October 20, 2014

Hyper-V Isn’t Sexy, but it’s Free and it Just Works!

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Hyper-V has quietly moved into the hypervisor marketplace. I think the reason for the lack of pomp and circumstance around Hyper-V is that it doesn’t introduce some grand new sexy feature set that no one else in the market place has ever seen. Instead Microsoft gives every IT Pro and CIO what they really want, a free product that just works!

How is Hyper-V Free?

Windows Server 2012 R2 comes in a couple of different flavors, specifically Standard and Data Center Editions. There is NO functional difference between the editions! They both do the same things. The operating system, roles and features are exactly the same in each edition. They have the same feature sets, capabilities, options, everything. The only difference between the editions are the virtualization rights included with the edition purchased. The Standard edition gives the rights for 2 virtual machines included with the cost of the license while the Data Center edition includes unlimited virtualization rights. Unlike past versions of the Windows Server Operating system there is no such thing as Windows Server 2012 R2 that does not include Hyper-V.

October 8, 2014

VeeamON 2014 Day 3 Recap

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VeeamON 2014 –Wow! Roundup of day #3!

For those who missed it, roundup of the day #1, roundup of a 2nd day

We’re still here, in amazing Las Vegas, and just came from the closing keynote of the first ever VeeamON. Just in case you were unable to join us today, I wanted to take a minute to tell you about day #3 with Veeam!

October 8, 2014

Announcing: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

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At Veeam, we believe the Modern Datacenter is based on virtualization. While we still see that some companies have a few remaining physical servers left, the majority are virtualized. However, a modern datacenter will still have certain physical devices. Most companies use physical workstations or laptops for their end-users to do their work and those devices have data on it that needs to be protected.

Because of that, we just announced a new product at our VeeamON conference today. Welcome Veeam Endpoint Backup Free!

Veeam Endpoint Backup Free is Veeam's new backup solution for Windows-based computers (desktops & laptops). It is a standalone product and is not part of Veeam Backup & Replication nor the Veeam Availability Suite.

October 8, 2014

VeeamON 2014 Day 2 Recap

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VeeamON continues through its second day combining both partners and customers for a day full of training, content and fun. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened on this busy day:

The morning started with the general session where all attendees had a great showcase of the entire Veeam offering. We heard from Veeam CEO Ratmir Timashev on his vision for the company and the markets we serve from both the customer and partner perspectives.

October 6, 2014

VeeamON 2014 Day 1 Recap

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Many eyes in the technology world are on Veeam’s Premier Data Center Availability Event, VeeamON 2014, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada this week.

October 6, the first day of the conference, was dedicated to partners, and I’d say it was deeply nerdy and user-friendly at the same time. Personally, the energetic atmosphere was very different from other conferences I’ve ever attended. And the information was definitely interesting.

Making a long story short, there were three key takeaways from Day 1 I wanted to share with you today.

September 22, 2014

Veeam Backup & Replication Plug-in for LabTech BETA is here!

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Good news! Those of you who participate in the Veeam Community Forums probably know that earlier this week, Veeam’s R&D team released the BETA2 of the new Veeam Backup & Replication Plug-in for LabTech.

Veeam Backup & Replication Plug-in for LabTech is intended for service providers who use both LabTech, one of the industry-leading IT automation software, version 2013.0 or later to manage virtualized endpoints and Veeam Backup & Replication to protect VMware and Hyper-V VMs.

With the help of this plug-in, you can monitor key metrics of Veeam Backup & Replication’s infrastructure (Veeam backup servers and protected VMs) in LabTech Control Center. The plug-in creates detailed dashboards, alerts, reports and more using ...

September 19, 2014

The art of the Active Full backup, made awesome with Data Domain Boost!

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When I heard that Data Domain Boost was coming in Veeam Backup & Replication v8, part of Veeam Availability Suite, I initially didn’t think much of it. After using the beta for a while now, I am very surprised how much the Active Full backup benefits from Data Domain Boost! Let’s dig into what I’m so excited about and how it works.

There are a number of new features I mentioned when I blogged about the new feature in June, but I use the Active Full backup a lot myself, and let’s explain how this works. It is true source side deduplication when data is coming into the Data Domain appliance. Blocks from the virtual disks of VMs that are ...

September 15, 2014

5 Hints to control VM sprawl with Veeam Availability Suite

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You may think that VM sprawl has never been a problem for your infrastructure, but what if it IS a problem and you just aren’t aware of it?

What is VM sprawl?

VM sprawl is a symptom of any rapidly growing virtual infrastructure. When any given department in the company opts to run their specific applications on dedicated servers, they can do this, thanks to virtualization. VMs are often set up for temporary usage, like testing or development labs, and after some peak usage owners may forget about them. The more virtualized applications and workloads you have, the more likely that “virtual junk” will appear in your infrastructure and cause VM sprawl. You could say that this is the modern version of ...

September 11, 2014

VeeamON 2014: Sessions overview

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Less than 1 month left until VeeamON 2014 (Oct. 6-8). My colleagues planned this event for many months, and today, when we entered the final stage of preparation, I decided to make a short overview of all the sessions that will be offered within five tracks: Technical-Sales, Technical-SE, Business, Technical and Monitoring.


Before I tell more about the tracks, I want to say a couple of words about the VeeamON agenda in general.

As I mentioned above, VeeamON 2014 will take place in Las Vegas, on Oct. 6-8.

September 9, 2014

Introducing Backup I/O Control in Veeam Backup & Replication v8

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When we released Veeam Backup & Replication version 6, one of the big “what’s new” items was our enterprise scalability through our distributed architecture and automatic intelligent load balancing. The move to the proxy/repository architecture was a big one for us because previously all backup activities ran through a single backup server. There were several reasons for moving to this architecture…

Distribute backup processing across multiple proxy servers to make it easier for you to scale your B&R deploymentAchieve higher availability and redundancy: if a proxy goes down, another one can still complete the task – no more single point of failureReduce impact from backups on production infrastructure through intelligent load balancingDramatically simplify job scheduling (by automatically controlling the desired tasks ...