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Tech Field Day Recap #TFD20

Tech Field Day 20 has come and gone, and it was an honour to play a small part in the 10th year anniversary Tech Field Day event. This was my second TFD event for the year having attended Cloud Field Day 5 back in April. It’s always a privilege to present to the delegates and to those tuning in on the livestream. The significance is not lost on me, the impact that TFD has had on peoples careers. In an indirect way, it helped my land this role at Veeam as @RickVanover got his break having attended the first TFD. If Rick hadn’t gone to that, he wouldn’t have been hired by Veeam and further down the track I might not have had the opportunity to join…possibly.

In any case, well done to Stephen Foskett and GestaltIT on 10 years and the on the impact you have had on many peoples career in our extended tech community.

Veeam Recap:

We had the second slot on the Wednesday from 10am-12pm and presented around three main topics as well as a very quick re-introduction to Veeam and how we are doing in the market today.

Rick then took everyone through a Scale Out Backup Repository (SOBR) 101 and a quick recap of the Cloud Tier as it was released as part of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4. We actually could have level set a bit more at this point, but time was already short. With that I put together a quick post last week to further debunk some of the terminology we use when talking about SOBR and the Cloud Tier.

Veeam Cloud Tier Glossary

Following that, I went through two of the most anticipated features in our upcoming Veeam Backup & Replication v10 release. That is enhancements to the Cloud Tier by adding Copy Mode and Immutability for Amazon S3.

Michael Cade then took us through the v10 Enhanced NAS feature which is probably our most eagerly and long awaited/overdue feature in years. Michael does a great job of going through the differences between us and our competitors and also why we have waited this long to release backup for NAS… even though this is now much much more.

As an extra, Michael put out this video the next day further explaining how have implemented CRC into the feature for more efficient backup performance.

Finally, I had 15 minutes to race through a feature that is not coming as part of v10, but coming in 2020… CDP! It’s taken us a while, but as I said in the video, I believe we will have the most reliable and stable implementation of CDP. This isn’t something you want to mess around with, and I know all to well from experience the impact problematic CDP implementations can have.

#TFD20 Follow Up – Veeam Cloud Tier Glossary

Yesterday I presented at Tech Field Day 20. My first topic was on the enhancements we are bringing to Cloud Tier in our Backup & Replication v10 release. Rick Vanover setup the v10 enhancement session by doing some ground work on what a Scale Out Backup Repository is and briefly went over the initial features of Cloud Tier released in Backup & Replication Update 4.

We had a few questions around some of the terminology being used with regards to the Cloud Tier so I thought as a followup I would list out the glossary of terminology I’ve been building since the Update 4 release with the additions of the new v10 enhancements.

  • Cloud Tier – Cloud Tier is the name given to this feature in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4
  • Object Storage Repository – Object Storage Repository is the name given to a repository that is backed by Amazon S3, Azure Blob or IBM Cloud
  • Scale Out Backup Repository (SOBR) – Scale-Out Backup Repository is a Veeam feature first introduced in Veeam Backup & Replication v9. It consists of one or more Performance Tier extents and exactly one Capacity Tier extent.
  • Capacity Tier – Capacity Tier is the name given to extent on a SOBR using an Object Storage Repository.
  • Performance Tier – Name given to the one or more extents on a SOBR using a standard backup repository
  • Move Mode – Name given to a policy introduced in Update 4 that offloads data from sealed chains and has it in either Performance or Capacity Tier
  • Copy Mode – Name given to policy coming in v10 that immediately duplicates backup files from Performance to Capacity Tier once a backup job has completed
  • Offload Job – Name given to the process that moves data from Performance to Capacity Tier
  • Immutability Period – New feature coming in v10 that sets an Amazon S3 or S3 Compatible Object Lock on blocks copied or moved from the Performance or Capacity Tier protecting them against accidental or malicious deletion.

In addition to that, I have pasted a link to the offical Deep Dive Veeam Whitepaper for Cloud Tier that goes into the why the what and the how of the Cloud Tier and dives into the innovative technologies we have built into the feature.

White Paper Link: https://www.veeam.com/wp-cloud-tier-deep-dive.html

If you want to catch the Cloud Field Day 5 presentation on Cloud Tier, as well as the most recent one yesterday at Tech Field Day 20, I have embedded them below.

Heading to Tech Field Day 20 #TFD20

I’m currently sitting in my hotel room in sunny sunny San Jose. Today and tomorrow will be spent finishing off preparations for Tech Field Day 20. This will be my second Tech Field Day event following up from Cloud Field Day 5 in April. #TFD20 is the 10th year anniversary of Tech Field day and with that there is special significance being placed on this event which adds added excitement to the fact that I’m presenting with my fellow Product Strategy team members, Michael Cade and Rick Vanover.

Veeam at Tech Field Day 20

Once again, this is an important event for us at Veeam as we are given the #TFD stage for two hours on the Wednesday morning as we look to talk about what’s coming in our v10 release… and beyond. We have crafted the content with the delegates in mind and focused on core data protection functionality that looks to protect organizations from modern attacks and data loss.

For Michael, Rick and myself we will be focusing on reiterating what Veeam has done in leading the industry for a number of years in innovation while also looking at the progress we have made in recent times in transitioning to a true software defined, hardware agnostic platform that offers customers absolute choice.

The Veeam difference also lies in the way in which we release ready, stable and reliable solutions that are developed in innovative ways that are outside of the norm in the backup industry. What we will be showing on Wednesday, I believe, will highlight that as one of our strongest selling points.

Veeam are presenting at 10am (Pacific Time) Wednesday 13th November 2019

I am looking forward to presenting to all the delegates as well as those who join via the livestream.

Cloud Field Day 5 – Recap and Videos #CFD5

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at Cloud Field Day 5 (a Tech Field Day event). Joined by Michael Cade and David Hill, we took the delegates through Veeam’s cloud vision by showcasing current product and features in the Veeam platform including specific technology that both leverages and protects Public Cloud workloads and services. We also touched on where Veeam is at in terms of market success and also dug into how Veeam enables Service Providers to build services off our Cloud Connect technology.

First off, I would like to thank Stephen Foskett and the guys at Gestalt IT for putting together the event. Believe me there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes and it is impressive how the team are able to setup, tear down and setup agin in different venues while handling the delegates themselves. Also to all the delegates, it was extremely valuable being able to not only present to the group, but also have a chance to talk shop at the offical reception dinner…some great thought provoking conversations where had and I look forward to seeing where your IT journey takes you all next!

Getting back to the recap, i’ve pasted in the YouTube links to the Veeam session below. Michael Cade has a great recap here, where he gives his overview on what was presented and some thoughts about the event.

In terms of what was covered:

We tried to focus on core features relating to cloud and then show a relatable live demo to reinforce the slide decks. No smoke and mirrors when the Veeam Product Strategy Team is doing demos… they are always live!

For those that might not have been up to speed with what Veeam has done over the past couple of years it is a great opportunity to learn about what we have done innovating the Data Protection space, while also looking at the progress we have made in recent times in transitioning to a true software defined, hardware agnostic platform that offers customers absolute choice. We like to say that Veeam was born in the virtual world…but is evolving in the Cloud!

Summary:

Once again, being part of Cloud Field Day 5 was a fantastic experience, and the team executed the event well. In terms of what Veeam set out to achieve, Michael, David and myself where happy with what we where able to present and demo and we where happy with the level of questions being asked by the delegates. We are looking forward to attending Tech Field Day 20 later in the year and maybe as well as continue to show what Veeam can do today…take a look at where we are going in future releases!

References:

Cloud Field Day 5