I am happy to announce that NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 is now generally available (GA) and ready for download! This latest version of our flagship product builds even further upon a number of enterprise enhancements introduced with v9 to help organizations meet today’s service-level objectives enabling the recovery of any IT service and related applications and data within seconds and minutes.

At Veeam we innovate to deliver the best Availability solutions on the market and also innovate in the ways we have fun and celebrate. This year was an important milestone in our company’s history. At our tenth anniversary, Veeam reached the threshold of 200,000 customers and we celebrated in style. We rewarded our 200,000th customer, together with three lucky winners, in a noteworthy manner – a weightless flight.

The ransomware threat is real and it’s much more than just a PC problem. Here at Veeam, we see customers and partners encounter ransomware in a number of situations including the data center. One important part of being resilient to ransomware is being able to recover from backups. That’s the Availability you want when things don’t go as planned, should ransomware become an issue in your data center. Here are a number of tips I’ve prepared to incorporate into your designs, both new designs and existing designs using Veeam. Not using Veeam yet? No worries, you can take this advice and implement it accordingly.

With VeeamON 2017 less than six months away, I want to share with you more of what we have in store during our biggest Availability conference. One of the most popular offerings in previous years was the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) training program offered prior to the conference.  This year we have made it even better. We’ll line up some of our best technical experts worldwide to provide a unique training experience. Our instructors will give you a technical deep dive in Veeam’s solutions and also share our latest technologies and releases.

Many multi-tier applications that once had to be hosted on premises are now being deployed within the public cloud. With this adoption, millions of organizations worldwide no longer desire to manage their on-premises Exchange email infrastructure for a multitude of different reasons. The Exchange Online component of Office 365 provides a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering for businesses to purchase on a subscription basis. To complicate things just slightly, protecting and ensuring the recoverability of this data has been a challenge.

Here’s a true story from one of our customers. A gas explosion resulted in a major power failure downtown, which in turn left the company’s primary data center offline for a week. This is a classic example of an IT Disaster – unexpected and unpredictable, disrupting business continuity and affecting Always-On operations. We can only imagine how much it could cost that company to stay offline for a week (as much as losing their business, I’d say), if they didn’t have a reliable disaster recovery (DR) plan and an Availability solution to execute this plan.

Cloud computing is hardly a new player of the IT world. Its ever-growing market share and popularity within the IT community derives from combining flexible prices with the Always-On Availability of infrastructure resources. It brings out a whole new world of possibilities for your business, while reducing the long-term costs of maintaining your own infrastructure. Yet, despite the obvious cost advantages of moving data to the cloud, pricing is still a top concern, as Veeam discovered from our recent 2016 cloud end-user survey (see chart below).

As one of the most exciting years in Veeam’s history comes to an end, everyone at Veeam sends a big THANKS to you for supporting our unheralded success in 2016. Together, we are on course to make 2017 even better!

Here at Veeam, we love giving away prizes to our loyal IT community. For this year’s HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY, you could win one of 10, completely paid, VeeamON 2017 trips, which will take place on May 16 to May 18 in New Orleans, LA!

Veeam will soon release version 9.5 of Veeam Backup & Replication. In this blog post, I would like to share some of the new capabilities that 9.5 delivers with our NetApp ONTAP storage integration.

As this is not a major version release, we didn’t add any specific new features, however, there are several improvements with respect towards backup resource scalability, which is of particular importance in enterprise data center environments.

We are now going into the third year of the Veeam Vanguard program. Veeam Vanguards are people who embrace Veeam the best in their respective communities. They come from all backgrounds and are spread across different products. Partners, customers, influencers and others are represented here. Now, we’re pleased to announce that the third round of Vanguard nominations are open for 2017 recipients.