BURA DR Storage Trending Vembu

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

 

BURA Trending Vembu Virtualization

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/

 

Amazon Web Services Cloud CxO Microsoft Storage Thought-Leadership Trending Virtualization

A new year brings…………..?

Good new year to you!  I trust that if you are reading this then you survived the Christmas and New year break and hopefully took some time off to spend it with family and friends.

Last year, brought a ramp up in the adoption of Cloud services among many organisations  – probably not as much as a lot of folks thought to warrant the term ‘shift’, but certainly the maturity of what we perceive to be cloud computing (and what it is not) led to more and more firms asking themselves – How we can do this better and more cost effectively?

This is largely due to the massive number of vendors in the ICT universe, now marketing their offerings as “cloud-ready” –  Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon, and HPE are some of the notable larger players who are now aligning to this new phenomenon along with other smaller vendors now claiming to offer a path to adopting cloud computing.

One of the pitfalls of heading down the cloud path is that companies are finding out that some legacy services simply cannot transform. More often than not, this is due to the fact that the hardware platforms that exist in newer public cloud providers do not resemble their on-premises infrastructure and architecture.

The fallout from this difference is that their most critical applications are no longer performing as expected, proven or even supported leaving their business at risk.  So a lot of companies want cloud, but simply cannot (or perhaps will not) transform to be able to adopt it due to this risk.

Let me pose a question to you – if you are considering cloud but have held off until now due to the unknown risks associated with the change).  “What is the fundamental reason for the reluctance?”

Perhaps cost is an inhibitor, or perhaps it is the unpredictability of the transformation and how things are going to look and perform on the other side that has kept your business from traveling down the cloud road.

Whatever it is, it is not always possible that you can lift and shift all services to the cloud – at a conservative view, for every single CPU associated with Oracle Database, there is at least three CPU’s of other workloads tied to that database which relies on it.  When you put it in this context, the task at hand to transform your business to be cloud-enabled seems enormous!

My next post will cover what Oracle is doing in regards to this transformation and managing change and risk by providing predictability and like-for-like performance for your Oracle database environment as well as other workloads you may have.

I will further discuss Oracle’s view on the journey to the cloud and how it can help you:

 

  1. Streamline Enterprise IT on-premises to be cloud ready should you ever need it
  2. Expand your Private Cloud
  3. Deploy a Hybrid Cloud
  4. Bring Public Cloud onto your Premises
  5. Lift and Shift to Public Cloud

Stay tuned!

Oracle Personal Storage Thought-Leadership Trending vExpert Virtualization VMWare

Update – A hiatus? Yes please!

Happy new year! I hope that my readers have had a good break and are fully refreshed to hit 2016 running, I know for me it is going to be a defining year after 2015. (its now March and 2015 seems a long time ago!). I have not blogged for a while and have been fairly absent from Twitter as well as LinkedIn. So where did I fall off the radar to? HIATUS!

A hiatus?

For the last six months, I have been taking a hiatus (going to be honest here and say I was not familiar with this word originally):

noun, plural hiatuses, hiatus

1.a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.

(Retrieved 27th February from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/hiatus)

 

This resulted in resigning from my job and making a “bucket list” which included seeing more parts of Australia I have never seen before as well as New Zealand. Sightseeing, Hiking, Wine tasting in different regions, Driving, Kayaking, Cycling, Swimming, Salmon fishing were some of the activities I did whilst on my break.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller#Instagram

 

So what is next?

I have had a lot of people ask me what next for me, and I am please to announce I have agreed to join the team at Oracle Australia, focusing on all things storage cloud, analytics and virtualisation.

My role as Principal Technologist will see me dealing with customers of all sizes across all sectors across Australia and New Zealand , and helping them to plan new I.T services through Oracle cloud as well as working with channel partners in delivering top solutions to their customers.

Why Oracle?

Simply, The People, Technology and Possibilities:

The People

Haven spoken to a lot of the people I would be working with in this role, I gained a clear view and appreciation that there are some very dedicated and enthusiastic people on board which is truly exciting and invigorating – when you are surrounded with that enthusiasm and those positive attitudes, how can one not be inspired.

I spoke to the leadership team and got the feel that it was the right type of leadership to work for (extremely important to me); there is so much opportunity to build a really successful business through partners and customers. The truth is, the group is a start-up business within a massive corporation which gives off a real sense of start-up culture and vibe.

The Technology,

If we look at the most recent Integrated Systems Magic Quadrant published by Gartner as of August 2015, we see that Oracle along with VCE, Nutanix and HP are real contenders in the converged infrastructure market which is rising to be the future of storage platforms as we know it.

Yes, there are still companies that are focusing just on the next evolution of storage (flash), but some of these contenders will struggle as customers are no longer wanting just storage and are looking for real-world integrated packages that are proven and backed by strong ventures. There will be storage startups exiting the market this year.

intgegrated_systems_magic_quadrant_august_2015

 

The Possibilities

I like to build and grow businesses, and the Oracle storage business has so much potential to grow with some pretty impressive tech so evangelizing and educating customers and partners on why this technology can really help their I.T challenges seemed like a fun way to spend my 9-5.

Lastly, Oracle is a huge multinational and traditionally not known for storage – so the opportunity to learn other platforms and technologies other than storage was attractive. Whilst I do not think I will end up as a DBA type, I do know that their application stack sit in the Enterprise space so being able to be exposed to these platforms would be a fresh breath of air.

vExpert 2016 – Evangelist

VMW-LOGO-vEXPERT-2016-k

I am proud to be recognized again in this elite group by VMware, this will be my fourth camp receiving the Evangelist award, and although I have not been posting as much content as I have in previous years, I plan to step it up in 2016 as a new opportunity has arisen which I plan to use to engage the community.

What is really cool is that not all vExperts are alike, they are no longer posting similar content due to VMware diversifying their portfolio . This is resulting in mass generation of rich content in all aspects of VMware! We have vExperts in Server virtualization, Desktop virtualization, Network Virtualization, Automation etc. and the list has grown phenomenally since I first got awarded a few years back. A special shout out to Corey Romero for his hard work in keeping this program running.

For a more complete list please visit http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/02/vexpert-2016-award-announcement.html

Thats it for now, my next posts will be focused on Oracle ZFS and some of the best practices and learnings I come up with around that! Stay tuned!

 

Social Media Trending vExpert Virtualization VMWare

VMware vExpert 2015 – what does it really mean to me

Short note to help promote and congratulate the latest vExpert 2015 awardees announcement, and a special welcome to new folk on the list. I am typing this on an iPad so grammar isn’t going to be a strong point especially because of IOS semi-intuitive autocorrect feature, I’ll try clean it up later.

The list has grown – tremendously and as I and other people have questioned the exponential growth of the list, I truly believe and trust the team at VMware is doing a fantastic job of making sure the people in the list belong in the list. I have been out of a “technologist” focused role for almost a year now so it has proven hard to find the time to return to creating fruitful and meaningful technical white papers, blog posts and posters. (Something I do miss)

But then that is what the good thing about the programme, and perhaps I needed to be reminded about. It is about contribution to the community and not the level you are technically contributing at – filling knowledge gaps where you can and putting your hand up and identifying when there is a gap in your own knowledge.

This is what makes the global VMware community special, and whilst I do think there are a lot of ego’s in this world – the one thing I have observed is for this community’s passion for helping others along their journeys.

It creates a virtual sense of family and whilst I and other long time vExperts compete through our chosen companies – I would never be led to believe this causes any friction or animosity towards each other when one is seeking help with a particular problem. That’s what makes this programme beneficial, not the free stuff you get with it, not the label or sense of title it gives you. It’s the people it connects you with- globally.

Check out http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2015/02/vexpert-2014-announcement-2.html to see the full list.

BURA Cloud Conference CxO Trending Veeam Virtualization

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.

photo.JPG

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

 

 

 

 

 

BURA CxO HP Trending

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! 

Trending Virtualization VMWare

VMware Horizon Mobile and Switch

About a month ago, VMware announced two new “VMware Ready” devices for their VMware Horizon Mobile software,  although Apple iPhones are still yet to make an appearance in this list – this is still something I am very excited about. Firstly, because its an area where I am still technically upskilling  and secondly because I see mobility as an area which is on the verge of exploding.

Switch to VMware with VMware Switch

Put simply, VMware Switch (not to be confused with a VMware vSwitch 🙂 allows multiple personalities or persona to exist on the same mobile hardware device.

Now think back to my post on the trends in storage and cloud computing for 2013, I noted at the time that VMware Horizon was opening up new doors to the mobile user, EUC as we know it is changing tremendously.

The possibilities could be endless.

Think segregation, think defined work schedules, think BYOD – Now as an avid user of BYOD myself (Apple Fanboy here) I truely am excited to see VMware extend their  virtualization technology to mobile devices. Technology is fuelled by innovation, and to me this is innovation. Almost every IT/Technologist/Enthuiast has at least one mobile device.  I sat on the tram the other day and was astonished (but not surprised) at at least 90% of the fellow passengers glued to their mobile device – Facebooking, tweeting, reading news, email etc  All thirsty for information and social interaction.

Our mobiles no longer just serve the purpose of being able to phone and speak to someone, we make decisions on buying these mobile devices on other capabilities such as SMS, web browsing, email capabilities and social media access. Exciting times!!!

Cloud Personal Trending Virtualization VMWare

vExpert 2013 award

vexpert_logo

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, VMware announced this years awardees with the prestigious  vExpert 2013 title, an award that has been around since 2009 to recognise individuals on their contributions to the global virtualization and cloud community.  The list is put together by VMware and in particular John Troyer (@JohnTroyer) and the VMware Social Media & Community Team- No easy task in my mind as there are a lot of great VMware practitioners and Evangelists out there.

 

Announcement link (Just in case you dont believe me 🙂 

http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2013/05/vexpert-2013-awardees-announced.html

 

For me, this is my very first year being recognised in this category, and I am very humbled and honoured to be recognised among some of the great evangelists in this field – some who are personal friends of mine which makes it even more special.

 

Does it mean you’re now an expert?

No, not necessarily.  The title is not based on what you know or how much you know.  A great extract from the announcement page shows what it takes (and doesnt take) to be recognised:

“A vExpert not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. There were a lot of very smart, very accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named as vExpert this year” (Retrieved from http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2013/05/vexpert-2013-awardees-announced.html)

 

Lastly, I would also like to extend my congratulations out to all of the other vExperts for 2013. Looking forward to meeting some of you over the next year.

 

 

Trending

Cloud-Land

So Cloud-Land appears to be getting smashed on the traffic plan it is on…… So………………………………..

Time for some optimisation!,  I’ve just paid for an upgrade with my web host company so apologies if you have been seeing time out error messages due to excessive concurrent traffic,  it should hopefully cease now.

On the plus side, it’s nice to know technology folk are visiting here and the issue I have with the site being too busy is a good problem to have in my opinion!,

Lastly, please start commenting.  I endeavour to respond to every comment and love hearing from you .

 

Andre