Nominations for Veeam Innovation Awards 2020 are NOW OPEN

For the past few years, we have been celebrating innovation and great results by Veeam partners and customers who are leveraging our technologies in really cool ways. We’re stepping that up for VeeamON 2020 by offering Veeam Innovation Awards (VIA) for both partners and customers at this year’s VeeamON event.

Published: February 6, 2020

Which cloud should you use for data protection and why

Last week, we discussed howthere is no such thing as “the cloud” — but instead, there are multiple typesof cloud-based services that affect both your production and your protectionstrategies. Even if we just focus on Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) orDisaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), or the use of cloud-based storage incomplement to an on-premises backup solution, it is hugely important to notpresume that those cloud-providers are equitable.

Said with some sarcasm and hyperbole, even thoughwe may be just faceless and interchangeable subscriber IDs to (some) cloudproviders, you should not think of cloud providers as faceless or interchangeablefacilitators of data protection. There is more to look for. Here is a videobased on some quantitative and qualitative research that I conducted as anindustry analyst prior to my time ...

Published: October 29, 2019

Why ‘cloud’ & ‘reliability’ are driving IT changes into 2020

For the last three weeks, we covered “the problem” which is a reality gap between what business units are expecting and what IT is able to deliver in terms of IT systems’ uptime and assurance against data loss.We covered that from both a technical solutions perspective and a business perspective.

For the next two weeks, we’ll cover “what to look for in a solution” — using industry analysts’ research. Check out the video to get started:

As mentioned, in the video: Reliability & Using the Cloud top the list, but there is more to it than that.

Improving reliability(and confidence) tops the list. When I talk to enterprises, it’sthe number one reason that Veeam has been invited into the meeting; because ITor senior ...

Published: October 22, 2019

Why downtime is not (just) an IT problem

One of the most dangerous things that businessfolks can do is to create a “us and them” mentality between those that use ITservices and those that deliver them. Kind of like in politics, when the campsare already divided, it’s that much harder to collaborate — even if it is justsharing needs, constraints, and expectations. The bottom line is that there isa very symbiotic relationship between the business units and IT. So, deciding thatcircumstances like downtime or data-loss are 100% IT’s responsibility is likean eye denying that they are part of the same body as the ear, or vice versa.

Last week, we looked at the technical expectations of downtime and data loss, to help the IT Pro understand the importance ...

Published: October 15, 2019

Do you have a ‘reality gap’ in your IT strategy?

One of my favorite exercises to help executiveswith is to separate their business unit leaders into one room and their ITleaders somewhere else nearby. Then, we ask each group a version of the samequestion:

Ask the business leaders, “How long can your operations function if the IT systems go offline?”Ask the IT leaders, “If the IT systems go offline, how long does it really take to get them running again?”Then ask the IT leaders a follow-up question, “When was the last time that we tested and confirmed that?”

If you are like the 1,500 enterprises (over 1,000 users within the organization) that Veeam surveyed earlier this year, then you’ve got a three out of four chance (statistically 73%) of having a gap ...

Published: October 8, 2019

Backup is not a destination

This week, we’re kicking off a five-weekvideo blog series for the Tuesdays in October. One of the most commonconversations that I have with IT leaders when they are discussing their ITmodernization initiatives is, “How are you going to back that up?”

For too many of the thirty years that Ihave been in the IT industry, organizations have been quick to jump to the nextenabling production platform only to realize afterwards that they are alsomoving from well‑protected to un-protected, because they didn’tmodernize their protection when theywere modernizing their production.

That said, it would be too easy to minimizethe importance of data protection. As if asking “How are you going to back that up?” was just an add-on like asking “Wouldyou like fries ...

Published: October 1, 2019

Veeam Cares: Spotlight on Scouting

Veeam Cares is the #Veeamazing corporate program that encourages Veeamers to volunteer in order to impact our world (in addition to fixing the world’s data protection and data management challenges). One of the perks of being a Veeamer is that Veeam gives our employees 24 hours (three business days) of volunteer time, above and beyond PTO and regional holidays. I’m a volunteer leader in Scouting (which is also a worldwide movement); so, this year, I spent my Veeam Cares days and some vacation time serving at the World Scout Jamboree, where 45,000 youth from 150 countries came together for 12 days.

Check out this video for more about Veeam Cares, Scouting, and the World Scout Jamboree.

It’s worth pointing out that the ...

Published: September 3, 2019

VeeamON 2019: Innovation happens here

If you aren’t in Miami this week, you are missing a lot of fun — and that doesn’t include the famous Veeam Party planned for this evening. Building on what happened yesterday:

Veeam announced the general availability of Veeam Availability Orchestrator version 2. I’ve preached for quite a while that there are two distinct differences between backup and DR. The technical difference is “the process,” meaning not just rapid recovery, but orchestrated workflow and testing and documentation/reporting. In addition, DR usually requires replication, but the innovative folks working on Veeam Availability Orchestrator gave us the best of both worlds with the ability to do DR from replicas or backups…with the orchestration, testing and documentation that “real DR” requires.

Veeam also celebrated ...

Published: May 22, 2019

The hype of copy data management and secondary storage

This week, we’re looking at “The Hype of Copy Data Management” (CDM), which some vendors call Active CDM, Enterprise CDM, pick-your-fancy-adjective CDM, or similar permutations of secondary storage, data virtualization, or “Use your data smarter” (Veeam does it too). If you put aside the jargon and IT marketing-speak, it is really a classic case of “Lifestyle vs Budget.”

Simply put, do more with your data than leave it in a box (disk, tape, cloud) while you wait for bad things to happen. As this is the last installment in this series, we did end it with a feature advertisement (note: DataLabs is a feature built-in, not some extra functionality that is exorbitantly sold later).

I hope that this series was helpful.

If any ...

Published: May 14, 2019

The industry is adding, not “just” changing

This week, we’re looking at a very important shift in how IT is choosing its production platforms.

Historically, we saw each production platform (mainframe, midrange, NetWare, Windows, virtual) usurp the one before it – but that isn’t true this time.

For most organizations that are investigating cloud services (plural), there isn’t as clear a sentiment that they are “turning off” their existing datacenters, as much as extending them within a multi-cloud strategy. Consequently, it is critical that as workloads evolve from on-premise platforms (e.g. Exchange) to cloud services (e.g. Office 365), you should not devolve from “well-protected” to “non-protected.”

Said another way, moving from servers to services doesn’t absolve you of the long-term retention and multi-version operational recovery mandates that IT has always ...

Published: May 7, 2019