comes to protecting workloads running on VMware’s vCloud Director, Veeam has a
long history of supportability. Starting way back in 2013 with version 7 of Veeam
Backup & Replication, Veeam has offered native support to our Veeam Cloud
and Service Provider (VCSP) partners to back up tenant workloads on vCloud
Director. Veeam was one of the first to embrace vCloud Director and through the
years has continued to support each release as the platform accelerated their
release cycles and gained momentum as the default Cloud Data Management platform
for VMware-based service provider offerings.
Existing self-service portal for vCloud Director
version 9.5 of Veeam Backup & Replication (released in November 2016), the vCloud Director Self-Service Portal was released. This feature was
built upon the self-service capabilities of Veeam Enterprise Manager and taps
into vCloud Director for tenant authentication. This portal uses Veeam Enterprise
Manager and allows service providers to grant their tenants self-service
management of their vCloud Director workloads. This enhances the VCSP’s ability
to offer Backup as a Service (BaaS) for vCloud Director.
Director integration lets you back up and restore single virtual machines (VMs),
vApps, organization vCloud Director and the whole organization. This is done
via a web UI based on Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager. Tenants have access to a
self-service web portal where they can manage their vCloud Director jobs as
well as restore VMs, files and application items within their vCloud Director organization.
remains a strong feature for our VCSPs to use, the revamp of the vCloud
Director user interface also brought the ability for vendors to write plugins
that can be directly integrated into the vCloud Director UI. Something that is
generally desirable is to give tenants a single point from which to manage all
aspects of their hosted infrastructure.
Veeam Community Plugin for vCloud Director
years, the vCloud Director user interface has been undergoing a massive
overhaul as VMware migrates away from Flex UI toward the HTML5-based Clarity
UI. Part of that overhaul was to change the mindset of what it was to consume
vCloud Director and offer other services through the UI. Extensibility has been
a major focus of recent releases and was first introduced as the vCloud
Director extensibility framework in vCloud Director 9.1.
While we wait to release an official native Veeam Plugin for vCloud Director, we have listened to the VCSP community and through the great work of our Solutions Architect, Chris Arceneaux, we have made available on Veeam’s GitHub page (i.e., VeeamHub) the Veeam Community Plugin for vCloud Director. This plugin uses the existing self-service portal for vCloud Director and presents it to tenants via the extensibility plugin framework.
Video demonstration of the plugin below:
can be used by VCSPs to allow their vCloud Director tenants access to the self-service
portal for vCloud Director without leaving the vCloud Director web UI. The key
component in this solution is the ease of setup for the VCSP as opposed to using
the VMware seed plugin and coding the solution themselves.
Other plugin examples from our VCSPs
of this community plugin ensures that all VCSPs have options when it comes to
integrating Veeam into vCloud Director as the native plugin is released. That
said, some of our more innovative VCSPs have already worked out how to use the
vCloud Director extensibility framework and developed enhanced plugins of their
Zettagrid is one of these VCSPs, and they
have been able to develop a solution that not only integrates the Veeam self-service
portal with the vCloud Director plugin, but have also done work around
authentication to offer their customers a seamless experience when accessing
the self-service portal from the vCloud Director UI.
also did some development work to make the plugin look and feel like it was
part of the vCloud Director clarity UI. With the plugin offered as an enhanced
service for their tenants, they have recently seen an uptake in BaaS for their
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings. This is a great example of our
VCSPs innovating with the tools that Veeam offers.
has become a key component in the modern infrastructure. By using APIs and
existing frameworks, our VCSPs can integrate their data protection platform into
vCloud Director. Veeam leads the way when it comes to service provider
offerings for backup and recovery solutions. This is due to our software-driven,
hardware-agnostic platform. Our strength is shown with most service providers who
choose Veeam to protect their tenant workloads that hosted on vCloud Director.
More than just cosmetic, Veeam offers our service providers innovative features
on which their backup and recovery offerings are built.
Anthony Spiteri is a Senior Global Technologist, vExpert, VCIX-NV and VCAP-DCV working in the Product Strategy team at Veeam. He currently focuses on Veeam’s Service Provider products and partners. Anthony previously held Architectural Lead roles at some of Australia’s leading Cloud Providers. He is responsible... More