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Veeam Availability Suite v9 extending in the Storage land with further EMC, HP and NetApp support

Today is a very exciting day at Veeam, for those who use NetApp ONTAP and/or EMC VNX\VNXe primary storage in their environments. We are announcing further integration to our existing storage integration capabilities by allowing customers to now:

  • Use storage snapshots to create complete, isolated copies of your production environment in just a few clicks, for fast and easy testing and troubleshooting—available for VMware vSphere with HP 3PAR\StoreVirtual, NetApp ONTAP, and EMC VNX\VNXe primary storage.

 

  •  Perform VMware vSphere backups faster and with reduced impact on your virtual environment by backing up directly from NFS primary storage using Veeam’s proprietary NFS client.

 

  • Completely eliminate the additional impact from backup activities on your production storage by retrieving virtual machine data from NetApp SnapMirror or SnapVault secondary storage systems, instead of from the primary storage system.

 

Also, earlier on this year (actually about a month ago) we announced EMC VNX\VNXe snapshot integration which will allow Veeam Backup & Replication v9 to now read the  snapshots from EMC VNX and VNXe arrays. These can be the snapshots set up via a schedule via the Unisphere or within the Veeam Backup & Replication interface itself. Once Veeam has access to the storage array snapshot, customers can dive in and browse those snapshots and launch these powerful restore options without any agents:

It should be noted that this particular integration is limited to snapshots NFS shares provided by the VNX\VNXe only, yes this means no FC support…………….yet.

 

Why is this important for your business?

For me personally, this gives me added discussion points when speaking to our global alliance partners and their customers  – leveraging storage snapshots is the best way to deliver Availability for the Modern Data Centre and is how I see customers taking their existing RPO\RTO capabilities and really taking them into overdrive to be able to achieve RTPO’s of 5 minutes or better.

Why now?

Storage and Backup used to be treated completely separately, customers had a storage administrator and a backup administrator each with their own agendas and arguably not sharing any synergy between them. We then saw an evolvement where the convergence of Storage and backup technologies were treated separately but very much as a pair of separates (oxymoron?), hardware was being procured that way and it drove behaviour in the customer market to look for synergies to maximise their ROI on each. Enter virtualisation, as well as shared resources and we now have a clear need to treat storage and backup as one. Customers need an availability strategy that touched both storage and backup, and was able to meet the business needs of the company it was serving, and they are demanding more from their infrastructure.  Veeam bridges that gap between Storage and Backup and taps into the Storage Infrastructure resources to enable fast, efficient and smart restores for tier one applications. It’s that simple.

All of these features will be available in Veeam Availability Suite v9 onwards due for release later this year.

 

For our official release on v9 and EMC integration please read http://www.veeam.com/news/new-veeam-availability-suite-v9.html

 

And for a more in depth article – check out my colleague Luca Dell’Oca’s post here

 

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Veeam Fully Supports VMware vSphere 6 via Veeam Backup & Replication 8.0 Update 2

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So as you know, VMware has recently gone GA on vSphere 6, along with the new features, bells and whistles it comes with, there is also a new requirement on the certification front! VCP5.5 was the last technical cert that I sat and hopefully the last for a while given my current role and focus.  But that is not why I am writing this post, because whilst the release of vSphere 6 brings new cert and cool features to the world of Virtualisation, it is with great pleasure I announce that Veeam is fully supporting vSphere 6 in Veeam Availability Suite v8 with the following enhancements:

  • Support for VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) and Virtual SAN (VSAN) 2.0
  • Quick Migration to VVol datastores
  • Cross-vCenter vMotion awareness
  • Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) policy backup and restore
  • Support for backup and replication of Fault Tolerant VMs
  • vSphere 6 tags integration
  • Hot add transport for SATA virtual disks
  • Monitoring and reporting support of VVols

This latest update to Veeam Availability Suite v8 is the largest non-version-increasing update in Veeam history, with more than 1,000 change sets applied. In addition to full support for VMware vSphere 6, it also includes complete integration with Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, a new free product that enables IT to back up Windows-based desktops, laptops and even a small number of physical servers. How cool is that!?

So where do you download Update 2? Visit here my friend and enjoy! Also, read http://www.veeam.com/kb2024 for full release notes.

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AlwaysON at VeeamON 2015 – Oct 26th – Oct 29th 2015. Join us!

VeeamON is our global event that focuses on Availability for the Modern Data Centre, its a means for customers and partners to hear from Veeam’s various product, technical, and management teams about what we are doing in the availability space and give them a one-of-a-kind experience filled with education and networking opportunities.

Last year, we ran it for the very first time in Las Vegas and it proved to be (so I heard) a one of a kind conference that left people rocking from all the brilliant content and opportunities that happened and asking for more.

This year, its going to be bigger and better and will once again be run in the city of sin, Las Vegas at Aria.  It is going to be epic… Not convinced?  Watch the following teaser.

 

And now go visit http://go.veeam.com/veeamon for more information on how to get there!!!

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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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Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware: General Overview Poster

Veeam Backup and Replication v8 Poster

We have just updated and released the “Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for VMware: General Overview” Poster which covers deployment methods, components of Veeam Backup and Replication v8 and probably most useful – requirements of all the different moving parts of what makes our software.

 

Use it as quick reference – Hang in the office, any shared space, home lab, bedroom,  toilet whatever…

Download the poster by clicking here.

 

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The Value of Veeam and Storage Array Integration

Time and time again, I get asked by partners and customers what is the value prop behind Veeam Backup and replication integrating with the various storage arrays for offload operations.   Why is there value there? I usually respond by stating that Veeam integrates with specific SAN arrays to let them perform the “heavy-lifting” when creating a backup job resulting in a lot faster backup and restore operations? By why is having quicker backup and restore options that important?

At Veeam, we speak about the 3 C’s of Backup challenges, Cost, Complexity and Capabilities.  Inherent to backup architecture and environments that is considered “legacy” do these challenges exist – Why?  The obvious reason is no doubt that these environments have grown organically and have never really been designed for the type of workloads that we are seeing in todays world. What is troubling is that customers simply get use to these environments and subsequently “accept” the pitfalls of having technology that has been retrofitted for newer trends and workloads – particularly for customers that are new to virtualisation, backup could be an issue that they don‘t realise they need to address.

For example, if a customer wants to restore a single virtual machine, how would they go about that with a conventional backup solution? With Veeam Backup and Replication it is extremely simple. Veeam has great momentum in the market and when you position it with primary storage arrays such as HP 3PAR or NetApp FAS systems  with their unique integration points. These represent the “heavy-lifter” I mentioned earlier in this post, getting a more suitable device to handle specific tasks – for those who are familiar with virtualisation, think vStorage APIs for Array Integration or VAAI – certain storage operations that get offloaded to compliant storage arrays is very similar.

How do we do it?  Veeam Software is an innovative provider of data protection solutions for VMware vSphere and Windows Server Hyper-V environments, and offers integration with HP 3PAR InformOS and NetApp ONTAP based arrays as of version 8 of our backup and replication platform. Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots enables IT administrators to recover whole virtual machines and application data directly from SAN snapshots, including HP 3PAR snapshots and NetApp SAN snapshots. This capability enables administrators to quickly restore any or all of a Virtual Machine directly from SAN snapshots, which can be taken throughout the day with very little impact on production systems. This enables short recovery point objectives (RPO) for the most common recovery scenarios: users accidentally deleting data, users deleting emails,  and system updates gone wrong. This in turn provides a better return on investment in both your backup infrastructure as well as your storage infrastructure as its hardware utilisation increases making sure you get maximum use out of your investment, and reducing costs by not having to fork out for more CPU power to handle backup jobs.

Here are the key capability points for Veeam and Storage Array integration: It is fast –  customers will be able to recover an entire VM or individual items in 2 minutes or less. It is flexible – Storage Administrators can restore exactly what they need -quickly and easily: a full Virtual Machine, individual guest files, individual Microsoft Exchange items, Microsoft Active Directory objects. In addition, it is also agent-free; there are absolutely no agents to deploy on virtual hosts or within Virtual Machines so upgrading the software in the future is straight forward. By having this architecture and ease of use, IT administrators can see a reduction in complexity and management of their backups.

So more aggressive RPO’s using compliant SAN based snapshots mean that quicker restore options and lower RTO’s are achievable using Veeam.

Note: Veeam currently supports HP 3PAR and HP StoreVirtual for snapshot integration, NetApp FAS systems will be supported in version 8.0 which is due out in the next month or so.

 

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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:

 

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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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#Veeam at the #HP Storage Summit, Macau 25/26th June 2014 #Veeam_APAC #HPStorage

This week, I had the privilege of attending HP’s storage summit in Macau, China.   The event focused on enterprise storage market trends, product announcements from HP Discover and where HP Storage are heading in terms of their  infrastructure stack and strategy. The event hosted approximately 350 customers and I felt it was received extremely well by all. I got to catch up with old friends and have some great chats over dinners and drinks which was an added bonus.

Veeam APJ at the Summit

This year, Veeam Asia-Pacific and Japan was Gold sponsor of this event, Veeam Backup and Replication v7 has  great product integration and support for HP 3PAR StoreServ snapshots as well as HP StoreVirtual snapshot support giving customers the ability to tap into and leverage array based snapshots through the Veeam GUI.  Myself and Don Williams, VP of Asia Pacific and Japan, Veeam Software each did an video interview talking about the HP and Veeam Alliance and where the value of working with both HP and Veeam is.  UPDATE: Video  added – >

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Highlights for me

  • For me, the networking with the HP Storage staff was invaluable. Having worked with a lot of these folk in my last role it made me realise even more how passionate and enthusiastic they were about where HP Storage is going and the Converged Infrastructure Stack story.
  • Speaking to a lot of customers as well and had some really fruitful discussions, this was another highlight for me as the usual question I got is “What does Veeam do”.  Meeting these questions with a great conversation around Veeam, Virtualisation and HP was simply outstanding.
  • Trying to speak and discuss the value of Veeam and HP Integration to non-English speaking customers was a challenge. Makes me think I should probably learn a new language! Thankfully, we had two technical resources on board that spoke Japanese and Chinese to aid in this area.
  • Keynotes – As ever, its very unique to hear from Global leaders of a particular company, and was good to see David Scott, SVP of HP Storage as well as my good friend Dale Degan, WW Product Marketing Manager for Software Defined Storage make the trip down to present.

In closing

A fun week, lots of information and a successful first outing in my new role, I can’t wait for the next one!

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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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Resetting #VMware Change Block Tracking due to error

So I got this error message today:

Cannot use CBT: Soap fault. A specified parameter was not correct. . deviceKeyDetail: ‘<InvalidArgumentFault xmlns=”urn:internalvim25″ xsi:type=”InvalidArgument”><invalidProperty>deviceKey</invalidProperty></InvalidArgumentFault>’, endpoint: ”

Virtual machines running on ESX/ESXi hosts can identify and track disk sectors that have changed. This feature is called Changed Block Tracking (CBT)

After much research and trying to manually fix this, I came across the following solution which turned out to be easier than I thought! What we need to do is reset CBT as VMs are processed without CBT typically and in this instance the blocks arent being identified.

Thanks to http://www.veeam.com/kb1113 for the images/resolution.

1.  Power off the VM

2.  Right click the VM, click “Edit settings”, find the “Options” tab and click “Configuration Parameters”

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3.  Set the “ctkEnabled” value to false
4.  Set the “scsi0:x.ctkEnabled” value to false for each disk of the VM in question

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5.  Open the source folder and remove any -CTK.VMDK files
6.  Power on the VM and power it off again
7.  Set the “scsi0:x.ctkEnabled” value back to true for each disk of the VM in question
8.  Power the VM on

Wolah!

 

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An update from the desk of the (re)inventor.

Earlier this year, I tweeted that 2014 is a great year to re-baseline and reinvent yourself. What I didn’t know then that I realise now was how much I was going to do this.  So what has been reinvented and created change for me in my personal life and professional life?

A new wife – On the 15th February, I married my long-term girlfriend Elise in a small ceremony in Victoria, Australia. As any wedding is, it was a special day as we were joined by friends and family from around the globe to celebrate.

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A new degree – Last week I flew back to my homeland of New Zealand to graduate with the degree of Master of Management from the Massey University School of Business, this is special for me as it was approximately six years ago I was forced to withdraw from the very last paper due to relocating across to Australia. 

Last year I finally completed that paper and submitted just before I went overseas to the UK. I remember being nervous and unsure at the time as one minute I felt I have done enough and my report was good enough and the next I began to question whether or not I should review once more and add more. I am glad I didn’t as I would of never submitted.

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A new role – Last Monday (2nd), I started at Veeam Software as their Alliances Manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan looking after the business for some of our top alliances partners.  I have always admired Veeam not for the incredible software capabilities they offer, but for the people and culture I have come to know during my time in my presales roles over the years. As part of the APAC team, I am tasked with driving business and fostering healthy business relationships right across the region with these alliances which I am truly excited about.  Furthermore, Veeam has always been on the bleeding edge of virtualisation and well respected within the industry, this is appealing as it will still keep me close to the virtualisation community and outstanding people I have met through this community

And finally………..

A new pet – Elise and I adopted our first pet – a kitten named Miller after seeing a friend post on Facebook that he had found a group of them in a box beside a very busy road in Melbourne.  This has created havoc in our household as there is no longer peace and quiet but a welcome addition to our household

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We are now halfway through 2014, for me change has come in many forms as you have read. I look forward to the remainder of the year and hopefully more exciting changes.