Fighting ransomware has become a part of doing business today. Technology professionals around the world are advocating many ways to stay resilient. The most effective method is to have end-user training on how to handle and operate attachments and connectivity to the Internet. One other area to look is frequent endpoint devices: Laptops and PCs.

For a number of years now, Veeam has been talking about the 3-2-1 rule of backups, whereby you keep three copies of your backup data on two different media types with at least one of those backups held off-site. Traditionally, most organizations have been able to put this into play by taking advantage of on-premises storage and media hardware along with multiple data center locations to cater for the off-site requirements. This is where off-site data backup services can come into play to satisfy the off-site backup services requirement.

In early February 2017, Cisco announced their 2.0 release of HyperFlex. The noticeable innovations are the introduction of All Flash HX nodes with 3rd generation UCS Fabric networking, as well as even better support for data and I/O intensive applications. These innovations already enhance the existing flexible and modular platform, which combines compute performance nodes, hyper converged storage and networking.

But there is more in HX 2.0 than what is mentioned above.

Veeam has a great relationship with Microsoft and, as a result, we have many industry-leading data protection options for Microsoft solutions. But what about heterogeneous environments? Many customers run a mixture of open source technologies and Microsoft technologies. Veeam Backup & Replication is agnostic as to the operating system running in a virtual machine, but specific features such as Application-aware Image Processing (AAIP) and File-Level Restore (FLR) must interact with the guest OS. That’s where our continued enhancements ensure that your environments are protected across a broad array of technologies.

It’s been a while since we published the last technical poster about Veeam technologies but please don’t be sad as I’m going to fix that right away!

Let me introduce you to a radical update to Veeam recovery scenarios technical poster. People constantly bugged me asking when we’ll have an update and I’m happy to report that the poster has been completely revised and now you can download its updated version, highlighting 57 recovery scenarios possible with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5.

I’ve heard about the "Ransomware as a Service" concept before and it was a big eye opener to me in regards to the real level of threat we could be facing soon. And last week, I found this blog post that went into detail about RaaS and new threats. Take some time to read it, because I think RaaS will change IT as we know it.

It shouldn't be a surprise that Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a very popular CRM application across many customers, both large and small. A critical workload application such as CRM must have a good backup strategy.

The good news is that you can protect your CRM infrastructure using Veeam backup, and setting up Veeam replication is an easy process. It is also very easy to deploy. When it comes time to recover, Veeam can offer several options, depending on the SLA in place.

January 24, 2017

Cloud backup customization

Posted by Eli Afanasyev

Cloud is a viable option for many use cases, including but not limited to storage, critical workload management, disaster recovery and much more. And as we have covered in our previous concerns related to this series, it can also be made secure, reasonably priced, and migration can be simplified. We found one of the major cloud concerns in last year’s end user survey to be customization. Let’s dive into where customization and the cloud meet.

Data centers have been around for a long time and are very important. Especially for me, as I sit here listening to Apple Music — which is streaming from an Apple data center. The backups, applications and widgets you use every day are all made possible because there is a data center somewhere that supports them. We have learned which processes and procedures work based on what does or doesn’t go well. We’re going to look at some different maintenance activities today, but we’ll also discuss data center outages to see what we can learn.

icrosoft has a new Windows Server 2016 and Veeam has a new Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. The release dates of these two great products are too close to be a coincidence. In fact, I know that many of the features of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 were built specifically for Windows Server 2016. Many of our competitors in the Availability marketplace will claim that they have “support” for Windows Server 2016, which in most cases just means that they can back up an instance of Windows Server 2016 if the conditions are right. At Veeam, we don’t just support Windows Server 2016.