July 22, 2014

Announcing: General Availability of Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center

Posted by Mike Resseler

I’m very proud to announce the General Availability of Veeam Management Pack (MP) v7 for System Center. A while ago, we announced the beta of Veeam MP to the world and the positive feedback we got was overwhelming. The beta however only included the new Microsoft Hyper-V functionality. Today the product is available, including the full capabilities for VMware vSphere and Veeam Backup & Replication.

Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center

As mentioned in my previous blog, we changed the product name to Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center, from Veeam Management Pack for VMware. Now that we manage and monitor multi-hypervisor environments, and the data protection associated with it, we are more than ever able to give you complete visibility in your data center. With Veeam MP you can avoid data loss because you know your systems and data are available, you have verified protection by confirming that your protection strategy meets your RPO targets and you mitigate risk by eliminating the blind spots you have in your environment today and you understand the relationships between the different components.

What’s new?

So what’s new? Too much to cover it all, but of course full functionality and the same key features we have for vSphere are now available for Hyper-V also. But we didn’t stop there. We went much further and enhanced Veeam Management Pack with unique, new dashboards. You can now use in-context dashboards, real-time information from your hypervisor, live heatmaps, traffic light widgets and much more to make sure that you have complete visibility over your environment and really start proactive monitoring.

We already had monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for Veeam Backup & Replication in vSphere environments and now Veeam MP can do the same thing for Hyper-V also.

Last but not least, Veeam MP has new reporting ...

July 16, 2014

Hyper-V hosts: To back up, or not to back up?

Posted by Rick Vanover

To back up, or not to back up? That is the question. What do you back up on your Hyper-V hosts, if anything? This came to me from a discussion on Spiceworks recently. The original topic was a different matter, but the challenge I raised was that the Hyper-V host itself doesn’t need to be backed up, if you do Hyper-V well. As an important side note, definitely back up the VMs! You can use Veeam for that, it just works!

But back to the central point of the Hyper-V host itself, does it need to be backed up? In the purest sense, my claim is that you don’t need to back up the host. Here is my reasoning ...

July 9, 2014

Free poster in A0 for your office: Veeam Backup & Replication for Hyper-V

Posted by Maria Levkina

How often do you feel that there are too many things to do? This week, this feeling hasn’t left me And I bet that’s the same case with the majority of Veeam employees these days.

As you know, we’re actively preparing for VeeamON, one of the most important IT events in 2014, which will take place in Las Vegas on October 6-8. Our celebrities (Veeam experts who will present at VeeamON) are under a lot of pressure. And the cool thing is that they keep surprising me!

This week, Mike Resseler, one of the best Veeam experts focused on ...

July 7, 2014

VeeamON 2014: vote for your preferred sessions!

Posted by Luca Dell'Oca

This is not an actual photo, just an interpretation.

Veeam has announced some weeks ago its own first worldwide conference: it’s called VeeamON, and it will take place at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, from 6 to 9 October 2014.

Registrations are already open, and many sponsors already signed to join us (confirmed Platinum sponsors by now are Microsoft, HP and Cisco, all with their solutions and experts exhibiting and presenting at the show); and the final agenda is in the works. We are committed to offer all attendees a great experience, and the better way to do so is to offer them great content to ...

June 26, 2014

Encryption coming to Veeam Availability Suite v8!

Posted by Rick Vanover

Ask any IT professional about encryption, and they likely have a story where something didn’t function as expected upon recovery from an encrypted backup. But talk to any IT decision maker about encryption, and they’ll likely perk up with an interest in ensuring that every possible surface area is encrypted. Coming in Veeam Availability Suite v8, Veeam Backup & Replication v8 will now offer end-to-end encryption, and with our implementation, we will make both groups of people happy!

In v8, you will be able to:

Secure data at the source (during backup)Secure data that must stay unencrypted at target (as in case of replication or quick migration)Secure data in-flight (as it is transferred between Veeam components)Secures data at rest, with support for ...

June 17, 2014

v8 feature announcements: Major replication enhancements

Posted by Mike Resseler

Disclaimer: All screenshots are from an early Beta build and are all subject to change.

Just as Veeam Backup & Replication product name implies, the cornerstone of our data protection strategy includes both image-based backup and replication in the same product. Backups are mandatory, but only replication is able to provide you with low recovery time objectives (RTOs), which are much needed for the modern data center. Because of that, we have provided both backup and replication since the very first release of our product, and always invested similar R&D efforts in both of these technologies.

In v8, coming in Q3, 2014 we continue to bring major new enhancements to replication, and today we are proud to announce them here:

Replication from backups

June 11, 2014

Welcome Veeam Cloud Connect!

Posted by Luca Dell'Oca

They say there are always three sides to every story, and this one is no exception.

The first one is personal. If you ever worked for a software company, you know there is no better reward than seeing a new solution going into the market, after you were involved in its creation, at any level. Even if you are not a programmer, like I am not, there are many ways you can contribute to the creation process. One year ago I was still working for a Veeam partner and customer, and I suggested on the Veeam forums a new idea. It was August 2013, so I was invited by Veeam to meet and talk about it during the upcoming VMworld.

Fast forward ...

June 5, 2014

Veeam Backup & Replication 7.0 Patch 4: VSAN support!

Posted by Luca Dell'Oca

Veeam just released the new and latest patch for Backup & Replication 7.0, numbered Patch 4. The new patch can be installed on any previous version of 7.0 release, since as usual the patch is cumulative. You can download the patch from the dedicated page here.

There are as usual many improvements and fixes, and two big enhancements. The first one is the added support for Microsoft SQL 2014, but for sure the biggest news is with no doubt the support for VMware Virtual SAN, unofficially shorten VSAN by many. As you may know, Virtual SAN is not the usual VMFS or NFS datastore; instead, it uses a new datastore format based on an ...

June 3, 2014

EMC Data Domain Boost coming to Veeam Availability Suite v8!

Posted by Rick Vanover

When it comes to a major release, we focus a lot on new features that solve real problems that customers have today. One of the features I’m personally excited about with v8 is support for EMC Data Domain Boost. There are a number of benefits when using EMC Data Domain Boost with Veeam Availability Suite™ v8, let’s take a tour through those benefits.

Faster backups!

By integrating EMC Data Domain Boost with backup jobs in v8, we can leverage advanced source side deduplication to avoid sending data already stored on Data Domain storage, as well as create new full backup files without physically moving data into the file, but rather by synthesizing them from the existing data. I’ve been using ...

May 8, 2014

The Veeam Explorers: Now for AD and SQL!

Posted by Chris Henley

Virtualizing Tier 1 applications presents a big opportunity for small and big business alike to reap the benefits of virtualization all the way to the application level of their organization. Benefits like mobility, resource allocation, workload customization, elasticity, automation, and high availability without high cost can all be had by virtualizing Tier 1 applications. Unfortunately virtualizing Tier 1 application workloads also brings with it the challenges associate with data protection, disaster recovery, monitoring, and management of the virtual infrastructure. Keeping your business up and running at all times is critical. Businesses today require 24/7 access to data, efficient management of exploding data growth and little tolerance for downtime. For years now Veeam has helped to enable virtualization of Tier 1 ...