July 2019 – Editor Note

Thank you for an excellent first half of 2019!  We had some exciting announcements from VeeamON last month.  Missed the announcements, no worries….check the Looking Back article in the Tech section below.

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How to create a Failover Cluster in Windows Server 2019

How to create a Failover Cluster in Windows Server 2019

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Hannes Kasparick


This article gives a short overview of how to create a Microsoft Windows Failover Cluster (WFC) with Windows Server 2019 or 2016. The result will be a two-node cluster with one shared disk and a cluster compute resource (computer object in Active Directory).

Preparation

It does not matter whether you use physical or virtual machines, just make sure your technology is suitable for Windows clusters. Before you start, make sure you meet the following prerequisites:
Two Windows 2019 machines with the latest updates installed. The machines have at least two network interfaces: one for production traffic, one for cluster traffic. In my example, there are three network interfaces (one additional for iSCSI traffic). I prefer static IP addresses, but you can also use DHCP.

Join both servers to your Microsoft Active Directory domain and make sure that both servers see the shared storage device available in disk management. Don’t bring the disk online yet.
The next step before we can really start is to add the “Failover clustering” feature (Server Manager > add roles and features).

Reboot your server if required. As an alternative, you can also use the following PowerShell command:

Install-WindowsFeature -Name Failover-Clustering –IncludeManagementTools

After a successful installation, the Failover Cluster Manager appears in the start menu in the Windows Administrative Tools.
After you installed the Failover-Clustering feature, you can bring the shared disk online and format it on one of the servers. Don’t change anything on the second server. On the second server, the disk stays offline.
After a refresh of the disk management, you can see something similar to this:
Server 1 Disk Management (disk status online)

Server 2 Disk Management (disk status offline)

Failover Cluster readiness check

Before we create the cluster, we need to make sure that everything is set up properly. Start the Failover Cluster Manager from the start menu and scroll down to the management section and click Validate Configuration.

Select the two servers for validation.

Run all tests. There is also a description of which solutions Microsoft supports.

After you made sure that every applicable test passed with the status “successful,” you can create the cluster by using the checkbox Create the cluster now using the validated nodes, or you can do that later. If you have errors or warnings, you can use the detailed report by clicking on View Report.

Create the cluster

If you choose to create the cluster by clicking on Create Cluster in the Failover Cluster Manager, you will be prompted again to select the cluster nodes. If you use the Create the cluster now using the validated nodes checkbox from the cluster validation wizard, then you will skip that step. The next relevant step is to create the Access Point for Administering the Cluster. This will be the virtual object that clients will communicate with later. It is a computer object in Active Directory.
The wizard asks for the Cluster Name and IP address configuration.

As a last step, confirm everything and wait for the cluster to be created.

The wizard will add the shared disk automatically to the cluster per default. If you did not configure it yet, then it is also possible afterwards.
As a result, you can see a new Active Directory computer object named WFC2019.

You can ping the new computer to check whether it is online (if you allow ping on the Windows firewall).

As an alternative, you can create the cluster also with PowerShell. The following command will also add all eligible storage automatically:

New-Cluster -Name WFC2019 -Node SRV2019-WFC1, SRV2019-WFC2 -StaticAddress 172.21.237.32

You can see the result in the Failover Cluster Manager in the Nodes and Storage > Disks sections.

The picture shows that the disk is currently used as a quorum. As we want to use that disk for data, we need to configure the quorum manually. From the cluster context menu, choose More Actions > Configure Cluster Quorum Settings.

Here, we want to select the quorum witness manually.

Currently, the cluster is using the disk configured earlier as a disk witness. Alternative options are the file share witness or an Azure storage account as witness. We will use the file share witness in this example. There is a step-by-step how-to on the Microsoft website for the cloud witness. I always recommend configuring a quorum witness for proper operations. So, the last option is not really an option for production.

Just point to the path and finish the wizard.

After that, the shared disk is available for use for data.

Congratulations, you have set up a Microsoft failover cluster with one shared disk.

Next steps and backup

One of the next steps would be to add a role to the cluster, which is out of scope of this article. As soon as the cluster contains data, it is also time to think about backing up the cluster. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows can back up Windows failover clusters with shared disks. We also recommend doing backups of the “entire system” of the cluster. This also backs up the operating systems of the cluster members. This helps to speed up restore of a failed cluster node, as you don’t need to search for drivers, etc. in case of a restore.

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3 steps to protect your SAP HANA database

3 steps to protect your SAP HANA database

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Clemens Zerbe


Since the Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA was introduced, I’m often asked about the installation and operation processes for it. Unfortunately, this cannot be covered in one blog, but I’ve often found the best place to start is the beginning. For this first blog I will cover how to install and configure the plug-in — mainly as a step-by-step guide for Veeam administrators with less or little Linux and SAP HANA knowledge.
If you are an experienced SAP Basis administrator, you may still find information of value as you scan through. I have planned a series of blogs dedicated to SAP HANA and I encourage you read each of them as I will cover day-to-day operations and advanced topics such as system copies or recoveries without having an SAP HANA catalog in the future.
Before I discuss the details of deploying and configuring the SAP certified Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA, I want to share with you pertinent details that may be helpful. This plug-In depends on SAP Backint for SAP HANA, which is an API that enables Veeam to directly connect the Veeam agent to the SAP HANA database. I feel compelled to point out that HANA handles its own backup catalog with its own retention and scheduling. Therefore, Veeam Backup & Replication simply takes the data (technically from data pipes) and stores it into Veeam repositories. During restore operations, SAP HANA tells Veeam Backup & Replication what data needs to be restored and Veeam delivering the data as appropriate. This approach is contrary to the typical Veeam agentless approach, and it is very important to understand the difference. While this may not be news to an experienced SAP Basis administrator, it’s worth sharing this information as for some of you, this may be new information and therefore, helpful.

In addition to the Backint API, the next important matter to discuss is that SAP HANA Backint only takes care of the database data, including full, differential, incremental and log backups and restores. Though I should point out it is also important to take care of the underlying operating system (Red Hat or SUSE) and the SAP HANA installation and configuration files. More on this later.

The installation process

Though the installation process is one of the easiest things to do in my opinion, I urge you to keep in mind the prerequisites, including:

  • Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 (or 4a) already installed and a non-encrypted repository available with the appropriate access rights
  • DNS (forward & reverse) entries on your HANA system and your Veeam Backup & Replication repository system
  • HANA 2.0 SPS02 or newer installed on a x86 system
  • For the Veeam admin -> have your HANA buddy beside you
  • For the SAP Basis admin -> have your Veeam buddy beside you

The installation files can be found on the Veeam Backup & Replication iso.

Copy this RPM file to your SAP HANA system. You can perform this task with SCP, SFTP, or use any tool that you prefer. If you prefer a graphical interface, I recommend Filezilla or WinSCP.
Next, use a command line tool on the SAP HANA system. Putty or any other ssh client may be used for connecting and logging onto the system. For the installation process, you need to have sudo rights. Go to your folder with the RPM and run the installation.

sles15hana04:~ # cd /mnt/install/VBR2753/  sles15hana04:/mnt/install/VBR2753 # ll  total 18648  -rw-r–r– 1 root root 19093281 Apr  9 13:26 VeeamPluginforSAPHANA-9.5.4.2753-1.x86_64.rpm  sles15hana04:/mnt/install/VBR2753 # rpm -ivh VeeamPluginforSAPHANA-9.5.4.2753-1.x86_64.rpm  Preparing...                         ################################# [100%]  Updating / installing...    1:VeeamPluginforSAPHANA-9.5.4.2753-################################# [100%]  Run "SapBackintConfigTool –wizard" to configure the Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA  sles15hana04:/mnt/install/VBR2753 #

Not tough at all right? Veeam is easy! Keep in mind for Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4a, there is a performance patch for HANA available: https://www.veeam.com/kb2948

The configuration process

The installation process guides you to the next step. Run “SapBackintConfigTool –wizard” with the root user. Ready to do it? Remember to have your HANA and/or Veeam buddy at your side as you will need to work together for the next few steps.

sles15hana04:/mnt/install/VBR2753 # SapBackintConfigTool –wizard  Enter backup server name or IP address: w2k16vbr  Enter backup server port number 10006:  Enter username: Administrator  Enter password for Administrator:  Available backup repositories:  1. Default Backup Repository  2. SOBR1  3. w2k19repo_ext1  4. sles15repo_ext1  Enter repository number: 2  Configuration result:    SID DEV has been configured    sles15hana04:/mnt/install/VBR2753 #

The first question about your Veeam Backup & Replication server is obvious. Port number is defaulted to 10006 if you have not changed it in your environment. Username and Password for the Veeam Backup & Replication server and repository rights need to be provided by the Veeam administrator. If you already set the proper rights on your repositories, you should now see a list of repositories. Choose one and you are ready to move forward.
The final part is performed by the wizard — enabling SAP Backint via a soft link. If you already configured SAP Backint with other software, Veeam’s wizard will tell you what to delete and rerun the wizard.
Congratulations! You’re done with the installation and configuration. Now it’s time for our first backup and some initial SAP HANA configurations.

The first backup

The easiest way to create your first backup is via SAP HANA Studio as this is the most commonly used tool. But you can also use SAP HANA Cockpit, DBA planer, or any external scheduler.
Start SAP HANA Studio and connect to your recently configured SAP HANA instance in SYSTEM DB mode. Remember, this is a good time to be close to your SAP Basis administrator.

Provide the SAP HANA credentials (you don’t need to be the system user). You can create your backup and restore user with backup and catalog rights. See the HANA admin guide for details.

If everything has been configured properly, you should see something similar to the screenshot below:

Double-click on the SYSTEMDB@DEV (SYSTEM) and it will open an overview window. Keep this in mind later when additional configuration details are possible.

Open Backup Console via right-click.

Go directly to configuration and click on the blue arrow to expand the Backint settings. If you see Backint Agent pointing to /opt/Veeam/VeeamPluginforSAPHANA/acking -> you are only seconds away from your first backup.

It is important to emphasize that:

  • Veeam does not use any Backint Parameter files. Leave these fields empty, or if you were running something else before, delete the entries.
  • Log Backup Settings: This allows you to have the logs either on your filesystem or also use Backint to forward all new logs directly to Veeam Backup & Replication. We recommend to back them up via Backint, but please discuss this with your SAP Basis buddy. If you change this, do not forget to save your settings by clicking on the disk symbol.

Now the big moment…start your first backup!
Right-click on SYSTEMDB@SID and choose Back Up System Database (and afterwards, Tenant Database).

Ensure to choose Backint as target. Click Next – see the summary and click Finish.

You should see a screenshot like this one.

Check the Log File and go back to your Backup System DB window and go to the Backup Catalog. There should be an entry like this one with your first backup.

Now do the same for the tenant. Run backup, check the logs and review the catalog

In parallel, have you checked what happened in Veeam Backup & Replication? Under Jobs you will find a new one with the format “hostname SAP backint backup (repository name)“:

Under History, there is a new Plug-ins folder for all Plug-ins (Sap HANA & Oracle RMAN). So you see, the Plug-in is very database centric. We will cover some optimizations on this later in this blog series.

Yeah! But you are right. It´s all about the restore. Let’s also quickly test this.

Recover database

Now is a great time to be best friends with your SAP Basis buddy.

WARNING:
Do not do this on your own and always test your first restore on a test environment. Do not use any production database for the following steps!

We only want to recover the tenant database for now. SYSTEM databases only need to be recovered if there are errors, and I would recommend this only if advised to do so by SAP support.
Again, right-click on your SYSTEMDB@SID entry, Backup and Recovery -> Recover Tenant Database.

Choose your tenant to recover and click Next and choose Recover the database to its most recent state. I will cover the other options in a later blog of this series.

If you chose to backup also into Backint – change this entry to search in Backint.

Attention: the tenant will shut down now!

Select your backup – check Availability if you like. This should be green after checking.

Click Next after Availability is green. Click Next on Locate Log Backups.

Click Next and don’t forget to include logs on Backint. It’s important to reiterate that these options are Database centric and should be discussed with your SAP Basis administrator if you ever need to change something here. Clicking Next brings you a summary and Finish will start the restore process.

Finally, the restore will start and, when completed, you should see a result similar to this.

Congratulations! You have configured, backed up, and restored your first SAP HANA database with the SAP certified Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA.
In the next blog, we will discuss additional optimization options in HANA and discuss how to back up your file system with HANA ini files and protect your operation system for DR preparation. Additionally, we also want to dive deeper into scheduling options, retention of backups, etc. In the meantime, if your business runs SAP HANA, I encourage you to check out this exciting feature from Veeam using this blog as a guide.
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Windows Server 2019 support, expect no less from us!

Windows Server 2019 support, expect no less from us!

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Rick Vanover


Veeam has always taken platform support seriously. Whether it’s the latest hypervisor, storage system or a Windows operating system. Both Windows Server and Windows desktop operating systems have very broad support with Veeam, and I recently just did some work around Windows Server 2019 and I am happy to say that Veeam fully supports the newest Microsoft data center operating system.
One of the first things that we did here at Veeam was a webinar overviewing both what is new with Windows Server 2019 and how Veeam supports Windows Server 2019. I was lucky to be joined by Nicolas Bonnet, a Veeam Vanguard and author of many books on Windows Server.
If any IT pro is getting ready to support a new platform, such as Windows Server 2019, the first steps are critical to introduce the new technology without surprises. The good news is that Veeam can help, and that was the spirit of the webinar and overall the way Veeam addresses new platforms.
One of the first places to start is Microsoft’s awesome 45-page “What’s new” document for Windows Server 2019. This is without a doubt the place to get the latest capabilities on what the new platform brings to your data center and workloads in the cloud running Windows Server.
There are scores of new capabilities in Windows Server 2019, so it’s hard to pick one or even a few favorites; but here are some that may help modernize your Windows server administration:

Storage Migration Service

I love hearing Ned Pyle from Microsoft talk about the storage technologies in Windows Server, and Storage Migration Service is one that can get older file server data to newer file server technologies (including in Azure).

Storage Space Direct

It’s incredible what has been going on with Windows Storage over the years! One of the latest capabilities is now ReFS volumes can have deduplication and compression. There are additional scalability limits and management capabilities as well (Windows Admin Center in particular) as other improvements across the operating system.
And finally, smallest but rather awesome feature:

Windows Time Service

In Windows Server 2019, the Windows Time Service now offers true UTC-compliant leap second support; so it’s ready for any time service role in your organization.
Again, hard to pick one or even a few features, but here are some that you may know about or may not have known. But the natural question that comes into play is “How do I migrate to Windows Server 2019?” This is where Veeam may help you and you may not have even known it.

Veeam DataLabs

The Veeam DataLab is a way you can test upgrades to Windows Server 2019 from previous versions of Windows Server. In fact, I wrote a whitepaper on this very topic last year.
Do you think the idea that your backup application can help you in your upgrade to Windows Server 2019 sounds crazy? It’s not, let me explain. The Veeam DataLab will allow you to take what you have backed up and provide an isolated environment to test. The test can be many things, ensuring that backups are recoverable (what the technology was made for), testing Windows Updates, testing security configurations, testing scripted or automated configurations, testing application upgrades and more. One additional use case can be testing the upgrade of Windows Server 2019.
In the Veeam DataLab, you can simulate the upgrade to the latest operating system based on what Veeam has backed up. The best part is the changes are not going to interfere with the production system. This way you will have a complete understanding of what it will take to upgrade to Windows Server 2019 from an older Windows Server operating system. How long it will take, what changes need to happen, etc. Further, if you need to put other components into a DataLab to simulate a multi-tiered application or communication to a domain controller, you can!
Here’s an example of a DataLab:

Conclusion

Windows Server 2019 and platform support in general are key priorities at Veeam. Our next update, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4b, will include support for Windows Server version 1903. This means you can run 1903 and have it backed up with Veeam or you can run Veeam Backup & Replication and its components on this version of Windows. Veeam is a safe bet for platform support as well as the ability to activate the data in your backups to do important migrations, such as to the latest version of Windows Server.
Have you used a DataLab to do an upgrade? If so, share your comment below. If not, give it a try!

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Looking back on VeeamON 2019, and forward to what’s next with Rickatron

Looking back on VeeamON 2019, and forward to what’s next with Rickatron

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Rick Vanover

This year’s VeeamON was epic, if I do say so myself. Our fifth event was in my opinion our best yet. In this post, I’ll recap a few key takeaways of the event and set the stage for what’s next for Veeam regarding events and product updates.

I wrote two specific recaps of the full days of the event, Day 1 and Day 2, which have good summaries of event specifics. Additionally, all of the general sessions and breakouts for those who attended are available for replay on the VeeamON recap site. The press releases are listed below:

We also made a short video that summarizes the event as well:

 

But what is there to focus on next? Short answer: A LOT!

I’ll start with the products. I’ve already been updated on the next version of some products we showcased at VeeamON, so we’ll be doing promotion for that at regional VeeamON Forum and Tour events as well as key industry events like VMworld and Microsoft Inspire. Veeam Availability Suite v10, which was previewed in the technology general session (you can replay here, in the technology keynote), is going to be an EPIC release. What we previewed at VeeamON is just a teaser; trust me, there is a lot more goodness to come in this release. I keep saying with each release recently that it’s the biggest release ever; and I’m pretty sure I’ll do the same with this one.

Next, I have been working with global teams to prepare the regional VeeamON Forum and VeeamON Tour events. These are underway, starting in June and going into the fall worldwide. Local markets will promote them specifically, but pages are already up for Asia, India, France, Germany, Turkey, many EMEA countries for Tours, and more to come. I just completed a VeeamON Tour in Sweden and will do subsequent ones in China, Brazil and Argentina later this year, and it feels great to bring the Veeam update to more markets around the world. Additionally, the rest of the Veeam Product Strategy team will be doing many events around the world as well.

I am fortunate to have a role on the VeeamON team as the content manager for the breakouts. This is in addition to the 57 other things I do at the event, including the technology general session presentation, presenting breakouts, meeting with customers and partners as well as meeting with press and analysts. I took a much more data-driven view to the breakout content this year. Everything from working with the event management team to have the right sized rooms, the balance of content (much more technical and product-focused this year), speaker consideration, partner interests and more. The end result is a trend that I feel embodies where Veeam is going as well as meeting, and based on survey data, exceeding the expectations of attendees. Feel free to send me a note via email or Twitter for ideas on how to make VeeamON better and the best investment for your time to attend the event.

VeeamON 2020 will take the event back to Las Vegas, and I for one am happy with that. I just think Vegas works! But the bar is set rather high. The Miami event was epic, and for my role on the VeeamON team, I’m going to expand the team I have and double the effort to raise the bar. See you there!

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Benefits of Cloud Object Storage

 

Benefits of Cloud Object Storage

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Dan Thompson

This is a guest blog post by Dan Thompson, a Research Director at 451 Research.

 

Enterprises today are struggling to get on top of a seemingly insurmountable mountain of data. Unfortunately for IT leadership, this mountain is made up of some files that are expendable, some files that are critical, some files that have compliance obligations, some files that need to be retained long-term… the list goes on and on. This ends up creating several pain points within the organization. First, the growth of the data itself is a problem as IT works to predict what the future storage capacity requirements will be for planning and budgetary purposes. Adding to this is the stress from the high price of the storage systems required to contain it all. And let’s not forget about the backups! As the operational dataset grows, so too do the backups of that data.

If this sounds all too familiar, you’re not alone. Thankfully we as an IT community have new tools that we can leverage to help us solve at least some of these problems.

Traditionally, storage vendors have created products, such as storage-attached network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) systems, that work primarily with file systems that track data based on its location. A number of years ago, however, a new type of storage architecture was released that identified a set of data as an individual entity (or object), rather than just tracking its location. While this new way of data classification and storage brings with it a lot of benefits, vendors have struggled to articulate the value proposition of object storage over more traditional options.

This all changed when Amazon Web Services (AWS) came along with its S3 storage option, altering the way people think about online, or cloud-based, storage. While Amazon’s AWS platform may have been the first to grab attention, many other vendors have followed suit. Offerings such as Microsoft Azure Blob, IBM Cloud Object Storage and Google Cloud Storage, in addition to hundreds of other options from managed service providers and cloud service providers around the world, now host tens of trillions of files using object storage. This is not only because object storage is directly accessible via HTTP or other storage interfaces, but also because it is the only platform capable of providing the advanced data protection, automated tiering and scalability required for any massive storage task.

So how does this help with storage problems? For cloud providers, object-based storage systems are utilized in part because of the platform’s ability to dynamically scale across massive, multi-node storage systems, but also because the metadata capabilities of object storage don’t place any theoretical limitations on the number or size of objects in storage. For on-prem solutions, enterprises can leverage the same benefits. In the cloud, however, enterprises can leverage those benefits without a huge, up-front capital outlay. Enterprises pay as they grow. Either on-prem or in the cloud, the metadata capabilities also allow object storage users to easily migrate objects between multiple tiers of storage, giving them flexibility to optimize a cloud storage environment based on whatever combination of cost, performance, availability and data protection best suits their data governance requirements.

When considering data protection, it’s worth pointing out that a good solution requires more than just object storage. At the end of the day, object storage is just another place to house data. To fully utilize object storage as part of a backup and disaster recovery program, enterprises need software to handle part of the process. Perhaps a good solution could automatically put backup files in the cloud; moving the data offsite is at least a start. However, a great solution would establish tiers of storage, and then move the backups between those tiers as they reach various lifecycle stages. For example, the most recent backups will likely be kept next to the workload for the fastest backup and restore performance. After some period of time, those backups should then be moved offsite for longer-term storage. Depending on the retention requirements, perhaps after another period of time those backups would be moved to yet another tier of storage. This should all be happening automatically, without the need for human intervention. By using the cloud for these latter two tiers, enterprises can reduce the amount of storage required on-site, while simultaneously meeting offsite backup storage requirements. This also opens up the possibility of a ‘restore to the cloud’ option.

Finally, when looking at taking advantage of a cloud-based object storage solution for backup storage, there are a couple of obvious pitfalls to watch out for. Data transfer fees from the major cloud providers have become a bit notorious, so it’s good for enterprises to fully understand what actions they’ll be charged for, and what actions they won’t. To that extent, it’s worth understanding how the various software packages charge for this as well.

 

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v10 Sneak peek: Cloud Tier Copy Mode

v10 Sneak peek: Cloud Tier Copy Mode

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Anthony Spiteri

At VeeamON 2019, I joined members of the Product Strategy Team to do a number of live demos showing current and future products and features. While the first half focused on what had been released in 2019 so far, the second half focused on what is coming. One of those was the highly anticipated Copy Mode feature being added to the Cloud Tier in v10 of Veeam Backup & Replication.

As with the existing 9.5 Update 4 functionality, all restore operations are still possible for backup data that has been copied to the Capacity Tier. During the Technical Main Stage keynote, I demoed an Instant VM Recovery of a machine from a SOBR that we had simulated the loss of all Performance Tier extents due to a disaster. As you can see in the demo below, the recovery was streamed directly off the Capacity Tier, which in this case was backed by Amazon S3.

Copy Mode feature

Copy Mode is an additional policy you can set against the Capacity Tier extent of the Scale Out Backup Repository (SOBR), which is backed by an Object Storage repository. Once selected, any backup files that are created as part of any standard backup or backup copy job will be copied to the Capacity Tier. This fully satisfies the 3-2-1 rule of backup, which asks for one full copy of your data off site.

This feature adds to the existing move functionality released as part of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 earlier this year and allows the almost immediate copy of backup data up to an Object Storage Repository. Here’s a deep dive into the technology (and best practices!) that we presented on the main stage:

 

And a full demo only session to show off some of the new Copy Mode functionality coming in v10:

 

NOTE: Demo and screenshots taken from Tech Preview Build and is subject to change.

For a recap of what is currently possible in Update 4, head to this link to check out all the Cloud Tier content I’ve created since launch.

Conclusion

Copy Mode is going to be a huge enhancement to the Cloud Tier in v10. I can see lots of great use cases for on-premises Veeam customers and for our Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partners who should be looking to leverage this feature to offer new service offerings for IaaS and Cloud Connect Backup data resiliency.

Stay tuned for more information around Cloud Tier Copy Mode as we get closer to the release of v10!

The post v10 Sneak peek: Cloud Tier Copy Mode appeared first on Veeam Software Official Blog.

Original Article: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/VeeamSoftwareOfficialBlog/~3/qIh8Lpj98ho/v10-sneak-peek-cloud-tier-copy-mode.html

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What else can you do with Veeam Availability Orchestrator?

What else can you do with Veeam Availability Orchestrator?

Notes from MWhite  /  Michael White

Hello all,

I mention this stuff a lot and people are always surprised.  So I thought I would share this here so that more of you can see this.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO) v2 is a DR orchestration tool that can use replicas or backups as the source for failovers in a crisis. As a professional DR tool it allows you to test your failovers to make sure your applications recovery is as you might hope.  It also has great documentation – mostly automatic too that is very helpful.  But there is other things you can do with this very useful tool that are not necessarily obvious.

  • You can use a test failover to test out a few things – not just does the app work but also:
    • Application Patching – if it works you know it will work in production as you are working in a copy of production, not just a lab built copy.
    • OS patching or updates – same here, you will know if it works in production or not.
    • Security vulnerability scanning – if you break something in the test only you know and you can prepare for that in production by maybe tweaking the scanning tool.
  • Plan, and test, a migration to a new data center.  It is very good indeed to test your migration before it becomes permanent.
  • You can pull data into a test failover from physical machines if necessary.  So like an AIX server that is running Oracle.  How it would look is:
    • During a test failover a PowerShell script executes and talks to AIX
    • A new LPAR is deployed,
    • A virtual nic is attached to the LPAR that is connected to the private and non-routing test network.
    • Another script runs that copies a subset of the Oracle database to the new LPAR.
    • So now in the test failover an app can find Oracle. Which is important to support a test failover.
    • Now at the end of the test there is a PowerShell script that runs and notes it is the end of the test so it talks to AIX and deletes the LAPR that has the subset of Oracle database on it.  This is important to make sure no test data gets into the production Oracle.
    • I have seen this done with AIX, and I have had customers tell me they have done this with HPUX.
  • You can protect physical machines.
    • Use a tool like VMware Converter to do lunchtime and night time conversions.  Then on a different schedule it is replicated and protected.  This means if the physical machine is lost, a virtual version will be available, and that is quite usable even if the app owner didn’t want to virtualize for some reason as the alternative is total loss.
    • I am working on a blog to do this as part of your backups.  When I have that figured out and documented I will share it out.
  • One that I heard from a customer is to do organized and auditable restores for people.  Since it is a DR activity there is a nice audit trail, and you can test it too.

So I hope that this all helps you understand that there is a lot that a DR orchestration tool like VAO can do over and above the typical DR stuff.

Let me know if you have questions or comments,

Michael

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Original Article: https://notesfrommwhite.net/2019/06/19/what-else-can-you-do-with-veeam-availability-orchestrator/

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Improving failover speed in VAO

Improving failover speed in VAO

Notes from MWhite  /  Michael White

Hello there,

If you are using Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO) you may have noticed that we limit a VM group to start 10 VMs simultaneously. If your plan has two VM groups that means the first group starts 10 VMs at a time until there are not more to start, than the next VM group starts recovering 10 VMs at a time.

What happens if you want to recover faster?  First is it possible?  If you have all flash storage, or very fast storage, and your vCenter has spare RAM / Processor then it is possible.

Here is the process.

  • Do a test failover of the plan you wish to have proceed more quickly.  If the DataLab is already running the test failover time is fairly close to the actual failover time. Remember or record the time.
  • Confirm your vCenter is healthy.  This is a good place to start.

  • Next you should increase the number of simultaneous starts.  It can be found when you edit your VM group.

  • Depending on your storage you will make the choice.  If you have all flash for example, then I would suggest trying 20 instead of 10.
  • Now with the lab group already running, do your test failover again.  Record the time.
  • More VMs starting might impact vCenter so make sure it is still good.  Us the Past Day setting and see if there is a big spike where you did the test.
  • But, if the vCenter is still good, determine how much time you saved.
  • If the time is not good enough, and you think you still have resources in vCenter, you can try increasing the number again.
  • Remember this impacts your storage, and your vCenter strongly.  So at some point you potentially may need to back the number down.  I think 10 is very safe for everyone, but if you have a good vCenter and nice storage you should be able to get it quite a bit higher.  Maybe 30?

Another way to decrease the time of failovers is how you design your plans.  Multi – tier apps can make plans very slow if you use sequencing, but can be much faster if you use a different design.  I talk about that design in this article.

I hope that this article helps, but I am very open to questions and comments. And don’t forget all my VAO technical articles can be found via this tag.

BTW, I don’t have a decent work lab, and I have a small lab at home I use.  So I could not show better screenshots.  Sorry about that.

Michael

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Original Article: https://notesfrommwhite.net/2019/06/26/improving-failover-speed-in-vao/

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Reducing complexity with Cisco and Veeam

Reducing complexity with Cisco and Veeam

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Carey Stanton

Hello from beautiful San Diego! I’m here at Cisco Live 2019 this week and I’m noticing that in many conversations with customers and partners, the theme of reducing complexity has come up time and time again.
In fact, according to the IT Spending Intentions Survey conducted by analyst group ESG, 68% of respondents say their IT environment is more complex than it was two years ago.  That’s why forward-thinking organizations need to make IT as agile and as simple as possible. It’s all about making technology work for you, not the other way around. One of the things that commonly stands in the way of achieving that goal is data protection. Simply put, new workloads cannot be deployed unless those workloads can be adequately protected.
Veeam and Cisco have kept that in mind and are closely partnering together to help customers reduce their data protection cost and complexity, while also better protecting their data. Customers are able to run Veeam Availability solutions on Cisco UCS storage servers or Cisco HyperFlex hyperconvergence platform to reduce their complexity while providing the data management today’s organizations require. From enhanced visibility, to multi-cloud support and better price for performance, there are a multitude of benefits from the joint solutions that help reduce complexity.

Peace of mind

Veeam Availability Solution for Cisco UCS leverages Cisco UCS M240 or S3260 storage servers and Veeam Availability Suite to deliver robust data management and confidence that data is always available and protected.
As for Veeam Availability on Cisco HyperFlex, Veeam’s running on the HyperFlex platform means that the Veeam software is able to take advantage of HyperFlex advanced capabilities such as failover, clustering and self-healing. This makes for a highly resilient data protection platform that’s immune to disk and node failures.

Ease of use

Enterprise-grade data protection solutions have become notorious for being difficult to implement and manage. There is often a steep learning curve associated with such products. In contrast, the Veeam/Cisco solution is designed to provide turnkey data protection for the enterprise.
The entire solution can be purchased through a single Cisco SKU, and like other hyperconverged solutions, it’s designed for easy deployment. Additionally, the platform supports the use of backup policies that behave in a consistent manner, regardless of whether the protected resources reside on physical or virtual hardware, or in the cloud.

Any app, any data, any cloud

Managing multiple clouds can often be a pain point for even the most skilled IT teams. Veeam can overcome that obstacle — the Veeam Availability solution is able to protect physical, virtual, and cloud-based workloads. Veeam can protect all of an organization’s applications and data, regardless of where it resides. Furthermore, backups can be replicated to the cloud, and multi-cloud environments are fully supported.

Unmatched price and performance

Veeam and Cisco are committed to helping enterprise customers make the most of their data protection budgets by delivering exceptional performance for a fraction of what competing solutions cost. According to another study by the Enterprise Strategy Group, “the price / performance of Veeam / Cisco solution is 49% lower than the examined alternative.” That means that organizations are receiving 2x better value than alternative solutions. This same study also concluded that the performance delivered by the Veeam and Cisco solution was 28.9% higher than the alternative solutions assessed.

Partnering together to help customers

The Veeam/Cisco data protection platform is designed to be easy to deploy and manage, while also delivering high performance and high availability at a very competitive cost. The partnership, as shown by the previous savings statistics from ESG, proves that some things are just better together.
If you are at Cisco Live this week, come visit Veeam at booth #2305. We’d love to talk to you about how Veeam and Cisco can help you take the complexity out of data protection.
If you aren’t, then you can still access information on Cisco and Veeam joint solutions on our customer resource site.
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Original Article: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/veeam-executive-blog/~3/a2NeTNKur2A/reducing-it-complexity-with-cisco-and-veeam-at-cisco-live.html

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Recorded webinars: Veeam and Azure Mission Availability series

Recorded webinars: Veeam and Azure Mission Availability series
Watch the recordings of Veeam’s product experts and learn more
about
NEW Veeam Cloud Tier and Veeam Cloud Mobility, so you can:
Manage data growth and ensure workload portability to the
cloud
Free up local storage and get infinite capacity in Azure
Blob storage
Take any on-premises, physical and cloud-based workloads and
move them directly to Azure
And more!

Veeam customers! Veeam User Group meetings are coming to a city near you

Veeam customers! Veeam User Group meetings are coming to a
city near you.
Upcoming June Veeam User Group meetings, June 12,
Toronto VUG, June 19, Detroit VUG and June 27, Ottawa
VUG!
Veeam User Group (VUG) meetings are technical gatherings of
Veeam users, led by our local SEs. This ongoing engagement program is
designed to provide our technical user community with education, networking
and direct access to Veeam technical resources. To see an entire list of the
upcoming Veeam User Group meetings and to register, please visit https://go.veeam.com/user-groups

NEW Veeam Powered Network v2

NEW Veeam Powered Network v2
NEW Veeam PN (Powered Network) v2 delivers 5x to 20x faster VPN
throughput! In this latest version of Veeam PN,
a FREE tool that simplifies creation and management of site-to-site and
point-to-site VPN networks, improvements have been made to performance and
security with the adoption of WireGuard. Read this blog
to learn more about version two enhancements and visit the help center
for technical details.

NEW Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2 is now available!

NEW Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2 is
now available!
NEW Veeam® Availability Orchestrator v2 – an
industry-first – delivers a comprehensive solution that provides DR
orchestration from replicas and backups. DR is now democratized; attainable
and affordable for all organizations, applications and data, not just the mission-critical
workloads. Check out this blog to
discover what else is new in version two, or start building your first DR
plan today with a FREE 30-day download.

Top takeaways from VeeamON 2019

Top takeaways from VeeamON 2019
VeeamON 2019, our annual conference, turned Miami Beach
green last month! 2,000 attendees learned how Veeam® is committed
to supplying backup and recovery solutions that consistently deliver Cloud
Data Management™ for users across the globe. Couldn’t make it to the event?
Check out the keynote and breakout sessions, daily recap
videos
, the CUBE interviews, blog posts
and latest
announcements
.

NEW Veeam ProPartner Webinar Series

NEW Veeam
ProPartner Webinar Series
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At Veeam, we are committed
to helping our partners successfully position and sell Veeam’s
industry‑leading solutions. That’s why we are excited to announce
the launch of our
NEW Veeam ProPartner Webinar Series,
which is intended to provide you with sales and technical
training to help you grow your business and earn more
with Veeam.
The series
will continue throughout the year, with different topics
being covered each month.
Here is what we have
coming up:

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Office 365: 74%
of your customers are unprotected!
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Audience: Sales Engineer
Speakers:
Blake von Brockdorff,
Technical Partner Manager
Chris Sprague, Technical Partner Manager
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See a webinar you
can’t attend? Don’t worry. If you register, we’ll send you
the replay link by email to watch at your
convenience.
Thank
you,
Veeam Team
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June 2019 – Editor Note

$1 billion in pure software sales!  Announcement with our partnership with Nutanix and the Nutanix Mine platform!  Much, much more in this issue below!

Veeam Instance Licensing learning path

Veeam Instance Licensing learning path
Veeam Instance Licensing (VIL) allows your customers to use
a single type of licensing across all workloads, regardless
of their software or location. As a partner, it is important
that you understand how to sell this new instance licensing model. So we
created a VIL learning path, accessible through Veeam IQ.
Here’s what you need to do:
Review the Learning Resources
Complete the VIL Launch Feedback Survey
Take the Knowledge Check!

NEW ExaGrid Backup with Veeam offering

NEW ExaGrid Backup with Veeam offering
Veeam integrates with ExaGrid systems, enabling customers
to leverage data deduplication appliances to preserve data
throughout its lifecycle. ExaGrid Backup with Veeam expands
this partnership, enabling small to mid-size customers to purchase both
solutions via a single SKU, simplifying the purchase experience.

Announcements made at VeeamON 2019

Announcements made at VeeamON 2019
At this year’s VeeamON event, a lot of exciting
product, solution and company news was announced, including Veeam’s®
achievement of $1 billion in annual bookings. Learn more about these
announcements and how they reinforce Veeam’s commitment of providing backup
and recovery solutions that consistently deliver Cloud Data Management for
users across the globe.

NEW Veeam Cloud Connect datasheets now available
This guide outlines the pathways for VCSP partners to capture
their Veeam rental usage for each Veeam product, in which scenarios partners
are exempt from payment and how to effectively manage license keys to
maintain service delivery.

NEW 451 Research report: Take Control of Your Office 365 Data

NEW 451 Research report: Take Control of Your Office 365 Data
This new research report highlights the importance and risks
associated with Microsoft Office 365 data protection. Use this report in
marketing campaigns and with your customers to drive adoption of Microsoft
Office 365 backup as a service powered by Veeam.

Blog series: Update 4 for service providers

Blog series: Update 4 for
service providers
With the release of Update 4 for
Veeam Backup & Replication
9.5,
Anthony Spiteri, Product Technologist, created a special blog series to help
our VCSP partners navigate the ins and outs of Veeam’s new and enhanced
features.

Webinar: vCloud Director and Veeam use cases – June 6

Webinar: vCloud Director and Veeam use cases
If you’re a Veeam® Cloud & Service Provider
(VCSP) partner and a VMware cloud provider partner, you’re familiar with the
excellence of vCloud Director and Veeam. Veeam has been a leader in the
industry, with features supporting vCloud Director since v7.
Join a webinar, where we will discuss the three main use
cases observed in the field combining Veeam with vCloud Director. We will
also have a live demonstration for each use case. Topics covered include:
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) backups of vCloud
Director VMs and vApps with Veeam Backup & Replication™
vCloud Director tenant self-service backups of their VMs and
vApps via Veeam enterprise manager
VM replication via Veeam Cloud Connect Replication into
vCloud Director
And more!

VeeamON 2019: The 5 Biggest Statements From Ratmir Timashev

VeeamON 2019: The 5 Biggest Statements From Ratmir Timashev

CRN  /  Kyle Alspach

While data protection and management software company Veeam has been on a tear, co-founder Ratmir Timashev says the company is continuing to evolve–and is fully embracing where the market is going next.
In 2019, that means hybrid cloud, Timashev said during the company’s VeeamON conference in Miami on Tuesday.
[Related: Veeam’s Ratmir Timashev On Public Cloud Backlash, Office 365 Growth And ‘Aggressive’ Acquisition Strategy]
While announcing that Veeam has passed $1 billion in bookings over the past 12 months, Timashev, who is also the company’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, said Veeam is now entering “Act 2,” which is all about protecting and managing data in hybrid cloud environments.
“The opportunities are tremendous for Veeam and for our partners,” Timashev told more than 2,000 attendees at VeeamON. “This is the next stage of our evolution.”
What follows are Timashev’s five biggest statements at VeeamON 2019.
Growth
“I’m very happy to announce that as of May 15, Veeam achieved a major milestone. We have become a $1 billion company. [We have joined] a very elite group of companies. There are only 34 companies in the world [that are] pure software companies whose revenues are more than $1 billion. It’s a great achievement …
In 2013, we said that within five years we would [reach] $1 billion. I’m very excited. We have grown fast–exponential growth, profitable growth. And with the journey we’ve also added many, many new customers. We achieved another milestone–350,000 customers, with approximately 4,000 net new customers every month. Approximately 50,000 [were added] last year.”
Hybrid Cloud
“What is Act 2? Act 2 is all about hybrid cloud. The opportunities are tremendous for Veeam and for our partners. This is the next stage of our evolution. When I speak to our customers, about how we can help them to modernize their data management with backup infrastructure, the conversation always shifts to how Veeam can help [them] move to hybrid cloud–how Veeam can help [them] to leverage public cloud’s elasticity and scalability to accelerate their business. This conversation always moves to a hybrid cloud conversation.
According to our survey of our customers, 73 percent have a hybrid cloud strategy. Less than 10 percent are planning to stay 100-percent on-prem. And less than 15 percent are planning to completely move to public cloud. The majority, 73 percent, are building hybrid cloud infrastructure. The market is tremendous for us and for our partners.”
Cloud Data Management
“Our vision [is] to be the most trusted provider of backup solutions that deliver cloud data management … What’s made Veeam successful, when we talk to our customers, they say three things: simple, reliable and flexible. Of course, powerful features, scalability, great support, [a] great ecosystem are also reasons. But the top three are simplicity, reliability and flexibility–that’s what’s made us successful. And I promise you, we will stay with this for Act 2.
Veeam is extremely well-positioned to dominate in Act 2, because we’ve moved beyond just being the No. 1 for VMware. Now our platform is a comprehensive platform that offers backup solutions for all workloads–all the workloads that exist in the modern data center, in the hybrid cloud–virtual, physical, SaaS, cloud.”
Nutanix Partnership
“Two weeks ago, Nutanix and Veeam announced a new solution called Nutanix Mine with Veeam. It’s a very exciting new product that will be coming later this year. Two innovators in their respective industries–Veeam in data management and Nutanix in cloud management of hyperconverged–join our R&D resources to build this joint solution.
The goal for that solution is very simple–to bring customer experience to the next level, to provide an absolutely seamless, out-of-the-box customer experience. Easy to deploy, easy to configure, easy to manage, from a single interface. It’s two companies with a single solution. And it all can be available with one SKU from our joint channel partners.”
Microsoft Azure, AWS Consumption
“I’m excited about our partnership with Microsoft. Veeam’s ability to now tier data to Azure Blob was a game changer. In the last four or five months, since we released our [Availability Suite 9.5] Update 4 in January of this year, our consumption of Azure as well as AWS from our customers has skyrocketed. Because it’s so easy now, from the simple interface, when you are scheduling your backup jobs and data protection jobs to also tier the data into the object storage. It’s an awesome capability.”

Original Article: https://www.crn.com/news/virtualization/veeamon-2019-the-5-biggest-statements-from-ratmir-timashev

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Veeam Reaches $1 Billion in Annual Revenues

Veeam Reaches $1 Billion in Annual Revenues

Bekker’s Blog

Veeam Reaches $1 Billion in Annual Revenues

Veeam is unusual among private software companies in that it regularly and publicly shares financial performance data via press release.
It’s not the kind of comprehensive disclosure you’d see from a public company with net income, revenues and business unit results, but it’s still a remarkable degree of transparency.
This week, Veeam provided an update at its annual VeeamON conference in Miami and revealed a significant revenue milestone.
“We achieved $1 billion in revenue bookings,” said Ratmir Timashev, co-founder and executive vice president for sales and marketing. Timashev said the figure was based on revenues for the trailing 12 months.
The revenue marker trails slightly, but only slightly, behind Timashev’s prediction in 2013 that the company would reach $1 billion in five years.
“We can blame [that] a little bit on subscription rights,” Timashev said, referring to the shift in revenue models and the marketwide way in which businesses are buying software on a monthly basis rather than paying for licenses upfront.
Veeam also said this week it had 350,000 customers and was adding 4,000 net new customers per month and 50,000 per year.
Veeam sells backup and availability software for cloud data management.

Posted by Scott Bekker on May 22, 2019 at 9:56 AM


Original Article: https://rcpmag.com/blogs/scott-bekker/2019/05/veeam-reaches-1billion-in-revenue.aspx

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Veeam Unveils New “with Veeam” Program to Accelerate Customer Time-to-Value and Enable Secondary Storage Solutions

Veeam Unveils New “with Veeam” Program to Accelerate Customer Time-to-Value and Enable Secondary Storage Solutions

Business Wire – News by Company: Veeam Software

MIAMI–()–VeeamON Veeam® Software, the leader in backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management™, unveiled a new initiative today to deliver unified solutions providing expanded options for customers: the “with Veeam” program. Veeam is 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.

Veeam has worked closely with its strategic technology alliance partners to provide flexible deployment options for customers that have continually led to tighter levels of integration. Veeam APIs enable our broad partner ecosystem to build complete solutions that are powered by the Veeam Availability Platform™, with some partners integrating both primary and secondary storage with Veeam’s market-leading, data-management stack. The with Veeam” program builds on this strategy by providing broader and deeper integration points for partners to easily and rapidly deliver a secondary storage solution as a unified full-stack that is easy-to-procure, -size, -deploy and -manage, providing customers with options for their data-protection needs.
“Our strategy has always been to be open and agnostic by working with a broad ecosystem of partners to better serve our mutual customers’ needs,” said Ratmir Timashev, Co-Founder and EVP Sales & Marketing at Veeam. “With the announcement of our ‘with Veeam’ program, we are taking that strategy to new heights to help organizations achieve the levels of data protection, data retention, data availability and data management that their businesses demand. Nutanix announced Nutanix Mine with Veeam a couple of weeks ago, and ExaGrid announced ExaGrid Backup with Veeam in April. This is an easy way for partners to build a unified offering with Veeam and we expect to see additional solutions announced in the future.”
Depending on partners’ integration efforts and targeted customer segments, “with Veeam” unified solutions will provide a variety of formats and features that are aligned with the varying requirements of different market segments, including:

  • Options for scale-up and scale-out, to address a broad variety of environment sizes, while providing a consistent set of recovery capabilities through Veeam Availability Platform
  • Right-sized compute and storage that aligns with the retention, recovery and Availability goals, and that aligns with business units’ SLA expectations
  • A single SKU that includes installed software and right-sized hardware; simple acquisition from infrastructure vendors’ price lists that many buyers and resellers already use; and single support points of contact for support

To deliver the flexibility of these choices, as well as the ever-present options of consuming Veeam software via traditional licenses or subscription, or through the company’s worldwide network of VCSP (Veeam Cloud Service provider) partners, some “with Veeam” solutions will be sold and serviced directly from an infrastructure partner. Others will be sourced by various distribution and/or global system integrators, depending on geography or partner network.
For more information, visit https://www.veeam.com.
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 350,000+ 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 64,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, NetApp and Lenovo as exclusive resellers; and 22,500+ 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.

Original Article: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190521005846/en/Veeam-Unveils-New-“with-Veeam”-Program-Accelerate/?feedref=JjAwJuNHiystnCoBq_hl-c9EfAjTsk-flsGmdO9JqnwMCNrJ5zSzFYT7RwBKCzchnkvYMqDDYxFrLs-oQ2BHQypCsFFvugK3n-fFs_G7QqSAaM4HAi1dfjF46AFX3NGZlQo71FJ67f_ORYRya2TtNQ==

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Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2.0 is now GA

Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2.0 is now GA

Notes from MWhite  /  Michael White


Hello all, I am very happy to say that what I have been working for a long time – with many other people – has now reached General Availability. It is a big release and we are going to look at things in this article.
Release Notes – https://www.veeam.com/veeam_orchestrator_2_0_release_notes_en_rn.pdf
Bits – https://www.veeam.com/availability-orchestrator-download.html
It is important to note there is no upgrade to 2.0.  You will need to install it separate and recreate your plans. There will be an KB article to help.  But most important is remember to uninstall your VAO agents from your VBR servers so that new agents can be installed. The plan definition reports will provide the info for each plan you need to recreate.
Us two product managers did not make the decision for no upgrade lately.  It was important though as it will allow some architecture decisions to be made that will be good for customers in the future.  Once such decision is to remove the need for Production VAO servers.  They are not required or useful any longer.
What are some of the new features – the key ones?
Scopes
Scopes will let you have resources and reporting – plus people that are separate and unseen by other users.  Sort of like multi-tenancy but more to allow offices or groups to have separate plans.

Above you can see both a default and HR scope.  Here you can say who belongs to what.

Above you can see the reporting options that can be defined by each scope.

Above is VM groups and you can use the button indicated above to assign them to different scopes. This is true for other resources such as DataLabs.
Backups
In v1 you could use replicas to create your plans, but in v2 you can use replicas OR backups to create your plans.  It is almost identical no matter which you choose but there are some small differences.

In our Orchestration Plans they will look identical except for as we can see above.  Failover for replica’s and Restore for backups.

As well when you look at the individual steps you will notice one that is Restore VM rather than process replica – as you can see above.
BTW, recoveries using backups can go to the original or new locations. Re-IP is possible as well.
If you design your VBR servers well, the recovery of a backup is surprising fast!
VM Console
This feature will allow you, from within VAO to access a VM’s console.  It uses the VMware VMRC HTML5 functionality to do it.
The plan needs to stay on for a some time, and if so you will see an option like below.

You highlight a VM, and select that button and you end up in the VMware HTML5 VMRC and will need to log in.  Very handy for things like checking to see if a complex app has started and is usable.
General
There is a lot of little things like polish in the UI.  Sort of discrete but also nice. One that is not so discrete is that we have added RTO and RPO to the plans and reports.  This means a readiness check will have a warning if the RTO / RPO defined is not possible.

Another thing is that production VAO servers are no longer required or useful.  There is only DR VAO servers.
Summary
A big release, and with an interesting range of new stuff.  You can watch my blog using this tag – https://notesfrommwhite.net/tag/vao_tech for new articles.
Michael
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Original Article: https://notesfrommwhite.net/2019/05/21/veeam-availability-orchestrator-v2-0-is-now-ga/

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Veeam Ready to support Cloud Tier!

Veeam Ready to support Cloud Tier!

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Ken Ringdahl

The release of Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 U4 earlier this year introduced Veeam Cloud Tier, a new feature allowing our customers to leverage object storage for long-term retention of their backups. The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. In true Veeam fashion “it just works.” Veeam Cloud Tier depends on Scale-out Backup Repository, or SOBR as we like to call it. Veeam Cloud Tier makes SOBR infinitely scalable because, in the end, that’s one of the promises of cloud infrastructure.
With Veeam Cloud Tier, SOBR is now comprised of two components – a performance tier and a capacity tier. The performance tier is for your most recent backups providing immediate availability for fast restore or other uses such as leveraging Data Labs. The capacity tier is where customers take advantage of object storage, whether via an on-premises object storage platform or a public cloud object storage service to drive down overall costs and simplify management of long-term backup retention. Veeam Backup & Replication automatically moves data from the performance tier to the capacity tier based on a user-defined policy.
The Veeam Ready program has existed for several years, offering Veeam Alliance Partner Program members the opportunity to test their own file, block and tape storage infrastructure platforms with Veeam Backup & Replication. While not a certification program, Veeam Ready provides a higher level of confidence to our joint customers that our products will interoperate and perform well together in a production environment.
The Veeam Integrated program is related to Veeam Ready, but is reserved for storage solutions that have specific product integrations with Veeam Backup & Replication. These solutions have been tested rigorously by Veeam R&D. This additional rigorous testing entitles these platforms to state they have achieved Veeam Ready status. Capabilities such as the Veeam Universal Storage API require storage alliance partners to not only test their solutions initially, but also require ongoing testing to ensure compatibility with new features or functionality, hence the Veeam Integrated distinction was created.
Today we are officially extending Veeam Ready via a new category: Veeam Ready Object. As its name would imply, this category is specifically reserved for native object storage platforms. Veeam Ready Object allows our alliance partners with an object storage product or service to test against Veeam Backup & Replication and validate both feature and performance compatibility. This applies to both on-premises deployed object storage platforms as well as cloud object storage services.
This was all made possible once object storage support was included in Veeam Backup & Replication in January 2019. We shared with our alliance partners an S3-compatible API specification that enabled them to do their own integration with our beta releases and later, the generally available version of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4. Additionally, we developed tight integration with several public cloud object storage services – namely Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Blob, and IBM Cloud Object Storage. These three services are considered Veeam Integrated, but we know there are many object storage platforms to choose from and wanted to be sure to offer our customers a choice, similar to how Veeam has worked with on-premises storage partners.
We’re excited that, with the official launch of this new category, there are 12 inaugural partner solutions which have successfully verified their object storage offerings meet the provided requirements. I encourage you to explore the partners and platforms which have met these requirements and are considered Veeam Ready today. We have several other partners who are in the process of testing and I encourage you to check the Veeam Ready solutions site for the most recent information.
We know to expand our leadership in Cloud Data Management, that we must continue to deliver new major capabilities, deliver cost effective data retention, easy cloud migration and data mobility, and cloud-native backup and protection. But while capabilities for the major public clouds are exciting, a recent Gartner survey of public cloud users found that 81% of respondents are working with two or more providers.[1] The reasons are various, but the evidence is clear: it’s a multi-cloud world. We encourage you to confidently leverage the new Cloud Tier feature in Veeam Backup & Replication with our ever-growing list of verified partners.
 
[1] Goasduff, Laurence. Why Organizations Choose a Multicloud Strategy. Gartner, May 2019

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Why we chose WireGuard for Veeam PN v2

Why we chose WireGuard for Veeam PN v2

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Anthony Spiteri

The challenge with OpenVPN

In 2017, Veeam PN was released as part of Veeam Recovery to Microsoft Azure. The Veeam PN use case went beyond the extending of Azure networks for workload recoverability and was quickly adopted by IT enthusiasts for use of remote connectivity to home labs and the connectivity of remote networks that could be spread out across cloud and on-premises platforms.
Our development roadmap for Veeam PN had been locked in, however, we found that customers wanted more. They wanted to use it for data protection, with Veeam Backup & Replication to move data between sites. When moving backup data utilizing the underlying physical connections to its maximum is critical. With OpenVPN, our R&D found that it couldn’t scale and perform to expectation no matter what combination of CPU and other resources we threw at it.

Veeam Powered Network v2 featuring WireGuard

We strongly believe that WireGuard is the future of VPNs with significant advantages over more established protocols like OpenVPN and IPsec. WireGuard is more scalable and has proven to outperform OpenVPN in terms of throughput. This is why we chose to make a tough call to rip out OpenVPN and replace it with WireGuard for site-to-site VPNs. For Veeam PN developers, this meant the rip and replacement of existing source code and meant that existing users of Veeam PN would not be able to perform an in-place upgrade.

Further to our own belief in WireGuard, we also looked at it as the protocol of choice due to the rise of it in the Open Source world as a new standard in VPN technologies. WireGuard offers a higher degree of security through enhanced cryptography that operates more efficiently, leading to increased performance and security. It achieves this by working in kernel and by using fewer lines of code (4,000 compared to 600,000 in OpenVPN) and offers greater reliability when connecting hundreds of sites…again thinking about performance and scalability for more specific backup and replication use cases.
Recent support for WireGuard becoming a defacto standard in VPNs was ratified by Linus Torvalds:

“Can I just once again state my love for [WireGuard] and hope it gets merged soon? Maybe the code isn’t perfect, but I’ve skimmed it, and compared to the horrors that are OpenVPN and IPSec, it’s a work of art.”
Linus Torvalds, on the Linux Kernel Mailing List

Increased security and performance

WireGuard’s security was also a factor in moving on from OpenVPN. Security is always a concern with any VPN, and WireGuard takes a more simplistic approach to security by relying on crypto versioning to deal with cryptographic attacks… in a nutshell it’s easier to move through versions of primitives to authenticate rather than client server negotiation of cipher type and key lengths.
Because of this streamlined approach to encryption in addition to the efficiency of the code WireGuard can outperform OpenVPN, meaning that Veeam PN can sustain significantly higher throughputs (testing has shown performance increases of 5x to 20x depending on CPU configuration) which opens up the use cases to be for more than just basic remote office or homelab use. Veeam PN can now be considered as a way to connect multiple sites together and have the ability to transfer and sustain hundreds of Mb/s which is perfect for data protection and disaster recovery scenarios.

Solving the UDP problem, easy configuration and point-to-site connectivity

One of the perceived limitations of WireGuard is the fact that it does all it’s work over UDP, which can cause challenges when deploying into locked down networks that by default trust TCP connections more than UDP. To solve this potential road block for adoption, our developers worked out a way to encapsulate (with minimal overhead) the WireGuard UDP over TCP to give customers choice depending on their network security setup.
By incorporating WireGuard into an all in one appliance (or installable via a simple script on an already installed Ubuntu Server), we have made the installation and configuration of complex VPNs simple and reliable. We have kept OpenVPN as the protocol for connecting point-to-site for the moment due to the wider distribution of OpenVPN Clients across platforms. Client access through to the Veeam PN Hub is done via OpenVPN with site-to-site access handled by WireGuard.

Other enhancements

Core what we wanted to achieve with Veeam PN is simplifying complexity and we wanted to ensure this remained in place regardless of what was doing the heavy lifting underneath. The addition of WireGuard is easily the biggest enhancement from Veeam PN v1, however, there are several other enhancements listed below

  • DNS forwarding and configuring to resolve FQDNs in connected sites.
  • New deployment process report.
  • Microsoft Azure integration enhancements.
  • Easy manual product deployment.

Conclusion

Once again, the premise of Veeam PN is to offer Veeam customers a free tool that simplifies the traditionally complex process around the configuration, creation and management of site-to-site and point-to-site VPN networks. The addition of WireGuard as the site-to-site VPN platform will allow Veeam PN to go beyond the initial basic use cases and become an option for more business-critical applications due to the enhancements that WireGuard offers. Once again, we chose WireGuard because we believe it is the future of VPN protocols and we are excited to bring it to our customers with Veeam PN v2.
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The hype of copy data management and secondary storage

The hype of copy data management and secondary storage

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Jason Buffington


This week, we’re looking at “The Hype of Copy Data Management” (CDM), which some vendors call Active CDM, Enterprise CDM, pick-your-fancy-adjective CDM, or similar permutations of secondary storage, data virtualization, or “Use your data smarter” (Veeam does it too). If you put aside the jargon and IT marketing-speak, it is really a classic case of “Lifestyle vs Budget.”
Simply put, do more with your data than leave it in a box (disk, tape, cloud) while you wait for bad things to happen. As this is the last installment in this series, we did end it with a feature advertisement (note: DataLabs is a feature built-in, not some extra functionality that is exorbitantly sold later).

I hope that this series was helpful.
If any of these topics are interesting to you, please track me down at VeeamON in Miami next week to talk more. Until then, thanks for watching.

Navigate the series:

  1. When you modernize production, you must modernize protection
  2. The race to zero downtime and data loss
  3. Ya gotta know what ya got
  4. The head and the heart have to agree
  5. The industry is adding, not “just” changing
  6. The hype of copy data management and secondary storage

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Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV – Automated Deployment with Terraform

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV – Automated Deployment with Terraform

vZilla  /  michaelcade

Based on some work myself and Anthony have been doing over the last 12-18 months around terraform, chef and automation of Veeam components I wanted to extend this out further within the Veeam Availability Platform and see what could be done with our Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV.
I have covered lots of deep dive on the capabilities that the product brings even in a v1 state, but I wanted to highlight the ability to automate the deployment of the Veeam Availability for Nutanix Proxy appliance. The idea was also validated when I spoke to a large customer that had heavily invested in Nutanix AHV across 200 of their sites in the US.
Having been a Veeam customer they were very interested in exploring the new product and its capabilities matched up with their requirements. But they then had a challenge in deploying the proxy appliance to all 200 clusters they have across the US. There were some angles around PowerShell and from a configuration this may be added later to what I have done here. I took the deployment process and I created a terraform script that would deploy the image disk and new virtual machine for the proxy with the correct system requirements.
This was the first challenge that validated what and why we needed to make a better option for an automated deployment. The second was that the deployment process of the v1 is a little off putting I think is a fair thing to say, so by being able to automate this it would really help that initial deployment process.
Here is the terraform script, if you are not used to or aware of terraform then I suggest you look this up, the possibilities with terraform really change the way you think about infrastructure and software deployment.

One caveat you will need to consider is as part of this deployment I placed the image file that I downloaded from veeam.com on my web server this allows for that central location and part of the script to deploy that image from this shared published resource. Again the thought process to this was that 200 site customer and providing a central location to pull the image disk from, without downloading it 200 times in each location.
Once the script has run you will see the created machine in the Nutanix AHV management console.

There is a requirement for DHCP in the environment so that the appliance gets an IP and you can connect to it.

Now you have your Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV proxy appliance deployed and you can run through the configuration steps. Next up I will be looking at how we can also automate that configuration step. However for now the configuration steps can be found here.
Thanks to Jon Kohler he is the main contributor to the Nutanix Terraform Provider and also has some great demo YouTube videos worth watch, You will see that the base line for the script I have created is based on examples that Jon uses in his demonstrations.

Original Article: https://vzilla.co.uk/vzilla-blog/veeam-availability-for-nutanix-ahv-automated-deployment-with-terraform

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Nutanix Mine with Veeam

Nutanix Mine with Veeam

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Carey Stanton


When Veeam collaborates with other industry leaders, great things happen for our customers. Today, Veeam joined Nutanix on stage at the Nutanix .NEXT conference to unveil the latest addition to the Nutanix portfolio, Nutanix Mine with Veeam.
Nutanix chose Veeam as their strategic, data protection design partner to help them develop from the ground up a new, full-stack secondary storage solution that includes (yes, in the product itself) highly-integrated Veeam Backup & Replication as a turnkey solution.
Nutanix Mine with Veeam is a great example of how our joint customers win every time Veeam’s partners build solutions with the Veeam Availability Platform, because the Nutanix and Veeam technologies bring out the best in each other for a truly “1+1=3” outcome for customers. Nutanix Mine with Veeam combines the best of Nutanix expertise and recognized leadership in hyperconverged infrastructure, market-leading backup and replication from Veeam, jointly-developed integration and instrumentation, and single SKU ordering simplicity for a great overall customer experience.

Nutanix Mine with Veeam brings everything together in a single product that eliminates the need to align hardware, software, operating system and licensing for:

  • Faster time to value with a better customer experience from proof of concept, to purchase, to productivity and unified support from Nutanix and Veeam for the entire solution built around Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Unified IT operations by integrating deployment and day-to-day management. Mine reduces complexity and simplifies administration.
  • Drop in, scale up, and scale out that streamlines deployment and delivers cloud-like scaling for storage and data protection, without the proprietary-cloud storage add-on costs and rigid capacity limits of others in the market.

Organizations looking for the simplicity of an appliance will no longer have to settle for either antiquated software mechanisms or new but incomplete capabilities. Instead, Nutanix Mine with Veeam will be a wealth of value for Veeam customers and partners looking to simplify the journey beyond backup and towards true Cloud Data Management.
This new Nutanix product will be available later this year from Nutanix resellers, and was born directly from our joint customers’ input and demand. Nutanix Mine with Veeam builds on our successful Nutanix collaboration for Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV. Immediately following that announcement, customers began asking for an integrated storage management and data protection product that brings all the parts together. We listened.
Soon after, the idea of a Nutanix offering that delivers Veeam on a unified hardware and software stack took root. We knew we wanted to deliver something new, something different that our joint Nutanix-Veeam ecosystem can offer to set themselves apart. Nutanix Mine with Veeam eliminates product scoping cycles, preliminary testing and configuration so our partners can more quickly react to their customers’ needs — and go from “plan to protected” faster.
In some ways, Nutanix and Veeam have been on parallel journeys. Each of us entered markets that were presumed to be dominated by legacy approaches; and each of us reimagined how to achieve customer outcomes in ways that hadn’t been done before. And because of those efforts, both companies and our respective products are now recognized as disruptive leaders in our categories. As such, it made sense that when Nutanix wanted to build a turnkey data management platform, they would choose a kindred spirit like Veeam.
As exciting as Nutanix announcing Mine is, it’s equally important to note that like the release of the Veeam protection capabilities for Nutanix AHV, this is simply another milestone in the Veeam-Nutanix partnership. With innovation being the hallmark of both companies, we are continually working on iterations and enhancements, so stay tuned.
Learn more about Nutanix Mine with Veeam today.
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