#VeeamON 2017 Announcements – Now the dust has settled

The dust settled as my aeroplane wheels landed at Heathrow on Saturday 20th May. VeeamON. So now its time to digest, and detail the information from the worlds premier availability conference, VeeamON.

Veeam is now 10 years old! So its out with the old and in with the new logo!

It’s hard to believe that the logo on the left has been knocking around for so long.

So lets dive into the announcements.

Veeam Backup and Replication v10;
  • NAS Backup – the support for backing up File Shares and NAS devices, and the ability to restore point in time file versions, or file share state.

  • Continuous Data Protection (CDP) – utilizing VMware’s vSphere API for I/O Filtering (VAIO) (meaning no snapshots), Veeam has built upon its technology to allow for data protection down to seconds, rather than minutes. The feel and look of the UI settings are that akin to the replication features. Unlike competitors, there is no need for agents inside your virtual machines, or unsupported changes to your VMware environment.

  • Full support for physical devices – customers cried out, Veeam listened. There is a need to protect physical workloads, Veeam first produced Endpoint Backup as a free product. Then added enterprise sauce ontop which included support. Now you can fully control your agent backups via the Veeam Backup and Replication Console, including automated deployment. Protect your Workstations, Servers and Failover Clusters.
  • Scale-out Repository Archive Tier – Providing you the ability to send your backups to cheaper storage (think online; Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Azure Storage Blobs). With a varying degree of options around thing, its easier to control your sprawling GFS setups, and makes it easier to keep a tight control of data which needs to be retained for a number of years.

  • Oracle RMAN support – allowing users to seamlessly stream RMAN backups into Veeam repositories and easily perform UI-driven restores from backups using a Veeam console.
  • Enterprise Manager enhancements – role-based access control to establish self-service backup and restore functionality for VMware workloads based on vCenter Server permissions.

I attended a session with Anton Gostev, no introductions needed, who was providing a deep dive on v10. You can see the recording below.

NEW Veeam Availability Suite v10 – Coming soon

Veeam Availability for AWS

  • A strategic gathering of minds between Veeam and N2W see’s the co-operation of both companies to provide a very compelling offering to backup your data from AWS. (Also see https://awsinsider.net/articles/2017/05/18/veeam-availability.aspx)
  • This a cloud-native, agentless backup and Availability solution designed to protect and recover AWS applications and data.
    • Backup from AWS Snapshots – native AWS snapshots are used to eliminate complexity and dramatically improving recovery SLAs.
    • Decouple your backups from AWS – Mitigate downtime and data lose by storing your backups outside of your AWS infrastructure.
    • Restore EC2 instances – building upon Veeams reputation for building leading recovery options to ensure your RTO’s meet the needs of your business.
  • You can sign up now for more information when the product becomes ready.

Below is a screenshot of the N2W portal, expect this to re-appear Veeam-ised soon.

Veeam Disaster Recovery in Azure
  • Veeam isnt just a backup company, or an availability company anymore. With VeeamPN (hope you get the clever naming there) and Direct Restore to Azure you can ensure your recovery/failover process to the cloud is smoother than ever.
  • VeeamPN is designed for users to easily spin up and deploy (Software defined) networking between your on-prem and your cloud infrastructures. Removing the hassle of complex VPN environments.
    • This is a free Veeam product!!!!

Below shows an example of a networking setup using sites and clients.

Veeam Backup for Office365 v1.5 + v2
  • v1.5
    • Multi-repository support
    • Multi-tennacy support for Service Provider’s to offer services to customers
    • Enhanced automation options; RESTful API and PowerShell SDK, with the usual aims of minimise management overheads, and improve recovery times.
  • v2.0
    • Sharepoint Online backup
    • OneDrive for Business backup
Other Alliance Partnerships
  • First and foremost is the Universal Storage API, a framework which makes it easier for your storage vendor to get onboard and integrated with Veeam. This allows Veeams to provide a common interface to all suitable storage vendors who pass the stringent vetting program and come onboard as an Alliance Partner.
    • What does this mean for you? Less excuses by your chosen Storage Vendor as to why they have yet integrated with Veeam!
  • Making it onto the alliance partner list with storage Integration;
    • Infinidat
    • IBM
    • Lenovo

Other announcements to wrap up
  • Service Providers
    • Enhancements and integration for Cloud Connect into vCloud Director
    • Tape as a Service for Cloud Connect Backups
  • VMware Log Insight – Veeam Content Pack – Not only focusing on their fantastically underrated VeeamONE product, they have released a VMware approved content pack for Log Insight. This provides you the following;
    • Dashboards and widgets that visualize events data and show the most important components of the Veeam B&R infrastructure and operations.
    • Pre-defined alerts, giving you the ability to deep dive and resolve issues in your B&R environment.
    • Enhanced search criteria support with extracted fields, meaning you have more visibility into your logs.
    • You can find more details here.
  • DataGravity integrates seamlessly with Veeam. Bringing Veeam users, federate content sensitive search, deleted files identification , data classification and behavior driven data protection. The dynamic nature of data requires dynamic security. DataGravity for Availability (DGfA) combines multiple data sources to monitor and analyze people, content, and activities over time to understand who and how your data is being used. It uses this information to proactively secure and protect your virtualized data. DGfA provides the required forensics information and tools to remediate issues if they occur.

  • Starwind VTL for Cloud AWS  with Veeam adds the cloud storage tier to the backup infrastructure ensuring the compliance with 3-2-1 backup rule. It provides an effortless integration of the cost efficient “cold” object storage without the need for installing several third-party software components.
    • Providing you another option to have cloud “integrated” backups without the above mentioned Scaleout Repository Archive Teir.
    • It’s also worth noting you can just use the Amazon VTL, but personally I’ve heard its a bit of a challenge. Full announcement on the VTL stuff here.

Note: a number of these screenshots are taken from the VeeamON live recording, particular shoutouts to the following blogs helping me to sanity check my facts;

Regards

Dean


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