Ransomware payments: Funding the business of cybercrime

If you were considering becoming a cybercriminal or were perhaps a traditional villain looking to upgrade your skills for the 21st century, I’m sure your business model of choice would be running a ransomware operation. You would, thanks to the simplicity of platforms like Ransomware as a Service and the willingness of victims to pay ransomware fees, be running a very successful business — albeit an illegal business — in a matter of days or weeks. Such is the ongoing success of ransomware as a means of extorting money from victims.

Published: September 4, 2017

A deep dive on VMware vSAN 6.6 and Veeam integration

Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is starting to disrupt traditional storage markets (SAN, NAS + DAS) as enterprise IT begins to replicate Hyperscale public cloud provider’s infrastructure. Public cloud giants such as AWS and Microsoft Azure have developed their own scale-out, software-defined enterprise storage built on commodity servers and disks. Adding the enterprise features from existing SAN and NAS devices into software allows the use of commodity hardware while shifting the storage directly to the host to improve performance and scalability. The storage is provided directly by the host. The storage is scaled-out, as are the compute resources, providing a truly scalable and cost-effective solution.

Kyle Jenner
Posted by Kyle Jenner

Published: July 26, 2017

How to make your vSphere 6.5 upgrade a success

vSphere 6.5 has been generally available for several months now with the first release date being October 2016. Not everyone was excited to jump straight onto the vSphere 6.5 bandwagon though and for good reason. There were product interoperability issues at launch (I’m looking at you NSX), not to mention it is typically expected for companies to wait until the first major update package is released to make sure issues have been ironed out. However, a lot of the frustrations experienced by early adopters seem to have been resolved in minor patch updates to ESXi and to the vCenter server platform.

Ian Sanderson
Posted by Ian Sanderson

Published: July 17, 2017

5 Top ransomware exploits that you should know

Today’s highway robber is a lot more sophisticated and savvy. They take far less risk and turn to the latest technology to extort you out of your money by threatening your valuables. In this case your data, your technology and most probably your computing ability.

Of course, I’m talking now about ransomware, the threat that’s been in the news almost every day for the past couple of months. The tool of choice for the modern highway robber has become headline news around the world with variants such as WannaCry and the more recent Popcorn Time. Organizations around the world have been affected by this ransomware, from the UK National Health Service, through to the Russian Postal Service in the last few ...

Published: July 10, 2017

3 unique use cases for using Veeam Cloud Connect

As the CTO for OGD ict-diensten, a Dutch managed service provider (MSP), I try to spot market opportunities for my region early and often. We live in a new paradigm where software is eating the world, so it’s crucial for me to keep up with new technology whenever and wherever possible. This is why I attended and presented at VeeamON 2015 and learned about the much-anticipated Veeam Availability Suite v9 and all the awesome new features it delivers for MSPs.
Joep Piscaer
Posted by Joep Piscaer

Published: May 26, 2016

Countdown to v7: Virtual Labs for Replicas

If you thought we would run out of awesome ideas for our solution, think again.  We’re announcing the 7th feature in our Countdown to v7 today: Virtual Labs for Replicas (currently for VMware only).

Our customers and partners have long been asking us to add “SureReplica” functionality - in other words, enable the SureBackup capability for replicas and not just for backups. However, we at Veeam saw a lot more potential for also using replicas to take advantage of resources that are currently being wasted. In v7, we’re taking the SureReplica feature request beyond automated replica verification to provide you with the full range of functionality you’re already leveraging with Veeam backups.

So, the subtitle for this blog post should be: Put ...

Hans De Leenheer
Posted by Hans De Leenheer

Published: May 7, 2013

Veeam brings Virtual-Labs to Hyper-V

As you have noticed, Veeam is anouncing Veeam Backup & Replication v7 features one at a time at the go.veeam.com/v7 page. We already announced support for vCloud Director, a vCenter Web Client Plugin and the Veeam Explorer for Sharepoint. Today it is my honor to tell you that Veeam is bringing all the features of Veeam Virtual Labs to Hyper-V. I will explain all major features in just a minute but first I need to explain where all this features are based on.

It’s called vPower:

vPower is a Veeam patented technology that enables you to power up a VM from within a deduplicated and compressed backup file. This means ...

Hans De Leenheer
Posted by Hans De Leenheer

Published: April 17, 2013

Holiday Season patching? Veeam ensures your family time

I have been a System Engineer for some years and one of the scariest traditions was Holiday Season patching. In short it means that a lot of companies still think its ok to keep the systems an entire year running and do ALL patches (firmware, OS, software) in the week between Christmas and New Year. More often than not that did not turn out to be the best experience as 'something' will break. I cannot recall a single holiday season that the patching projects went actually better than planned. What I do recall are the Christmas or New Year's eves that we were troubleshooting or recovering from previous versions.

So how can Veeam save your bacon?

There are 3 stages in the ...

Hans De Leenheer
Posted by Hans De Leenheer

Published: December 13, 2012

Recover your data from SAN snapshots for FREE

SAN snapshots are the fastest way to secure your data, especially if you are using offloading API's like VAAI. So since it is fast and the timeframe is small, some people want to use san snapshots as a backup procedure. There are a few issues here; the first issue is that if you want a longer retention, you will need to keep all your snapshots online and this will take too much precious production data in your tier1 storage array. The second issue is that a lot of SAN products today still don't like working full-time on top of nested snapshotted LUNs.


Hans De Leenheer
Posted by Hans De Leenheer

Published: August 22, 2012