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.

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.

The ransomware threat is real and it’s much more than just a PC problem. Here at Veeam, we see customers and partners encounter ransomware in a number of situations including the data center. One important part of being resilient to ransomware is being able to recover from backups. That’s the Availability you want when things don’t go as planned, should ransomware become an issue in your data center. Here are a number of tips I’ve prepared to incorporate into your designs, both new designs and existing designs using Veeam. Not using Veeam yet? No worries, you can take this advice and implement it accordingly.

We are now going into the third year of the Veeam Vanguard program. Veeam Vanguards are people who embrace Veeam the best in their respective communities. They come from all backgrounds and are spread across different products. Partners, customers, influencers and others are represented here. Now, we’re pleased to announce that the third round of Vanguard nominations are open for 2017 recipients.

Veeam and Cisco have been working on a number of solutions over the years and the latest is the new Cisco UCS S-Series storage server. In just a few short years, Cisco’s UCS platform has become the leader in converged infrastructures for high performance and agile datacenters. Additionally, many customers and partners around the world have also found Cisco’s storage servers to be an ideal platform to build data protection and availability solutions with Veeam. What is this availability solution?  It is an additional use case that keeps applications and data available.

One of the common things that happen in my group of evangelists is helping organizations of all sizes take an Availability strategy to the cloud. When it comes to the cloud, Veeam has a lot of options and has had so for a number of years.

I frequently go back to one question: “What are you wanting to accomplish with a cloud or service provider technology?” This is where the answers get interesting. I’ve heard everything from: “I’m out of space in my data center,” “I want cheap storage,” “I have a credit to use in Azure,” “I want complete disaster recovery,” “I want to get data off-site but don’t have a second site myself,” and more.

When it comes to ensuring the Availability of SAP environments, enterprises need to ensure their expectations are met. Recently, I collaborated with a few of my peers and experts in the industry to provide detailed, technical information on ensuring the Availability of SAP environments with Veeam. If you have SAP, it’s an important part of your business, and ensuring its Availability goes without saying.

In my last post, I outlined a number of new enterprise scalability features: Backup acceleration technologies, full VM-restore acceleration technologies and core engine enhancements. Part of the announcement for 9.5 was about the new advanced ReFS integration, which I’ll cover in this post as it is a significant technology for Veeam. Let’s dig in!

Last month, when we hosted the Next Big Thing virtual event, we unveiled the latest parts of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5: Enhanced enterprise scalability and advanced ReFS integration, and we have received many questions on both topics. In this post, we will dive deeper into the enterprise scalability enhancements — and I will explain the advanced ReFS integration in another post as it is a significant technology of its own.

I’m enjoying this series of blogs! This is a great way to share information about the best practices for the VMware backup experience. This post will now vary slightly from the other two and talk about the backup repository. This was another breakout session from Anton Gostev at VeeamON 2015 (those who attended were lucky to get the live experience) and will surely be a great one to catch in 2017 in New Orleans. This will be written in mind of Veeam Backup & Replication v9, but can be a starting point to making good changes in your environment.