The Rising Star Awards recognize technology companies with exceptional sales growth through U.S. distributors over the past year. Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) members are the world’s leading technology distributors, driving more than $130 billion in annual product sales worldwide.

This year’s awards were presented in Burlingame, Calif., during the annual dinner event kicking off the 2016 GTDC Summit U.S. conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. This year, 16 GTDC Rising Star winners were selected in the eight categories. Two winners were honored from each of these eight categories based on the highest total market share and year-over-year growth rates within The NPD Group’s Distributor Track. Veeam was named a Sector Market Share Champion in the Network Software category.

VMworld always provides an opportunity to better understand VMware’s strategic direction for the coming year. This year, there were several key announcements including VMware Cross Cloud Architecture, which allows customers to run, manage, connect and secure their apps across any cloud using a common operations platform. But, you may have missed an announcement pertaining to the VMware vSphere Client for Windows earlier in the year.

Not every infrastructure requires multiple hosts to sustain your production environment, let alone enterprise licenses with features you don’t really need. That is where VMware Essentials Kit license steps in, providing cover for all of your basic needs and saving you quite a few bucks. But even the simplest setups may have to be reconfigured or adjusted further down the line. And, as the title says, you are now set with the task of moving a VM from one datastore to another.

IT organizations and departments are under enormous pressure to make their applications available for business operation continuity. In case of an error, they need to get critical apps up and running again as soon as possible. The challenges here are very clear:

● Enabling 24/7 services and business operations

● No tolerance for downtime from end users and customers

● Constantly increasing amount of data

Companies can meet these Availability requirements with a high level of virtualization, investments in modern storage systems and with applications hosting in private, public and hybrid cloud environments. To guarantee accessible and efficient services and operations, and benefit from the combination of these technologies, the entire IT infrastructure should be standardized and properly managed.

One of the common things that happen in my group of evangelists is helping organizations of all sizes take an Availability strategy to the cloud. When it comes to the cloud, Veeam has a lot of options and has had so for a number of years.

I frequently go back to one question: “What are you wanting to accomplish with a cloud or service provider technology?” This is where the answers get interesting. I’ve heard everything from: “I’m out of space in my data center,” “I want cheap storage,” “I have a credit to use in Azure,” “I want complete disaster recovery,” “I want to get data off-site but don’t have a second site myself,” and more.

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 is just around the corner. I have been testing the beta version for two months now, and I tested the first promised feature — the Veeam-Nimble integration — a month ago. Today, I’ll demonstrate the test of another enhancement — integrated Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure.

Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure was released several months ago as a standalone Azure appliance, and it is available for free at the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure will become fully integrated in Veeam Backup & Replication in 9.5.

When it comes to ensuring the Availability of SAP environments, enterprises need to ensure their expectations are met. Recently, I collaborated with a few of my peers and experts in the industry to provide detailed, technical information on ensuring the Availability of SAP environments with Veeam. If you have SAP, it’s an important part of your business, and ensuring its Availability goes without saying.

At the beginning of 2016 Veeam released the NEW Veeam Availability Suite v9 and one of the biggest enhancements in the software has been the new version of Veeam Cloud Connect, this time offering replication services.

The amount of new options, features and best practices for Veeam Cloud Connect v9 is so impressive that it deserved not just white paper, but a proper book! Luca Dell’Oca, EMEA Cloud Architect for Veeam, has recently presented his new Reference Architecture Guide for Veeam Cloud Connect v9, which goes far beyond your expectations and covers nearly everything you ever wanted to know about setting up cloud services with Veeam.

Data Availability has become more and more important for today’s businesses. The NetApp Data ONTAP and Veeam combination provides a high Availability level for the Always-On Enterprise. By leveraging NetApp data protection features like snapshots, SnapMirror and SnapVault, Veeam is able to enhance recovery time and recovery point objectives, otherwise known as RTPO, for VMs and applications residing on NFS-, FC-, FCoE- and iSCSI-based arrays.

Some enterprise data centers are leveraging NetApp’s ability to cascade ONTAP systems to maximize Availability. In this blogpost, I explain the benefits of leveraging an ONTAP cascaded design with Veeam.

Veeam Backup & Replication has added a new integration – Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. How can you benefit from Office 365 email backup with the Veeam’s new product? Why is cloud Availability different from cloud recoverability? In this blog, we will discuss all these topics and try to shed some light on the needs and use cases of email backups. Of course, we will demonstrate the product in action for you.