Backups for your cloud: Don’t force IT, get a “better hammer”

You might be forgiven for assuming that, if you selected a Cloud Management Platform (CMP), backup and recovery solutions from strong market leaders, automating your cloud with seamlessly integrated, application-aware, policy-driven Backup as a Service (BaaS) would be a no-brainer.


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VMware’s vRealize Automation (vRA) is the prohibitive favorite choice for running corporate clouds. According to IDC, vRealize Automation not only nearly doubles the market share of its closest competitors in Cloud Systems Management, it leads in share and growth rate for Datacenter Automation Software.

Veeam is both the fastest growing software vendor and, according to Ovum, the top pick for Data Availability and Protection.

Both solutions have great market presence, large satisfied customer base and extensive ecosystems. However, until now there has not been a simple path to automated, policy-driven and application-aware backups from within vRealize Automation.

There’s an Arthur Bloch saying that I have always liked, “Don’t force it, get a bigger hammer.” In this case though, we don’t need a bigger hammer, we need a better hammer.

Current instruments are limited in backup options

Back in The Dark Ages (say last year), most cloud teams had limited options for backing up applications. They could either:

  1. Have the backup team execute traditional automated backups that had poor visibility into application requirement inside of VMs


  1. Manually implement policy-based backups.

It may go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway — backing up without clear visibility into application-level requirements is bad and, at least for clouds, any repeating activity that requires manual operations is probably even worse.

To be clear, here’s what we need to be able to do on the way to policy-driven and application-aware backups:

  • Set specific backup job(s)
  • Have those applicable across tape, disk to disk to tape, deduplication, on premises or cloud-based backup
  • Recover to a specific restore point
  • Recover to a specific folder or file
  • Back up instantly
  • Change any of these policies and entitlements
  • Apply them across vRealize Automation machine endpoints.

Fortunately, there is now another and much better option.

A “better hammer” – Veeam and vRealize Automation integration

vRealize Automation can now be seamlessly combined with Veeam Availability solutions to deliver you the desired level of automation for cloud backup and recovery. This integration is implemented through the SovLabs Framework, which features an architecture that quickly, repeatedly and safely integrates third-party solutions for IPAM, DNS, load balancing, service management, (pauses to catch breath) configuration management, platform-specific extensions AND (drum roll, please) Veeam Backup as a Service, natively into vRealize Automation.

VMware, SovLabs and Veeam integration

Leveraging the SovLabs Module Framework the Veeam Backup as a Service module allows you to assign backup job, self-service VM and file/folder-level recovery and instant backup directly in vRealize Automation.

What does the new integration deliver?

  • Simple setup
  • Ability to address one or more Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager Endpoints
  • SovLabs Backup Profiles with the following features
    • Ability to allow the end-user to choose the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager endpoint and/or protection job at time of request
    • Pin backup job(s) to vRealize Automation blueprints
  • Self-service VM recovery
  • Self-service file/folder-level recovery
  • Self-service instant recovery with VeeamZIP
  • End-user notifications

VMware, SovLabs and Veeam integration

To drive the final nails

For a variety of both technical and non-technical reasons, backup is good and necessary. Actually, good backups are good and necessary. Less-than-good backups are ticking bombs. To ensure that backups add value to your enterprise cloud environments, those backups have to be application-aware, policy-driven, and automatically provisioned.

Fortunately, that functionality is now driven all the way home by the powerful combination of VMware, SovLabs and Veeam solutions.

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