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Direct NFS Access with Veeam Availability Suite v9: Technical Overview

Rick Vanover, Director, Technical Product Marketing & Evangelism, Veeam Software

Published: March, 2016

To help organizations modernize their data centers and achieve Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™, Veeam® Availability Suite™ v9 introduced many features, including the Direct NFS Access. This functionality is a Veeam’s proprietary transport mode for moving the data directly from NFS datastores in VMware environments. Veeam’s native NFS client is deployed on the VMware backup proxy and allows for faster backup, replication and restore — all with no impact on ESX(i) hosts.

The Direct NFS Access feature is implemented automatically if you select the direct storage access or automatic selection transport mode from a VMware backup proxy inside the Veeam Backup & Replication™ user interface. The other two explicit options — virtual appliance and network — would exclude the Direct NFS Access as an option concerning the transport mode in the course of a backup, replication, quick migration, VM copy, replica failback or restore jobs.

In this technical overview, Rick Vanover, VMware expert and Product Strategy Manager at Veeam, explains in detail how the Direct NFS Access for VMware vSphere works and provides technical guidance on how to get the most out of this enhancement. You will learn how to set up and configure the Direct NFS Access option in the Veeam Backup & Replication GUI and get an overview of the Direct NFS Access specific requirements. Additionally, you’ll learn how to use Direct NFS with vSphere categories and tags. You'll also find guidelines for configuring the categories and tags in the vSphere web client and applying them to VMs or datastores for different Veeam jobs. This white paper also provides you with use cases and recommendations for performance improvements, which you can achieve using Direct NFS Access, including the read and write I/O for backup jobs.

Read this FREE white paper to see how to get started with Direct NFS Access and learn more about:

  • Direct NFS Access setup and configuration
  • vSphere categories and tags for NFS storage systems
  • Direct NFS Access use cases
  • And more!

To help organizations modernize their data centers and achieve Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™, Veeam® Availability Suite™ v9 introduced many features, including the Direct NFS Access. This functionality is a Veeam’s proprietary transport mode for moving the data directly from NFS datastores in VMware environments. Veeam’s native NFS client is deployed on the VMware backup proxy and allows for faster backup, replication and restore — all with no impact on ESX(i) hosts.

The Direct NFS Access feature is implemented automatically if you select the direct storage access or automatic selection transport mode from a VMware backup proxy inside the Veeam Backup & Replication™ user interface. The other two explicit options — virtual appliance and network — would exclude the Direct NFS Access as an option concerning the transport mode in the course of a backup, replication, quick migration, VM copy, replica failback or restore jobs.

In this technical overview, Rick Vanover, VMware expert and Product Strategy Manager at Veeam, explains in detail how the Direct NFS Access for VMware vSphere works and provides technical guidance on how to get the most out of this enhancement. You will learn how to set up and configure the Direct NFS Access option in the Veeam Backup & Replication GUI and get an overview of the Direct NFS Access specific requirements. Additionally, you’ll learn how to use Direct NFS with vSphere categories and tags. You'll also find guidelines for configuring the categories and tags in the vSphere web client and applying them to VMs or datastores for different Veeam jobs. This white paper also provides you with use cases and recommendations for performance improvements, which you can achieve using Direct NFS Access, including the read and write I/O for backup jobs.

Read this FREE white paper to see how to get started with Direct NFS Access and learn more about:

  • Direct NFS Access setup and configuration
  • vSphere categories and tags for NFS storage systems
  • Direct NFS Access use cases
  • And more!
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