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Healthcare overspends on long term backup retention
There is a dramatic range of perspective on how long hospitals should keep their backups: some keep theirs for 30 days while others keep their backups forever. Many assume the long retention is due to regulatory requirements, but that is not actually the case. Retention times longer than needed have significant cost implications and lead to capital spending 50-70% higher than necessary. At a time when hospitals are concerned with optimization and cost reduction across the board, this is a topic that merits further exploration and inspection.
What is the role of data protection?
The primary role of data protection is recovery in response to failure, malice, or accident. Wherever we have applications and data, we need assurance that those applications can be restored quickly (RTO) with tolerable near-term information loss (RPO). That is an IT deliverable common to all hospitals.
What are the relevant regulations?
HIPAA mandates that Covered Entities and Business Associates have backup and recovery procedures for Patient Health Information (PHI) to avoid loss of data. Nothing regarding duration is specified (CFR 164.306, CFR 164.308). State regulations govern how long PHI must be retained, usually ranging from six to 25 years, sometimes longer.
The retention regulations refer to the PHI records themselves, not the backups thereof. This is an important distinction and a source of confusion and debate. In the absence of deeper understanding, hospitals often opt for long term backup retention, which has significant cost implications without commensurate value.
How do we translate applicable regulations into policy?
There are actually two policies at play: PHI retention and Backup retention. PHI retention should be the responsibility of data governance and/or application data owners. Backup retention is IT policy that governs the recoverability of systems and data.
I have yet to encounter a hospital that actively purges PHI when permitted by regulations. There’s good reason not to: older records still have value as part of analytics datasets but only if they are present in live systems. If PHI is never purged, records in backups from one year ago will also be present in backups from last night. So, what value exists in the backups from one year ago, or even six months ago?
Keeping backups long term increases the capital requirements, complexity of data protection systems, and limits hospitals’ abilities to transition to new data protection architectures that offer a lower TCO, all without mitigating additional risk or adding additional value.
What is the right backup retention period for hospital systems?
Most agree that the right answer is 60-90 days. Thirty days may expose some risk from undesirable system changes that require going further back at the system (if not the data) level; examples given include changes that later caused a boot error. Beyond 90 days, it’s very difficult to identify scenarios where the data or systems would be valuable.
What about legacy applications?
Most hospitals have a list of legacy applications that contain older PHI that was not imported into the current primary EMR system or other replacement application. The applications exist purely for reference purposes, and they often have other challenges such as legacy operating systems and lack of support, which increases risk.
For PHI that only exists in legacy systems, we have only two choices: keep those aging apps in service or migrate those records to a more modern platform that replicates the interfaces and data structures. Hospitals that have pursued this path have been very successful reducing risk by decommissioning legacy applications, using solutions from Harmony, Mediquant, CITI, and Legacy Data Access.
What about email?
Hospitals have a great deal of freedom to define their email policies. Most agree that PHI should not be in email and actively prevent it by policy and process. Without PHI in email, each hospital can define whatever email retention policy they wish.
Most hospitals do not restrict how long emails can be retained, though many do restrict the ultimate size of user mailboxes. There is a trend, however, often led by legal to reduce the history of email. It is often phased in gradually: one year they will cut off the email history at ten years, then to eight or six and so on.
It takes a great deal of collaboration and unity among senior leaders to effect such changes, but the objectives align the interests of legal, finance, and IT. Legal reduces discoverable information; finance reduces cost and risk; and IT reduces the complexity and weight of infrastructure.
The shortest email history I have encountered is two years at a Detroit health system: once an item in a user mailbox reaches two years old, it is actively removed from the system by policy. They also only keep their backups for 30 days. They are the leanest healthcare data protection architecture I have yet encountered.
It is fascinating that hospitals serving the same customer needs bound by vastly similar regulatory requirements come to such different conclusions about backup retention. That should be a signal that there is real optimization potential both with PHI and email:
- There is no additional value in backups older than 90 days.
- Significant savings can be achieved through reduced backup retention of 60-90 days.
- Longer backup retention times impose unnecessary capital costs by as much as 70% and hinder migration to more cost-effective architectures.
- Email retention can be greatly shortened to reduce liability and cost through set policy.
I recently had a situation where I was discussing a scenario with Veeam Backup & Replication deployed completely in the public cloud. In fact, many organizations have the Veeam Backup & Replication server in the cloud and are managing either AWS EC2 or Azure VM backups with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux.
In this situation, there was a discussion about some other services in the cloud. In particular, AWS EMR (Elastic MapReduce). There was a discussion about managing the hive scripts that are part of the EMR cluster. I offered a simple solution:
Veeam File Copy Job
Since the Veeam Backup & Replication server is in the public cloud, the EMR cluster can be inventoried. This means it is visible in the Veeam infrastructure. Generically speaking, the Linux requirements for a repository or other Linux functions are documented here. But mainly, Perl and SSH are what is needed to add the EMR cluster into Veeam Backup & Replication. This is shown in the figure below:
The second entry, ec2-54-196-190-21.compute-1.amazonaws.com, is EMR cluster’s master public DNS entry. From there, it is visible for some basic interaction with Veeam. This reminds me of a challenge I had nearly 10 years ago. I had a physical server with millions of files that I needed to move, the Veeam FastSCP engine saved the day.
I had an odd re-remembering of this situation with the EMR cluster. When you have some hive scripts that are inventoried in EMR, it is possible that Veeam can copy those off to another system so you have a copy of them. It’s important to note that this is not a backup — but a file copy job. Nonetheless, it can be helpful if you have a need to have a copy of your EMR scripts on another system. In the screenshot above, I could copy them to the ec2-18-206-235-47.compute-1.amazonaws.com host as that is a Linux EC2 instance, and I have Veeam Agent for Linux on that system. So, I could have a “proper” backup as well.
One other nice feature here is I can use the Veeam text editor (what used to be the FastSCP Editor). Simply right-click on your hive script and select Edit, this may be easier than dusting off your vi skills:
Then from there, I can build the File Copy Job. The file copy job is a simple copy with an optional schedule. You select a source and a target, and it will do just as it sounds. It’s handy in that you can coordinate its schedule with other jobs you may already have in the public cloud. In fact, that’s exactly what I have done in the example below. The file copy job is placing the hive scripts and some other folders I care about from my EMR cluster on a system I’m backing up with Veeam Agent for Linux. That is scheduled to run right after the Linux Agent job. This is a view of the file copy job:
Have you ever used the file copy job? It may be handy for services such as EMR clusters that you need to copy files to or from. You can use the file copy job in the free Veeam Community Edition, download it now and try for yourself.
Part 1 — 3 steps to protect your SAP HANA database
Throughout these blog series dedicated to the Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA, I have highlighted the challenges SAP administrators face to maintain reliability and downtime. What we have not yet had the opportunity to discuss is how the demand for data preservation has increased precipitously in recent years.
This could be due to regulations or the need to preserve critical records. Now businesses are grappling with maintaining data to leverage it for long-term strategic business decisions, testing, or even monetizing it. For the final blog in this series, I will provide you with answers to typical customer questions I receive before or when enabling the Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA.
How to plan for long-term retention requirements and restore scenarios
The biggest challenge regarding this topic is how to restore data without knowing much about the backup. You might sit in front of an empty SAP HANA database without any catalog entries, or a different host, or even a different version of SAP HANA.
When performing a restore, the same version of SAP HANA or later is required, hence I highly recommend documenting the HANA version and consulting SAP´s HANA Update table. Please also consult any related SAP documentation before performing a restore to a different version of SAP HANA to prevent unnecessary challenges.
In most cases you might have a retention policy consisting of several days or even weeks. Customers typically delete older backups (you may recall we discussed proceeding carefully in the first blog of this series). You may encounter a missing catalog entry for this restore point. You might even have deleted all the <EBID>.vab files already from your repository — depending on your retention policy.
To make this backup recoverable, you need to proceed cautiously. Creating a proper backup would be a good start. In my example I only assume responsibility for the tenant, but the way of creating and restoring the database is the same for the SYSTEM DB — and you should always have both backups available to you.
Create a backup of tenant database
Please refer to the first blog in this series to create a backup with SAP HANA Studio if needed and document it. This will be important during the restore process.
Often at Veeam, we stress the importance of naming conventions for tags, backup jobs, and other related information so it’s intuitive to others. After clicking next and next again, the backup will be created. A recommended practice I should share is to copy the backup log into your backup documentation for this long-term backup.
You will now find your recently created backup in the backup catalog and can document the EBID numbers for your backup services.
All EBIDs have corresponding <EBID>.vab files in our repositories. Go to your repository and find these files and copy them into your long-term vault (e.g. file to tape, long-term S3 bucket).
It is important to note that if these <EBID>.vab files are deleted from the repository through backint, a restore will no longer be possible. To avoid this challenge, you MUST delete this specific data backup prior to the application of your created retention policy. The next screenshot shows how to delete a specific data backup and from the catalog. You will delete only this specific data backup from the catalog, but the files remain in the repository.
The Catalog and Backup Location option will delete the <EBID>.vab files inside the repository — which we wish to avoid.
After refreshing the catalog, you’ll see it’s gone forever from the SAP HANA catalog. Check the file system for the repository and you’ll still find the files.
Now you can copy/move/archive these <EBID>.vab files with file to tape or other tools.
Recovery of tenant database
To recover it, please follow the steps below:
- Copy the <EBID>.vab files back to your original repository folder
- Restore databackup with knowing prefix.
- Start a recovery of your tenant and select Recover the database to a specific data backup.
Click next and choose Recover without the backup catalog.
Now is the moment where we’ll be glad we documented the original backup. Have your Backup Prefix ready.
Click Next — you don’t have many other options to restore your database.
Make sure to check the summary — review the SQL statement if needed — and press Finish.
Tenant database System Copy with Veeam
The next question I often receive is how to create an SAP HANA System Copy with Veeam Backup & Replication. System copies are one of the often-used SAP Basis processes to create DB copies for your Quality Assurance, Development or Sandbox Systems. Keep in mind this is only the first step of this process — the database copy. Please consult SAP documentation on further steps like system renaming and cleanups.
Please follow these steps to make this happen:
Creating backup of tenant database — see above how to create it with a meaningful name and document your backup properly.
This is a backup of my S/4 production system.
Before I can restore this tenant on my S/4 QA system, I need to tell my secondary HANA System to search within a different job entry via command-line interface (CLI). Keep in mind you need access rights into the needed repositories to see the other SAP HANA system entries.
sles15hana04:/opt/veeam/VeeamPluginforSAPHANA # SapBackintConfigTool --help --help Show help --show-config Show configuration parameters --wizard Start configuration wizard --set-credentials arg Set credentials --set-host arg Set backup server --set-port arg Set backup server port --set-repository Set backup respository --set-restore-server Set source restore server for system copy processing --map-backup Map backup sles15hana04:/opt/veeam/VeeamPluginforSAPHANA # SapBackintConfigTool --set-restore-server Select source SAP HANA plug-in server to be used for system copy restore: 1. sles15hana04 2. sles15hana03 3. sles15hana02 4. sles15hana01 Enter server number: 2 Available backup repositories: 1. Default Backup Repository 2. SOBR1 3. w2k19repo_ext1 4. sles15repo_ext1 Enter repository number: 2 sles15hana04:/opt/veeam/VeeamPluginforSAPHANA #
This set of commands tells the Veeam Backup & Replication SAP Backint client to search inside the SLESHANA03/SOBR1 backup job to find this specific backup. This has no impact on your running backups. If you are not able to modify the configuration, check your user permissions and the file permissions on /op/Veeam/VeeamHANAPlug/Veeam_config.xml
The next step is to perform a restore on your copy system. While this seems easy, I recommend reviewing the comments below for important steps you may not be familiar with.
Select the tenant you want to restore to.
Recover the database to a specific data backup — the one we just created.
Select Recover without backup catalog and enable Backint System Copy. It is important to add the Source system with tenant@SID naming.
Now add your Backup Prefix:
No other options are possible so click Next.
Review the summary before initiating the restore.
Now SAP HANA Studio will shut down this specific tenant and start the recovery.
If everything is going well, it should look like this and begin the recovery process.
The tenant will restart.
And thankfully, the HANA System copy process is done. Just keep in mind this was only the database copy. Additional SAP tasks such as SAP system renaming, etc. can begin.
As result, I created an SAP HANA DB system copy of my production S/4 database into a new HANA system with a new SID.
I hope you enjoyed this blog series and are now better prepared to leverage Veeam to more effectively backup, restore, and protect your SAP HANA environment. As SAP S/4 HANA is the market-leading intelligent ERP solution with over 11,000 customers, I’m thrilled Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 offers an SAP Backint certified solution to help customers minimize disruption and downtime for mission-critical applications like your SAP system. I highly encourage you to check out this capability and I also encourage you to check out the Veeam Plug-in for Oracle RMAN, another great feature in Update 4.
With VMworld 2019 right around the corner, we wanted to share a recap on some of the powerful things that VMware has in their armoury and also discuss how Veeam can leverage this to enhance your Availability.
This week VMware announced vSAN 6.7 Update 3. This release seems to have a heavy focus on simplifying data center management while improving overall performance. A few things that stood out to me with this release included:
- Cleaner, simpler UI for capacity management: 6.7 Update 3 has color-coding, consumption breakdown, and usable capacity analysis for better capacity planning allowing administrators to more easily understand the consumption breakdown.
- Storage Policy changes now occur in batches. This ensures that all policy changes complete successfully, and free capacity is not exhausted.
- iSCSI LUNs presented from vSAN can now be resized without the need to take the volume offline, preventing application disruption.
- SCSI-3 persistent reservations (SCSI-3 PR) allow for native support for Windows Server Failover Clusters (WSFC) requiring a shared disk.
Veeam is listed in the vSAN HCL for vSAN Partner Solutions and can protect and restore VMs. The certification for the new Update 3 release is also well on its way to being complete.
Another interesting point to mention is the Windows Server Failover Clusters (WSFC). While these are seen as VMDKs, they are not applicable to the data protection APIs used for data protection tasks. This is where the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows comes in with the ability to protect those failover clusters in the best possible way.
What is SPBM?
Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) is the vSphere administrator’s answer to control within their environments. This framework allows them to overcome upfront storage provisioning challenges, such as capacity planning, differentiated service levels and managing capacity resources in a much better and efficient way. All of this is achieved by defining a set of policies within vSphere for the storage layer. These storage policies optimise the provisioning process of VMs by provisioning specific datastores at scale, which in turn will remove the headaches between vSphere admins and storage admins.
However, this is not a closed group between the storage and virtualisation admins. It also allows Veeam to hook into certain areas to provide better Availability for your virtualised workloads.
SPBM spans all storage offerings from VMware, traditional VMFS/NFS datastore as well as vSAN and Virtual Volumes, allowing policies to overarch any type of environment leveraging whatever type of storage that is required or in place.
What can Veeam do?
Veeam can leverage these policies to better protect virtual workloads, by utilising vSphere tags on old and newly created virtual machines and having specific jobs setup in Veeam Backup & Replication with specific schedules and settings that are required to meet the SLA of those workloads.
Veeam will also back up any virtual machine that has an SPBM policy assigned to it, as well as protect the data. It will also protect the policy, so if you had to restore the whole virtual machine, the policy would be available as part of the restore process.
Gone are the days of the backup admin adding and removing virtual machines from a backup job, so let’s spend time on the interesting and exciting things that provide much more benefit to your IT systems investment.
With vSphere tags, you can create logical groupings within your VMware environment based on any characteristic that is required. Once this is done, you are able to migrate those tags into Veeam Backup & Replication and create backup jobs based on vSphere tags. You can also create your own set of vSphere tags to assign to your virtual machine workloads based on how often you need to back up or replicate your data, providing a granular approach to the Availability of your infrastructure.
VMware Snapshots – The vSAN way
In vSAN 6.0, VMware introduced vSAN Sparse Snapshots. The snapshot implementation for vSAN provides significantly better I/O performance. The good news for Veeam customers is if you are using the traditional VMFS or the newer vSAN sparse snapshots the display and output are the same — a backup containing your data. The benefits are incredible from a performance and methodology point of view when it comes to the sparse snapshot way and can play a huge role in achieving your backup windows.
The difference between the “traditional” and the new snapshot methodology that both vSAN as well as Virtual Volumes leverage is that a traditional VMFS snapshot is using Redo logs which, when working with high I/O workloads, could cause performance hits when committing those changes back to the VM disk. The vSAN way is much more similar to a shared storage system and a Copy On Write snapshot. This means that there is no commitment after a backup job has released a snapshot, meaning that I/O can continue to run as the business needs.
There are lots of other integrations between Veeam and VMware but I feel that this is still the number one touch point where a vSphere and Backup Admin can really make their life easier by using policy-based backups using Veeam.
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First Look: On‑Demand Recovery with Cloud Tier and VMware Cloud on AWS
Since Veeam® Cloud Tier was released as part of Veeam Backup & Replication™ 9.5 Update 4, Anthony Spiteri, Senior Technologist, Product Strategy, has written a lot about how it works and what it offers in terms of offloading data from more expensive local storage to what is fundamentally cheaper remote Object Storage. As with most innovative technologies, dig a little deeper and different use cases start to present themselves and unintended use cases find their way to the surface. Read this blog from Anthony Spiteri to learn more.
Veeam Ready – Object: Cloud Tier Compatible Solutions
Have you heard the latest news on Cloud Tier and what it means to you as a VCSP? Cloud Tier is a feature in the latest update of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4. It’s the built‑in, automatic tiering feature of Scale‑out Backup Repository that offloads older backup files to lower cost storage.
If you’re a VCSP looking for an Object Storage solution for your customers, consider Veeam Technology Alliance partner solutions who have the Veeam Ready – Object logo.
Veeam Ready – Object solutions have been tested and verified as S3‑compatible object storage that support the Veeam Cloud Tier capabilities for Veeam Backup & Replication functions.
So, when you see the Veeam Ready – Object logo, you have the confidence that the Partner solution has been qualified and tested to work with Veeam’s Cloud Tier capabilities.
Updates on Veeam’s VMworld sessions (and the Veeam party!)
Veeam is excited to one again participate as a Platinum sponsor of this year’s event. Attendees can expect sessions on Cloud Data Management, enhancing data mobility and a look at what’s coming from Veeam, as well as the (in)famous Veeam party!
Helping customers migrate from vSphere 5.5
What happens when customers are still running vSphere 5.5 in production? Matt Lloyd and Shawn Lieu sat down with VMware solution architect Chris Morrow to discuss upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or 6.7, management changes in the newer releases, leveraging Veeam DataLabs™ for validation and more.
As diamond sponsors of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Summit, and 39 other AWS Summits globally, Veeam is serious about our commitment to working with AWS and delivering Cloud Data Management solutions for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments to government, education, and nonprofit customers. In fact, Veeam was recently accepted into the AWS Public Sector Partner Program — another advancement on our AWS partnership journey.
What is it and what’s the big deal?
The AWS Public Sector Partner Program provides opportunities to Veeam as a select, qualified partner to offer solutions on AWS delivering specific value to public sector organizations. This means Veeam will be working even more closely with the AWS team to enhance our data management solutions to help government, education, and nonprofits to innovate on their Digital Transformation journey. As part of the AWS public sector ecosystem, Veeam is better positioned to serve our customers, and we look forward to the additional market exposure, opportunities, and industry-leading tools that AWS provides. Earlier this year, we delivered the Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 with several major capabilities, but it was the addition of Veeam Cloud Tier with support for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) that received the most attention from our customers and partners. Cloud Tier provides unlimited capacity for long-term data retention by using native, cost-effective object storage integrations with Amazon S3. The need for proven data protection, including cost-effective long-term storage, continues to grow in the public sector as organizations of all types generate massive amounts of data as they transform how they provide services.
Customer Story: British Columbia Forest Practices Board
A recent example of how Veeam is working to address data management challenges for the government industry is with the British Columbia Forest Practices Board. The Forest Practices Board is a government customer who was looking for a reliable backup and recovery solution to enable replication, reduce recovery time objectives (RTO), and achieve recovery point objectives (RPO). Veeam fit the bill with a solution to optimize their data management across a hybrid-cloud environment using Veeam Availability Suite, NetApp ONTAP, and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon S3 Glacier. This is another excellent example of how Veeam and AWS come together to deliver a scalable and cost-effective solution with tape backup archival in Amazon S3 and Amazon S3 Glacier. With the success of helping companies like the Forest Practices Board and the validation of our solutions into the AWS Public Sector Partner program, I look forward to seeing what more we can do together with AWS to deliver high-value solutions to public sector customers. If you were at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC, or at one of the other AWS Summits, we hope you stopped by and visited our Veeam booth or attended one of our sessions. If not, we hope you’ll stop by at one of the remaining AWS Summits and share your Digital Transformation journey. Let’s talk about how Veeam and AWS can help you solve your challenge along the way. Learn more about Veeam solutions on AWS. Show more articles from this author
Makes disaster recovery, compliance, and continuity automatic
Veeam Availability Orchestrator
Today’s apps consist of multiple component tiers with dependencies both inside the app and outside (on other applications). While separating these apps into logical operational layers yields many benefits, it also introduces a challenge: complexity.
Complexity is one of many enemies when it comes to recovery. Especially as service level objectives (SLOs) and tolerances for downtime become more and more aggressive. Traditional approaches to disaster recovery (DR) — manual processes — just cannot cater to these ever-increasing expectations, ultimately exposing the business to greater risk and longer periods of costly downtime, not to mention potential infringement on compliance requirements.
Orchestration and automation are proven solutions to recovering entire apps more efficiently and quickly, mitigating the impact of outage which, as Agent Smith puts it, is
I wanted to share with you some tips, tricks, best practices and some of the tools that will help you be more successful and efficient when building and executing a DR plan that will recover entire apps quickly and reliably.
Discover and understand applications
After the intro to this blog, it almost needn’t be said here, but it’s critical to take an application-centric mindset to DR and plan based on business logic, not just VMs. Involve application owners and management to understand the app and build your plans accordingly. What VMs make it work? Are they tiered? Do those VMs need to be powered on in correct sequence? Or can they be powered simultaneously? How can I confirm that the plan works, and the app is running? These are just a few questions you need to ask to get started. But understanding the answers, documenting them, and building your strategy based on business logic is essential to successful DR planning.
Utilize vSphere tags
Once you understand those apps, utilize VMware vSphere tags to categorize them for a more policy-driven DR practice. This is critical as changes to apps that have not been identified and implemented into a plan are among the more common causes for DR plan failure. For example, when using tags and Veeam Availability Orchestrator, as an app changes (such as a VM being added), those VMs are automatically imported into orchestration plans and dynamically grouped based on the metadata in the tag assigned. The recoverability of this new app configuration will then be determined when the scheduled automated test executes, with the outcome subsequently documented. If it succeeds, you can be confident that that app is still recoverable despite the changes. If it fails, you have the actionable insights you need to proactively remediate the failure before a real-world event.
Optimize recovery sequences
Recovering the multiple VMs that make up an app is traditionally a manual, one-by-one process, and that’s a problem. Manual processes are inefficient, lengthy, error-prone and do not scale. Especially when we consider large apps, or those that are tiered with dependencies where the VMs need to be powered-on in perfect sequence. Utilizing orchestration eliminates the challenges of manual processes while optimizing the recovery process, even when a single plan contains multiple VMs that require differing recovery logic.
For example, the below illustrates a traditional three-tiered app where in a recovery scenario we must power on our database VMs, then the application VMs, and finally the web farm VMs. Some of these VMs can be recovered simultaneously, while others must be recovered sequentially due to the aforementioned dependencies, not to mention differing recovery steps for different types of VMs. Through orchestration, we can drastically optimize recovery processes and efficiencies while also greatly improving the time it takes to recover the application. Within the orchestration plan, we can ensure that each VM has the relevant plan steps applied (e.g. scripting), that certain groups of VMs are recovered simultaneously where applicable, and that there is next to no latency between the plan steps, like sequential recovery of the VMs. This gives the plan speed, and that’s exactly what we want in disaster.
To account for disasters that are more widespread, we could build multiple applications into a single orchestration plan, although this isn’t necessarily advisable as in the event of an outage that is confined to a single app, we only want to failover that single app, not all of them. Instead, build out orchestration plans on a per-app basis, and then execute multiple orchestration plans simultaneously in the event of a more widespread outage. If the infrastructure at the DR site is sized and architected appropriately, you can test and optimize the recovery process for multiple apps and gauge how many orchestration plans your environment is capable of executing at once.
Building on the above, the ability to orchestrate and automate scripts will also help further reduce manual processes. Instead of manually accessing the VM console to check if the VM or application has been successfully recovered, orchestration tools can execute that check for me, e.g. ping the NIC to check for a response from a VM, or check VMware tools for a heartbeat. While this is useful from a VM perspective, it doesn’t confirm that the application is working. A tool like Veeam Availability Orchestrator features expansive scripting capabilities that go beyond VM-based checks. It not only ships with a number of out-of-the-box scripts for verifying apps like Exchange, SharePoint, SQL and IIS, but also allows you to import your own custom PowerShell scripts for ultimate flexibility when verifying other apps in your environment. No two applications are the same, and the more flexibility you have in scripting, the more precise and optimal you can be in recovering your apps.
Frequent and thorough testing is essential to success when facing a real-world DR event for multiple reasons:
- When tests are successful, it’ll deliver surety and confidence that the business is resilient enough to withstand a DR event, verifying the recoverability and reliability of plans.
- When tests fail, it enables the organization to proactively identify and remediate errors, and subsequently retest. It’s better to fail when things are OK than when they’re not.
- Practice! Nobody is ever a pro the first time they do something. Simulating an outage and practicing recovery often develops skills and muscle memory to better overcome a real-world disaster.
- Testing environments can also be utilized for other scenarios outside of DR, like testing patches and upgrades, DevOps, troubleshooting, analytics and more.
Guidelines on DR testing frequency can vary from once-a-year to whenever there is an application change, but you can never test too often. Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables you to test whenever you like as tests are fully-automated, available on a scheduled basis or on-demand, and have no impact to production systems or data.
Veeam can help
I’ve mentioned Veeam Availability Orchestrator a few times throughout this blog, delivering an extensible, enterprise-grade orchestration and automation tool that’s purpose-built to help you plan, prepare, test and execute your DR strategy quickly and reliably.
What’s more is that with v2, we delivered full support for orchestrated restores from Veeam backups — an industry-first. True DR is no longer just for the largest of organizations or the most mission-critical of apps. Veeam has democratized DR, making it available for all organizations, apps and data.
Whether you’re already a Veeam customer or not, I strongly recommend downloading the FREE 30-day trial. There are no limitations, it’s fully-featured and contains everything you need to get started. Have a play around, build your first plan for an application and test it. I almost guarantee you’ll learn something about your environment or plan that you didn’t know before.
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Here at Veeam, we view our alliance partners as family. Veeam is a 100% software-defined data protection company, and we depend on our alliance partners to make it easy for our customers to purchase and integrate Veeam Software for their existing IT environment. We build solutions together so that our customers can obtain greater value and confidence from combined and integrated solutions. As another way of showing our appreciation to our valued family members, we would like to give you a gift. Today, we are launching a new program that enables our key partners to obtain a fully functional version of Veeam Software for free. Yes, FREE! Use this software in your home or office lab to run demos, check out new functionality and of course provide backup and recovery for ALL workloads — virtual, physical and cloud.
Providing not for retail (NFR) licenses to our alliance partners isn’t new. Veeam has been doing this for a long time now, but now we’ve made it simple to get free software by just by using the web. We’ve set up dedicated web pages per partner that only require your name and company email address. With that basic information, we’ll send you an email with a license key, product download link and supporting material to guide you through the install. It’s all that simple. This is a free offer that is available to ALL employees for our top Technology Alliance Partners.
When you register via this new program, you are not getting a trial 30-day limited functionality product. You are getting the fully licensed version of Veeam Software. Again, it is NFR use for up to 20 instances via our revolutionary Veeam Instance-based Licensing and valid for 12 months. If you need more than 20 instances, we can still help you the old-fashioned way, just reach out to your alliance account team at Veeam.
If you’ve ever been to VeeamON, our annual user conference, or one of the many partner events that we sponsor, you know that we like to advertise, and we do it well. We not only paint the venue in Veeam green, but we often paint the host city and airport in Veeam green as well. We’d like to do the same with our alliance partner ecosystem. We have strong alliance partnerships, and this will only further strengthen those partnerships and raise the bar in terms of Veeam knowledge and expertise. It’s a true win-win for Veeam and for our partners.
So how do you take advantage of the free Veeam Software offer? It’s simple: here are the links to the dedicated free Veeam Software Partner web pages in alphabetical order: Cisco, Dell EMC, ExaGrid, HPE, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, NetApp, Nutanix, Pure Storage, Quantum and VMware. Select your company hyperlink, add your name and company email address and get your free Veeam Software!
We’re excited to be making this offer to our technology alliance partners and are looking forward to continued success together. If you’re a Veeam alliance partner not yet included in this program, don’t fret. We can still provide NFR licenses via your alliance account team and we’ll be expanding this program in the future based on demand.
OK, hands up… first things first. Are you a current Veeam customer? If so, that’s awesome, thanks for your business. Do you think you’ll decide Veeam isn’t right for you in three, four, five or maybe even 10 years’ time? OK, if that’s the case, that hurts, but we get it.
At Veeam, every day we wake up thinking about data… your data! We’re constantly thinking about the unique ways we can protect that data better; how we can do it more efficiently; how we can make restore times even faster, and even where tomorrow’s data will reside.
We have the ability to look forward because of the way Veeam backup files are created and have been created from day one.
Portability of the Veeam backup file format
OK, let’s start this conversation by addressing the elephant in the room. Veeam will NOT lock your data in and keep you and your data hostage. After all, it’s your data, not Veeam’s. Nobody should ever deny you the flexibility to be able to have control of that data should you need to restore it, for whatever reason. We provide you this freedom at Veeam with the portability of the Veeam backup file format along with the ability to open that file format wherever and whenever you wish. We also don’t require a maintenance or support contract to open and restore your Veeam backup files.
Did someone just say, “No requirement for an on-going maintenance/support contract? Do you mean you provide all of this for FREE?” Well, for the record, “FREE” is so 2018. What we mean is “Community” and that means you’re able to download Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition with no license key requirement and install it somewhere in your environment — and who knows where you could install this in 10 years’ time. You can import those Veeam data format backup files and begin your recovery process.
Did I also mention that Veeam doesn’t require a charge or license for the recovery of YOUR data?
The ransomware scare
OK, so you’ve figured it out… we have you covered, and you can get your backups restored using our FREE Community Edition, for up to 10 instances. But what about ransomware and malicious malware threats that could possibly be sitting stagnant in your backup files? We don’t want to recover these into your environment. So have no fear, Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore is also included in our Community Edition, enabling you to scan your backups before they go back into your production environment. Additional details on Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore can be found here. This feature allows you to easily run an antivirus scan against your old backups with the latest antivirus definitions.
You might be asking… “Why don’t we run antivirus on our backups while they’re on the backup repository?” Well, the answer is Veeam has always had the ability to run an antivirus scan during its SureBackup job. But this could have been years before the threat was even discovered in the system and antivirus definitions may not have known about the threat then. It’s also important to note that the Veeam backup portable file formats holding your data are immutable, meaning that once the data is written, it cannot be changed within the file. We think this provides the best outcome when it comes to preventing and remediating from a ransomware attack.
So, let’s recap — Community Edition has you covered by allowing you to open your Veeam backup file format and restore your data. We also have you covered when it comes to scanning your backup files during the restore process with the latest antivirus definitions. And taking it one step further, we even have your back if you’re looking to restore that data to a new location, such as the public cloud for example — maybe AWS or Microsoft Azure. Or maybe your backup files were created from physical hardware and now you would like to restore them to VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V disks and import them into a newly created virtual machine.
All of this is possible with Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition.
Veeam Cloud Tier
In addition to everything we mentioned above, with the paid Enterprise edition of Veeam Backup & Replication, you have the ability to tier your backups that fall outside of the operational restore window into object storage targets, such as AWS S3, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage or any S3 compatible storage. Find out more here.
Obviously, if you have been tiering your backups into object storage for a while but no longer pay for Veeam support or maintenance, how are you planning to access these objects?
With Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition, you have the ability, by using PowerShell, to add your scale-out backup repository and object storage which will then index the objects using the metadata stored in the object storage. This will then allow you to perform recovery processes against these workloads.
Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition is a powerful and feature-rich way for you to protect a small environment comprised of a handful of virtual and/or physical workloads (available for up to 10 instances). Download it today and give it a try.
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Microsoft Inspire is finally here, and I can’t think of a better way to kick-off this event than announcing Veeam’s support for Microsoft Azure Lighthouse . Azure Lighthouse delivers capabilities for cross customer management at scale for service providers to differentiate and benefit from greater efficiency and automation, and with this, helps Veeam accelerate our Cloud Data Management leadership!
Azure Lighthouse comes equipped with a set of enhanced APIs which enables Veeam to build cross-customer management capabilities into our Azure-based backup offerings. Key to this new offering is the ability to leverage the Azure delegated resource management functionality, which enables Service Providers to obtain precise and granular access to their customers’ Azure resources and eliminate manual and time-consuming efforts through automation.
Integration with Azure Lighthouse is a true game-changer for Veeam, and when generally available later this year, our new solution will enable Veeam Cloud & Service Providers (VCSPs) to use Azure Lighthouse single pane-of-glass view within our Azure-based backup solutions. For service providers, they will be able to manage hundreds of customers and potentially thousands of Azure subscriptions all from a single portal.
As more production workloads move to public clouds, it’s becoming increasingly more attractive for service providers to add revenue-generating Backup as a Service (BaaS) to their line cards, driving more value for their existing install base, and attracting new customers looking to offload some or all their data management needs to an expert. Service providers rely on an optimized workflow, so they can deliver services to their customers right when they need them — securely, simply and, most importantly, reliably.
Azure Lighthouse is the latest in Veeam’s integrations for Microsoft Azure this year, which include Veeam Cloud Tier, with native integration to Microsoft Azure Blob, combining scalable cloud storage capacity with the cost-effectiveness of “cool” storage in Azure. In addition, our release of Veeam Cloud Mobility which makes it as easy as two-steps to rehost Veeam-powered backups in Microsoft Azure. Thirdly, our integration with Microsoft Azure Data Box, enabling customers to quickly seed petabytes of Veeam backup data to Microsoft Azure data centers. And, we are just getting started!
Veeam is a 100% channel organization, with 23,500+ Veeam Cloud & Service Providers (VCSP) fueling our double-digit revenue growth. And, unlike other vendors in the data protection space, Veeam doesn’t compete with its partners – including service provider partners. Instead, we partner with providers and vendors to deliver the best value to our joint customers. At Veeam, we offer a wealth of benefits, including purpose-built solutions and a dedicated licensing model that align to the operational expenditure model from which service providers bill their own customers. Furthermore, we pride ourselves on making it simple for our customers and partners to do business with us. Azure Lighthouse offering from Microsoft does exactly that! Together, we make it easy for service providers to ensure data is always available, protected and actively working for our customers’ businesses, delivering the most robust Cloud Data Management solution on the market.
Stay tuned to hear when this integration will become available. And If you’ll be joining us at Microsoft Inspire, I encourage you to stop by Veeam booth #1224 and connect with a Veeam expert on how we can help you take your services business to the next level.
Learn more about Veeam’s integrations with Microsoft: https://www.veeam.com/microsoft-cloud-solutions.html.
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Makes disaster recovery, compliance, and continuity automatic
Veeam Availability Orchestrator
Veeam Enterprise Manager can be used by your VMware vCloud Director tenants to perform their own workload backup and restore. They can do this using the Veeam Self-Service Portal, and in this blog, I will show you how to give your tenants access to the Self-Service Portal without leaving the vCD portal?
Many Service Providers are impressed with the services offered by the Veeam Enterprise Manager Self-Service Portal; but also, many of them ask if there is a way to easily give the tenant access to the Enterprise Manager Self-Service Backup Portal without leaving the vCD.
Out of the box, Veeam doesn’t provide such a capability; but with several hours of coding, you can make this option possible. Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to do any coding here, as I have already done that for you.
So let’s have a look at what was done to get this solution to work.
A month or so ago, I received a call from one of our Australian Vanguard members, (http://stevenonofaro.com/) wanting to discuss this requirement. He wanted to cooperate to build such a vCD plug-in. Working with his local development team, he was able to demonstrate a workable solution based on the code at this link: GitHub sample code.
The workable solution developed demonstrated was limited to one Web application portal. We agreed to release a version of the code that can be used by any Service Provider, and that can point to any Web Application. I will share here what I came out with after three weeks of research, coding, errors, and more.
To provide a community release version, it was necessary to rebuild the code from scratch. This was done in two stages; the first stage runs a simple application where the Service Provider needs to provide the Web Application URL; i.e., Veeam Enterprise Manager in this case. Then the plugin is generated as a .zip file, which the Service Provider uploads to the vCD Provider portal.
Let’s take a look at the steps:
- Download the Plugin Generator tool:
- After renaming the file to .exe file and running it, you are greeted with the tool shown below, where you must provide the Web Application URL
- After entering the URL and pressing the Generate vCD Plugin Package button, a Zip file is generated. You upload this file to the vCD provider portal.
vCD Provider Portal
To upload the vCD plugin, you browse your vCD admin portal using as the following: https://vCDURL.domain/provider and then:
- Browse to the customize portal:
- Chose to upload, then select the .zip file. By default, the zip file is generated with Cloudoasis.zip as a file name.
The tenant will access the link by selecting Backup Portal from the tenant menu:
When selecting Backup Portal, the tenant is directed to the Web Application URL specified by the vCD plugin generator. In this example, the portal points to the Veeam Enterprise Manager Self-Service Backup Portal:
Veeam Enterprise Manager Preparation
With this small community tool, I hope to help the Service Provider community make it easy for their tenants to open the Veeam Enterprise Manager Self-Service Portal into the vCD portal without the requirement to open another browser, or browser tab, just to conduct backup and restore operations. Also, as you may have noticed, the plugin generator allows you to point to any Web application, not just the Veeam Enterprise Manager, so long as you provide the correct URL and port.
I am often asked to explain why we here at Veeam have implemented the storage plug-ins and it is a simple answer: to deliver solutions faster to customers! By having storage integrations outside of product release requirements our partners can help innovate and customers can benefit with a better backup experience and amazing recovery. The latest storage plug-in is now available for the Western Digital IntelliFlash array.
Frequently, people look at a Veeam storage plug-in for faster backups with the Backup from Storage Snapshots capability. But the plug-in brings much more:
- Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots
- Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots
- On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots
- Primary Storage Snapshot Orchestration
These collectively make a very powerful option to not just take backups more effectively, but introduce some new recovery options. Let’s tour them here:
Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots
Veeam Explorers are usually associated with application-level restores but the Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots can use both the application restores and do more — all from an IntelliFlash storage snapshot! My favorite part of our storage integration is it allows an existing storage snapshot to be used for some recovery scenarios. This includes file-level recovery, a whole VM restore to a new location Application Object Exports (Enterprise and higher editions can restore applications and databases to original location) or even an application item.
The Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots will read the storage snapshot, then expose the snapshot’s contents to Veeam allowing the seven restore scenarios shown below:
Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots
Leveraging the Western Digital snapshot integration will bring the real power to a backup infrastructure and make the biggest difference to backup windows. I’ve always said that this integration will allow organizations to take backups at any time. This will allow the data mover (a Veeam VMware backup proxy) to do all of the work with associated data for a backup from the storage snapshot, compared to a vSphere hypervisor snapshot. One good thing that comes along with the Veeam approach is that VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is retained and application consistency is achieved. The figure below visualizes this compared to a non-integrated backup:
On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots
One of the best things that comes with the Western Digital IntelliFlash plug-in is the On-Demand Sandbox, and I encourage everyone to learn about this technology. It can be used to avoid production problems by easily producing a sandbox to test changes, perform update testing, test security configurations, upgrades and more. You can answer questions like “How long will it take?” and “What will happen?” But most importantly “Will it work?” This can save time by avoiding cancelled change requests due to not knowing exactly what to expect with some changes.
Primary Storage Snapshot Orchestration
This is a capability that many don’t know about with the Veeam storage plug-in. This capability allows users to create a Veeam job to generate a storage snapshot on the Western Digital IntelliFlash array. This should be in addition to a backup job that goes to a backup repository. This plug-in sets Western Digital IntelliFlash customers up to use Veeam Explorers for Storage Snapshots for high-speed recoveries.
Download the Western Digital IntelliFlash plug-in Now
The Western Digital IntelliFlash plug-in can now be downloaded and installed into Veeam Backup & Replication. Check it out now!
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Veeam launches an NFR program for Alliance partners
Now you can access a version of Veeam® Availability Suite™ through our new Veeam Alliance NFR program! This FREE offer provides non-production use of Veeam Availability Suite in your home or work lab without any feature limitations for one year. In this time, you’ll be able to become more familiar with Veeam software and win more deals by demonstrating a complete solution that includes backup, recovery, replication, analytics and more.
Even though collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams and Slack are changing the workplace, email is still going strong and used for most of the communication within companies. Whether you are using Exchange on-premises, online or in a hybrid setup, it’s important to protect the data so you can recover in case of data loss. At Veeam, we have been talking about six reasons why you need Office 365 backups for quite some time, but the same applies if you are still using Exchange on-premises or are still in the migration process.
How to recover deleted emails from accidental deletion
The most common reason for data loss is accidentally deleted emails. However, within Office 365 email there are two different types of deletion, soft-delete or hard-delete. If you perform a soft-delete, you just hit the delete button on an email and it is moved to the Deleted Items folder (also called the recycle bin). In most cases, you can just go in there and recover deleted emails with a few clicks. However, if you perform a hard-delete, you leverage the shift button and delete the email. In this case, the email is deleted directly and can’t be recovered from the Deleted Items folder. While the email becomes hidden, you can still recover it based upon the Deleted Item Retention threshold. This applies to both Exchange on-premises and Exchange Online. By default, this is set to 14 days, but it can be modified. But what if you need to retrieve deleted emails beyond these 14 days?
Recover deleted emails using the Veeam Explorer
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange was introduced back in 2013 and is one of the most popular recovery features across the Veeam platform. While the first release only supported Exchange 2010, it now supports Exchange 2010 up to 2019, as well as hybrid deployments and Exchange Online. In addition to retrieving deleted emails, you can also recover contacts, litigation hold items, calendar items, notes, tasks, etc. You can even compare an entire production mailbox or folder with its associated backup mailbox or folder and only recover what is missing or deleted!
If you still have Exchange on-premises, you can use Veeam Backup & Replication or the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows to protect your server, allowing you to recover items (like deleted emails, meetings…) directly. Make sure you enable application-aware processing within the backup job and Veeam Backup & Replication will detect the Exchange service. From the Backups node view, right click on the corresponding Exchange server (or search for it at the top) and go to Restore application items and select Microsoft Exchange mailbox items.
Are you already using Office 365 (or in hybrid mode during the migration process)? Just leverage Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 to recover deleted emails or any other any Exchange, SharePoint or OneDrive for Business item you want.
Once the Veeam Explorer has started, it will load the corresponding database and allow you to perform a restore.
If you know which item(s) you have lost, you can just navigate to the corresponding mailbox and folder to restore the deleted email. If you don’t know where it was at the point of deletion, you can leverage multiple eDiscovery options.
If we for example search for all emails from a specific person, it would look like this.
Once you’ve found the deleted email you need to restore, we can continue with the restore process. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange gives you multiple options to perform the restore.
- Restore to the original location
- Restore to another location
- Export as MSG/PST file
- Send as an attachment
In the example below we will restore the deleted email back to the original location.
After filling in the account credentials, the item will be restored and available in the mailbox.
Still in need of a backup?
Are you still in need of a backup of Office 365 Exchange Online? Start today and download Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3, or try the Community Edition for up to 10 users and 1 TB of SharePoint data.
Still not convinced? Read an unbiased review of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 from TechGenix.
Consider a situation where you want to extract a “point in time” data set from your production data for data analysis, migration or auditing? How can you easily accomplish this task? What options do you have to meet this requirement?
Sometimes your business requires a particular data set to be shared with others; perhaps you have to share for development, data analysis, data sharing with remote offices, compliance, auditing, and more.
To carry out your data extraction task, you must first carefully plan your steps before exporting the data set. This caution is to prevent accidentally exposing your entire production data to un-authorized personnel. Accidental data exposure is a familiar problem that we all want to avoid.
Now, what if I tell you that you can safely extract your “point in time” data set in a few easy steps with Veeam Backup and Replication using a new feature introduced in Update 4, called “Export Backup”. This new feature allows you to export the selected restore point of a particular object in the backup job. It can be as a standalone full backup file (VBK), and to keep it as separate retention, or can be kept indefinitely. To read more about this aspect of the features, follow this link https://www.veeam.com/veeam_backup_9_5_whats_new_wn.pdf – page 8).
Let’s consider the following scenario; as a backup admin, your manager has asked you to extract all the data from a restore point beginning at three weeks ago. The data extraction he needs must include all the incremental data up to the most recent, and then you are to share it with a data mining company who will use it to make a report about the business performance.
As a backup admin who is using Veeam Backup and Replication software to backup the production infrastructure, you can easily accomplish this request by following these steps:
From the Veeam Backup and Replication Console, select Home -> Backup, then select Export Backup.
At the Export Backup interface, choose the desired backup point by pressing on the Add icon, then select the Restore Point, and then select Add.
By pressing on Point option, you can check the Restore Points with all the Restore Point Dependencies:
Also on the same wizard, you can specify the retention time of the export file before it is deleted. You can choose from one, two, or three months. There are also options for one, two, three, and five years.
When you have made your selections to set up your data point export, press Finish. A Full backup file will be created and available in the same repository as the source files.
Note: This newly created export file contains the full and the two incremental files.
File Location and Copy
After the export has been set up and runs successfully, the.VBK file will be available in the same repository as that of the source files. These can be located from the Veeam Console. The file will be attached under Backups -> Disk(imported) option.
To copy the file from the repository, you can copy manually, or use Veeam Copy Job -> File option:
On this blog post, I have shown how you can benefit from the new Export Backup function. As you noted, with these easy steps, you can encapsulate restore points together under a single file. The single file can then be easily shared or shipped to other systems or operators for many business reasons. The single file can also be used as an offsite archive file, used in system migration if that is a requirement.
I hope this blog post helps you to use this new feature and find other beneficial business use cases for your business. Thank you, and please don’t hesitate to share this blog and share your feedback with the readers.
Original Article: https://cloudoasis.com.au/2019/07/28/production-data-export/
BAAR, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Veeam® Software, the leader in Backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management™, today announced results from Q2 2019. Having recently exceeded $1 billion in annual bookings, joining an elite group of software leaders, Veeam’s annual recurring revenue (ARR) increased 26 percent year-over-year (YoY) in Q2 2019, a testament to the success of a unique subscription pricing model introduced earlier this year for all new Veeam products, including new Veeam Availability Suite™ 9.5 Update 4. Hailed as one of the most important releases in Veeam company history, Veeam Availability Suite U4 is approaching 350,000 downloads since its release in January.
“As we continue to heavily invest in our R&D, sales and marketing, and partner ecosystem, we’re seeing increased adoption of Veeam’s Subscription licensing among our customers across all regions worldwide,” said Ratmir Timashev, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President (EVP) of Sales & Marketing. “Each geography reported growth, which shows that, and as we move into Act II of our evolution — the Hybrid Cloud — it’s an exciting time to be at Veeam. Seventy-two percent of organizations are looking to embrace Cloud Data Managementi and are transitioning to cloud strategies. We’re excited to support their journey and meet data expectations as the No. 1 player in Cloud Data Management.”
“Collaboration with strategic technology partners has never been stronger or in higher demand,” Timashev continued. “We expect to make additional partner announcements in 2H 2019 to further feed the demand of our partners to combine Veeam backup and data protection software with industry-leading hardware, storage and hyperconverged solutions. Our new “with Veeam” program, which is receiving overwhelming positive response, is just one strategy of how Veeam will innovate and collaborate with its technology partners to deliver a combined hardware plus software solution to enhance customer choice and flexibility.”
Customer, Product and Partner Highlights
- Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, the fastest growing product in Veeam history, reported 270 percent ARR growth YoY. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 has now been downloaded by more than 75,000 organizations, representing over 8 million user mailboxes. Veeam released version 3 of the product in early Q2, further solidifying the company’s dominance in the Microsoft Office 365 backup market, providing businesses with 30x faster backup, improved security and enhanced customer visibility and analytics.
- With more than 355,000 customers worldwide, new Veeam customers include Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mundo Cuervo, Porsche Informatik, Vancouver Canucks, ABM, Ferrari Agroindustria, Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG, Premier Bank and Ducks Unlimited Canada.
- The Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) program has more than 23,500 partners with 4,100 of those also qualified to provide Cloud Backup & DRaaS using Veeam Cloud Connect.
- Veeam technology alliance resell agreements with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Cisco, NetApp and Lenovo reported 327 percent total transaction growth YoY and 123 percent YoY bookings growth, together completing the overall data management story for global alliance resell partners.
- Veeam was awarded the HPE 2019 Global Technology Partner of the Year, recognized for excellent financial performance, innovative solutions, and driving meaningful business results for shared customers.
- Veeam announced the new “with Veeam” program in Q2, partnering with premier enterprise storage vendors to provide customers with comprehensive secondary storage solutions that combine Veeam software with industry-leading storage and HCI infrastructure hardware and management stacks. Solutions have already been announced with ExaGrid and Nutanix with availability planned for 2H 2019.
For more information, visit https://www.veeam.com.
“Veeam continues to show strong bookings growth in a highly competitive market. Transitioning from a license model to a subscription model has been a challenge for many vendors, but Veeam seems to be doing so successfully. IDC research shows that more than 90 percent of organizations expect to use hybrid and/or multi-cloud data protection solutions within the next 12 months, and this is the sweet spot that Veeam is aiming for.” — Phil Goodwin, Research Director, IDC
“Veeam’s Cloud Data Management platform now enables us to back up and restore IT resources in record time. This provides us with a reliable basis for Digital Transformation. With Veeam, we gain more agility, which benefits our customers worldwide. We are accelerating the time-to-market of new software releases and bringing digital innovation to the road faster.” — Christoph Buchstätter, Head of Computing & Platform Services at Porsche Informatik
“Veeam keeps our hospitality services fully operational across all business units so we can optimize experiences for fans and customers. From ticket scanners to Wi-Fi to the point-of sale system, Veeam keeps them available. It also guarantees we can check customers into our hotels, accept payment for their stays, book reservations in our restaurants and take payment for their meals. Veeam delivers the scalability, reliability and Cloud Data Management we didn’t have in the past.” — Bryce Hollweg, Director of IT at Vancouver Canucks
“Veeam is so fast and easy to use, giving us time to be innovative and provide direct, immediate value to the organization. If we hadn’t deployed Veeam, we’d have had to hire a full-time person to manage backup. When you combine that salary with money saved on third-party technical support services — because nothing was simple and easy with legacy backup — the total is nearly $200,000 each year. We monetized the IT team, and for the first time in Ducks Unlimited Canada’s history, IT is raising money directly for the mission.” — Raj Perumal, Chief Information Officer at Ducks Unlimited Canada
About Veeam Software
Veeam is the leader in Backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management. Veeam Availability Platform™ is the most complete backup solution for helping customers on the journey to achieving success in the 5 Stages of Cloud Data Management. Veeam has 355,000+ customers worldwide, including 82% of the Fortune 500 and 67% of the Global 2,000, with customer satisfaction scores at 3.5x the industry average, the highest in the industry. Veeam’s global ecosystem includes 66,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, NetApp and Lenovo as exclusive resellers; and 23,500+ cloud and service providers. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.veeam.com or follow Veeam on Twitter @veeam.
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Few realize that Veeam ONE is one of our oldest products. Like every product at Veeam, it continues to evolve based on the needs of our customers and today serves as an important component of Veeam Availability Suite, delivering Monitoring & Analytics for Veeam Backup & Replication, as well as for virtual and physical environments.
Since 2008, Veeam ONE has amassed an impressive arsenal of capabilities through dozens of updates. This has allowed users to leverage the latest monitoring and reporting functionality for any new Veeam Backup & Replication feature and supported infrastructure, ensuring ALL eyes and ears remain fixed on the health state of critical infrastructures, datasets, backup activities, and now, even applications. The list of unique alarms and reports continue to grow with each new release. In fact, did you know that Veeam ONE includes 340 individual Alarms and over 145 pre-built reports? This alone is 485 reasons why you should leverage the power of Veeam Availability Suite, by tapping into the most helpful Veeam ONE alarms and reports for your business. And below, we’ll discuss a number of ways how you can do that as well as outline them in more detail during an informative Veeam ONE webinar, July 25th!
Our customers continue to pave the way to innovation
Part of our on-going effort to enhance existing products is to collect user experience feedback— whether that data comes from customer surveys or from comments logged during technical support calls. Regardless of the source, we take customer needs seriously.
Recently, we asked a number of our customers what they liked most about Veeam ONE and they told us they relied heavily on alarms they receive on the state of their virtual and backup infrastructures. The alarms run in parallel with a handful of pre-built reports that provide periodic data to ensure backups and infrastructure are operating at peak performance. Due to the high quantity of unique alarms and reports that exist, it’s nearly impossible to be familiar with them all. However, we found that a handful of these tools are consistently used and relied upon by a majority of our users on a daily basis.
TOP Veeam ONE Alarms every business should be using
Veeam ONE Alarms are essential in notifying you when part of your virtual, physical or backup environment is not working as designed or as it should be. Pre-built alarms can monitor everything from physical machines running Veeam Agents to VMware, Hyper-V, vCloud Director, Veeam Cloud Connect and other environments. They are designed to keep IT admin up to date on the operations and issues occurring in their environment in real-time. They also help users quickly identify, troubleshoot react to and even fix issues that may impact critical applications and business operations.
The truth is, every Veeam Availability Suite user should be leveraging Veeam ONE alarms to optimize their data center. As mentioned earlier, there are 340 unique alarms, many of which have been disabled by default to avoid spamming users, however, they can also be turned on individually with ease. And while we realize it’s impossible to be an expert on all 340, at a minimum, the following alarms are a great place to start.
Guest Disk Space Alarm
The Guest Disk Space Alarm identifies when a Guest machine is running out of disk space, enabling users to add resources to the machine before performance is negatively impacted. This is important because if guest disk space runs out, the machine may become inactive and inaccessible, which will undoubtedly increase the possibility of downtime. This alarm alerts you before the issue occurs allowing you to proactively manage your environment.
Backup Job State Alarm
Another critical alarm is the Backup Job state alarm. This alarm is beneficial because it will notify you if one or more VMs have failed to backup successfully, allowing you to take immediate action to ensure all your data is secure.
Internal Veeam ONE alarms
In addition to alarms designed to alert you to critical issues with your environment, there are also internal Veeam ONE alarms that help ensure data is being collected properly. This specific “pack” of alarms is important to pay attention to in case Veeam ONE has failed to collect data properly. If this has happened, then there is a chance you are basing decisions on unreliable metrics. To protect against inaccuracies, monitoring internal alarms regularly can ensure Veeam ONE is performing as it should.
These are just two critical alarms and an alarm pack that every Veeam Availability Suite user should understand. During our webinar, we will discuss these and other important alarms, so be sure to register and tune in July 25th.
Reports to start using today
So, what about Veeam ONE’s 145 Pre-built Reports? Where do you start? Veeam ONE offers detailed reports including pre-built and customizable reports that are ready to be used for several critical processes. To start, Veeam ONE includes a number of backup-related reports that our power users mentioned as “must-haves” and “must-check regularly.”
Backup Infrastructure Assessment report
The Backup Infrastructure Assessment report evaluates how optimally your backup infrastructure is configured and offers a set of actions to improve efficiency. This is done by examining a set of recommended baseline settings and implementations, and then comparing these recommendations to your environment. By analyzing factors like VM configuration and application aware image processing to job performance and backup configuration, the report can verify problem areas to help you more effectively mitigate issues.
Job History report
The Job History report has also been proven very useful for users because it provides all job-related data, statistics and performance data in a single package. As you can see from the screenshot below, the Job History report is a great resource to provide you the details you need regarding your data protection jobs.
This report is useful because it provides information on all jobs that are running in your environment. It allows you to easily identify jobs that are taking the longest amount of time as well as the jobs transferring the most data. By providing you with all job-related data, it helps identify performance bottlenecks allowing you to reconfigure jobs as needed.
Not only do Veeam ONE reports analyze backup data, they can also show you how your entire virtual environment is running. A number of reports can additionally assist with capacity planning, managing VM growth in your environment as well as identifying over or undersized VMs. Another report worth highlighting that assists with capacity planning is the Host-failure Modeling report. This report provides resource recommendations to prevent future CPU and memory shortages. And since the Capacity Planning Report is one of our most popular reports, let’s take a closer look.
Capacity Planning report
Capacity Planning reports are available for VMware and Hyper-V, as well as to assist with capacity planning for backup repositories. Specific report that have proven to be especially beneficial for our customers are the Capacity Planning Reports for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. In the screenshot below, you can see how this report identifies the number of days remaining before the level of resource utilization reaches a specified threshold. The report analyzes historical performance, build trends, and predicts when a defined threshold will be violated. This is very useful as it allows you to be proactive and avoid resource shortages.
Billing and Chargeback Reports
Veeam ONE also includes excellent reports for managing billing and chargeback. These are beneficial in understanding the costs of a virtual infrastructure by analyzing resource usage for CPU, memory, and storage. We’ll discuss this report and others in more detail during the webinar.
Building on Veeam ONE’s Legacy – Our latest capabilities
The second half of our webinar will call out a number of the new capabilities introduced with NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. We’ll highlight five new Veeam ONE features that introduce new technologies designed to simplify monitoring and reporting processes and deliver on a number of customer requests. You’ll learn more about our new era of Veeam Intelligent Automation, including Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics, to help quickly address known infrastructure-related issues, as well as new automated Remediation Actions that can be leveraged to automate specific activities. We’ll also discuss our new Heatmaps feature, new Business View groupings, and introduce our highly-anticipated application-level monitoring capabilities, plus more. We promise you won’t leave empty handed.
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