may help you and you may not have even known it.

Veeam DataLabs

The Veeam DataLab is a way you can test upgrades to Windows Server 2019 from previous versions of Windows Server. In fact, I wrote a whitepaper on this very topic last year.

Do you think the idea that your backup application can help you in your upgrade to Windows Server 2019 sounds crazy? It’s not, let me explain. The Veeam DataLab will allow you to take what you have backed up and provide an isolated environment to test. The test can be many things, ensuring that backups are recoverable (what the technology was made for), testing Windows Updates, testing security configurations, testing scripted or automated configurations, testing application upgrades and more. One additional use case can be testing the upgrade of Windows Server 2019.

In the Veeam DataLab, you can simulate the upgrade to the latest operating system based on what Veeam has backed up. The best part is the changes are not going to interfere with the production system. This way you will have a complete understanding of what it will take to upgrade to Windows Server 2019 from an older Windows Server operating system. How long it will take, what changes need to happen, etc. Further, if you need to put other components into a DataLab to simulate a multi-tiered application or communication to a domain controller, you can!

Here’s an example of a DataLab:

Conclusion

Windows Server 2019 and platform support in general are key priorities at Veeam. Our next update, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4b, will include support for Windows Server version 1903. This support is as guest a VM to be backed up and for installation of Veeam Backup & Replication and its components. This and are more are why Veeam is a safe bet for platform support as well as the ability to activate the data in your backups to do important migrations, such as to the latest version of Windows Server.

Have you used a DataLab to do an upgrade? If so, share your comment below. If not, give it a try!

 

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Microsoft PowerPoint gets an AI presentation coach

Source: Microsoft more

Love it or hate it, Microsoft’s PowerPoint is a ubiquitous tool in the corporate world. Over the course of the last few years, Microsoft started to bring some of its AI smarts to PowerPoint to help you design good-looking slides. Today, it’s launching a number of updates and new features that make this even easier. Even the best-designed presentation isn’t going to have much of an impact if you’re not a good public speaker. That’s a skill that takes a lot of practice to master and to help you get better, Microsoft today also announced Presenter Coach for PowerPoint, a new AI tool that gives you feedback while you’re practicing your presentation in front of your computer.

Microsoft’s AI can’t tell you if your jokes will land, of course, but the new coaching feature gives you real-time feedback on your pacing, for example, tell you whether you are using inclusive language and how many filler words you use. It also makes sure that you don’t commit the greatest sin of presenting: just reading the slides.

After your rehearsal session, PowerPoint will show you a dashboard with a summary of your performance and what to focus on to improve your skills.

This feature will first come to PowerPoint on the web and then later to the Office 365 desktop version.

As for the visual design, Microsoft today added new features like Designer theme ideas, which automatically recommends photos, styles and colors are you write your presentation. This feature is now rolling out for Office 365 subscribers on Windows, Mac and on the web.

If you work in a large corporation, then chances are you have to use your brand’s house style. With Designer for branded templates, companies can now define their brand guidelines and logos so that Design Ideas takes these into account as PowerPoint suggests new designes. This feature is now rolling out to to Office 365 Insiders subscribers on Windows 10 and Mac.

No announcement is complete without some vanity metrics, of course, so today, Microsoft announced that PowerPoint users have now used Designer to create and keep 1 billion slides since it launched in 2016 (and surely, they created quite a few more but discarded them for various reasons). Hopefully, that means the world has seen fewer bad presentations in the last few years and with today’s launch of the new coaching features, maybe that means we have to hear fewer bad presentations soon, too.


Microsoft PowerPoint gets an AI presentation coach

v10 Sneak peek: Cloud Tier Copy Mode

Source: Veeam

At VeeamON 2019, I joined members of the Product Strategy Team to do a number of live demos showing current and future products and features. While the first half focused on what had been released in 2019 so far, the second half focused on what is coming. One of those was the highly anticipated Copy Mode feature being added to the Cloud Tier in v10 of Veeam Backup & Replication.

As with the existing 9.5 Update 4 functionality, all restore operations are still possible for backup data that has been copied to the Capacity Tier. During the Technical Main Stage keynote, I demoed an Instant VM Recovery of a machine from a SOBR that we had simulated the loss of all Performance Tier extents due to a disaster. As you can see in the demo below (starting at 53:00), the recovery was streamed directly off the Capacity Tier, which in this case was backed by Amazon S3.

Copy Mode feature

Copy Mode is an additional policy you can set against the Capacity Tier extent of the Scale Out Backup Repository (SOBR), which is backed by an Object Storage repository. Once selected, any backup files that are created as part of any standard backup or backup copy job will be copied to the Capacity Tier. This fully satisfies the 3-2-1 rule of backup, which asks for one full copy of your data off site.

This feature adds to the existing move functionality released as part of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 earlier this year and allows the almost immediate copy of backup data up to an Object Storage Repository. Here’s a deep dive into the technology (and best practices!) that we presented on the main stage:

 

And a full demo only session to show off some of the new Copy Mode functionality coming in v10:

 

NOTE: Demo and screenshots taken from Tech Preview Build and is subject to change.

For a recap of what is currently possible in Update 4, head to this link to check out all the Cloud Tier content I’ve created since launch.

Conclusion

Copy Mode is going to be a huge enhancement to the Cloud Tier in v10. I can see lots of great use cases for on-premises Veeam customers and for our Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partners who should be looking to leverage this feature to offer new service offerings for IaaS and Cloud Connect Backup data resiliency.

Stay tuned for more information around Cloud Tier Copy Mode as we get closer to the release of v10!

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Looking back on VeeamON 2019, and forward to what’s next with Rickatron

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This year’s VeeamON was epic, if I do say so myself. Our fifth event was in my opinion our best yet. In this post, I’ll recap a few key takeaways of the event and set the stage for what’s next for Veeam regarding events and product updates.

I wrote two specific recaps of the full days of the event, Day 1 and Day 2, which have good summaries of event specifics. Additionally, all of the general sessions and breakouts for those who attended are available for replay on the VeeamON recap site. The press releases are listed below:

We also made a short video that summarizes the event as well:

 

But what is there to focus on next? Short answer: A LOT!

I’ll start with the products. I’ve already been updated on the next version of some products we showcased at VeeamON, so we’ll be doing promotion for that at regional VeeamON Forum and Tour events as well as key industry events like VMworld and Microsoft Inspire. Veeam Availability Suite v10, which was previewed in the technology general session (you can replay here, in the technology keynote), is going to be an EPIC release. What we previewed at VeeamON is just a teaser; trust me, there is a lot more goodness to come in this release. I keep saying with each release recently that it’s the biggest release ever; and I’m pretty sure I’ll do the same with this one.

Next, I have been working with global teams to prepare the regional VeeamON Forum and VeeamON Tour events. These are underway, starting in June and going into the fall worldwide. Local markets will promote them specifically, but pages are already up for Asia, India, France, Germany, Turkey, many EMEA countries for Tours, and more to come. I just completed a VeeamON Tour in Sweden and will do subsequent ones in China, Brazil and Argentina later this year, and it feels great to bring the Veeam update to more markets around the world. Additionally, the rest of the Veeam Product Strategy team will be doing many events around the world as well.

I am fortunate to have a role on the VeeamON team as the content manager for the breakouts. This is in addition to the 57 other things I do at the event, including the technology general session presentation, presenting breakouts, meeting with customers and partners as well as meeting with press and analysts. I took a much more data-driven view to the breakout content this year. Everything from working with the event management team to have the right sized rooms, the balance of content (much more technical and product-focused this year), speaker consideration, partner interests and more. The end result is a trend that I feel embodies where Veeam is going as well as meeting, and based on survey data, exceeding the expectations of attendees. Feel free to send me a note via email or Twitter for ideas on how to make VeeamON better and the best investment for your time to attend the event.

VeeamON 2020 will take the event back to Las Vegas, and I for one am happy with that. I just think Vegas works! But the bar is set rather high. The Miami event was epic, and for my role on the VeeamON team, I’m going to expand the team I have and double the effort to raise the bar. See you there!

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Setting up vSphere RBAC for self-service backup portal

Source: Veeam

Wouldn’t it be great to empower VMware vSphere users to take control of their backups and restores with a self-service portal? The good news is you can as of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4. This feature is great because it eliminates operational overhead and allows users to get exactly what they want when they want it. It is a perfect augmentation for any development team taking advantage of VMware vSphere virtual machines.

Introducing vSphere role-based access control (RBAC) for self-service

vSphere RBAC allows backup administrators to provide granular access to vSphere users using the vSphere permissions already in place. If a user does not have permissions to virtual machines in vCenter, they will not be able to access them via the Self-Service Backup Portal.

Additionally, to make things even simpler for vSphere users, they can create backup jobs for their VMs based on pre-created job templates. They will not have to deal with advanced settings they are not familiar with (This is a really big deal by the way). vSphere users can then monitor and control the backup jobs they have created using the Enterprise Manager UI, and restore their backups as needed.

Setting up vSphere RBAC for self-service

Setting up vSphere RBAC for self-service could not be easier. In the Enterprise Manager configuration screen, a Veeam administrator simply has to navigate to “Configuration – Self-service.” Then, he should add the vSphere user’s account, specify a backup repository, set a quota, and select the delegation method. These permissions can also be applied at the group level for enhanced ease of administration too.

Besides VMware vCenter Roles, vSphere privileges or vSphere tags can be used as the delegation method. vSphere tags is one of my favorite methods to use since tags can be applied to either reach a very broad or very granular set of permissions. The ability to use vSphere tags is especially helpful for new VMware vSphere deployments, since it provides quick, easy, and secure access to virtual machine users for this case.

For example, I could set vSphere tags at a vSphere cluster level if I had a development cluster, or I could set vSphere tags on a subset of virtual machines using a tag such as “KryptonSOAR Development” to only provide access to development virtual machines.

After setting the Delegation Mode, the user account can be edited to select the vSphere tag, vCenter server role, or VM privilege. From the Edit screen, the repository and quota can also be changed at any time if required.

Using RBAC for VMware vSphere

After this very simple configuration, vSphere users simply need to log into the Self-Service Backup Portal to begin protecting and recovering their virtual machines. The URL can be shared across the entire organization: https://<EnterpriseManagerServer>:9443/backup, thus giving everyone a very convenient way of managing their workloads. Job creation and viewing in the Self-Service Backup Portal is extremely user friendly, even for those who have never backed up a virtual machine before! When creating a new backup job, users will only see the virtual machines they have access to, which makes the solution more secure and less confusing.

There is even a helpful dashboard, so users can monitor their backup jobs and the amount of backup storage they are consuming.

Enabling vSphere users to back up and restore virtual machines empowers them in new ways, especially when it comes to DevOps and rapid development cycles. Best of all, Veeam’s self-service implementation leverages the VMware vSphere permissions framework organizations already have in place, reducing operational complexity for everyone involved.

When it comes to VM recovery, there are also many self-service options available. Users can independently navigate to “VMs” tab to perform full VM restores. Again, the process is very easy as the user should decide whether to preserve the original VM if Veeam detects it or to overwrite its data, select the desired restore point, and specify whether it should be powered on after this procedure. Three simple actions and the data is on its way.

In addition to that, the portal makes file- and application-level recovery very convenient too. There are quite a few scenarios available and what’s really great about it is that users can navigate into the file system tree via the file explorer. They can utilize a search engine with advanced filters for both indexed and non-indexed guest OS file systems. Under the hood, Veeam is going to decide how exactly the operation should be handled but the user won’t even know about it. There is no chance the sought-for document can slip here. The cherry on top is that Veeam provides recovery of application-aware SQL and Oracle backups, thus making your DBAs happy without giving them too many rights for the virtual environments.

Conclusion

The Veeam Availability Suite, which is made up of Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE, is available for a completely free 30-day trial. Be sure to try it out to take advantage of Veeam Self-Service Backup Portal for vSphere and the rest of the powerful features released in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 U4.

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The Slack origin story

Source: Tech News – Enterprise

Let’s rewind a decade.

It’s 2009. Vancouver, Canada.

Stewart Butterfield, known already for his part in building Flickr, a photo-sharing service acquired by Yahoo in 2005, decided to try his hand — again — at building a game. Flickr had been a failed attempt at a game called Game Neverending followed by a big pivot. This time, Butterfield would make it work.

To make his dreams a reality, he joined forces with Flickr’s original chief software architect Cal Henderson, as well as former Flickr employees Eric Costello and Serguei Mourachov, who like himself, had served some time at Yahoo after the acquisition. Together, they would build Tiny Speck, the company behind an artful, non-combat massively multiplayer online game.

Years later, Butterfield would pull off a pivot more massive than his last. Slack, born from the ashes of his fantastical game, would lead a shift toward online productivity tools that fundamentally change the way people work.

Glitch is born

In mid-2009, former TechCrunch reporter-turned-venture-capitalist M.G. Siegler wrote one of the first stories on Butterfield’s mysterious startup plans.

“So what is Tiny Speck all about?” Siegler wrote. “That is still not entirely clear. The word on the street has been that it’s some kind of new social gaming endeavor, but all they’ll say on the site is ‘we are working on something huge and fun and we need help.’”

Siegler would go on to invest in Slack as a general partner at GV, the venture capital arm of Alphabet .

“Clearly this is a creative project,” Siegler added. “It almost sounds like they’re making an animated movie. As awesome as that would be, with people like Henderson on board, you can bet there’s impressive engineering going on to turn this all into a game of some sort (if that is in fact what this is all about).”

After months of speculation, Tiny Speck unveiled its project: Glitch, an online game set inside the brains of 11 giants. It would be free with in-game purchases available and eventually, a paid subscription for power users.

VeeamON 2019 Day 2 Recap: Strong content, strong close

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As we wrap up VeeamON 2019, the event has brought so many great experiences to many people. Customers and partners from all over the world have joined us and are ready to tackle their biggest Availability challenges.

Some highlights from Wednesday at VeeamON 2019 include a strong lineup of breakout content, the Veeam Innovation Awards and the closing party. Here are a few statistics for VeeamON 2019:

  • Over 2,050 attendees
  • Over 60 breakouts
  • Three general sessions
  • Eight live demos in the technology general session
  • Over 45 sponsors

As I did yesterday, I’ve highlighted two breakouts that have some really powerful tips that I’ll share here:

“Top 7 Worst Practices When Using Veeam Backup & Replication”

This session was presented by Edwin Weijdema, a solutions architect based in the Northern EMEA region (Edwin also contributes to the VMGuru blog and is on Twitter at: Viperian). Here is one slide where Edwin outlines his fifth tip that security is inconvenient:

This is an important topic as Veeam Backup & Replication has many roles and many well-defined requirements for those roles. In fact, the required permissions and system requirements part of Veeam Help Center make this very easy to navigate and set up.

Ransomware Resiliency Tips from Veeam and the Veeam Vanguards”

This session was presented by me, but also sourced from different perspectives from the Veeam Vanguards. The one slide I will share here actually comes from Veeam Support:

 

Veeam Technical Support deals with ransomware every day. Meaning, customers have ransomware in their data centers and Veeam helps our customers restore and be resilient.

Tim’s advice matches that from our Veeam Vanguards: Education is a critical step and one of the most effective prevention techniques. Prevention is a very strong safeguard, but if ransomware becomes introduced the *only* option is to restore data — and that is where Veeam can help. The session carried on with critical perspectives from Vanguards on their best practices to be resilient against ransomware.

The VeeamON 2019 Party

It goes without saying that Veeam knows how to host a party, and the VeeamON party is the best one to attend. This year, we had a beach party featuring Flo Rida. This party was amazing and a great way to close the event.

That’s all for VeeamON 2019. Join us in Las Vegas for VeeamON 2020. The VeeamON website will soon be updated to reflect next year’s event, but we are already planning to make it bigger and better than ever! Join us!

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VeeamON 2019: Day one recap

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VeeamON Miami is under way! On Monday, we hosted the VeeamON 2019 Welcome Reception, which was a great start to the VeeamON 2019 event, where we are welcoming a full house of customers and partners.

The first full day was also packed with key announcements, new Veeam technologies and an awesome agenda of breakouts for attendees. Here is a rundown of Tuesday’s news:

The general session also featured key perspectives from Veeam co-founder Ratmir Timashev on Veeam’s momentum, customer testimonials and some key focus on Microsoft. Veeam Vice President, Global Business & Corporate Development Carey Stanton welcomed Tad Brockway, corporate vice president for Azure Storage, Media, and Edge platform team at Microsoft.


Image via @anbakal on Twitter

We also had a very special general session focused on technology, both already existing and coming soon. In this session, Veeam Product Strategy and R&D gave a number of key overviews of the new Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2 general availability announcement, Veeam Availability Console and Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. New capabilities were shown for Veeam Availability Suite, as well as new technologies for Microsoft Azure.


Image via @anbakal on Twitter

However, the key part of the event for attendees is the breakouts! This year, the breakout menu features technical topics making up 80% of the breakouts delivered by Veeam. Everything from best practices, worst practices, how-to tips and more has been covered. Today had presentations from Platinum Sponsors, Cisco, NetApp, Microsoft Azure, ExaGrid and IBM Cloud. Here are two slides from Veeam presentations that I found compelling:

 “From the Architect’s Desk: Sizing of Veeam Backup & Replication, Proxies and Repositories”

This session was presented by Tim Smith, a solutions architect based in the US (Tim also runs the Tim’s Tech Thoughts blog and is on Twitter at: Tsmith_co). Here is one slide where Tim outlines the sizing of the Veeam backup server for 2,000 VMs with eight jobs (just as an example). This is important as sizing goes all the way through the environment: backup server, proxies, repositories, etc.

 “Let’s Manage Agents”

This session was presented by Dmitry Popov, senior analyst, product management in charge of products, including Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows. Here is one slide where Dmitry shows a cool tip where unmanaged agents (where agents running without a license in free mode will show up) can be put into a protection group to have centralized management and a schedule:

For attendees of the event, you will be able to access the recording of these and all other sessions. More information will be sent as a follow-up email for the replay information.

Check out this recap video by our senior global technologists Anthony Spiteri and Michael Cade:

 

We will have more content tomorrow as well! I’ll be posting another blog with a recap from today’s event. For those of you at the event, be sure to use the hashtag #VeeamON to share your experiences!

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NEW Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2 makes DR possible for all organizations

Source: Veeam

Launched in February 2018, Veeam Availability Orchestrator v1 introduced a purpose-built orchestration and automation engine for Veeam-powered replicas, helping organizations overcome the core challenges of business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR). This includes ensuring IT resilience and reliably recovering services within defined SLAs, regularly testing and proving recoverability, and maintaining up-to-date documentation. By orchestrating and automating what were once unsuccessful, manual, time-consuming and error-prone practices, Veeam Availability Orchestrator users can rigorously plan, prepare, practice and execute their disaster recovery (DR) plans more successfully, accurately and efficiently — even at large scale.

Building on the immediate successes of v1, I’m excited to announce the general availability of Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2! This includes incredible new features and functionality that extends the power of orchestration and automation to restores from Veeam backups. This new capability is massive, as orchestration tools are traditionally only available for complex and expensive replication-based protection, limiting true DR capabilities to mission-critical applications and large enterprises. By delivering full orchestration and automation support to recovery, testing and documenting for both replicas and backups, true DR can now be extended to all applications and data while significantly lowering costs, democratizing DR for companies of all sizes. Let’s take a look at some of the notable new features and enhancements.

Restore plans

Those already using Veeam Availability Orchestrator will be familiar with the notion of a failover plan, an arrangement of steps and parameters responsible for executing the failover of groups of VMware vSphere VMs that are replicated by Veeam Backup & Replication. Restore plans will bring this same orchestrated, automated functionality to restores of VMware vSphere VM backups. This includes support for:

  • Instant VM Recovery: Immediately restore VMs back into the production environment by running them directly from the backup file, minimizing disruption to the business caused by the downtime of critical production VMs.
  • New recovery locations: Predefine new recovery locations to restore VMs to in the event that the original destination is unusable. Recovery locations are dynamic groups of compute and storage resources and also include automatic network mapping and re-IP of recovered VMs.

By combining orchestration with Veeam’s patented Instant VM Recovery technology and the dynamic approach to recovery locations, users will be able to achieve incredibly low recovery time objectives (RTOs) that rival those of replication-based failover. What’s so important about this massive new feature is that it enables organizations that don’t have the resources to replicate their mission-critical VMs to achieve true DR from backups.

Reporting updates

The ability to automatically generate multiple detailed reports in Veeam Availability Orchestrator is a feature many organizations have realized great value in. This includes defining the plan, checking the plan’s readiness, satisfying compliance requirements, highlighting areas requiring improvements, troubleshooting and more. With v2, we’re adding some major enhancements to documents based on your feedback.

  • Users can set RTOs and recovery point objectives (RPOs) as properties within their plan and then compare them with real-world values after a test. This is great for proving SLA compliance with internal and external regulations, as well as proactively identifying, remediating and retesting plans where SLAs have been missed.
  • In addition to being able to customize all of the free text within your report templates, all internal labels used by the reporting engine have been documented and exposed (e.g., [RPO], [CONTACT_EMAIL], etc.).
  • All reports are now available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian (Note: Only the user-customizable portion of reports is localized — technical details will still be in English).

Scopes

Delegating access to DR resources for application owners, business units and operations teams is critical. They know the application best and what it needs for successful DR, but they aren’t necessarily pros at Veeam Backup & Replication — in fact, the company security model may require that they don’t have admin access to infrastructure servers such as Veeam Backup & Replication and VMware vCenter at all. Veeam Availability Orchestrator v1 enabled this necessary access, but it required the deployment of a separate Veeam Availability Orchestrator server at each production site. The introduction of scopes in v2 allows for more granular permissions and role-based access without requiring the deployment of any additional Veeam Availability Orchestrator servers. This not only allows for more simplified deployment and management in multi-site environments, but also enhances security, as Orchestration Plan authors will not be able to access resources they’re not entitled to.

VM console access

We’ve also added the ability to launch and access VM consoles directly from Orchestration Plans in the UI. This feature will allow the Orchestration Plan Authors direct access to the console of the VMs in their plans, great for additional testing, verification and troubleshooting once an automated test has been completed.

Hosting rental licenses

Finally, we are opening up Veeam Availability Orchestrator to our Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partners with the addition of hosting rental licenses. By integrating Veeam Availability Orchestrator into your Veeam-powered business, you’ll be able to:

  • Ensure seamless operation of the IT services that power your most critical business functions through an orchestrated, automatically tested and documented DR plan
  • Offer the highest level of Availability to your BaaS and DRaaS customers with a fully orchestrated DR plan, including automated execution, testing and documentation
  • Take your managed services to the next level by offering an orchestrated BCDR plan as part of your remote managed data protection services.

Conclusion

The new functionality in Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2 promises to bring even more intelligence and capabilities to your BCDR strategy, ensuring that the IT services that power your business are always Available.

If you’re already using Veeam Availability Orchestrator, you are able to migrate to v2 at no cost by downloading the ISO and new license key from the Veeam license management portal.

If you’re not already using Veeam Availability Orchestrator, I strongly encourage you to download the 30-day FREE trial today and take it for a spin! It includes everything you need to get started, even if you’re not currently a Veeam Backup & Replication Enterprise Plus customer.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact your local Veeam representative or attend the webinar we have scheduled where we will take a deeper dive and demo a lot of what’s new in v2!

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Microsoft open-sources a crucial algorithm behind its Bing Search services

Source: Microsoft more

Microsoft today announced that it has open-sourced a key piece of what makes its Bing search services able to quickly return search results to its users. By making this technology open, the company hopes that developers will be able to build similar experiences for their users in other domains where users search through vast data troves, including in retail, though in this age of abundant data, chances are developers will find plenty of other enterprise and consumer use cases, too.

The piece of software the company open-sourced today is a library Microsoft developed to make better use of all the data it collected and AI models it built for Bing .

“Only a few years ago, web search was simple. Users typed a few words and waded through pages of results,” the company notes in today’s announcement. “Today, those same users may instead snap a picture on a phone and drop it into a search box or use an intelligent assistant to ask a question without physically touching a device at all. They may also type a question and expect an actual reply, not a list of pages with likely answers.”

With the Space Partition Tree and Graph (SPTAG) algorithm that is at the core of the open-sourced Python library, Microsoft is able to search through billions of pieces of information in milliseconds.

Vector search itself isn’t a new idea, of course. What Microsoft has done, though, is apply this concept to working with deep learning models. First, the team takes a pre-trained model and encodes that data into vectors, where every vector represents a word or pixel. Using the new SPTAG library, it then generates a vector index. As queries come in, the deep learning model translates that text or image into a vector and the library finds the most related vectors in that index.

“With Bing search, the vectorizing effort has extended to over 150 billion pieces of data indexed by the search engine to bring improvement over traditional keyword matching,” Microsoft says. “These include single words, characters, web page snippets, full queries and other media. Once a user searches, Bing can scan the indexed vectors and deliver the best match.”

The library is now available under the MIT license and provides all of the tools to build and search these distributed vector indexes. You can find more details about how to get started with using this library — as well as application samples — here.


Microsoft open-sources a crucial algorithm behind its Bing Search services