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IT organizations are looking for new and more advanced Availability and data protection solutions that work seamlessly in virtualized environments and provide just-in-time application restores and recoveries. In addition, they require backup storage that can protect data in a deduplicated format for enhanced efficiencies, without extending the backup window or increasing data restore and recovery time.

Veeam® and ExaGrid EX deduplication appliances provide businesses a very efficient and cost-effective way to ensure Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ by providing recovery point and recovery time objectives (RTPO™) of < 15 minutes for ALL applications and data. ExaGrid backup appliances combine a unique backup storage landing (without dedupe) zone, to provide ultra-fast data ingest speeds and data recovery speeds; with a separate deduplicated storage repository to enable highly efficient long-term data retention on disk. Through ExaGrid’s embedded Veeam data mover, businesses can leverage Veeam Backup & Replication™ to speed up data transfers to ExaGrid backup appliances and to enable very rapid recovery of entire VMs and their associated application data. Read this solution brief to learn:

  • How to simplify backup management and improve application service levels
  • How to efficiently scale your backup infrastructure to meet the growing demands of the business
  • How to reduce IT costs and leverage your investments in backup infrastructure
  • And much more!
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As businesses virtualize critical business services like Exchange, SQL and Oracle, they need to invest in modern storage and Availability solutions that are scalable, provide high performance and can ensure the protection of critical data assets. With IT budgets and head count remaining flat or decreasing, it’s especially important for these solutions to be cost-effective, provide a strong return on investment and help simplify IT operational management. Nimble Predictive Flash storage platforms and Veeam® Availability Suite™ provide a fully-integrated Availability solution that leverages the performance of flash with integrated data protection. The Veeam and Nimble solution delivers a simplified way to help IT organizations ensure recovery point and time objectives (RTPO™) of < 15 minutes for ALL applications and data. This solution brief outlines how Veeam and Nimble provide the following benefits:

  • Instant VM Recovery®
  • Granular recovery of application Items
  • Dramatically improved ROI on storage investments
  • And much more!
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White Paper
March 27, 2017
Author: Sander Berkouwer, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft MVP

While Active Directory (AD) has been around since Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft has continued to make adjustments and introduce features in newer Windows Server releases, especially in Windows Server 2012. What’s New in Active Directory 2016 covers different AD features and the requirements to enable them.

Scalability boundaries: RID & DNT improvements, resource SID compression

Learn about two big changes made by Microsoft in Windows Server 2012, which now allow AD environments to grow more easily, and beyond the limitations encountered by AD administrators.

Deployment and migration features: Deferred index creation, virtualization safeguards, Domain Controller (DC) cloning and new promotion and upgrade processes

Microsoft has released many improvements to make DC deployment and migration better than ever. Have you ever wondered how to prevent possible issues after a schema update? Do you know how to make your DC aware of the virtual environment to prevent data loss? Have you thought about using DC cloning so you can quickly create a replica DC for DR purposes? Have you heard about the new ways to promote a machine to DC? How about preparing an automatic update for the AD domain and a forest for new versions? Keep reading this white paper, we've got you covered!

Security features: Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSAs), Kerberos Armoring (FAST), Protected Users, Authentication Policies and Policy Silos, Dynamic Access Control and Privileged Access Management (PAM)

In Windows Server 2012 and WS 2012 R2, a couple of features have been introduced to enable domain admins to further lock down their AD environments. One new security feature is the Flexible Authentication Secure Tunneling (FAST) or Kerberos Armoring. Start solving common security problems with Kerberos and make sure that clients will never return to less- secure legacy protocols or weaker cryptographic methods.

On top of all that security goodness, Windows Server 2016 brings Privileged Access Management (PAM) that allows admins to only have administrative privileges when they need them through auto-expiration of these privileges. Did you know that PAM is the only secure way you could actually regain control over a compromised AD environment without throwing it away?

Manageability features: Active Directory Administrative Center, GUIs, expanded functionality

Learn about Active Directory Administrative Center (dsac.exe), which was first introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2. Read about Active Directory Administrative Center’s serious overhaul in Windows Server 2012. In addition to providing Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) to new features in Active Directory 2012, the functionality has expanded to manage features that were previously only manageable on the command line.

Mobility features

Has your organization adopted a Hybrid Identity approach towards Azure Active Directory? Your AD can help get the devices your users use into Azure Active Directory with the help of Azure AD Connect and (optionally) AD FS. These features are not just Windows 10 devices, either.

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Veeam Backup & Replication integrates with StoreOnce Catalyst client software to achieve source-side deduplication and virtual synthetic full backups, leading to more efficient backup data transfer, less network utilization and overall better performance in comparison to backup using traditional NAS protocols (CIFS and NFS). This guide covers the setup and configuration of Veeam Backup & Replication with HPE StoreOnce Catalyst for both on-site and off-site backup data retention.

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Oil & Gas companies are embracing the digital transformation as the key driver of business value. As data centers modernize and data vol¬umes grow, leaders depend on data Availability for competitive advantage and risk avoidance.

Data generation and storage are exploding. New applica¬tions are processing data from virtual¬ized storage environments as well as public and private clouds, users are often located in remote environments and merg¬ers are bringing together disparate storage and VM environments. In this context of transformation, Oil & Gas companies must find a way to maintain Availability for their Always-On Enterprise™.

Read this new IDG Enterprise white paper, 10 Availability Lessons Leading Digital Transformation in the Oil & Gas Industry, to learn:

  • How the energy industry leverages data for business value
  • Why data dependence will only increase for Oil & Gas companies
  • Key data Availability guidelines that facilitate the digital transformation
  • How to keep exploration and production (E&P), pipeline operations and energy delivery available
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The digital economy has transformed the retail industry in several significant ways. Internet and mobile technologies now enable retailers to reach more consumers than ever, while also generate vast amounts of data and critical applications that need to be available anytime, anywhere and from any device.

This exponential growth of data over recent years has opened the door to new opportunities. At the same time, though, it has led to unprecedented management challenges for retail IT stakeholders.

Read this new IDG enterprise white paper, 6 Availability Lessons to Successfully Enable Digital Transformation in Retail, to learn more about:

  • New digital-era opportunities for retailers
  • Unprecedented challenges for retail IT stakeholders
  • Data explosion causes and why data Availability is crucial to business success
  • How retailers can enable data Availability to ensure business continuity
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The rapid growth of Microsoft Office 365 is creating opportunities for IT managers to leverage Exchange Online as an efficient cloud-based email platform. But, Office 365 also brings challenges, particularly in meeting today’s stringent Availability, cost control and regulatory compliance requirements. By using modern Availability software, IT can leverage on-premises backup and recovery to assert greater control over Office 365 access and protection.

With the right solution in place, IT managers can reduce costs, improve Availability and maintain control of vital email data to meet their most stringent data protection, compliance and e-discovery requirements.

Read this white paper and learn:

  • Office 365 Email challenges
  • What to look for in an Office 365 Availability solution
  • How to choose the right solution for Office 365
  • And more!
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The IDC Executive Summary – Using Veeam® in the New Race to Zero: Customer Survey Results, focuses on business results our customers have achieved in using Veeam Availability solutions.

Key findings:

  1. After adopting Veeam, customers realized an overall 90.9% SLA attainment
  2. Veeam customers reported 77% average restore time reduction, 3X faster recoveries from unplanned downtime and 2.5X fewer failures than with previous solution
  3. Veeam customers reported saving an average of 10.2 hours per year in downtime, which using the industry average cost of $100,000 per hour represents more than $1 million in savings
  4. And much more!

View the FREE executive summary to learn how Veeam helps customers achieve minimal downtime and the solutions needed to enable the Always-On Enterprise™.

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To compete in the digital economy, organizations need ways to ensure always-on functioning of critical application services. The key is to invest in modern storage and Availability solutions that can provide very low recovery point and time objectives (RTPO™) of critical application services and data, without increasing operational complexity or impacting application performance. In addition, businesses need easy-to-deploy and simple-to-manage solutions that provide scalability for long-term investment protection and are capable of leveraging low-cost storage resources in the cloud for cost-effective backup and DR. And with IT budgets largely remaining flat or declining, it is imperative for organizations to find ways to leverage their storage investments to increase business agility, to remain competitive. This solution brief outlines how when NetApp storage is combined with Veeam®, organizations can attain RTPOs of < 15 minutes for ALL applications and data while improving business speed, reducing costs and accelerating time-to-market. Read this paper to learn how Veeam’s integration with NetApp provides the following key benefits:

  • A higher return on investment
  • Enhanced Application Service Levels
  • IT Operational simplicity
  • And much more!
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