Veeam around the world is celebrating the holidays, and hopefully you are enjoying this time of year. We will always remember 2013 as one the most exciting years in Veeam’s history. A lot of important events occurred: we released award-winning Veeam Backup & Replication v7 and launched its Cloud Edition, and we were positioned by Gartner Inc. in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software. We also spoke about virtualization and cloud computing at TechEd 2013 in New Orleans, HP Discover 2013 in Las Vegas, VMworld 2013 in San Francisco and Barcelona and at many other global conferences.

As we roll into 2014, we have compiled a great list of free educational resources by world-renown authors who are some of the most respected virtualization experts in the industry.

If you are interested in take your IT knowledge to the next level, you’ll definitely want to check out these cutting-edge guidelines and expert tips!

Good reading and Happy New Year from your friends at Veeam!

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Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

By Brien Posey, with additional chapters from Pete Zerger and Chris Henley (white paper, 391 pages)

The Hands-on Guide is an essential and practical step-by-step guide for IT pros interested in server-virtualization technology based on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Written to help readers get the most from their virtual environment, topics include:

  • How to install and deploy Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V 3.0
  • How to manage Hyper-V and virtual machines
  • How to configure Hyper-V clustering, VM migrations and failover rules and Hyper-V replication, plus much more

Download the Hands-on Guide here

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VMware vSphere 5.5 & Windows Server 2012 R2: What's NEW with Veeam?

VMware vSphere 5.5 & Windows Server 2012 R2: What's NEW with Veeam?

By Jose Mendoza and Shawn Lieu (video, duration 1:16:54)

Watch this training video led by two Veeam experts and learn what’s new in VMware vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Understand how Veeam Backup & Replication v7 R2 takes advantage of the most recent hypervisor innovations. Its latest update includes:

  • Support for vSphere 5.5 and vCloud Director 5.5
  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and free Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  • Support for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), and more

Watch this episode of Whiteboard Fridays here

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Free VCP5-DCV and VCAP5-DCA Study Guides

Free VCP5-DCV and VCAP5-DCA Study Guides

By Jason Langer and Josh Coen (white papers, 136 and 248 pages, accordingly)

These unofficial VMware certification self-study guides will help you prepare for the following exams:

  • VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)

After passing the VCP5-DCV and VCAP5-DCA exams, you’ll be certified and get more recognition for your VMware knowledge and practical skills.

Download both VMware certification guides here

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Advanced VM SQL Server Backup & Recovery

Recorded webinar, Advanced VM SQL Server Backup & Recovery, by Rick Vanover

By Rick Vanover (video, duration 51:42)

The virtualization SQL server has always been a complicated topic because it handles such a critical workload. VMware vExpert Rick Vanover discusses:

  • When it’s better to virtualize the SQL server
  • How to correctly backup and restore the virtualized SQL server
  • Which SQL server restore situations are addressed by Veeam

Watch this 1-hour video here for deeper insight into SQL server virtualization, backup and restore

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Annual Data Protection Report 2013: Enterprise and SMB editions

Annual Data Protection Report 2013: Enterprise and SMB editions

A survey of 500 enterprises and 500 SMB companies across the USA, the UK, Germany and France

This report helps track the progress of data-protection strategies for virtual environments in SMB- and enterprise-level organizations. The survey was conducted among 1,000 CIOs or IT heads by an independent market-research organization, and participants came from different sectors and industries.

Key findings in 2013:

  • 85% of SMBs were experiencing backup and recovery cost-related challenges, 83% were experiencing capability-related challenges and 80% were experiencing complexity-related challenges
  • Almost a third of SMBs’ virtual infrastructures were unprotected
  • 68% of enterprises felt that their backup and recovery tools would eventually become less effective as the amount of data and servers in their organizations continues to increase.

Download the full version of this survey here

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Veeam Backup & Replication v7: A VMware Architect’s Favorite Features

Veeam Backup & Replication v7: A VMware Architect’s Favorite Features

By Joep Piscaer (white paper, 28 pages)

Version 7 of Veeam Backup & Replication includes 50+ enhancements and updates. Two innovations include backups from Storage snapshots and built-in WAN acceleration, which help Veeam users to significantly improve RPOs and remove obstacles to offsite backup. In this technical deep-dive, VMware vExpert Joep Piscaer discusses:

  • 2 innovations: Backups from storage snapshots and built-in WAN acceleration
  • 7 new features: Native tape support, virtual labs for replicas, vSphere Web Client plug-in and more
  • 50+ other updates

Download this featured white paper for virtualization specialists here

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Veeam at Spiceworld 2013 in Austin, TX

(Video, duration 2:19)

Watch a 2-minute video from Spiceworld 2013 in Austin. It’s all about great people, good teaching and some awesome entertainment. Spiceworld rocks! 

Veeam at Spiceworld 2013 in Austin, TX

Content is king! What do you want in Veeam content?

It is important for us to provide good content for the virtualization community! What content would you like us to see in 2014? Our staff and the industry experts we work with in the community are very interested in providing you the content you want. Share your comments below.

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