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VMware vSphere 6.7 support added in Vembu BDR Suite 3.9.1 (Sponsored Post)

I always get amped when new releases of vSphere are released, the latest version (6.7) got released a few months back and introduced a host of new improvements.  Most noteably, the new and improved VMware vCenter Server Appliance has had a makeover to give administrators a better experience from a management perspective but also the overhaul has vastly improved the overall performance and memory requirements  (2-3X) needed to run the appliance.

Unfortunately, for me my old HP Proliant DL380 G6 in my lab still needs to run an older version of vSphere. 🙁

However you can read the vSphere 6.7 release notes here

 

But this post is more about Vembu’s latest update, which now includes support for vSphere 6.7, with this update (Vembu BDR Suite 3.9.1 Update 1), customers can use Vembu for backup and replication of their virtual machines in their VMware vSphere 6.7 environment.  This update also includes a number of minor enhancements to the console as well.

Vembu’s update 1 is GA now and is ready for download.

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Vembu VMBackup 3.91 released and now with Standard Edition (Sponsored Post)

The team over at Vembu are really making waves this year, having released v3.9 earlier back in January of this year (you can read about that release here but at a high level summary it introduced features such as Tape Backup Support, auto Authorization at the DR site, Quick VM Recovery on ESXi for Hyper-V and Disk Image Backups, Windows Event Viewer Integration, Advanced Backup level encryption for all agents, OffsiteDR Server retentions and Pre/Post backup scripts for all Network & Image Backup clients.

Now, they have released 3.91 which furthers their capability, fixes a few bugs and introduces a new flavour for their software.

So let’s get into what is new in this version starting with the release of a new standard edition.

What does standard edition mean for customers?

Quite simply, standard edition is aimed for the small to medium sized enterprises that perhaps do not need the bells and whistles that come with the Enterprise edition, but are adfter a tailored cost-effective solution that still provides the business with the same trustworthy data protection capabilities. such as Instant File Recovery and granular recovery for Microsoft applications in Hyper-V and VMware environments.

So what are the differences?

Along with some bug fixes, the fundamental differences between Vembu standard edition and the enterprise edition are there is no tape support in standard as well as no retention capabilities, persistent boot (no tracking on quick booted VMs) and Disk level recovery is not included in the standard edition.

On the replication side of things there is no capability in standard edition (it assumes that SMB only have one site).

For more of the differences, check out the chart here

 

Pricing for Vembu as we know is based on a per socket basis, so this means the Standard Edition for VMware Backup is priced at USD $216 USD socket per annum. If you require under six CPU sockets, you get an additional discount of 50% that could lead to USD $108 USD per socket a year.

The Standard Edition for Hyper-V Backup is priced at $144 USD per socket per annum, and again if you need under six CPU’s ithe same discount applies working out at about USD $72 USD per socket a year.

One last thing, Vembu are also holding a webinar in a few days time to discuss recovery use-cases, and more important why is recovery more important than backup.

 

Why you need Multiple Recovery Options?”

Date: May 31Thursday
Time : 12 noon ET4PM GMT9AM PT
For more information on the webinar check out the blog link and this video link .
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Today is World Backup Day and…..(Sponsored Post)

Today is world backup day, which was created as a way to remind people of the importance of backups and to have them publicly pledge that they will start taking reliable backups of their data frequently.

Working in this field for some time, I have also had my own share of losing data in the past (ironic given my profession) and not being able to restore.

Interestingly enough, it is estimated that around a 1/3 of people have never backed their data up so are seriously exposed to data loss, and those who have backed up – chances are they havent tested these any may not be able to restore when needed. One study found that while 57% of IT managers have a backup solution in place, 75% of them were not able to restore all of their lost data when they tried to.

To combat this and provide a reliable backup and restore solution to this ongoing problem, our friends over at Vembu are offering offer 10% flat discount on all new purchases of Vembu BDR suite by clicking this link.

Also, remember to celebrate World Backup Day by using this hash tag! #WorldBackupDay

 

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Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 is now generally available! (Sponsored Post)

If you read my recent “No downtime for the Enterprise” post I wrote for Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure blog site, you would of learned that even in today’s words, system outages are still costing the enterprise millions and millions of dollars in lost revenue.

For backup and recovery providers like Vembu, this provides the opportunity to mitigate that risk, to help customers establish a steady recovery plan to not only counter data loss potential but also tackle compliance responsibilities at the same time (take  the upcoming EU’s GDPR) for example ).

Last week, they announced the release of Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 which offers manifold features and enhancements to meet the different needs of diverse IT environments. According to them, the overall goal of the new version v3.9.0 is to continue to provide advancements in terms of Storage, Security, and Data Restoration.

Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 release addresses a number of critical features, here are some of their provided key highlights of this release:

 

Tape Backup Support

 Vembu now provides the popular 3-2-1 backup strategy (Three copies of backup on two different types of medias (Disk and Tape) as well as one backup copy at offsite) to businesses by announcing the support for Native Tape Backup for Image-based Backups (VMware, Hyper-V, and Physical Windows Servers & Workstations) providing an option for Long-Term Archival and Offsite storage.  Also, Vembu Tape Backup Support makes the DR possible on any physical or virtual environment. Thus Vembu Tape backup is designed keeping in mind the future needs of the ever evolving IT demands.

 

Quick VM Recovery on ESXi host for Hyper-V and Windows Image Backups

As we speak of data backup, recovery of data is equally important, if not more. While data recovery is crucial, the amount of time taken to restore data decides the business continuity of any organization. In the previous versions, Vembu has provided instant recovery capabilities only for VMware Backups from the GUI. From this release v3.9.0, Vembu makes the instant recovery process much simpler and quicker than before by making the Quick VM Recovery possible on VMware ESXi from Vembu BDR backup server console for all image-based backups(VMware, Hyper-V and Microsoft Windows). Thus, Vembu lowers the Recovery Time Objectives of the organizations and provides quicker data regain and access.

 

Backup-level Encryption

With the newest release, Vembu provides the ability to encrypt the data while creating a backup job. Each backup job that is configured from the distributed agents or through the Vembu BDR backup server is now highly secured through Backup-level Encryption. By using customized passwords, users will now be able to enable additional security for their backup jobs. And the backup data can be restored/accessed only by providing the password. Thus, the data is encrypted and can only be accessed by authorized users. This step is to fight data threats and also to ensure data compliances.

 

Auto Authorization at Vembu OffsiteDR Server

Offsite data protection is critical in terms of business continuity and is primarily done to keep a backup instance of key business data. To increase data security, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 has Auto Authorization feature at Vembu OffsiteDR server that lets only the registered BDR backup servers to connect to the OffsiteDR server. Vembu BDR servers are authorized through unique registration key generated at the OffsiteDR server. Thus, safeguard all your backup data even if they are transferred to offsite through Auto-Authorization at OffsiteDR server

 

Pre/Post backup scripts

Many businesses are in a need to execute certain business logic before or after a backup job. But running these logics manually through scripts is difficult and is not feasible for organizations having multiple backup jobs running in their IT infrastructure. To make this process simpler, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 provides a separate wizard in NetworkBackup, OnlineBackup and ImageBackup clients, where one can add a number of pre and post executable commands/scripts. This helps in automatically executing the added commands/scripts at specific stages based on the configuration and provides the ability to run the custom actions before/after the backup schedules.

 

Besides all the listed features, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 has few other interesting features like Windows Event Viewer Integration along with some Enhancements.

Interested in trying Vembu BDR suite?, Try Now on a 30-days free trial: https://www.vembu.com/vembu-bdr-suite-download/

 

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Vembu release version 3.9.0 announcement (Sponsored Post)

Some exciting news from our friends over at Vembu with the announcement of version 3.9 of their backup and recovery software, for those who arent aware of what Vembu; their BDR Suite product provides data protection for a number of workloads including, physical, virtual, and cloud based workloads.

It is packed with some new features which you may read about below.

 

New Features in v3.9.0:

 

Tape Backup Support:

Vembu extends its support to native tape backup through the Vembu BDR console. You can utilise the best known 3-2-1 backup strategy of having 3 copies of backup data on 2 different media and 1 off-site location for an efficient DR plan. This secondary backup approach will help you to archive the image based backups in both virtual and physical environments like VMware, Hyper-V and Windows Servers and recover them in multiple formats like VHD, VMDK, VHDX, VMDK-Flat and RAW.

Auto Authorization at Off-site DR:

Enabling the auto authorization feature will allow only the authorized Vembu BDR servers to get connected with Vembu OffsiteDR servers (Replication) using the registration key.

Quick VM Recovery on ESXi for Hyper-V and Disk Image Backups:

Instant recovery of backed up data on VMware ESXi is now made available for both the Hyper-V VMs and Windows Servers backup jobs for an effective Disaster Recovery. This recovery of the virtual machines happens in a matter of seconds by booting the backed up machine directly from the backup storage repository, from where all the files, folders and applications can be accessed.

Windows Event Viewer Integration:

All the events of the Vembu BDR, Off-siteDR & agents like information on critical, warnings and major events are updated in the Event Viewer of Windows Servers  when enabled for better management.

Advanced Backup level encryption for all agents:

Users will be able to configure AES-256 bit encryption for all their backup jobs of VMware, Hyper-V, Disk Image through their customized passwords using corresponding password hints as well.

OffsiteDR Server retentions using Vembu Network Backup:

OffsiteDR retention policies is now available for the Network Backup plugins too, like the image based backups of VMware, Hyper-V and Disk Image backups at the too.

Listing of files & Folders in aciTree structure:

The listing of files and folders while configuring backups on a Network Backup plugin is now up with the aciTree structure for easy and quick navigation.

Pre/Post backup scripts for all Network & Image Backup clients:

This feature provides the ability to configure running custom actions before and after the execution backup schedule. The custom actions may include running an application using some script files.

AngularJS conversion of UI for Vembu OnlineBackups:

The overall UI of Vembu OnlineBackup is improved for better performance like the current Vembu BDR and Off-siteDR.

Update of consumed space on the Vembu Portal:

Based on the display of the consumed space of Vembu Online Backup and SaaSBackup plugins, the customer will be able to allocate and purchase further cloud storage post purchase and upgrade.

 

Vembu 3.9 will be available for general availability in the next week or so.

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More announcements from Vembu! (Sponsored Post)

More on the Vembu front, with recent announcements coming on the licensing front as well as a new service program aimed at providing service providers a platform to offer Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for virtual environments through the Vembu software.

Service providers can leverage the native multi-tenancy functionality in Vembu to backup their VM’s by providing the Web UI access to their customers so that they can monitor their backup jobs individually and restore  files and application data without the need to get in contact with the SP.

Get a recap of all of the annoucements below!

Unveiling the perpetual licensing:
With launching the latest perpetual licensing, we look forward to availing more flexibility with the pricing. The Vembu BDR Suite which was earlier at the subscription pricing model will now be available at perpetual licensing, thereby helping IT environments fulfill their requirements that would cost less over time.
https://www.vembu.com/blog/vembu-provides-pricing-flexibility-unveiling-perpetual-licensing-option/

Introducing the brand New Service Program:
In the aim of setting firm footprints across the globe by catering one of the most comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution at an affordable pricing, Vembu unfolds it’s New Service Provider Program that would provide service providers a great scope for huge benefits and discounts with the Vembu BDR Suite v3.8.0.
https://www.vembu.com/blog/vembu-announces-new-and-customer-centric-service-provider-program/

Vembu complying with the EU GDPR:
Addressing customers’ concern have always been Vembu’s top priority. The Vembu BDR Suite does comply with the new regulation and will make the users the real data owner. Complying with industry standards and policies has always been one of Vembu BDR Suite’s core attributes and the GDPR is no exception as well.
https://www.vembu.com/eu-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/

Right now, Vembu can back up VMware and Hyper-V environments only – perhaps we will see integration into Oracle Virtual Manager in the future. Either way, they’re an exciting company to watch. Visit their site here if you want to learn more!

 

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Welcome Cloud-land sponsor Vembu!

Quick post to welcome Vembu as an official sponsor of cloud-land.com!!!  Vembu has been around for a little while and has been a quiet achiever in the backup and disaster recovery space covering backup for application sets such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Active Directory, Outlook, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle.

Their Vembu BDR suite provides backup and recovery options for both physical and virtual environments and comes with a range of other features:

  • Vembu VMBackup
  • Vembu ImageBackup
  • Vembu NetworkBackup
  • Vembu OnlineBackup
  • Vembu SaaSBackup

You could probably take a guess from the names above on what the feature does, but if you wish to learn a little more about Vembu head over to their sponsor page on this site or visit their official site at vembu.com

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Veeam Endpoint Backup

Veeam has recently announced “Veeam Endpoint Backup Free” to our portfolio of products, I am excited to share with you what Veeam Endpoint Backup is and what it is not.  The release of this product is our showcase of our exciting innovation we drive at Veeam. Ok so what does this mean to virtualisation practitioners, home users etc? Let’s start with what it is.

 

What it is

Veeam Endpoint Backup Free is a standalone product designed to allow users to back up Windows-based desktops and laptops, because while we believe that the modern data center should be virtual, we recognize that some devices – like desktops and laptops – only exist in a physical form factor.  With this new product we will now make it possible for users to back up these types of devices. With Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, you can easily back up your machine to an external hard drive, NAS share or a Veeam backup repository. And if you ever need to get your data back, there are multiple easy recovery options available.

 

What it is not 

Veeam Endpoint Backup Free is designed to back up Windows-based desktops and laptops – it is NOT an enterprise physical backup server solution.  It represents a new market for Veeam, and one that we are very excited about.

Best of all, Veeam Endpoint Backup Free is (if you haven’t caught on already) 100% FREE!

 

 Where can I get it?

Please visit http://go.veeam.com/endpoint to request a download link, you should get a response in a couple of days.

 

How simple is it?

I recently installed Veeam Endpoint Backup onto a VM and configured it to backup to my home NAS, here was the process.  First thing we do is Click Configure Backup, this launches the wizard which will take you through the various steps of configuration, the first step is to click the “Configure Backup” link in the top right of the application – this will launch the trusty old wizard interface which all Windows kids adore.  The following modes are available:

Entire Computer – Backup all volumes presented to the local computer, this does not include Samba shares.

Volume Level Backup – Backup a selection of volumes (Think C:, D: etc)

File Level Backup – Backup a sub-selection of folders and/or files within a volume.

 

Endpoint 1 Once you have selected the type of backup you wish to do (I went for file backup as I do not need to backup the whole set of volumes presented to my virtual machine, you click next.
Endpoint 2 This is pretty self explanatory, in the view I chose presents me with the local volumes (in this case the system drive or ‘C drive’ for the old timers).  you can expand the folders and select a sub-selection of folders and files from here that you wish to backup. Once this is done, you may click next to select your target repository.
Endpoint 3 Now select the type of repository (where you want to backup the files to) and click next. For NAS shares, select ‘Shared Folder’. For another drive (perhaps an External USB or similar) select Local drive.
Endpoint 4 Select the location of the NAS share and enter your credentials if you need to authenticate. I selected my home NAS as a test repository.
Endpoint 5 This screen is asking how often you wish to backup? For those backup bunnies, this should be driven by your home RPO’s you set out in your Disaster Recovery plan :).
Endpoint 6 Finally, a summary page to confirm your selections. Once satisfied, click Finish! You can decide whether or not you wish to kick the backup job off immediately by ticking the box.
Endpoint 7 Thats it!  The backup job will start if you ticked the “Run the job when I click Finish” checkbox, if not, you can manually start the backup job at a later time.
Endpoint 8 Wolah! Complete! To configure a new backup, click the configure backup link again and refollow these steps.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions, in addition there are the Veeam Endpoint forums where other users will be posting questions and solutions to any queries they may have.

Go Veeam!

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A look back at Traditional Backup and forward to the Cloud with ‘VeeamOn’.

This year, Veeam is holding its first annual conference “VeeamON” focused on the evolution of Virtualization, the shift to the cloud, and in particular Data Protection and why now, more than ever data availability should be on the focus list of every single CIO/CDO across the globe. Why is data protection important? Let’s take a look at what workloads there were 20 years ago compared to now.

In the beginning….

Historically, Backup really revolved around tape –  usually a single tape backup drive connected to a computer that would back up days and weeks worth of precious company data to a single tape. Backups could naturally take hours to complete, as did restores which were rarely tested and also had the potential to take hours to locate the right tape drive, load it into the tape unit and restore in the event of data loss. Some may argue that the process of backing up and restoring back then was fairly straight forward as there were purpose built devices with one job but the efficiencies in doing were so were absent.

But in hindsight, there were (and still are) pitfalls in traditional backup methods, modern day features such as deduplication, compression, incremental block changes that have become a norm in storage and backup administrator’s vocabulary were not available to the business back then so things took time to complete. Eventually these features came but usually through having to purchase a new set of physical hardware or external device to perform the tasks which at times could prove costly. Virtualization was not the norm back then so servers were not portable containers and bare metals restores were 100% part of daily life for the various IT teams.  One thing that has not changed from legacy backup times is the reason why backups had to happen. To protect companies Intellectual property in the form of data and to ensure this data was online and accessible after a disaster – Availability.

The need for data availability

During my tenure at HP, I wrote a two-part article entitled “Woudl you like a side of Disaster Recovery with that” aimed to discuss the sometimes misunderstood (and unappreciated) area of Disaster Recovery – what it meant and why it is important.   I touched on points that not having data available and online can be (and is) a very costly exercise depending on what industry vertical your business operates in. You may have a read at the two part post at the following two links:

http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/Would-you-like-a-side-of-Disaster-Recovery-with-that-1-2/ba-p/120591

http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/Would-you-like-a-side-of-Disaster-Recovery-with-that-2-2/ba-p/121951

The important message I wanted to convey through these writings was availability has a cost associated with it when things goes wrong and SLAs are no longer being met due to hardware and/or software failures not to mention other unforeseen incidents such as human error (perhaps someone accidentally pulled the wrong cable out – it happens!) ,  Most storage and backup advocates know that,  a lot of our day jobs revolve around making sure SLAs are met whether you are a company providing a service or a vendor selling technology that helps meet those SLAs. – They all tie back to availability and how quickly this happens.

The landscape is evolving.

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Take a look at this forecast released by Cisco entitled ‘Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2012–2017’ and in particular Figure 5. Workload Distribution and its accompanied Table 3, and just observe how massive the shift from traditional workloads to virtual workloads is becoming,  of course this varies from country to country but as a general trend you can see the IT landscape is heading more and more into dealing with virtual environments as opposed to physical. In fact, this studies just verified that these days, virtual workloads are the norm and location, location, location also matters – whether it is based on-premise, or off-site perhaps in a cloud provider environment, these workloads still need to be protected at a local (site) basis as well as a off-site (replica) basis.  With the newest version of our flagship product – Veeam Backup and Replication, Veaam is positioned perfectly to manage virtual workloads no matter where they reside.

Now, hopefully that set the context of why VeeamOn is important to IT Leaders – CIO’s, CDO’s, CSO, and CTO’s alike. So here are the details:

 

veeamon

 

 

 

 

What is it?

VeeamON is a three day event focused on modern day data centre availability, not just backup, not just DR but all encompassing and will feature some well-known industry speakers and analysts from companies such as Gartner and ESG. It is being held October 6th-8th at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. This event will host a series of quality sessions focused on modern day availability solutions and trends in the modern data centre that help form the “Always-On” story – Think back to the briefs I wrote about and why it is so important to remain always on!.  Whether you are business focused, or technical – there will be valuable content catering for both business and partner streams so you can choose from a great variety of content.

Where is it?

The Cosmopolitian in Las Vegas, USA

When is it?

The event is happening between October 6th – October 9th 2014

But wait…. theres more!!!!

Veeam is giving away five free regular passes and one free VIP pass to VeeamON, all you have to do is to go here -> http://go.veeam.com/veeamon-free-pass and enter in your details.

Its that easy!

References

Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2012–2017. retrieved 30th July 2014 from http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/global-cloud-index-gci/Cloud_Index_White_Paper.html

 

 

 

 

 

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HP Storage Summit – Macau, China June 25-26

Next week HP is holding a two-day event that offers focused storage solution sessions in Macau starting on June 25th, HP is a very special Alliance partner for Veeam and I am honored to be attending and representing the Veeam/HP partnership. This will be my first event as the new Veeam Alliances Manager for Asia-Pacific & Japan so am really excited to be attending.

Join HP partners and customers to hear from various HP Technical Experts and Leadership as they speak about the recent announcements from last weeks HP Discover event held in Vegas.

Veeam APAC is also proud to be a Gold sponsor of this event, and will have a booth on-site that has the latest and greatest information on our software suite and its integration with HP Storage Products. If you are heading to this event, and wish to catch up. Please get in contact -> andre.carpenter@veeam.com.

Look forward to seeing you there!
For more information->

http://www8.hp.com/sg/en/events/storage-summit-2014/overview.html

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Achieving Strategic Business Value from a Sound BURA strategy for CIO’s

Recently I wrote a summary discussion on an Executive Brief by Frost & Sullivan (F&S) titled Beyond Overhead: How Your Backup and Recovery Architecture Can Contribute to Strategic Business Success., rather than duplicating the article here. The discussion post was published on the worldwide HP Transforming IT Blog site:

http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Transforming-IT-Blog/Achieving-Strategic-Business-Value-from-a-Sound-BURA/ba-p/148027

Would love to know your thoughts on this brief, I found myself mostly agreeing with the points F&S make, but of course have my own ideas as to what matters and what doesn’t in this case.  Do you?  If so feel free to comment!