VeeamON 2017, the world’s largest event entirely focused on Availability, is less than two months away, and there is no better place or time to connect with the Veeam community to discuss the latest in data center modernization using virtualization, storage and cloud technologies.

IT managers tasked with ensuring the Availability of business services may often feel like the tragic figure Sisyphus of Greek mythology. Punished for eternity by the gods, Sisyphus was forced to roll an enormous bolder up a hill only to see it come tumbling back towards him once it reached the summit. Feel like you’re living in your own Greek passion play when it comes to managing your data protection environment? Fear not. Your sentence may soon be commuted.

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.

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Sometimes, circumstances can vary and you need to adjust your company’s investments based on its resources. Being on a budget and reducing investments can weaken key areas of your organization, but the integrity of your data shouldn’t be affected. At Veeam, we have many FREE solutions ready to sharpen the reliability of your data. Today, I will showcase some of our free tools and explain how you can actually reach a high level of protection at no cost, for both your organization and your personal use.

There’s a plethora of different cloud service providers out there. They range from traditional integrators offering backup services on top of their managed offerings to Information as a Service (IaaS) providers looking to specialize in business continuity and disaster recovery (DR), and even to the hyper-scale public clouds that offer platform services that can be consumed as part of an off-site backup solution. It’s important to understand the requirements around choosing cloud service providers that offer data backup, replication and recovery services, whether you are a large enterprise or a small-to-medium-size business (SMB).

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.

We’re only a few weeks into 2017, and there have already been a number of high-profile service disruptions that have hit the headlines. It’s pretty clear: Nobody wants to be the next outage to make front-page news. Additionally, in today’s hybrid cloud and advanced application architectures, leveraging cloud services can be part of the offering. What about an outage in the cloud? What about a service not being available? There still needs to be an Availability experience.

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.

With the release of Veeam Backup & Replication v8 in 2014, Veeam redefined the way in which businesses of all shapes and sizes could extend their system and data Availability strategies to consume backup offerings from trusted service providers, with the launch of Veeam Cloud Connect Backup. Veeam Cloud Connect was made available for all Veeam customers who now had the ability to engage with a number of Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partners worldwide directly from their Backup & Replication console and configure offsite backup repositories to which virtual machines could be sent to over a secure internet connection, redefining the 3-2-1 rule of backups (three copies of data, on two types of media, one of which is off-site).