The HPE and Veeam partnership brings comprehensive data protection for Hybrid IT. Veeam software integration with HPE storage solutions lets you create application-consistent backups from HPE storage snapshots for fast and efficient data protection. For long-term external storage, HPE StoreOnce provides deduplication for efficient storage utilization and fault isolation for data. In addition, Veeam can send backups to HPE StoreEver tape storage or to the cloud for long-term off-site data archival. Also, the tight integration with Veeam Backup & Replication has been cited as the #1 reason why customers are buying the new Nimble SFA.
But how does all this magic happen? Obviously, the tight integration between HPE storage and Veeam products plays a key role. Today, I’ll be focusing on the newest integrated feature: Hardware Snapshot Orchestration.
Let’s not forget: Snapshot Orchestration while a standalone feature, seamlessly compliments all other joint Veeam and HPE features, such as source-side deduplication, Virtual-Synthetic-Full-Backup, bandwidth efficient backup replication, backup-file protection from malware, Instant VM Recovery from deduped data and so on.
The key feature of Snapshot Orchestration is making the life of admins much simpler. They can now create Snapshot-only Veeam backup job with just one click. See the image below:
Why should I care about Hardware Snapshot Orchestration?
You may already know the answer, but let me elaborate on the benefits just in case you’re doubtful.
Suppose you protect your production VMs with a daily backup to your target repository, such as HPE StoreOnce. Why are you limited to just one restore point per day? Why not have one every hour? Well, before the new Hardware Snapshot Orchestration, you would answer, “Our infrastructure cannot accommodate the extra overhead and capacity.”
Snapshot Orchestration is the game-changer here: Now you can make frequent consistent Veeam backups with a very limited overhead for your production. When you need to restore your data, you will use a restore point that is less than 1 hour old, rather than reverting to the previous day.
The first time I explained this to a co-worker, he argued, “But a snapshot is not a backup!” This is undoubtedly true. If your primary array catches fire or if there is a human/firmware error, then your snapshots are wiped out along with the production data. A good data protection strategy is based on frequent snapshots as well as traditional nightly backup to a secondary storage, and that traditional backup protects you from the rare catastrophic loss of your primary array. For all other restore cases, you can restore from a fresh snapshot.
But let’s face it. Recovering quickly from backups after a failure while keeping costs down is the top goal in any organization! If you have ever made an Instant VM Recovery, a pre-production test, or a granular restore from a snapshot, you know how fast it is: Snapshot restore is literally as fast as using your primary storage. When it comes to costs, snapshots are cheap. On state-of-the-art storage arrays such as Nimble and 3PAR, it’s not a matter of how many snapshots we keep, but rather how old those snapshots are. Usually 36 hours of snapshot can cost as much as 2-5% of extra capacity, which is not a huge cost relative to the benefits you gain.
Here is an example of a sound best practice:
- 36 hourly snapshots
- 56 nightly backup to StoreOnce (leveraging on the Virtual Synthetic Full technology)
- 14 nightly backup snapshots replicated to a remote site
This was the highlight of Hardware Snapshot Orchestration, but there are many more features to consider. Take a look at the graphic below to see the power and simplicity of this integrated solution:
Multiple options for composing your data protection solution
- Veeam schedules Consistent Storage Snapshot-only Jobs
- Veeam triggers Nimble Snap Replication to a remote array
- Veeam makes Backup from remote / local Snapshots to StoreOnce
- Veeam copies selected backup from StoreOnce to Tape
- Veeam’s Catalog tracks all the independent restore points
Are you looking for even more insights from HPE and Veeam? Join our online conference VeeamON Tour Virtual 2017 (on Dec. 5) and take your chance to visit a session and address your questions on HPE and Veeam integration to my peer Allan Hammond, EMEA Solution Architect, Data Protection and Retention at HPE.
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