8 New Spectre-Class Vulnerabilities (Spectre-NG) Found in Intel CPUs

8 New Spectre-Class Vulnerabilities (Spectre-NG) Found in Intel CPUs

The Hacker News  /  noreply@blogger.com (Mohit Kumar)

A team of security researchers has reportedly discovered a total of eight new “Spectre-class” vulnerabilities in Intel CPUs, which also affect at least a small number of ARM processors and may impact AMD processor architecture as well. Dubbed Spectre-Next Generation, or Spectre-NG, the partial details of the vulnerabilities were first leaked to journalists at German computer magazine Heise,

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GDPR Week – Overview, It’s not too late

 

GDPR Week – Overview, It’s not too late

vZilla  /  michaelcade

 

Hi Everyone, it’s that week we have been speaking about for the last year or so. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect this Friday (25th May)

Hopefully this is not new news to anyone that must adhere to this new regulation, if it is then there are heaps of content out there and I summarised the Veeam efforts here in another blog post – Veeam & GDPR – The Journey to being GDPR Compliant

Last week, Veeam had their annual conference VeeamON in Chicago, at the conference I was fortunate enough to team up with some fellow Veeamers to talk about the process that Veeam has taken to achieve GDPR compliance but also how it’s not a line in the sand and it’s a case of continuous improvement. We also touched on some of the features that are included within Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE that will help you understand what your data is doing and what you are doing with it.

It was really interesting to hear the audience asking the questions in regard to GDPR and other regulations, the nature where service providers in the US were already well and truly down the lane in becoming GDPR but still had some questions in that regard, like where the line gets drawn between end user and service provider. Then there were people in the room that didn’t know that they needed to be compliant even though they hold European data.

If you are late to the game that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get yourself on the path to becoming compliant. 4% of your turnover or £20 million could be the incentive that you need. More details can be found in that first link above.

You may have also noticed a stream of emails coming in regarding privacy rules from pretty much every company you have ever dealt with. One thing I want to share is that you read these and understand what they will be committing to do to protect your data. I would also take a look back over those browser settings because these could be used as a third-party way of passing on data to these companies and then it’s not your data as such, just something else to be aware of.

I am going to be putting a few posts out this week in the run up to “GDPR Date” I hope they are useful. I want to touch on some personal changes people should consider, at the end of the day it’s your data! But I would rather these massive companies not use my data for the wrong reasons. I will also be touching on some more features within the Veeam platform that may help.

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DR

Microsoft Adds Support for JavaScript in Excel—What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Microsoft Adds Support for JavaScript in Excel—What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The Hacker News  /  noreply@blogger.com (Mohit Kumar)

Shortly after Microsoft announced support for custom JavaScript functions in Excel, someone demonstrated what could possibly go wrong if this feature is abused for malicious purposes. As promised last year at Microsoft’s Ignite 2017 conference, the company has now brought custom JavaScript functions to Excel to extend its capabilities for better work with data. Functions are written in

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DR

How to protect both Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange mailboxes

How to protect both Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange mailboxes

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Rick Vanover

One of the things I really like about new technologies today is when big transitions are truly seamless. Arguably the most common example is what is happening with Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Office 365. A few years ago, Microsoft Office 365 became an attractive option for a new platform for one of the most critical sets of applications for effectively every organization. It is also a relatively seamless transition as many of the same consumption mechanisms are maintained: Outlook, Web Access, Mobile, etc.
However, one interesting characteristic is unique to this Software as a Service (SaaS) use case: Organizations take some time to do it. I can recount many conversations around this as Veeam announced, then launched and then enhanced our product in this space: Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. The conversations span many years — along with the migrations. When I visit a customer at first, they’ll say they are “piloting” Microsoft Office 365 with a few users such as the IT staff. Then next year, I visit and they’ll report they are “about 50% complete” with migrations. On the third year, I’d get information from the same organization that they are “90% migrated.” While every implementation and experience is different — it is possible that many stories are similar.
One thing that I personally love about Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is that Veeam can support you through this process. This is due to one specific capability that Veeam provides: The ability to add an on-premises Exchange organization to Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. Even if you are just starting your Office 365 journey, with all data on-premises, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 can be leveraged immediately. This is very powerful as it can completely support the organization through the migration. The figure below shows a Hybrid organization using both on-premises Exchange and Microsoft Office 365:

One of the key benefits presented by this configuration is that the organization can have the same configuration and backup solution for effectively a hybrid SaaS deployment. Hybrid in that the result is that this business application (mail and calendaring service) is both on-premises and in the SaaS space. Having the consistent approach with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is a good practice in a backup policy to ensure that no mailboxes are omitted from backup between many products during an organization’s migration process. This unified approach also permits migration capabilities between Office 365 and on-premises Exchange.
Likely, the most telling benefit of the unified approach is the restore. Restores with Veeam have always been easy, and Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is no exception. The restores are driven with Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange, which is the same engine used for on-premises Exchange backups and is shown below:

This restore wizard starts the intuitive process to restore data back to either Office 365 or on-premises Exchange with ease. Exports are also supported — so building a PST file or a list of objects can also be done.
Just like having the right restore for any situation, having the right backup for any configuration is a strong capability of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. This is the type of approach that is needed today for the demands on critical systems and data.  If you haven’t played with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, download a trial now — or our NFR program that permits up to 10 user mailboxes to be backed up for free. Are you operating a hybrid Exchange and Office 365 deployment? Does Veeam’s ability to protect both in a consistent manner appeal to you? Share your comments below.

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Cisco dCloud Labs – Veeam & HyperFlex

Cisco dCloud Labs – Veeam & HyperFlex

vZilla  /  michaelcade

I wanted to share some cool stuff that is available over at Cisco, it’s to do with the dCloud offerings they have over there. Custom environments with a huge catalogue of demonstrations, training and sandbox environments for every Cisco product and architecture. The one that I want to bring to your attention is the Cisco HyperFlex and Veeam Availability Suite demo environment.
Yes, it brings the HCI platform from Cisco but also the Veeam Availability Suite, allowing you to run through backup and restore scenarios for either full virtual machine recoveries or application item level recovery. Replication between multiple sites including the failover and failback of those workloads. It also highlights, and you are able to look at the storage integration that Veeam have with the HyperFlex HCI platform.
Below you will see the overview of the lab and topology included in this 5-part lab.


Scenarios

Installing Veeam Backup & Replication

This first scenario is to walkthrough the steps to install the Availability suite. This also will run through the basic configuration you require when installing Veeam, adding a VMware virtual centre to see your production workloads is also included.
Add Cisco HyperFlex Storage to Veeam Backup & Replication

The purpose of this scenario is to add the HyperFlex storage platform to Veeam Backup & Replication, which will allow the HyperFlex native snapshot integration for faster backups.
Perform a Backup

The purpose of this scenario is to import backups, and then walk through the Veeam backup wizard to take a comprehensive look
at the capabilities available for backups.
Perform a Restore

There are many ways of restoring data from Veeam backups. The purpose of this scenario is to explore the three most popular
recovery scenarios:

  • Instant VM Recovery

•     File level Recovery

  • Application Item Recovery (using SQL Server and Active Directory)

VM Replication

The purpose of this scenario is to create a replication job, replicate important VMs to a recovery site, create a failover plan, and test out the failover process.
Veeam Replication is a VM based replication that replicates VMs that require higher availability (low RTO/RPO criteria). Veeam replication jobs have the ability to replicate one or more VMs from a source host to a destination host (either local or at a remote location). These replicated VMs will be available in VM format at the replicated site for quick power up in the event of a primary site failure. For remote replication, Veeam does use compression, and optional WAN accelerators, to minimize the traffic over long distance, high latency connections.
This scenario replicates VMs from one HyperFlex cluster to a second HyperFlex cluster, simulating a local replication scenario. Both the source and target proxy server will be on the Veeam Backup Server.
There are some more deep dive detail going into Veeam Replication here.
How do we gain access to this lab?

The biggest question I have been getting is I am a customer and I don’t believe I can access the lab. This is not correct everyone is capable of launching any of the dCloud lab sessions and scenarios. However it is down to the Cisco Account teams to support you as a customer with access to these labs.
Once the above administration has been done though, customers are able to access and run sessions on their own.
To get started you do need to register, simply register for a Cisco.com account and then use that account to log in.
If you register as a Customer, the initial account defines them as an L2 user. This level of access provides:
Direct and full access to dCloud content enabled for L2 access
Full access to any dCloud session shared with them by a Cisco employee or partner
If you register as a Guest, their initial account defines them as an L1 user. This level of access provides full access to any dCloud session shared with them by a Cisco employee or partner.
I would love to hear more from people that have tried this out and have some feedback around what to do next?


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vZilla Blog Veeam ONE – Location Tagging

vZilla Blog Veeam ONE – Location Tagging

vZilla  /  michaelcade

A few months back I touched on a cool new capability within Veeam Backup & Replication called Location tagging allowing administrators to mark the location of their physical constructs. This in turn can be used for GDPR and data locality but also other rules and regulations a company may have to adhere to.
This post will go into the capabilities that this then extends to Veeam ONE in terms of being able to report against these locations and more importantly be able to highlight location violations that may have occurred within the company.
At the same time Veeam Backup & Replication was updated to update 3 so was Veeam ONE.
In the post linked above that covered this feature within backup and replication I talk of the benefits of being able to define where workloads reside in their backup state. This is good but it’s not that useful when you get to scale if you don’t have a way of reporting against those workloads.

Veeam ONE Reporter

Veeam ONE Reporter is one of the three components that come with the Veeam ONE product, it allows for the data that is captured via the monitor to be pushed into neither dashboard for instant visibility or to reports that can be scheduled and sent to various areas of the business. It is the reporter component that we will use to gain our visibility into the data location tagging we achieved in Veeam Backup & Replication

To begin with a bit more of an overview to reporter, there are already lots of really great reports built into the product that can be used out of the box, the ability to see change tracking reports to see who has made changes to your virtual environment as well as your backup. There is a report on Active Snapshots, in that VMware world you are going to be treading or walking a thin line by keeping many active snapshots open for a period of time.

There is also the ability to create custom reports where you can take the useful bits of other reports and include that information into one custom report.
For the purposes of seeing how we can benefit from the data locality tagging there are two reports, and these are searchable in this same screen above over to the right of the screen.

Data Sovereignty Overview

When you select this report, you are faced with two options, scope of the environment we want this report to be ran against. Could be multiple sites, virtual centres etc different data protection or security officers with different responsibilities or even different countries or continents.

As you can see secondly you then can choose what are those source locations that we want to include. These are the locations that were created within Veeam Backup & Replication.
You can then run that there and then or we can save and configure a schedule.

The first page of the report is going to show us Virtual Machines or Agent Locations, we can see from this report that I have 4 machines that do not contain a tag at all, we also see the backup locations in our environment we have two locations both defined as Columbus and London. Other information such as Replica locations and tape drive locations can also be configured.

The second page and this page can be exported into a Word, Excel or PDF file at this stage. Here we can see the backup location if there were additional or secondary long-term retention backup copies we can see where this data now resides. For an overview report that you might want to see every now and again to make sure that workloads were being marked as being in a location it’s quite a powerful feature. As well as being very simple and easy to run and gain that information.

Data Sovereignty Violations

The more important report that I expect to be ran more frequently would be the Data Sovereignty Violations report. This is going to take those locations and it’s going to now look at where the data is residing and report back any violations of data sovereignty, this will really help if your business is spanning multiple geolocations and you have to have visibility into not only production data but also the backup data.


This first page or the first snapshot gives you a good first view of where there are possible problems with regulations. If it is with backup jobs, replication jobs or even tape, it will also high light where no tag has been defined on certain constructs within Veeam Backup & Replication.

The second screen is going to drill down into more detail about where the live system is running but tell us where the backup is residing. If this is different than expect to see the mismatches or violations in here.

The final page is going to highlight those constructs that do not have a tag assigned to them.
Finally I wanted to share those example reports in PDF format just to see what they look like.
Data Sovereignty Overview
Data Sovereignty Violations
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Veeam & GDPR – The Journey to being GDPR Compliant

Veeam & GDPR – The Journey to being GDPR Compliant

vZilla  /  michaelcade

Veeam and GDPR

As we move close to that GDPR-Day of the 25th May 2018,I wanted to collate all of the related blogs, white papers and other media together so that they could be seen and read. The need to become compliant should have already started for most but for some it’s been put in the corner. It’s happening people.
I have to share this link as well as I thought the URL was great.
https://howmanydaystill.com/its/gdpr

Veeam were very cautious about just releasing the next GDPR compliant message and marketing which generally speaking is completely false, there is not one backup vendor that can make any one company GDPR compliant. The process that Veeam has taken to release this information is basically on how Veeam itself has become GDPR compliant already and some of the features within the Veeam platform that assist you as a customer to becoming GDPR compliant state and then to retain that compliance.
I wanted to put together a list of resources that consolidates all of those links into one place. obviously this list I expect to continue growing but the bulk of the content is listed below.

Blogs

Fast approaching a year ago the first GDPR communications from Veeam were released via Danny Allan this blog really touches on the high level why and what this GDPR is all about, it touches on that this is a necessary change and how the world of data is very different now to what it was pre smart phones and all of this other connected technology. It also starts to touch on the journey that Veeam had to take to reach that compliant state and then to sharing that story.
One Year out – Considerations for the next 12 months
At the beginning of the year @DannyAllan5 began the blog series on GDPR and this really comes from the battle scars that were gleaned from the findings from Veeam becoming or starting that compliance journey. This 5 part series that is linked below touches on some of the key principles required and things that you need to know prior to getting to that compliant stage but then also how do you maintain that, it’s not a finish line that you as a business need to get to. This is a new way of life and managing data into the future.
GDPR: Lesson 1, Know Your Data
GDPR:Lesson 2, Manage Your Data
GDPR:Lesson 3, Protect Your Data
GDPR: Lessons 4 & 5, Document-Comply-Improve

White Papers

These 5 lessons can also be found in more detail in a couple of white papers released in January of this year. Mark Wong who holds the position within Veeam as the General Counsel has written these white papers. The first one is for IT staff this one covers the 5 steps but in more detail to assist in what the process should look like to become compliant from that IT manager perspective within a business. The second is aimed toward the CIO how Veeam plays a critical role within data management and protection strategies to ensure Veeam remain compliant while delivering Availability and how this information can help your business to achieve the same.

GDPR: 5 lessons learned Veeam compliance Experience Shared – A Step by Step guide for IT professionals
GDPR: 5 Lessons Learned, Veeam Compliance Experience Shared. CIO Summary.

Webinars

A recorded webinar from February this year.

  • Our insights and five key lessons that we learned through our own compliance to help you on the path to thinking about GDPR compliance
  • How to accelerate your GDPR efforts today
  • Existing data management strategies and tactics for efficient IT assessment

Avoiding GDPR Penalties – 5 Key Principles. Veeam compliance Experience Shared

Other Resources

Finally we have the Veeam landing page with further resources on how Veeam can assist in that journey to being GDPR compliant. Some two pagers, recorded VeeamLive sessions and a Data privacy impact survey.
https://go.veeam.com/gdpr-compliance
At the recent Cisco Live I spoke on the Cube of the Veeam GDPR messaging.

Michael Cade on how Veeam is helping customers prepare for GDPR@MichaelCade1 @CiscoLiveEurope #CLEUR #CUBEgems #theCUBE pic.twitter.com/bjr7PgOLMu

— theCUBE (@theCUBE) January 31, 2018

A year ago I had my good friend Paul Stringfellow on the Veeam communities Podcast where we were talking about security but there were many mentions of GDPR but other security considerations that everyone should consider – Episode 123 – A Security 1,2,3 chat with Paul Stringfellow
Finally I have also been adding some of the technical features that will really help when it comes to this journey here.
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Veeam on track to become billion-dollar company

Veeam on track to become billion-dollar company

https://www.itweb.co.za/content/nWJadvb8plPMbjO1

Peter McKay, co-CEO and president of Veeam.
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Peter McKay, co-CEO and president of Veeam.

Veeam Software recorded 21% year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2018, marking the 39th straight quarter of “double-digit growth”, the company announced yesterday.
During the same period, Veeam added 12 000 new customers to its current total of 294 000, it said in a statement.
Veeam, a backup, disaster recovery and virtualisation management software provider, has stated that continued growth trajectory places the company on track to become the next billion-dollar software company this year.
“Our mission is to enable the enterprise to meet the expectations of a world that demands the hyper-availability of data by being the most trusted provider of intelligent data management solutions,” stated Peter McKay, co-CEO and president of Veeam.
“This commitment to our customers is our engine of growth that will drive achieving our 2018 objective of $1 billion in total bookings.
“To accomplish our mission and our growth objectives, we’ve made significant investments in our engineering and development teams, expanded our marketing and branding, added additional programmes and support initiatives to our partner programmes, extended our alliance relationships and offerings, and increased our focus on the large enterprise,” he added.
“The outcome has been strong results in all geographies, with all reporting double-digit year-on-year total bookings growth for Q1.
“We are off to another great start for another record year, and I have complete confidence that our continued momentum, executive leadership, and our unique hyper-availability platform will enable us to become the next billion-dollar software company this year.”
According to Veeam, new and existing customers have accelerated the adoption of the hyper-availability platform, which is the core component of the company’s data protection and data management solution with integrated agent management.
It adds that strategic alliances continue to gain momentum as total bookings driven through alliance partnerships grew by triple-digits year-on-year.
Veeam also pointed out its acquisition of N2W Software positions it as the leading provider of availability for any app, any data, across any cloud, and its ability to protect Amazon Web Services deployments.

Straight Quarter of Double-Digit Bookings Growth On the Path to Exceed a Billion Dollars in Bookings in 2018

Straight Quarter of Double-Digit Bookings Growth On the Path to Exceed a Billion Dollars in Bookings in 2018

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180425005752/en/Veeam-Reports-Company%E2%80%99s-39th-Straight-Quarter-Double-Digit

BAAR, Switzerland–()–Veeam® Software, the leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise™, today announced results from Q1 2018. In its 39th straight quarter of record bookings growth, Veeam delivered 21 percent growth year-over-year (YoY) in total bookings. With another 12,000 customers added to its current total of 294,000, and 58 percent YoY growth in named enterprise accounts, Veeam is on track to achieve its goal of becoming a $1B company in 2018.

“Our mission is to enable the enterprise to meet the expectations of a world that demands the Hyper-Availability of data by being the most trusted provider of Intelligent Data Management solutions,” said Peter McKay, Co-CEO and President of Veeam. “Today, with the most complete Hyper-Availability Platform to protect any data, any app on any cloud, we are helping nearly 300,000 customers navigate the journey from the old world of periodic backups and white-knuckle recovery to a new world of self-learning data operating in an intelligently automated system that spans the hyper-extended enterprise.”
“This commitment to our customers is our engine of growth that will drive achieving our 2018 objective of $1B in total bookings,” continued McKay. “To accomplish our mission and our growth objectives, we’ve made significant investments in our engineering and development teams, expanded our marketing and branding, added additional programs and support initiatives to our partner programs, extended our alliance relationships and offerings, and increased our focus on the large enterprise. The outcome has been strong results in all geographies, with all reporting double-digit YoY total bookings growth for Q1. We are off to another great start for another record year, and I have complete confidence that our continued momentum, executive leadership, and our unique Hyper-Availability Platform will enable us to become the next billion-dollar software company this year.”
Q1 Highlights

  • New and existing Veeam customers have accelerated the adoption of Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform – the core component of Veeam’s most comprehensive data protection and data management solution with integrated agent management – enabling Veeam to protect any app, any data, across any cloud. More than 150,000 downloads have been reported of the most recent version of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3 since its release in December 2017.
  • With 294,000 customers, representing more than 16.3 million VMs protected with Veeam Availability solutions, Veeam continues to average 4,000 new customers each month. New Veeam customers include Pernod Ricard Hong Kong Limited, ING Belgium, SKY Italia, Landmark Information Group, Equinix, Unipres Mexicana, HireRight, Ameritas, Termomecanica and Follett LLC.
  • Veeam’s strategic alliances continue to gain momentum as total bookings driven through Alliance partnerships grew by triple-digits YoY. Veeam and HPE joint opportunities have increased by 148 percent YoY fueled by Veeam joining the HPE Complete Program, enabling customers to purchase complete HPE and Veeam solutions directly from HPE and its resellers. Now on the Cisco Global Price list, Veeam and Cisco deals have grown 299 percent quarter over quarter for Q1’2018. Veeam was also added to the NetApp Global Price List, which will further its foothold in enterprise accounts.
  • The new Veeam Universal Storage API simplifies the process of integrating storage with the Veeam Hyper- Availability Platform. As a result, select Veeam Alliance Partners, like recent collaborations with Pure Storage and INFINIDAT, can be integrated more rapidly, providing more benefits to more customers in less time and delivering an even higher return on their IT investments.
  • The Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) program continues its positive growth trajectory with 38 percent annual growth. The number of VMs protected using Veeam-powered solutions grew 36 percent YoY, demonstrating increased confidence in Veeam being the best multi-cloud intelligent data management platform. Continuing to drive growth in the market, Veeam now has more than 3,200 partners providing BaaS and DRaaS using Veeam Cloud Connect.
  • Veeam made its first acquisition in 10 years when it acquired N2WS, the leading provider of cloud-native Enterprise backup and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS), in an all-cash deal. The acquisition strengthens Veeam as the leading provider of Availability for any app, any data, across any cloud, and its ability to protect AWS deployments.
  • High growth and increased contribution from subscription products has shown dramatic momentum. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 subscription sales increased more than 3,000 percent YoY in Q1. More than 29,000 organizations, representing 2.7 million Microsoft Office 365 mailboxes, have now downloaded Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 to protect their data. Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5 Update 3 enables Veeam Backup & Replication to deploy and manage Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux (Veeam Agents) to protect physical, non-virtualized servers and endpoints as well as any public cloud workloads. Agents subscription sales have increased more than 1,000 percent YoY.
  • With more than 3,200 employees all around the world, Veeam continues to strengthen its team of talent, including expanding internal roles within the company. ESG principal analyst, Jason Buffington, recently joined the Veeam Product Strategy team as Senior Director. Buffington will evangelize thought leadership at key industry events, establish and maintain executive relationships with Veeam’s most strategic enterprise accounts, and communicate our long-term vision and strategy within the industry. Buffington has worked among the leaders and disruptors of the data protection industry for nearly 30 years, covering data protection, data preservation, data management, and data availability. Ken MacAskill has been promoted to Veeam CFO. He joined Veeam in 2017 to lead the GTM Operations team. MacAskill has been leading finance organizations as CFO for 20 years with extensive experience working with high growth and venture-based businesses

Registration is now open for VeeamON 2018, the premier conference for Intelligent Data Management, which will take place May 14 – 16, 2018, in Chicago, IL. Nearly 10,000 customers, partners and influencers attended VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans, LA, and the regional VeeamON Forum events held all around the world.
Supporting Quotes
“Apps and data are the backbone of our operations as they enable everything from design, collaboration and communication, to customer management and logistics. Veeam easily delivers the always-on availability our organization needs, helps us reduce the risk of data loss, and gives our IT team the comfort of sleeping at night.”
– Mario Foster, Group Chief Information Officer at Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE)
“We came to the conclusion that Veeam Backup & Replication was the most advanced virtualization availability solution on the market. Its backup and restore process was simply seamless, leading to more efficient backup data transfer and less network utilization. And it integrates nicely with our HPE systems. All of which gave us extra confidence that this was the right direction to take to stay resilient to nature’s challenges.” – John Sew Hoy, Director, Head of IT Security at First NZ Capital
“Protection of our digital assets and business systems is critical. Veeam ‘gets IT out of the way’, so that we can focus on more value-add projects that enhance our visitor experience and enable our museums to focus on our stories and places.” – Lisa Brady, Head of ICT at Sydney Living Museums
“Ensuring our customers maintain business continuity and availability for their data is critical and partnering with Veeam makes it easy to deliver backup and recovery – anytime, anywhere, any cloud. Our Veeam-powered services business has grown exponentially, by going to market with Veeam we have grown our business 80 percent YOY and have no signs of slowing down.” – Matt Chesterton, CEO of OffsiteDataSync, a Platinum VCSP partner
“At OVH, our customers are increasingly looking for offerings that are secure, have flexible data protection options, and offer full transparency on their data location. By having Veeam both built into our Private Cloud, and as a standalone backup-as-a-service solution, customers have the confidence and control they need to bring their workloads to our infrastructure. Looking at the positive feedbacks from our customers, it’s no surprise to us that Veeam continues to be recognized as a leader in Availability, and we’ll continue to grow our partnership in the future.” – Nicolas Savides, VP Strategy & Partnerships at OVH Group, a Platinum VCSP partner
“Increasingly we are finding that customers are looking for IaaS offerings that are more secure, and have flexible backup and recovery options. By having Veeam built into our Secure By Design infrastructure solutions, customers have the confidence to migrate their workloads to our compliant cloud environments. Therefore, it’s no surprise to us that Veeam continues to be recognized as a leader in backup and disaster recovery with their availability solutions, and we’re proud to call them our partner.” – William Bell, VP of Products at phoenixNAP, a Platinum VCSP partner
“Our customers trust our cloud platform backed by Veeam – they know the backup will work. Around 80% of our cloud customers also deployed the Veeam backup service. Veeam’s global footprint is in tandem with CITIC Telecom CPC’s global presence, which is aligned with our customers. Together, we can bring better value to customers whilst ensuring that their businesses are always available.” – Daniel Kwong, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at CITIC Telecom CPC, a Gold VCSP partner
About Veeam Software
Veeam is the global leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise. Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform is the most complete solution to help customers on the journey to automating data management and ensuring the Hyper-Availability of data. We have more than 294,000 customers worldwide, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500 and 58 percent of the Global 2000. Our customer satisfaction scores, at 2.5X the industry average, are the highest in the industry. Our global ecosystem includes 55,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, and NetApp as exclusive resellers; and nearly 19,000 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.

HyTrust Integrates with Veeam to Bring Fine-Grained Visibility and Insight to Veeam Cloud Data Availability Solutions

HyTrust Integrates with Veeam to Bring Fine-Grained Visibility and Insight to Veeam Cloud Data Availability Solutions

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/04/26/1488032/0/en/HyTrust-Integrates-with-Veeam-to-Bring-Fine-Grained-Visibility-and-Insight-to-Veeam-Cloud-Data-Availability-Solutions.html

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HyTrust announced today that its market-leading CloudAdvisor product now includes fine-grained visibility and insight for cloud data availability solutions from Veeam Software through new product integration efforts. Now, HyTrust CloudAdvisor for Availability and CloudAdvisor for Data integrate with all Veeam products to offer data and file analysis, search and discovery, data categorization, sensitive data detection and user and file auditing across complex multi-cloud workloads. The integrated solution provides breakthrough content-level awareness for globally implemented workloads protected by Veeam solutions, including physical storage locations.“With ever-increasing compliance and security requirements, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is no longer realistic to store and protect data in a one-size-fits-all, unclassified manner,” said David Siles, vice president of business development at HyTrust. “Enterprises and organizations must understand what they are storing or restoring and treat the content appropriately. With the new integration between HyTrust CloudAdvisor and Veeam cloud data availability solutions, customers can more easily comply with changing and complex requirements.”“Data availability is not optional for enterprises; it’s critical to the overall success of the business,” said Danny Allan, vice president of product strategy at Veeam. “Visibility and insight into the extensive quantities of data an enterprise maintains is essential for availability of that data. We are excited that HyTrust is delivering solutions to help customers classify and protect workloads based upon the data in them.”GDPR—which becomes enforceable with heavy penalties starting May 2018—demands that businesses and organizations treat data involving EU citizens in a specific manner. Various countries and regions have their own requirements. Knowing the country of origin as well as the type of information stored are becoming essential requirements. Often, there are stipulations of where data can and cannot be kept. It is also important to understand whether data may involve health care details, credit card information or other personally identifying information and to treat it according to differentiated requirements.The integrated solution from HyTrust and Veeam goes well beyond basic file search at the meta-data level to enable a globally federated search catalog to the file content level. With such fine-grained visibility and awareness, organizations can better manage their data and comply with shifting laws and regulations.HyTrust CloudAdvisor is deployed as a virtual appliance within virtualization environments, integrating fully with VMs, Active Directory and storage-based snapshots. Within minutes of activation, CloudAdvisor discovers the VM inventory and delivers initial results of its ongoing analysis. From then on, it monitors, tracks and analyzes data-access patterns, data usage and file content across all VMs under management. CloudAdvisor provides results that are optimized for data visualization, exploration and wizard-based workflows. The intuitive web-based interface—designed for IT operations, security and governance professionals—allows users to search, navigate and discover new insights in seconds. Meanwhile, pre-set alerts can notify interested parties of security concerns, suspicious activities and compliance violations.For more information, download the e-book ‘HyTrust CloudAdvisor and Veeam: Better Together’.HyTrust CloudAdvisor for Availability and CloudAdvisor for Data are available immediately. Download a 30-day trial today at: http://info.hytrust.com/Cloud_Advisor_Availability_Trial  About HyTrust HyTrust’s mission is to make private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructure more trustworthy for enterprises, service providers and government agencies. HyTrust provides solutions that automate security controls for software-defined computing, networking and storage workloads to achieve the highest levels of visibility, granular policy control and data protection. HyTrust customers benefit from being able to accelerate cloud and virtualization cost savings while improving their security posture by automating and enforcing security policies in real time, adapting quickly to compliance requirements and preventing unplanned outages.Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, HyTrust is backed by the leading providers of strategic IT infrastructure including VMware, Cisco, Intel and Fortinet; by the vanguard of innovative solutions for the intelligence community, In-Q-Tel; and by a world-class group of financial investors including AVP Growth, Epic Ventures, Granite Ventures, Sway Ventures, Trident Capital and Vanedge Capital.Press and Analyst Inquiries

Cisco, HPE Relationships Lift Veeam, BDR Rivals Give Chase

Cisco, HPE Relationships Lift Veeam, BDR Rivals Give Chase

https://www.channele2e.com/news/cisco-hpe-lift-veeam-bdr-rivals-give-chase/

by Ty Trumbull • Apr 26, 2018

Veeam’s Peter McKay

Veeam‘s backup and disaster recovery (BDR) business momentum continues to accelerate, and that has inspired emerging data protection rivals to take direct aim at the company.
Among the latest financial, business and partner milestones from Veeam:

  • 39 straight quarters of record bookings growth;
  • 21 percent year-over-year (YoY) growth in total bookings;
  • 12,000 customers; and
  • 58 percent YoY growth in named enterprise accounts.

Roll all those milestones together, and Veeam is on track to become a $1 billion company in 2018, the company says.
Veeam’s momentum extends across all geographies, according to Co-CEO and President Peter McKay. All regions reported double-digit YoY total bookings growth for Q1, he added.
“We are off to another great start for another record year, and I have complete confidence that our continued momentum, executive leadership, and our unique Hyper-Availability Platform will enable us to become the next billion-dollar software company this year,” he asserts.
Amongst the first quarter highlights was the accelerated adoption of Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform with more than 150,000 downloads since its release in December 2017. The company continues to average 4,000 new customers per month with new names like Pernod Ricard Hong Kong Limited, Landmark Information Group, and Ameritas amongst them.

Veeam Partner Program

Veeam’s partner engagements have been yielding results as well — especially when it comes to enterprise-class relationships. The examples include:

  • Veeam and HP Enterprise joint opportunities have increased by 148 percent YoY on the back of Veeam joining the HPE Complete Program.
  • Veeam and Cisco deals have grown 299 percent quarter over quarter in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Veeam was also added to the NetApp Global Price List, which it says will increase its foothold in enterprise accounts.

Channel Chief Kevin Rooney predicted that the company’s enterprise momentum was set to kick into high gear in 2018. Apparently, he was right.
Acquisitions may also help to fuel growth. The company in January 2017 acquired N2WS for its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions in an all-cash deal. There has also been momentum from the company’s subscription products, with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 subscription sales jumping more than 3,000 percent YoY. The quarter also saw the company release its Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Release 3.
It’s safe to expect more strategic and partner updates when the VeeamOn 2018 conference kicks off in May.

Competition Looms

Veeam’s momentum has caught the attention of rivals. Chief among them is Unitrends, which recently launched an aggressively priced VM backup solution for VMware administrators. The product takes a direct swing at Veeam as it specifically targets VMware administrators in SMBs, a segment that Unitrends says Veeam is overlooking.
“As VMware Administrators scan the market for backup solutions, they’re faced with a barrage of offerings that only add complexity and cost as these solutions are not built to meet their specific needs,” Unitrends said in a release. “With vBE, they can turn to a solution fit for the enterprise, but simplified and priced specifically for the VMware Admin. With a focus on protecting the modern, highly virtualized datacenter against the latest downtime threats, including ransomware, vBE rejuvenates both the innovation and superior customer support that the VMware administrator deserves.”
Unitrends also is building relationships across the channel. The Unitrends MSP arm has growing partnerships with Kaseya and Spanning Cloud.
Still, it remains to be seen whether Unitrends can build the type of momentum that Veeam has generated.
Additional insights from Joe Panettieri.

Optimize your restores to Microsoft Azure with PowerShell

Optimize your restores to Microsoft Azure with PowerShell

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Michael Cade

I firstly wanted to highlight a series that is being written by Jorge on Microsoft Azure and Veeam. He touches on connectivity, deployment, configuration and then restore options. This is where I want to jump in with the topic of my at least two-part series. I will be touching on a feature within Veeam Backup & Replication called Veeam Restore to Microsoft Azure. Though before it was baked into Veeam Backup & Replication, it was a standalone free product available in the Microsoft Azure marketplace. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5, with this included feature, was launched at the back end of 2016, but the standalone has been around since around April 2016.
There are lots of resources out there running through the process and lots of demo videos on YouTube, but I wanted to show some more options that we can use this feature for.

A PowerShell script use case

The reason I wanted to put this concept out there was to highlight some of the additional functionality you could bring to your environment using this feature. The real use case that stands out today is the ability to migrate your workloads to Azure away from the on-premises configuration. This is achievable, but this is a one-way conversion. Very much like the physical to virtual (P2V) process we all know and went through a few years back. Another use case would be around leveraging Azure for an isolated test and development environment. Again, completely doable, but the issue within the interface is that you must be reactive to when you want to set this lab up and the wait time to transfer the image to Azure is the biggest piece to contend with.

What this PowerShell script concept will allow you to do is create a scheduled task to run proactively and give you the test bed without having to manually configure and wait for this to be set up. By using PowerShell script we can completely automate this process and have this run before you arrive in the office.

Pre-requisites and Azure requirements

There are a few things you need to have in place for us to start using this script that I will cover later on.

  • Microsoft Azure Account — preferably the Azure Resource Manager and not Classic Mode
  • A Veeam Backup & Replication server with the Veeam PowerShell SnapIn (This instance can be running anywhere including Azure)
  • A Veeam backup chain, as with the Veeam Backup & Replication server this can be stored anywhere. If it was stored in Azure, it would save that conversion time
  • Ability to add your Azure account to Veeam Backup & Replication via either interface or PowerShell. For the purposes of this blog post I will not cover this step

The other posts have already covered the process that Veeam Restore to Microsoft Azure takes, but the process involves the conversion of the VM’s backup file to a VM running in Microsoft Azure. By having the backup chain already in Microsoft Azure, you can expect that transfer time or the conversion time to be much faster than sending them from an on-premises location.

The Variables

“A variable is a value that can change, depending on conditions or on information passed to the program. Typically, a program consists of instructions that tell the computer what to do and data that the program uses when it is running.”
I will place the actual script to discover the variables that we require. There is one variable here that will determine the Veeam Backup restore point. In the script example you are able to determine the latest restore point of a VM in the backup. All this additional information will become clear with the second part of the series:

  • Backup job name, virtual machine name(s)
  • Azure Subscription
  • Azure Storage Account
  • Azure VM configuration
  • Azure Virtual Network
  • Azure Resource Group

More resources can be found within the Veeam user guide.

Variable Script

$restorepoint = Get-VBRBackup -Name "TPM04-SQL-02" | Get-VBRRestorePoint -Name "TPM04-SQL-02" | Sort-Object $_.creationtime -Descending | Select -First 1
$account = Get-VBRAzureAccount -Type ResourceManager -Name "username@domain.com"
$subscription = Get-VBRAzureSubscription -Account $account -name "SubscriptionName"
$storageaccount = Get-VBRAzureStorageAccount -Subscription $subscription -Name "vdr2ma"
$location = Get-VBRAzureLocation -Subscription $subscription -Name "eastus"
$vmsize = Get-VBRAzureVMSize -Subscription $subscription -Location $location -Name Standard_A1
$network = Get-VBRAzureVirtualNetwork -Subscription $subscription -Name "vdr2ma"
$subnet = Get-VBRAzureVirtualNetworkSubnet -Network $network -Name "default"
$resourcegroup = Get-VBRAzureResourceGroup -Subscription $subscription -Name "vdr2ma"

Running the script

Now for the fun part, lets run the job to start sending our latest restore point up into our pre-defined Azure environment.
Start-VBRVMRestoreToAzure -RestorePoint $restorepoint -Subscription $subscription -StorageAccount $storageaccount -VmSize $vmsize -VirtualNetwork $network -VirtualSubnet $subnet -ResourceGroup $resourcegroup -VmName TPM04SQL02restored2Azure -Reason "Test and Development"

Clean-up script

We also want to be able to stop this job or to clean up the Azure VMs we have provisioned. For this purpose, which is for a test and development use case, we want to completely remove the machine from our Azure environment.
Login-AzureRmAccount
Select-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionName $subscription -Current
Get-AzureRmVM -Name "TPM04SQL02restored2Azure" -ResourceGroupName $resourcegroup>
Stop-AzureRmVM -Name "TPM04SQL02restored2Azure" -ResourceGroupName $resourcegroup -force
Remove-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName $resourcegroup -Name "TPM04SQL02restored2Azure" -force

In the next post we will be covering how we can extend the use case even further and do more with this feature.
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Veeam Appoints Former Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst, Dave Russell, as New VP of Enterprise Strategy

Veeam Appoints Former Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst, Dave Russell, as New VP of Enterprise Strategy

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180430005606/en/Veeam-Appoints-Gartner-VP-Distinguished-Analyst-Dave

BAAR, Switzerland–()–Veeam® Software, the leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise™, today announced that it has appointed Dave Russell, most recently Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, as Vice President of Enterprise Strategy. In this role, Russell will be responsible for driving strategic product and go-to-market programs, spearheading industry engagement, and evangelizing Veeam’s vision for the Hyper-Available Enterprise at key events across the globe. Reporting directly to Kate Hutchison, Chief Marketing Officer at Veeam, Russell will work closely with the executive leadership team in accelerating the company’s growth in the enterprise.

“Dave’s resume speaks for itself; he is one of the most prominent figures in the industry, and to have him join Veeam at such an exciting time in our growth is a testament to the company’s momentum in the market,” said Peter McKay, Co-CEO and President of Veeam. “Over the past year, we have grown at an exponential rate and are doubling down on our success in the Fortune 500 segment of the market where enterprise customers have recognized our platform as world-class for their infrastructures. Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform is the only solution leveraging intelligent automation, purpose-built for massive scaling to manage the hyper-growth of data being generated by digital transformation, IoT and blockchain technologies. Dave’s experience and skill-set will help accelerate our growth and enterprise momentum and I am delighted to have him on our team.”
“This is a great opportunity to apply my 28 years of thought leadership experience in an industry that is evolving rapidly as enterprises manage the challenges of data hyper-criticality, hyper-growth and hyper-sprawl,” added Dave Russell, Vice President, Enterprise Strategy at Veeam. “Customers are struggling to effectively manage and protect exponential data volumes, and I am looking forward to advising them on a smooth journey towards intelligent data management, allowing them to accelerate innovation and bring new digital services to market faster.”
Russell has almost three decades of experience and most recently held the role of Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner. His research focus was on storage strategies and technologies, with an emphasis on backup/recovery, snapshot and replication, SSD/flash optimization software, software-defined storage (SDS) and storage management. He was also co-author of the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup & Recovery Solutions. Prior to joining Gartner, Russell spent 15 years at IBM in storage product development as a software engineer in mainframe storage and as a manager of product development, architecture and strategy teams for distributed systems storage solutions.
Russell will be featured in the General Session at VeeamON on May 15, 2018. Register for VeeamON 2018, the premier conference for Intelligent Data Management, which will take place May 14 – 16, 2018, in Chicago, IL. Nearly 10,000 customers, partners and influencers attended VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans, LA, and the regional VeeamON Forum events held all around the world.
To learn more, please visit www.veeam.com.
About Veeam Software
Veeam is the global leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise. Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform is the most complete solution to help customers on the journey to automating data management and ensuring the Hyper-Availability of data. We have more than 294,000 customers worldwide, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500 and 58 percent of the Global 2000. Our customer satisfaction scores, at 2.5X the industry average, are the highest in the industry. Our global ecosystem includes 55,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, and NetApp as exclusive resellers; and nearly 19,000 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.

How to protect both Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange mailboxes

How to protect both Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange mailboxes

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Rick Vanover

One of the things I really like about new technologies today is when big transitions are truly seamless. Arguably the most common example is what is happening with Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Office 365. A few years ago, Microsoft Office 365 became an attractive option for a new platform for one of the most critical sets of applications for effectively every organization. It is also a relatively seamless transition as many of the same consumption mechanisms are maintained: Outlook, Web Access, Mobile, etc.
However, one interesting characteristic is unique to this Software as a Service (SaaS) use case: Organizations take some time to do it. I can recount many conversations around this as Veeam announced, then launched and then enhanced our product in this space: Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. The conversations span many years — along with the migrations. When I visit a customer at first, they’ll say they are “piloting” Microsoft Office 365 with a few users such as the IT staff. Then next year, I visit and they’ll report they are “about 50% complete” with migrations. On the third year, I’d get information from the same organization that they are “90% migrated.” While every implementation and experience is different — it is possible that many stories are similar.
One thing that I personally love about Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is that Veeam can support you through this process. This is due to one specific capability that Veeam provides: The ability to add an on-premises Exchange organization to Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. Even if you are just starting your Office 365 journey, with all data on-premises, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 can be leveraged immediately. This is very powerful as it can completely support the organization through the migration. The figure below shows a Hybrid organization using both on-premises Exchange and Microsoft Office 365:

One of the key benefits presented by this configuration is that the organization can have the same configuration and backup solution for effectively a hybrid SaaS deployment. Hybrid in that the result is that this business application (mail and calendaring service) is both on-premises and in the SaaS space. Having the consistent approach with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is a good practice in a backup policy to ensure that no mailboxes are omitted from backup between many products during an organization’s migration process. This unified approach also permits migration capabilities between Office 365 and on-premises Exchange.
Likely, the most telling benefit of the unified approach is the restore. Restores with Veeam have always been easy, and Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is no exception. The restores are driven with Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange, which is the same engine used for on-premises Exchange backups and is shown below:

This restore wizard starts the intuitive process to restore data back to either Office 365 or on-premises Exchange with ease. Exports are also supported — so building a PST file or a list of objects can also be done.
Just like having the right restore for any situation, having the right backup for any configuration is a strong capability of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. This is the type of approach that is needed today for the demands on critical systems and data.  If you haven’t played with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, download a trial now — or our NFR program that permits up to 10 user mailboxes to be backed up for free. Are you operating a hybrid Exchange and Office 365 deployment? Does Veeam’s ability to protect both in a consistent manner appeal to you? Share your comments below.

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Simplified remote access for home labs and offices with Veeam PN

Simplified remote access for home labs and offices with Veeam PN

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Anthony Spiteri

On January 2018, Veeam publicly announced the release of Veeam PN (powered network) version 1, a lightweight SDN appliance that was released completely FREE to use. And while Veeam PN was released as part of a greater solution focused on extending network Availability for Microsoft Azure, Veeam PN can also be deployed as a standalone tool via a downloadable OVA. Veeam PN has some key standalone use cases we’ll explore in this blog series.
While testing the tool through it’s early dev cycles, it was clear there was an opportunity to allow access with home labs and other home devices, all without having to setup and configure relatively complex VPN or remote access solutions.
There are plenty of existing solutions that do what Veeam PN can, however, the biggest difference with comparing the VPN functionality with other VPN solutions, is that Veeam PN is purpose-built and easy-to-use, and setup is only within a couple clicks. Veeam PN’s underlying technology is built on OpenVPN, so that in itself provides users with a certain level of familiarity and trust. The other great thing about leveraging OpenVPN is that any Windows, MacOS or Linux client will work with the configuration files generated for point-to-site connectivity.

Home lab remote connectivity overview

While on the road, users need to easily access home lab/office machines. In my own case, I’m on the road quite a bit and need access without having to rely on published services externally via my entry-level Belkin router, I also didn’t have a static IP which always proved problematic for remote services while on the road. At home, I run a desktop that acts as my primary Windows workstation which also has VMware Workstation installed. I then have my SuperMicro 5028D-TNT4 server that has ESXi installed and runs my nested ESXi lab. I need access to at least RDP into that Windows workstation, but also get access to the management vCenter, SuperMicro IPMI and other systems running on the 192.168.1.0/24 subnet.

In the above diagram, you can see I also wanted to directly access workloads in the nested ESXi environment, specifically on the 172.17.0.1/24 and 172.17.1.1/24 networks. With the use of the Tunnelblick OpenVPN Client on my MBP, I am able to create a point-to-site connection to the Veeam PN Hub which is in turn connected via site-to-site to each of the subnets I want to connect into.

Deploying and configuring Veeam PN

As mentioned above, to get stared, you will need to download the Veeam PN OVA from Veeam.com. This Veeam KB describes where to get the OVA and how to deploy and configure the appliance for first use. If you don’t have a DHCP enabled subnet to deploy the appliance into, you can configure the network as a static by accessing the VM console, logging in with the default credentials and modifying the/etc/networking/interface file.
Components:

  • Veeam PN Hub Appliance x 1
  • Veeam PN Site Gateway x number of sites/subnets required
  • OpenVPN Client

The OVA is 1.5 GB, and when deployed, the virtual machine has the base specifications of 1 vCPU, 1 GB of vRAM and a 16 GB of storage, which if thin provisioned, consumes just over 5 GB initially.
Networking requirements:

  • Veeam PN Hub Appliance – Incoming Ports TCP/UDP 1194, 6179 and TCP 443
  • Veeam PN Site Gateway – Outgoing access to at least TCP/UDP 1194
  • OpenVPN Client – Outgoing access to at least TCP/UDP 6179

Note that as part of the initial configuration, you can configure the site-to-site and point-to-site protocol and ports which is handy if you are deploying into a locked-down environment and want to have Veeam PN listen on different port numbers.

In my setup, the Veeam PN Hub Appliance has been deployed into Azure, mainly because that’s where I was able to test out the product initially, and in theory it provides a centralized, highly available location for all the site-to-site connections to terminate into. This central hub can be deployed anywhere and as long as it’s got HTTPS connectivity configured correctly, you can access the web interface and start to configure your site and standalone clients.

Configuring site clients (site-to-site)

To complete the configuration of the Veeam PN Site Gateway, you need to register the sites from the Veeam PN Hub Appliance. When you register a client, Veeam PN generates a configuration file that contains VPN connection settings for the client. You must use the configuration file (downloadable as an XML) to set up the Site Gateways. Referencing the diagram at the beginning of the post, I needed to register three separate client configurations as shown below.


Once this was completed, I deployed three Veeam PN Site Gateways on my home office infrastructure as shown in the diagram — one for each site or subnet I wanted to have extended through the central hub. I deployed one to my Windows VMware Workstation instance on the 192.168.1.0/24 subnet and, as shown below, I deployed two Site Gateways into my nested ESXi lab on the 172.17.0.0/24 and 172.17.0.1/24 subnets respectively.

From there I imported the site configuration file into each corresponding Site Gateway that was generated from the central Hub Appliance and in as little as three clicks on each one, all three networks where joined using site-to-site connectivity to the central hub.

Configuring remote clients (point-to-site)

To be able to connect into my home office and home lab when on the road, the final step is to register a standalone client from the central Hub Appliance. Again, because Veeam PN is leveraging OpenVPN, what we are producing here is an OVPN configuration file that has all the details required to create the point-to-site connection — noting that there isn’t any requirement to enter in a username and password as Veeam PN is authenticating using SSL authentication.

For my MBP, I’m using the Tunnelblick OpenVPN Client. I’ve found it to be an excellent client, but it obviously being OpenVPN, there are a bunch of other clients for pretty much any platform you might be running. Once I imported the OVPN configuration file into the client, I was able to authenticate against the Hub Appliance endpoint as the site-to-site routing was injected into the network settings.

You can see above that the 192.168.1.0, 172.17.0.0 and 172.17.0.1 static routes have been added and set to use the tunnel interfaces default gateway which is on the central Hub Appliance. This means that from my MBP, I can now get to any device on any of those three subnets no matter where I am in the world — in this case I can RDP to my Windows workstation, connect to vCenter or ssh into my ESXi hosts.

Conclusion

To summarize, here are the steps that were taken in order to setup and configure the extension of a home office network using Veeam PN through its site-to-site connectivity feature to allow access to systems and services via a point-to-site VPN:

  1. Deploy and configure Veeam PN Hub Appliance
  2. Register sites
  3. Register endpoints
  4. Deploy and configure Veeam PN Site Gateway
  5. Setup endpoint and connect to Hub Appliance

Those five steps can take less than 15 minutes, which also takes into consideration the OVA deployments as well. This is a very streamlined, efficient process compared to other processes, which can take hours and would involve a more complex set of commands and configuration steps. The simplicity of the solution is what makes it very useful for home lab users wanting a quick and easy way to access their systems. It just works!
Again, Veeam PN is completely FREE, and downloadable in OVA format. And this use case I described, I have been using it without issues for a number of months, and it adds to the flexibility of the Veeam PN solution.
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How to avoid typical misconfigurations when setting up Veeam

How to avoid typical misconfigurations when setting up Veeam

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Evgenii Ivanov

This article is aimed at giving you a smooth start with Veeam Backup & Replication. It includes some basic advice on the initial setup, and outlines the most common misconfigurations that we, at Veeam Support, find in clients’ infrastructures during our investigations.

Recommendations on backup modes

In most cases, forward incremental or forever forward incremental backup modes are recommended as the fastest ones. Forever forward incremental (no periodic full backup) requires less space and offers decent performance. Forward incremental requires more space, but is also more robust (because a backup chain is further divided in subchains by periodic full backup).
Reverse incremental backup method is our oldest backup method and consequently the slowest. Depending on the type of storage in use, it can be three or more times slower than other modes. With the reverse incremental backup, you get a full backup as the last point in the chain. This allows for faster restores in case the most recent point is used, but the difference is often negligible in comparison to a forward incremental chain (if its length is not unreasonably long, we usually suggest it to be around 30 days).

Insights on the full backup

Synthetic full operation builds a full backup file from the restore points already residing in your repository. However, not every storage type provides a good performance with synthetic operations, so we advise to use active full backup as an alternative.
When you set up a synthetic full backup mode, there is an additional “Transform previous backup chains into rollbacks” option available. Keep in mind though that this option starts a task of transforming incremental backups (.VIB) into rollbacks (.VRB), which is very laborious for your target backup repository. For example, it will help you transform your current chain into the reverse incremental one for archival purposes. However, if you use it as a main backup method, it would produce a very specific backup chain consisting of a full backup file and a mix of forward and reverse incremental restore points.


Figure 1. A forward incremental backup job with periodic synthetic full.

Guest processing tips

Guest processing is used to create consistent backups of your VMs. And if they run instances of Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SharePoint, SQL Server and Oracle applications, you will be able to leverage granular restores using Veeam Explorers. Please note that guest processing relies on a VSS framework (a Windows feature), which should be functioning correctly, otherwise your backup jobs will fail.
To enable guest processing, go to Guest Processing of backup job properties. You should enable “Application-aware processing” option and you should provide an administrative account under guest OS credentials.


Figure 2. Guest processing step controls application-aware processing and indexing.

If some of VMs in the job require specific credentials, you can set them by clicking on the “Credentials” button. This brings up the Credentials menu. Click on “Set User…” to specify the credentials that should be used with the VM.

Figure 3. Credentials menu allows to set up users for each VM in the job.

Clicking on the “Applications…” button brings up a menu where you can specify options for supported applications and disable the guest processing for certain VMs, if needed.


Figure 4. In Applications menu, you can specify options for various application or disable guest processing completely for a VM.

VM guest file system indexing

With “VM Guest File System Indexing” enabled, Veeam Backup & Replication creates a catalog of files inside the VM, allowing you to use guest file search and perform 1-click restores through our Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
In case you don’t use the Enterprise Manager, then you can cut some (sometimes significant) time off your backup window and save space on the C: drive of a Veeam server by disabling this option. It doesn’t affect your ability to perform file level restores from your Veeam Backup & Replication console.

Secondary backup destination

No storage vendor can guarantee an absolute data integrity. Veeam checks a backup file once it’s written to a disk, but, with millions of operations happening on the datastore, occasional bits may get swapped causing silent corruption. Veeam Backup & Replication provides features like SureBackup and health checks that help detect an early corruption. However, sometimes it may be already too late, so it’s absolutely necessary to follow the 3-2-1 rule and use different sets of media in several locations to guarantee data Availability.
To maintain the 3-2-1 rule, right after creating a primary backup job, it’s advised to set up a secondary copy job. This can be a Backup Copy Job to a secondary storage, Backup Copy Job to a cloud repository or a copy to tape.

Instant VM recovery as it should be

Instant VM Recovery allows you to start a VM in minimal time right from a backup file. However, you need to keep in mind that a recovered VM still sits in your backup repository and consumes its resources. To finalize the restore process, the VM must be migrated back to the production. Too often we at Veeam Support see critical VMs working for weeks in the Instant VM Recovery mode until a datastore fills up and data is lost.
For those of you looking for a deep dive on the topic, I recommend the recent blog post on Instant VM Recovery by Veeam Vanguard Didier Van Hoye.


Figure 5. Soon after VM is started in the Instant VM Recovery mode you should initiate its migration back to the production.

Mind the CIFS as a main target repository

Veeam is storage agnostic and supports several types of backup repositories. Over the years, it was proven that a Windows or Linux physical server with internal storage gives the best performance in most cases. You can check Veeam Forums for more details — years later, these words still stay true.
Backup repository on a CIFS share still remains a popular choice, yet it generally offers the poorest performance of all options. Many modern NAS devices support iSCSI, so a better choice would be to create an iSCSI disk and present it to a Veeam server/proxy. Note though, that it’s also not recommended to use reverse incremental backup mode for repositories on NAS because it puts heavy IO load on the target.

Target proxy for replication

When replicating over the WAN, it is advised to deploy a backup proxy on the target site and configure it as a target proxy in replication job settings. This will create a robust channel between the two sites. We recommend setting a target proxy to NBD/Network mode, as using hot-add for replica can cause stuck and orphaned snapshots.
Note that when using WAN accelerators, a target proxy should still be deployed. Target WAN accelerator and target proxy can be installed on different or on a single machine, given it has enough resources.


Figure 6. For replication over WAN, you should specify source and target proxy.


Figure 7. Set the target proxy mode to Network.

A must-do for a tape server

Tape server is a component responsible for communication with a tape device. It is installed on a physical machine to which a tape device is connected (“pass through” connections via ESXi host to a virtual machine are not supported!).
Veeam Backup & Replication gets the information about the library from the OS, so you should make sure that the latest drivers are installed and the tape device is visible correctly in the device manager.
You can find more info on using tapes with Veeam Backup & Replication in my previous blog post.

Final advice on opening tickets with Veeam support

We encourage you to carefully check the Severity criteria and set an appropriate level when opening your support request. We understand that each issue, no matter the scale, is important and it is our duty to handle it in the quickest way possible, but if you set the Severity to 1 and it doesn’t meet its criteria, you will lose valuable time since your ticket will be inspected and re-directed to an appropriate queue.


Figure 8. When creating a case be sure to set the severity level correctly and upload the logs bundle.

To help our support agents get to the root of the issue straight away, make sure to compile the backbone of every successful case investigation: a log bundle. Follow our guide to retrieve them in a correct way. In some occasions, we might require logs from additional components of your infrastructure, but those would be requested by your support engineer directly.
And that’s it for today’s episode! I hope this would help you optimize your backup environment and evade the most common mistakes during a setup.

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Accelerate recovery with NetApp snapshots and Veeam

Accelerate recovery with NetApp snapshots and Veeam

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Kirsten Stoner

If you are responsible for meeting strict Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) for your business, snapshots are the technology you need. Snapshots are appealing because you can make quick, point-in-time copies of your data, with little-to-no impact on production storage. This allows you to take multiple snapshots throughout the day.
One of the key players in snapshot technology is NetApp, which gives storage snapshots added functionality through its SnapMirror and SnapVault. When you add Veeam into the mix, you gain a comprehensive Availability strategy that meets, not only RPOs, but also Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs). Data Availability today is more critical than ever before and being able to leverage storage snapshots is a real game-changer when it comes to meeting the demands of your business. Veeam and NetApp integration provides you with the ability to create faster backups, quicker restores and improved protection. Veeam integrates with NetApp FAS and AFF, FlexArray (V-Series), Data ONTAP Select and IBM N Series (NetApp FAS OEM).

Faster backups

The Veeam and NetApp combination gives you useful tools such as Backup from Storage Snapshots, Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots and On-demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots. Backup from Storage Snapshots lets you use a snapshot — which can be taken every 15 minutes — to create a backup without affecting production. What takes this functionality even further is the added benefit of SnapMirror and SnapVault, from which you can also use to take backups.
I know I mentioned SnapMirror and SnapVault before, but to be clear, SnapMirror is a NetApp technology that allows users to create a mirror of a snapshot on a different NetApp storage array. This could almost be termed as replicating a snapshot to a different array. SnapVault allows you to create a read-only copy of your data. Both technologies can help deliver the #1 Data Availability guideline users follow today: the 3-2-1 Rule.
I hope by now that everyone knows about the 3-2-1 Rule. If you don’t (shame!), the definition is as follows:

  • 3 copies of data, on
  • 2 different media
  • 1 of which is off site

By combining NetApp and Veeam technologies, you can easily achieve the 3-2-1 Rule with Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots.

Quick recovery

It’s true that a backup is only as good as its recovery. In other words, the worst thing that can happen is when you go to restore and find you are unable to utilize your backup due to an unforeseen circumstance. This situation could easily ruin your day or even your career!
Veeam delivers Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots, utilizing snapshots to perform quick restores so you can meet RTO requirements easily. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots also has the functionality to utilize SnapMirror and SnapVault as a source for restores.

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots provides Instant VM Recovery, VM Guest file restores and the ability to restore from Microsoft applications like SharePoint, Active Directory or Exchange. The technology can also perform restores for SQL databases and Oracle. What makes this offering even more perfect is that you can utilize the Explorer for FREE!

One step further with Veeam DataLabs

Veeam now wants to give you a way to maximize your storage investments to the fullest. This leads us to the next capability, Veeam DataLabs for Storage Snapshots, which allows you to utilize a storage snapshot to create a lab environment, so you can troubleshoot problems, test software patches and install new software. This lab is fully fenced off from the production environment, so it allows you to do your testing for processes before implementing into your production environment. This Veeam feature requires NetApp FlexClone and is an added value to your NetApp investment.

To conclude

Veeam combined with NetApp Storage solutions can give you a Data Availability strategy that will help you meet the increasing demands of your business today. Backup from Storage Snapshots gives you fast backups. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots provides quick restores. The ability to create a virtual lab through a storage snapshot takes your business to the next level when it comes to leveraging storage investments. Don’t forget that Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots is FREE, giving you world-class restore capabilities from a storage snapshot with no additional cost!
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Original Article: https://www.veeam.com/blog/fast-recovery-netapp-snapshots-integration.html

New Snapshot Integration for Pure Storage now available for Veeam Backup & Replication

New Snapshot Integration for Pure Storage now available for Veeam Backup & Replication

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Michael Cade

At the back end of 2017, Veeam released the Universal Storage API with Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 update 3. This framework offers built-in integrations with storage systems to help decrease impact on the production environment and significantly improve RPOs.
Today Veeam announces Pure Storage as the next storage vendor to arrive onto this integration framework. With more and more businesses moving toward and adopting all-flash storage solutions that help those businesses to deliver more predictable performance across an ever more demanding business workload, it goes without saying that there is no requirement change for Always-On Availability. In fact, this increases the requirements around RTO and RPO SLAs.

Reduce impact on performance of production workloads

The features this framework unlocks are the ability to reduce the impact of performance on the primary VMware estate when it comes to creating VMware snapshots, offloading this process to the storage array to then taking the backup from the storage.

Enable granular recovery from storage snapshots

Secondly the ability to use the Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots to gain visibility into historic snapshots and still give the ability to perform granular recovery tasks against snapshots not even created by Veeam on the storage array.

Application consistent storage snapshot orchestration

Thirdly and very important to tightening that recovery point objective is the ability to drive application consistent snapshots on the storage array to provide an option for really fast recovery of data, down to the application item level.

Automated restore verification and on-demand labs: “Put your data to work”

Lastly but probably most importantly is the ability to do more with those snapshots that have been created in an application consistent manner, with this integration you will have the ability to leverage this data for many different use cases.
One use case of where this functionality could really benefit these businesses is DevOps, the ability to create copies of your production environment in minutes so that your developers can test new features against that production-like data without affecting performance and uptime of the production workloads. All of this whilst using your performant Pure Storage FlashArray features that include thin provisioning, deduplication and compression.
Another use case is around modern analytics, the ability to take the production workload and leverage that data so that as end users you can gain insight into your workloads and achieve more with those findings and deliver value for your business without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure and performance.

FlashStack — Agile IT

This integration also follows the Pure Storage FlashArray into the converged infrastructure, offering the ability to combine compute, networking, storage and virtualisation. This provides more efficiency, ease of deployment and predictable performance. Reducing management and the need to fine tune these tasks frees up resource to focus on more important tasks within the business.

This converged approach can be extended with the use of the “Virtual Data Center in a box” allowing for your remote offices to also benefit from the storage and Availability benefits from Cisco, VMware, Pure Storage and Veeam.

Conclusion

The Pure Storage FlashArray integration with Veeam Availability Suite provides backup, recovery, replication and failover capabilities to enhance recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives.

More resources

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Original Article: https://www.veeam.com/blog/pure-storage-new-framework-integration.html

Watchdog your entire IT environment with Veeam ONE

Watchdog your entire IT environment with Veeam ONE

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Cristian-Antonio Puricica

With data becoming so valuable these days, organizations can’t afford to have their IT systems unavailable even for minutes. Monitoring your environment plays a key role to ensure Availability. You need to be alerted when things could go wrong and when it’s time to fix issues before they negatively impact your business. Veeam ONE does just that, not only for your VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments, but also integrates with Veeam Backup & Replication and, starting with Update 3, provides visibility for Veeam Agents as well.
In this blog post, I will talk about some of the Veeam ONE capabilities that will help you keep an eye on your IT systems.

Categorizing your infrastructure objects

Veeam ONE helps you categorize objects inside your infrastructure by business unit, department, purpose or SLA by means of its Business View component. This business categorization is integrated with Veeam ONE Monitor, enabling you to monitor, troubleshoot and report on business groups of VMware and Hyper-V objects.


The Configuration tab allows you to configure the basic application settings

After adding business categories into Veeam ONE, you can start monitoring your business groups through the Business View tab in Veeam ONE Monitor.


Business View in Veeam ONE Monitor, showing a virtual machine in the VMs with Snapshots category

You can also build reports for specified categories of objects. In the Workspace view of Veeam ONE Reporter, when you select a report, you can either choose to get details on the entire virtual environment, or on specific business view objects. For example, if you group VMs by department, you can create reports for a specific department in your organization.


The Business View objects window in Veeam ONE Reporter

Using alarms

There are predefined alarms in Veeam ONE for VMware vSphere and vCloud Director, Microsoft Hyper-V, Veeam Cloud Connect, Veeam Agents, and for internal Veeam ONE issues. All of them are designed to alert IT admins when any notable events or issues occur in their environment. With these alarms, you can easily identify, troubleshoot issues and quickly act to keep business operations running.
If they are used properly, alarms can be a critical method to notify you about the performance of your virtual environment. It’s important to know that too many alarms can lead you to ignore them, while too sensitive triggers can lead to false alarms.
The predefined alarms are built on best practices thresholds and trigger when the parameters defined in the alarm are different against collected data from the virtual and backup servers.


Alarm details in the Alarm Management tab. You can create custom alarms for any kind of tasks and events

When an alarm is triggered, the Veeam ONE console displays details about the root cause of the issue and some ways of resolution. Veeam ONE alarms are customizable and you can edit them to fit your business needs by adding different rules, changing thresholds or assigning them to different objects. You can also choose to send an email to a group when alarm’s severity changes or to suppress an alarm during scheduled activities. Moreover, in the Knowledge base tab you can add custom text to help you with solving the alarm next time it’s triggered.


Alarm Settings

Performance and health state monitoring

Veeam ONE enables you to monitor the performance of your VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V environment through comprehensive charts. In Infrastructure View, you can find information about the latest alarms, CPU, memory and disk resources for different timeframes, as well as network usage details. As you browse in the Infrastructure tree, the Summary tab will display different information for different objects and the rest of the tabs will vary too as you move deeper in the environment.


If the parent object is selected, the Infrastructure Summary tab will display the health state overview, including the Host State, Datastores State and the Virtual Machines state.

Along the navigation menu, Veeam ONE Monitor also provides details about Alarms (as you saw earlier in this post), as well as very well-organized metrics on resource consumption. Here you can check the VMs and hosts that use the most resources (CPU, memory, network usage and more), but also the hosts with the lowest load. These stats are available for both VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.
The CPU chart shows the amount of used processor resources on a machine where a backup infrastructure component runs. Graphs in the CPU chart illustrate the level of processor usage for every separate CPU on the machine. The Total graph shows the cumulative processor utilization for all CPUs.

Capacity planning

While Veeam ONE Monitor provides extensive visibility over your IT infrastructure, the Reporter makes it easy for IT administrators to obtain detailed analysis of their virtual infrastructure and helps to take the guesswork out of capacity planning.
In virtual environments, capacity planning is a critical task for housekeeping and allows IT admins to make correct decisions based on accurate forecasts. The first thing we can see in Veeam ONE Reporter is the VMware Capacity Planning dashboard, which includes few widgets that offer a sneak peek into the more detailed reports of the infrastructure.


The VMware Capacity Planning dashboards displays details about Hosts and Clusters, Datastores, loss of a host and how many VMs can be added to the infrastructure without having to purchase more resources

Now let’s take a look at the capacity planning reports that we have available: Capacity Planning, Host Failure Modelling, How Many More VMs Can be Provisioned and Over-provisioned Datastores.
The reports are based on collected and analyzed historical data and they are very customizable, allowing you to choose individual or all datastores, set limits for CPU and Memory, select timeframe of the analyzed performance data, as well as the period of planning.


The Capacity Planning report provides very detailed forecast on my virtual infrastructure

At the end of the day, the capacity planning exercise helps you answer some simple questions: Do I have enough resources for more virtual machines? When will I run out of resources? Don’t underestimate these questions, they may save you time and money one day.

Agents monitoring and reporting

Update 3 came with many new features for Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 and Veeam ONE 9.5, and one of the most highly-anticipated is agent management. Veeam ONE 9.5 now supports agent monitoring and reporting for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux, enabling you to have visibility into both your virtual and physical infrastructures.
You can have real-time monitoring and alerting for the Veeam Agent jobs managed by Veeam Backup & Replication servers that you monitor in Veeam ONE. To do so, go to Data Protection view in Veeam ONE Monitor and open the Agent Jobs tab of the desired backup infrastructure node. For each job, you will gain information such as the status of a backup job (Success, Warning, Failed, Running, or jobs with no status), backup job name, type, transferred data and more.


Veeam Agent jobs in Veeam ONE Monitor

In the Veeam Backup Agents report you can choose to include business groups (defined in Veeam ONE Business View) or Veeam Backup & Replication servers and protection groups. Likewise, you can choose to include in the report either specific Veeam backup agents or backup jobs and policies.


Selecting the report’s parameters

In my example, I chose to have a report for Windows-only machines with the RPO (Recovery Point Objective) of 1 week, meaning I will get a list of computers protected weekly. On the second page, you’ll find a detailed list of protected and unprotected computers, including information like IP address, Backup Job/Policy, Last Backup Date and more.

Conclusion

Monitoring your entire IT infrastructure can often be overlooked. This is a mistake that can not only cost your business money, but also its reputation. Minor breaches, due to their complexity, can cause performance issues in virtual and physical environments. However, this can be avoided with a good monitoring tool that alerts you when things are not working as they should. Veeam ONE provides a comprehensive set of alerts and a very user-friendly interface that facilitates visibility, troubleshooting and resolving issues.

See Also

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Veeam to Share Its Vision of the ‘Hyper-Available Enterprise’ at VeeamON 2018, the Premier Conference for Intelligent Data Management

Veeam to Share Its Vision of the ‘Hyper-Available Enterprise’ at VeeamON 2018, the Premier Conference for Intelligent Data Management



Attendees will hear from industry luminaries including Kenneth Cukier, New York Times best-selling co-author and senior editor at The Economist, and Rear Admiral (retired) Dave Simpson, formerly Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, about the future of Data Management

BAAR, Switzerland–()–Veeam® Software, the leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise™, will share its vision on how to address the challenges enterprises face with the hyper-criticality of data, hyper-growth of data and hyper-sprawl of data during VeeamON 2018, Veeam’s fourth annual user and partner conference, which will take place May 14 – 16 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL.
“Hyper-Availability is the new expectation for data in today’s enterprises, which enables faster reaction times to any business need, multi-fold improvements in efficiencies and greater agility to shifts in customer demand,” said Peter McKay, President and Co-CEO of Veeam. “At VeeamON, we will discuss the journey our customers are taking to become Hyper-Available Enterprises, so they can harness the power of AI and machine learning for intelligent data management in a world where IoT and blockchain technologies are creating a massive explosion of data. We have a stellar line-up of industry experts, customers and partners speaking on main stage to discuss this year’s theme of how to Activate your Hyper-Available Enterprise.”Nearly 2,000 customers, partners, and influencers will hear from industry experts about the need for Hyper-Availability in a data-driven world, and why Veeam is the most trusted provider of Intelligent Data Management solutions to meet the demands of the Hyper-Available Enterprise. Premier event sponsors include Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Microsoft, NetApp, and VMware; an additional 50+ sponsors are supporting the event, including platinum sponsors CDW, Exagrid, iland, Ingram Promark, Nutanix, phoenixNAP and Pure Storage.
Kenneth Cukier will keynote VeeamON 2018. Cukier is senior editor, digital products and data analytics at The Economist where he oversees and manages their new digital product development. Prior to this, he was data editor following a decade at the paper covering business and technology.
This year’s presenters also include:
  • Peter McKay, President and Co-CEO of Veeam
  • Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam
  • Dave Russell, Vice President of Enterprise Strategy at Veeam
  • Bill Philbin, Senior Vice President, Global CTO Hybrid IT at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Cynthia Johnson, Vice President Global Data Center Sales at Cisco
  • John Steinmetz, CTO at SEI Global Services
  • Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, currently leader of Pelorus Consulting Services, specializing in public safety, telecommunications and cybersecurity, and formerly Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
  • Duncan Epping, chief technologist at VMware in the Office of CTO of the Storage and Availability business unit
At VeeamON 2018, Veeam will also celebrate some of the most innovative things being done with the Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform by customers and partners. Nominated winners will be recognized during the VeeamON main stage keynote.
Registration is open for VeeamON 2018.
About Veeam Software
Veeam is the global leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise. Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform is the most complete solution to help customers on the journey to automating data management and ensuring the Hyper-Availability of data. We have more than 294,000 customers worldwide, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500 and 58 percent of the Global 2000. Our customer satisfaction scores, at 2.5X the industry average, are the highest in the industry. Our global ecosystem includes 55,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, and NetApp as exclusive resellers; and nearly 19,000 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 Post: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180503006320/en/Veeam-Share-Vision-%E2%80%98Hyper-Available-Enterprise%E2%80%99-VeeamON-2018

New Snapshot Integration for Pure Storage now available for Veeam Software

At the back end of 2017, Veeam released the Universal Storage API with Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 update 3. This framework offers built-in integrations with storage systems to help decrease impact on the production environment and significantly improve RPOs.
Today Veeam announces Pure Storage as the next storage vendor to arrive onto this integration framework. With more and more businesses moving toward and adopting all-flash storage solutions that help those businesses to deliver more predictable performance across an ever more demanding business workload, it goes without saying that there is no requirement change for Always-On Availability. In fact, this increases the requirements around RTO and RPO SLAs.

Reduce impact of performance on production workloads


The features this framework unlocks are the ability to reduce the impact of performance on the primary VMware estate when it comes to creating VMware snapshots, offloading this process to the storage array to then taking the backup from the storage.

Enable granular recovery for storage snapshots


Secondly the ability to use the Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots to gain visibility into historic snapshots and still give the ability to perform granular recovery tasks against snapshots not even created by Veeam on the storage array.

Application consistent storage snapshot orchestration

Thirdly and very important to tightening that recovery point objective is the ability to drive application consistent snapshots on the storage array to provide an option for really fast recovery of data, down to the application item level.

Automated restore verification and on-demand labs: “Put your data to work”

Lastly but probably most importantly is the ability to do more with those snapshots that have been created in an application consistent manner, with this integration you will have the ability to leverage this data for many different use cases.
One use case of where this functionality could really benefit these businesses is DevOps, the ability to create copies of your production environment in minutes so that your developers can test new features against that production-like data without affecting performance and uptime of the production workloads. All of this whilst using your performant Pure Storage FlashArray features that include thin provisioning, deduplication and compression.
Another use case is around modern analytics, the ability to take the production workload and leverage that data so that as end users you can gain insight into your workloads and achieve more with those findings and deliver value for your business without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure and performance.

FlashStack — Agile IT

This integration also follows the Pure Storage FlashArray into the converged infrastructure, offering the ability to combine compute, networking, storage and virtualisation. This provides more efficiency, ease of deployment and predictable performance. Reducing management and the need to fine tune these tasks frees up resource to focus on more important tasks within the business.
 

This converged approach can be extended with the use of the “Virtual Data Center in a box” allowing for your remote offices to also benefit from the storage and Availability benefits from Cisco, VMware, Pure Storage and Veeam.

Conclusion

The Pure Storage FlashArray integration with Veeam Availability Suite provides backup, recovery, replication and failover capabilities to enhance recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives.

More resources

Optimize your restores to Microsoft Azure with PowerShell – Part 2

Optimize your restores to Microsoft Azure with PowerShell – Part 2
Veeam Blog / Michael Cade
We’ve covered how using a PowerShell script might come in handy for certain use cases. Now, let’s take the PowerShell script and show how it can be backed into your day-to-day Veeam Backup & Replication jobs.
In this post, we will cover how these scripts can be run before and after the backup job. This would allow us to take the most recent backup and convert it straight into an Azure Virtual Machine after the backup job is done. This means we can schedule the backup job to start within a certain window and get this machine (or a group of machines) converted before your test/development team is even in the building.

The use case

This specific use case I keep mentioning is around test and development. There are no hard rules on this, anything that could take advantage of cloud computing within Azure is a valid use case. For example, taking advantage of an isolated environment to perform modern analytics against the most current backup data or for training and development to certain areas of the business. The possibilities are endless.
You saw in the last post the creation of the raw PowerShell script, by taking that script and adding that to a backup job as pre- and post-job scripts which give us the ability to schedule a conversion task. The time it takes to convert to that Azure VM or that group of Azure VMs depends on the backup file placement.

Adding the script to the job

We want to firstly run through creating a new backup job or using an existing backup job. On the “Storage” step of the settings you have an “Advanced” button, by selecting it and going to the “Scripts” tab, you can specify your pre- and post-job scripts. Another interesting concept here is an ability to pick either a number of times you want to run these scripts or certain days to run them on.

Pre-job script

The concept of the pre-script is the clean-up script mentioned in the first post. The idea here is that we may not want to duplicate multiple instances within our Azure environment. If we do then maybe we just remove this script completely. What this script is going to do is power down and remove any of our provisioned resources from the last run of the job. If this is the first run and there are no provisioned resources, then you will receive an exit code 1 meaning there is nothing to be removed.

Post-job script

This script is going to take place after the backup operation has completed. In our case, the job will take the most recent restore point and send it for conversion in our test and development environment in Azure. Once the backup job is complete, you will see a new job for conversion start within the Veeam Backup & Replication tasks.

Original Article: https://www.veeam.com/blog/optimize-your-restores-to-microsoft-azure-with-powershell-part-2.html

Optimize your restores to Microsoft Azure with PowerShell

Optimize your restores to Microsoft Azure with PowerShell

Veeam Blog / Michael Cade

I firstly wanted to highlight a series that is being written by Jorge on Microsoft Azure and Veeam. He touches on connectivity, deployment, configuration and then restore options. This is where I want to jump in with the topic of my at least two-part series. I will be touching on a feature within Veeam Backup & Replication called Veeam Restore to Microsoft Azure. Though before it was baked into Veeam Backup & Replication, it was a standalone free product available in the Microsoft Azure marketplace. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5, with this included feature, was launched at the back end of 2016, but the standalone has been around since around April 2016.
There are lots of resources out there running through the process and lots of demo videos on YouTube, but I wanted to show some more options that we can use this feature for.

A PowerShell script use case

The reason I wanted to put this concept out there was to highlight some of the additional functionality you could bring to your environment using this feature. The real use case that stands out today is the ability to migrate your workloads to Azure away from the on-premises configuration. This is achievable, but this is a one-way conversion. Very much like the physical to virtual (P2V) process we all know and went through a few years back. Another use case would be around leveraging Azure for an isolated test and development environment. Again, completely doable, but the issue within the interface is that you must be reactive to when you want to set this lab up and the wait time to transfer the image to Azure is the biggest piece to contend with.
What this PowerShell script concept will allow you to do is create a scheduled task to run proactively and give you the test bed without having to manually configure and wait for this to be set up. By using PowerShell script we can completely automate this process and have this run before you arrive in the office.

Pre-requisites and Azure requirements

There are a few things you need to have in place for us to start using this script that I will cover later on.
<![if !supportLists]>§  <![endif]>Microsoft Azure Account — preferably the Azure Resource Manager and not Classic Mode
<![if !supportLists]>§  <![endif]>A Veeam Backup & Replication server with the Veeam PowerShell SnapIn (This instance can be running anywhere including Azure)
<![if !supportLists]>§  <![endif]>A Veeam backup chain, as with the Veeam Backup & Replication server this can be stored anywhere. If it was stored in Azure, it would save that conversion time
<![if !supportLists]>§  <![endif]>Ability to add your Azure account to Veeam Backup & Replication via either interface or PowerShell. For the purposes of this blog post I will not cover this step
The other posts have already covered the process that Veeam Restore to Microsoft Azure takes, but the process involves the conversion of the VM’s backup file to a VM running in Microsoft Azure. By having the backup chain already in Microsoft Azure, you can expect that transfer time or the conversion time to be much faster than sending them from an on-premises location.

The Variables

“A variable is a value that can change, depending on conditions or on information passed to the program. Typically, a program consists of instructions that tell the computer what to do and data that the program uses when it is running.”
I will place the actual script to discover the variables that we require. There is one variable here that will determine the Veeam Backup restore point. In the script example you are able to determine the latest restore point of a VM in the backup. All this additional information will become clear with the second part of the series:
<![if !supportLists]>§  <![endif]>Backup job name, virtual machine name(s)
<![if !supportLists]>§  <![endif]>Azure Subscription
<![if !supportLists]>§  <![endif]>Azure Storage Account
<![if !supportLists]>§  <![endif]>Azure VM configuration
<![if !supportLists]>§  <![endif]>Azure Virtual Network
<![if !supportLists]>§  <![endif]>Azure Resource Group
More resources can be found within the Veeam user guide.

Variable Script

$restorepoint = Get-VBRBackup -Name "TPM04-SQL-02" | Get-VBRRestorePoint -Name "TPM04-SQL-02" | Sort-Object $_.creationtime -Descending | Select -First 1
$account = Get-VBRAzureAccount -Type ResourceManager -Name "username@domain.com"
$subscription = Get-VBRAzureSubscription -Account $account -name "SubscriptionName"
$storageaccount = Get-VBRAzureStorageAccount -Subscription $subscription -Name "vdr2ma"
$location = Get-VBRAzureLocation -Subscription $subscription -Name "eastus"
$vmsize = Get-VBRAzureVMSize -Subscription $subscription -Location $location -Name Standard_A1
$network = Get-VBRAzureVirtualNetwork -Subscription $subscription -Name "vdr2ma"
$subnet = Get-VBRAzureVirtualNetworkSubnet -Network $network -Name "default"
$resourcegroup = Get-VBRAzureResourceGroup -Subscription $subscription -Name "vdr2ma"

Running the script

Now for the fun part, lets run the job to start sending our latest restore point up into our pre-defined Azure environment.

Start-VBRVMRestoreToAzure -RestorePoint $restorepoint -Subscription $subscription -StorageAccount $storageaccount -VmSize $vmsize -VirtualNetwork $network -VirtualSubnet $subnet -ResourceGroup $resourcegroup -VmName TPM04SQL02restored2Azure -Reason "Test and Development"

Clean-up script

We also want to be able to stop this job or to clean up the Azure VMs we have provisioned. For this purpose, which is for a test and development use case, we want to completely remove the machine from our Azure environment.

Login-AzureRmAccount
Select-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionName $subscription -Current
Get-AzureRmVM -Name "TPM04SQL02restored2Azure" -ResourceGroupName $resourcegroup>
Stop-AzureRmVM -Name "TPM04SQL02restored2Azure" -ResourceGroupName $resourcegroup -force
Remove-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName $resourcegroup -Name "TPM04SQL02restored2Azure" -force

In the next post we will be covering how we can extend the use case even further and do more with this feature.