Here’s a true story from one of our customers. A gas explosion resulted in a major power failure downtown, which in turn left the company’s primary data center offline for a week. This is a classic example of an IT Disaster – unexpected and unpredictable, disrupting business continuity and affecting Always-On operations. We can only imagine how much it could cost that company to stay offline for a week (as much as losing their business, I’d say), if they didn’t have a reliable disaster recovery (DR) plan and an Availability solution to execute this plan.
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.
SQL databases are the heart and soul of your ERP and CRM systems, as well as many other critical business applications. Their downtime and lost data mean financial losses in hours of employee work, lost deals and profits. The more data you want to save in case of downtime, the more reasons you have to create SQL-transaction log backups. They maximize SQL Server availability, enabling database restores to any point-in-time.
I'll wrap up my “Replication 101 series” with an overview of recovery options from VMware VM replicas available in Veeam Backup & Replication v8 (a part of Veeam Availability Suite v8). I'm going to walk you through failover basics, including planned failover and failover plans, which can help you automate disaster recovery (DR). Keep reading to learn how to safeguard your critical applications from failures and downtime.
Recently, I blogged about how easy it is to start VMware VM replication with Veeam so you can achieve the best possible recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTPOs). Today, I want to explain how you can overcome the challenge of a heavy replication load on your network. With the assumption that your available bandwidth is limited, I'd also like to share some ways that Veeam Backup & Replication v8 can reduce replication traffic over the WAN.
How can you explain the difference between a backup and a replica? I know that even with lots of available information, some confusion still comes up. Let's remove the misconceptions and discuss the VMware vSphere VM replication process with Veeam.
Free VMware VMs health monitoring can be performed with the variety of third-party tools available on the web. However, personally, I always prefer a tool from a vendor I already trust, rather than a lottery of downloading shady freeware which may come with commercial nonsense and even malware. Veeam just works both for data protection and infrastructure monitoring. Sit back, pour yourself another cup of coffee and try Veeam ONE Free Edition in your lab to see how powerful its ESXi monitoring is.
You may think that VM sprawl has never been a problem for your infrastructure, but what if it IS a problem and you just aren’t aware of it?
VM sprawl is a symptom of any rapidly growing virtual infrastructure. When any given department in the company opts to run their specific applications on dedicated servers, they can do this, thanks to virtualization. VMs are often set up for temporary usage, like testing or development labs, and after some peak usage owners may forget about them. The more virtualized applications and workloads you have, the more likely that “virtual junk” will appear in your infrastructure and cause VM sprawl.