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VeeamON 2018 Recap

VeeamON has come an gone for another year and it is an exciting time to be in the (hyper) availability industry. There has been a significant shift in the way that backup and recovery is thought about in the IT Industry and Veeam is without question leading the way in this space. We have been the driving force of change for an industry that was once seen as mundane yet necessary. This year we did not announce any new products or features but more importantly laid the ground work for what is to come with our new vision and strategy. To be the leading provider of intelligent data management solution for a world where data is now highly distributed, is growing at exponential rates and where hyper-availability is desired.

What does that exactly mean?

Well for me it is an evolution of our messaging that what presented in August of 2016 where the Veeam Availability platform was first launched. The platform it’s self has evolved over the past eighteen months with the release of Veeam Availability Orchestrator, Veeam Availability Console, Backup for Office 365, both the Windows and Linux agents and more recently the pending releases of our Nutanix AHV backup and support for AIX and Solaris. Put that together with the acquisition of N2WS for AWS availability and you can see that we are serious about fulfilling the promise of the vision laid out during the event.

2018 Highlights:

Apart from delivering three sessions, my highlights revolve around my discussions with customers and partners and getting face to face feedback on how we are doing. This is critical to our function in the Product Strategy team but for me personally it allows me to interact with some of the best innovators in the service provider landscape. On that note, another highlight was the inaugural Veeam Innovation Awards of which I was a voting panel member along with Michael Cade and Jason Buffington. It was great to see four VCSPs win recognition and awesome to have Probax (a local Perth company) included as part of the initial group of winners.

From the Show Floor:

I have copied in a number of media interviews and daily wraps below that go into more detail about the event, it’s announcements and the messaging that we are putting forward as a leader in the space. Enjoy the discussions below and I am already looking forward to VeeamON 2019…I have a feeling it’s going to be massive!

 

Veeam Cloud Announcements:

Veeam expands multi-cloud solutions at VeeamON 2018

VMware Cloud on AWS, Veeam Powered Network and Veeam ONE …my Session Roundup for VeeamON 2018

Yesterday I posted an article highlighting my top picks for VeeamON 2018. The one thing I didn’t list in that post was my own sessions for this years event. This year I’m presenting three sessions in the Cloud Powered track and I am lucky enough to be joined by three awesome co-presenters for each session. All three sessions focus on specific use cases and cover different aspects our cloud features and functionality.

Three more reasons to deploy Veeam Powered Network

Presenting with Edward Watson

Veeam® PN was released as part of Veeam Recovery to Microsoft Azure
earlier this year. However, there is more to Veeam PN than just this use case. Veeam PN allows administrators to create, configure and connect site-to-site or point-to-site VPN tunnels easily through an intuitive and simple UI, all within a couple of clicks. Do you have a remote office network that you want easier access into? Do you have a home lab that you want to access from anywhere in the world? Do you have workloads spread across different cloud platforms that need connecting? SDN doesn’t have to be complex! If you answered “Yes!” to at least one of these questions, then we invite you to our breakout session, where we will provide you with three different use cases that will make your life easier and simplify what has been a traditionally complex part of IT.

Tue, May 15th, 4:10 PM – 5:10 PM

VMware Cloud on AWS technical deep dive with Veeam hybrid cloud Availability

Presenting with Emad Younis

VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s enterprise class Software-Defined Data Center software running on Amazon Web Services bare metal and enables customers to run production applications across vSphere-based private, public and hybrid cloud environments. Delivered, sold and supported by VMware as an on-demand service, customers can continue to leverage their current VMware skill sets and expand them by adding AWS services, including storage, databases, analytics and more. VMware Cloud on AWS provides flexibility, allowing workload mobility between on premises and the cloud SDDC by using familiar tools such as vMotion. Veeam® was a launch partner for data protection for VMware Cloud on AWS. In this session, you will get a technical overview of VMware Cloud on AWS and also how Veeam can protect workloads hosted on VMware Cloud on AWS. Attendees will walk away with practical guidance and tips on getting the best of both worlds with VMware and Veeam hybrid cloud and Availability solutions.

Wed, May 16th, 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Veeam ONE for VCSP partners — More powerful than you thought!

Presenting with Eugene Kashperovetskyi

Service providers need to be aware of whats going on within their platforms, and Veeam® Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partners should be looking at Veeam ONE™ to monitor and report on more than just base VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V metrics. Veeam ONE offers expansive monitoring and reporting on Veeam Backup & Replication™ jobs, as well as the ability to dive into vCloud Director environments and give granular metrics on vCD objects, such as vApps, virtual data centers and their parent organizations. SingleHop (a leading VCSP offering providing Veeam Cloud Connect services) uses Veeam ONE as a key element of their platforms monitoring, integration and proactive management of environments. The sophisticated approach between Veeam ONE Monitor, Veeam ONE Reporter and Veeam ONE Business View offers the granularity and automation capabilities highly demanded by their clients. In this session, you will learn about the practical approaches taken by SingleHop to deliver and guarantee the level of services appreciated and valued by their partners, resellers and customers. We will go through how to get the most out of Veeam ONE for your service provider platforms, from reporting and chargeback to how to monitor and report on Veeam Cloud Connect Backup and Veeam Cloud Connect Replication tenant and infrastructure…and tell you how some of this can be done with the FREE edition!

Wed, May 16th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

You can download the VeeamON Mobile Application to register for sessions, organise and keep tabs on other parts of the event. Again, looking forward to seeing you all there at my sessions next week!

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VeeamON 2018: Top Session Picks

VeeamON is happening next week and the final push towards the event is in full swing. I can tell you that that this years event is going to be extremely valuable for those who can attend! This is going to be my third VeeamOn, and my second being involved with the preparation of elements of the event. Having been behind the scenes, and knowing what our customers and partners are in for in terms of content and event activities…I can’t wait for things to kick off in Chicago.

This year we have 70 breakout sessions with a number of high profile speakers coming over to help delver those sessions. We also have significant keynote speakers for the main stage sessions on each of the three days. You will also hear from our executive team on the vision Veeam has for continuing to provide availability through our industry leading innovations.

Top Session Pick:

The tracks are organised slightly different to last year in that there are no set Technical levels. There are seven tracks available

  • Better Together
  • Architecture and Design
  • Cloud-Powered
  • Deep Tech
  • Implementation Best Practices
  • Operations and Support
  • Vision and Strategy

I’ve gone through all the breakouts and picked out my top sessions that you should consider attending…as usual there is a cloud slant to most of them, but there are also some core technology sessions that are not to be missed. The Veeam Product Strategy team are well represented in the session list so it’s also worth looking to attend talks from Rick Vanover, Michael Cade, Niels Engelen, Melissa Palmer, Dmitry Kniazev, David Chapa and Jason Buffington. Danny Allan will be main stage delivering our core vision and strategy moving beyond 2018.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 2.0: Deep Dive

Mike Resseler and Kostya Yasyuk

After learning what is new in Veeam® Backup for Microsoft Office 365 2.0, it is time to look into the details of this solution. Learn about optimization, architecture, under-the-hood workings and much more in this session.

Wed, May 16th, 2:50 PM – 3:50 PM

From zero to hero: A deep dive on RESTful API for Veeam solutions

Niels Engelen and Dmitry Kniazev

Join us for a journey on how to leverage the RESTful API provided in several Veeam® solutions. We will go deeper on how to get started and even develop a full platform with a focus on: Veeam Backup & Replication™ Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Veeam Availability Console

Tue, May 15th, 2:50 PM – 3:50 PM

Cooking up some Veeam deployment with CHEF automation

Michael Cade and Jeremy Goodrum

A walk-through session showing the open source CHEF cookbook that installs and configures Veeam® Backup & Replication™ based on documented Veeam best practices. Automation in large-scale deployments is a must. This cookbook will allow for a scalable deployment of your Veeam components and the ability for controlled upgrades and configuration best practices across the estate.

Wed, May 16th, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

A sneak peek at Veeam Backup & Replication 2018 releases

Anton Gostev

Hear right from Anton Gostev about the details of the next release of Veeam® Backup & Replication™. The details of this will be announced at VeeamON 2018, and this will be your exclusive opportunity to learn more about the next release of Veeam Backup & Replication.

Wed, May 16th, 2:50 PM – 3:50 PM

Getting started with Veeam Availability Orchestrator: Ensure business continuity & DR compliance

Melissa Palmer

As a new product for 2018, Veeam® Availability Orchestrator raises the bar for enterprises of all sizes that need orchestrated disaster recovery (DR) and a strong business continuity plan. In this session, the components and architecture of Veeam Availability Orchestrator will be shown in the context of how they work with each other. This breakout will start with a use case and then apply the capabilities of Veeam Availability Orchestrator to deliver objectives for the use case example. Additionally, this session will provide details of core capabilities of Veeam Availability Orchestrator, including data labs, custom steps and building DR plans. As part of your journey from beginner to expert with Veeam Availability Orchestrator, this session is recommended to attend first before attending “Automate your DR run book with PowerShell and Veeam Availability Orchestrator” and “Plan for disaster with confidence using automated testing in Veeam Availability Orchestrator”.

Tue, May 15th, 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM

Veeam Availability Console usage scenarios

Vitaliy Safarov

Veeam® Availability Console can bring lots of value to a cloud or service provider and enterprise organizations. What are the most common usage scenarios? How can you benefit from the functionality within the solution to lower your daily administration, but at the same time have visibility into your tenant’s environment? If you are a service provider or an enterprise that operates as a service provider, then you will learn a few scenarios that can save you time, effort and money, simply by using this FREE solution.

Wed, May 16th, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

The (r)evolution of VMware vSAN

Duncan Epping

The world of hyper-converged infrastructure moves at an extremely rapid pace, and VMware vSAN is one of the biggest enablers. In this session, Duncan Epping will discuss where VMware vSAN began, where it stands today and, most importantly, what to expect in the future. Duncan will start with a brief explanation of the basics of VMware vSAN and then quickly dive into the future by doing a demo of various (potentially) upcoming features.

Wed, May 16th, 1:35 PM – 2:35 PM

Wrap Up:

There are obviously a lot more from which to choose from and the full list can be found here. You can also download the VeeamON Mobile Application to register for sessions, organise and keep tabs on other parts of the event.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

 

Upgrading Windows Agents with Veeam Availability Console

One of the Veeam Availability Console’s key features is it’s ability to deploy and manage Veeam Agent for Windows. This is done through the VAC Web Console and is achieved through the connectivity of the providers Cloud Connect Gateway to the tenant’s Veeam Backup & Replication instance. Weather this is managed by a service provider or by the tenant, VAC also has the ability to remotely upgrade Windows Agents.

The way that this works is by the Veeam Availability Console periodically connecting to the Veeam Update Server and checks whether a new version of the agent software is available. If a new version is available, VAC displays a warning next to the agents saying that it is outdated as shown below.

Updating the backup agents from the Veeam Update Server is performed via the master agent that sits on-premises. This agent is deployed during the initial Service Provider configuration form the Veeam Backup & Replication server. The master agent downloads the backup agent setup file from the Veeam Update Server and then uploads this setup file to systems selected via the update scope and initiates the update.

To initiate the upgrade, select the agents from the Backup Agents Tab under Clients -> Discovery. Once selected click on the Backup Agent dropdown and click upgrade.

Note: Once you click Upgrade the process will be kicked off…there is no further confirmation. There is also a Patch option which allows you to apply patches to the agents in between major build releases.

Once initiated, all agents will be shown as updating as shown below.

Taking a look at the Resource Monitor of one of the endpoints being updated, you can see that the machine is receiving the update from the local server that has the master agent and that the agent is talking back to the VAC server via Cloud Connect Port 6180.

And you can see the Windows Installer running the agent update msi.

Back to the VAC console, and after a while you will see the update deployment status complete

And the endpoint now has the updated agent version running.

Which is reflected in the VAC Console.

Conclusion:

That’s the very straight forward process of having the Veeam Availability Console upgrade Veeam Windows Agents under it’s management. Again, this can be done by the service provider or it’s a task that can be executed by the tenant through their own console login given the correct permissions. There are a few other options for those that deployed the agents with the help of a 3rd party tool and also for those doing it offline…for a run down of that process, head to the help pages linked below.

References:

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/vac/provider_admin/update_backup_agents.html?ver=20

VeeamOn 2018: Recognizing Innovation and what it means to be Innovative

True innovation is solving a real problem…and though for the most, it’s startups and tech giants that are seen to be the innovators, their customers and partners also have the ability to innovate. Innovation drives competitive advantages and allows companies to differentiate themselves compared to others. In my previous roles I was lucky to be involved with teams of talented people that did great things with great technologies. Like others around the world we where innovating with leading vendor technologies to create new service offerings that add value and compliment the underlying technology.

Innovation requires these teams of people to be experimental at heart and try to build or enhance upon already existing technologies. The Service Provider industry has always found a way to innovate ontop of vendor platforms and successful vendors are those that offer the right tools and guidance for providers to creative innovative solutions ontop of their platforms. The are problem solvers!

Orchestrations, automation, provisioning and billing are driving factors in how service providers can differentiate themselves and gain that competitive advantage in the marketplace. Without innovating ontop of these platforms, service offerings become generic, don’t stand out and are generally operationally expensive to manage and maintain.

Introducing the Veeam Innovation Awards for 2018:

When visiting and talking to different partners across the world it’s amazing to see some of the innovation that’s been built ontop of Veeam technologies and we at Veeam want to reward our customers and partners who have done great things with our technologies.

At VeeamON 2018, we’ll be celebrating some of these innovative solutions, so please let us know how you’ve built upon the Veeam Availability Platform. Nominations can be made from March 29 to April 30, with the winners being recognized during the VeeamON main stage keynote. Self nominations or those from partners, providers, or Veeam field-team members are encouraged — click here to nominate for a Veeam Innovation Award.

I can think of a number of VCSPs that have done great things with building upon Cloud Connect, Backup & Replication IaaS backups and working with Veeam’s API’s and PowerShell to solve customer problems and offer value added services. These guys have brought something new to the industry and we want to reward that.

Having previously come from a successfully innovate company within their own space, being innovative is now something I try to preach to all customers and partners I visit. It is an absolute requirement if you want to win business and stand out in the backup and availability industry…innovation is key and we want to hear about it from you!

References:

Nominations for the VeeamON 2018 Innovation Awards are now open

Setting up vSAN iSCSI and using it as a Veeam Repository

Probably one of the least talked about features of vSAN is it’s ability to serve out iSCSI volumes. The feature was released with vSAN 6.5 and was primarily focused on physical workloads and is easily configurable via the vSphere Web Client. iSCSI targets on vSAN are managed the same as any other vSAN objects using Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM). Deduplication, compression, mirroring, and erasure coding can be utilized with the iSCSI target service as well as CHAP and Mutual CHAP authentication.

Of late, i’ve been asked by service providers about using Object Storage platforms as Veeam Backup & Replication repositories. There are a lot of options out there but someone asked specifically about using vSAN. In theory you could just use a VMDK on a vSAN datastore but I thought it would be interesting to look at using iSCSI to mount a volume and use it as a repository.

Initial iSCSI Configuration for vSAN:

First thing we need to do is enable the iSCSI Target service from the vSphere Web Console. Under the Cluster Configuration tab and in the iSCSI Target menu you need to enabled the iSCSI service. Select the default iSCSI Network kernel interface and then modify the iSCSI port and add security if desired. Take note of the info message around using the Storage Policy for the home object.

From there we setup a new iSCIS Target. From here you will be given the IQN and we will give the target an alias. This window also lets us create the first LUN to the iSCSI Target. The LUN id can be specified along with the alias and finally the size. Just like creating a new VMDK on a vSAN datastore we are given the storage consumption of the object depending on the Storage Policy chosen.

Once completed under the iSCSI Target pane we see the details of the Target and LUN just created. Take note of the I/O Owner Host as that is what we will be using later on as the iSCSI Target from the Veeam repository server.

Configuring Host access and setting iSCSI Access Permissions:

On the creation of a LUN there is a default policy that allows all initiator sources to connect to it. To create specific permissions for host access and to also create access groups you need to first enable the iSCSI initiator at the hosts. For that, I’ve got a Windows VM (note only physicals are officially supported) that’s got Veeam Backup & Replication installed on it. To connect to the iSCSI network we have to add an additional vNIC that’s hooked into a PortGroup that’s configured with the vSAN iSCSI VLAN.

Below we can see the VMKernel configuration and IP address of the I/O Owner hosts.

I’ve created a new PortGroup for the new vNIC to be attached to and added it to the VM.

From there we need to start the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator service which will give us the Initiator name we need to configure host access in the vSphere Web Client. Note that we should also install and enable MPIO for iSCSI if not installed as a Windows Feature.

Under the iSCSI Initiator Groups menu in the Cluster Configuration tab you can add the initiator to a new group. This can contain one or many hosts as you would expect in any iSCSI initiator group configuration.

Once that’s been done we have to allow that new group access to the target where the LUN is contained. Under the iSCSI Target menu and under Target Details in the lower pane click on the + icon and add the group as an allowed initiator.

From here we can go back to the Windows VM and connect to the iSCSI Target. We are using the IP Address of the Host was was highlighted above in the initial configuration.

Once done we should have a connected disk that’s visible in the Devices configuration of the isCSI Initiator.

Configuring new iSCSI Volume as Veeam Repository:

From here the process to setup a Veeam Repository based on the vSAN iSCSI LUN is straight forward. Firstly we need to bring online the volume and create a partition. As you can see below, the disk is of Bus Type iSCSI and Name is VMware Virtual SAN.

As for the partition configuration, I’ve set it up as shown before. ReFS being used as the file system.

From here we can head into the Backup & Replication console and create a new Repository with the new volume selected.

Performance and Limitations:

Once configured I was interested in seeing how a vSAN iSCSI connected object performed against a vSAN disk. The results below show that there is a significant performance hit in going one way or the other. This seems logical as in addition to iSCSI overheads a native VMDK on vSAN is hooked into the ESXi kernel directly and should get line speed rates when it comes to data transfer.

Below are the configuration maximums with vSAN iSCSI as listed below:

  • Maximum 1024 LUNs per vSAN cluster
  • Maximum 128 targets per vSAN cluster
  • Maximum 256 LUNS per target
  • Maximum LUN size of 62TB
  • Maximum 128 iSCSI sessions per host.
  • Maximum 4096 iSCSI IO queue depth per host
  • Maximum 128 outstanding writes per LUN .
  • Maximum 256 outstanding IOs per LUN.
  • Maximum 64 client initiators per LUN

So the max size of an iSCSI LUN matches the max size of a VMDK. Therefore when considering iSCSI as a possible option for Veeam backups, Scale Out Backup Repositories should be used to enable the adding at extents once that limit is reached.

There are also limitation on offical support for virtual machines and other platforms:

  • Currently not supported for implementation for Microsoft clusters.
  • Currently not supported for use as a target for other vSphere hosts.
  • Currently not supported for use with third party hypervisors.
  • Currently not supported for use with virtual machines

So if this becomes a consideration, physical servers will need to be used in order to gain support.

Conclusion:

So after all is said an done, we have a Veeam Repository than is now sitting on vSAN via iSCSI. The question remains weather this is a good application of vSAN or weather it’s worth looking at as an option, however the option is now there. Again, you may be able to look at the native VMDK option, but I like the flexibility of iSCSI for physical repositories at the moment.

Probably the biggest consideration for using vSAN iSCSI as a Veeam repository is the design of the vSAN Cluster. vSAN has not traditionally been considered for storage only purposes, however you could put together some low compute nodes with large disk groups that would present decent storage for repository purposes.

In using vSAN you have the benefit of knowing your data is redundant across multiple nodes as per the vSAN Storage Policies. This is the benefit of using object storage like vSAN as a Veeam Repository.

References:

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/com.vmware.vsphere.virtualsan.doc/GUID-13ADF2FC-9664-448B-A9F3-31059E8FC80E.html 

https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2148216

 

Veeam Vault #10: Latest Veeam Releases and Vanguard 2018 Update

Welcome to the 10th edition of Veeam Vault and the first one for 2018. It’s pretty crazy to think that we have already completed two months of the year. After an extremely hectic first half of January attending two of our Veeam Velocity Sales Kick off events (Bangkok for APJ and Saint Petersburg for EMEA) i’ve been working from the home office for close to six weeks. It’s been a productive time organising content and working with different Cloud teams across the business to help enable our VCSPs to take advantage our our cloud technologies and help them drive services revenue.

Getting stuck into this edition, I’ll cover the releases of Veeam Availability Orchestrator, the Infinidat Storage Plugin and Update 5 for the Veeam Management Pack… all of which happened over the last week. I’ll talk about the Veeam Vanguard Program for 2018 as well as link to Veeam related content the Vanguard crew have put out over the past couple of months.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator:

Veeam Availability Orchestrator has been in the works for a while now and it’s great to see it hit GA. It boasts an automated and resilient orchestration engine for Veeam Backup & Replication replicas, designed specifically to help enterprises with compliance requirements. One of it’s biggest features is helping to reduce the cost and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster through the automatic creation, documentation and testing of disaster recovery plans.

For a deeper look at it’s features and functionality, Michael White has a good overview post on VAO here.

Infinidat Storage Plugin:

Our new Universal Storage Integration API that was introduced with the release of Update 3 for Backup & Replication 9.5 allows approved Veeam Alliance Partners to build their own storage plug-ins to enable rapid development of primary storage integrations. Infinidat is our first Alliance Partner to integrate through the Universal Storage Integration API. This adds to existing integrations with Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, IBM, Lenovo and NetApp.

My fellow Technologist, Michael Cade has written up a blog post explaining how to download and install the plugin for those customers using Infindat as their storage backend.

Veeam Management Pack Update 5:

Update 5 for Management Pack went GA today and there are a few new things this release that builds off of the Update release 4 last year. below is a quick rundown of what’s new in this update.

  • Built-in monitoring for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
  • Morning Coffee Dashboard for at-a-glance, real-time health status of your Veeam backup environments
  • Monitoring for VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Additional VMware vSAN & vCenter Alarms

It’s pleasing to see support for VMware Cloud on AWS as that starts to look to gain momentum in the market and also great to see us enhancing our vSAN alarms as that product also evolves. For a detailed description of the new features, read the release post here.

Veeam Vanguard 2018:

Overnight we notified new and returning members of their successful application for the Veeam Vanguard program for 2018. This is one of the most hotly sort after influencer programs in our industry and I can tell you that the process to vote for and accept applicants was tough this year. The Product Strategy team takes a lot of care and effort in selecting the group and it represents the best Veeam advocates going round. We work closely with the group and their feedback plays a key part in our feedback loop as well as help us to promote Veeam and Veeam products within their companies and spheres of influence.

Well done to the 2018 nominees!

Veeam Vanguard Blog Post Roundup:

Office 365 Backups and the Opportunity that Exists for Service Providers

In recent weeks i’ve become reacquainted with an old friend…There was a time where eighty to ninety percent of my day job was working in and around Exchange Server. If I had started this blog in 2005 it would have been dominated with posts around the Hosting of Exchange Server and probably be named Exchange is Life!. I take pride in my Hosted Exchange Org and User creation scripts that I created before Hosting Control Panels where even a thing.

Over the last five or six years my interest in Exchange diminished due to moving roles and also due to some lingering ill feelings about the way in which Microsoft treated their initial Hosting partners as they started what would become, Office 365 back in the late 2000’s. That said I have remained aware of the Exchange landscape and while there is still a lot of on-premises Exchange instances and still a number of decent Hosted Exchange providers out there, there is no stopping Office 365’s growth.

I even jumped on the bandwagon by moving my personal SliemaLabs domain over to an Office 365 Exchange subscription late last year. That domain initially lived on an Exchange Server I ran from home, and then on a Hosted Exchange platform I built and now it’s completed it’s own journey to Office 365.

Having spent a bit of time recently looking at the 1.5 version of our Backup for Microsoft Office 365 product…more specifically the new self service feature that came in Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3. I’ve had a renewed sense of purpose around the Exchange ecosystem…and that purpose is to ensure that all service providers understand the opportunity that exists around creating offerings for the backing up and availability of Office365 services.

This post follows a post that was released on the Veeam.com blog by Paul Mattes (VP of Global Cloud Group at Veeam) talking about the success of our Backup for Microsoft Office 365 product.

In 2017, more than 25,000 organizations installed our Office 365 backup solution, representing 2.3 million Microsoft Office mailboxes. We saw a staggering 327% quarter-over-quarter growth in Q4 of last year.

And the reasons why all Office 365 users should consider an external backup solution for their data hosted in Microsoft’s SaaS cloud platform.

It’s important to remember that SaaS platform providers, like Microsoft Office 365, take on the responsibility of application uptime and the underlying infrastructure. But it is the customer’s responsibility to manage and protect their vital business data.

This is public cloud in a nutshell…Ultimately the customer has the responsibility to ensure all data is backed up correctly. I won’t go into the technical aspects as to why Office 365 requires additional backups solutions. There a plenty of good online resources, a Gartner report is available here Microsoft’s has an offical page on High Availability and Business Continuity guide. Doing research into the nature of SaaS you understand the need for third party backup solutions.

The Office 365 Opportunity:

From a service provider point of view there is an opportunity to tap into the 85 million user Exchange Online market and offer availability services for organisations using Office 365. This is a multi-billion dollar market that exists today and services based around backup and management of that data are central to tapping into that opportunity. Just breaking down the ANZ market alone, there are approximately 4.25 million Office 365 users of which if only 5% was captured would represent a combined 3.5 to 5 million dollar market.

For those VCSPs who have already deployed Cloud Connect and offering Backup services, the ground work has been laid with regards to having the infrastructure in place to extend that service to offer Veeam Backup for Office 365 aaS.

The billable components of this service are licenses and then storage costs. Managed Service Providers can also build in management fees that offer an end to end solution for their clients. Where it should be seen to be extremely attractive for VCPSs is in the potential for the storage revenue to be significant early and then continue to grow as tenant’s backup and retain more and more mailboxes in addition to new tenants coming on board.

We have given our VCSPs the tools to be able to build a strong service around Office 365 backups with the 1.5 release of Backup for Office 365 focused on scalability and automation. Add to that the self service feature that came in Update 3 for Backup & Replication and there is no excuse to not start thinking about offering this as a service.

Looking beyond Exchange Online, version 2 of Backup for Office 365 will include the ability to backup SharePoint and OneDrive as well…have a think about what that represents in terms of revenue opportunities just on the potential for storage consumption alone.

Again, I want to emphasis that this market is huge and what’s on offer in terms of potential revenue can’t be ignored. I’m excited about the next 12-18 months in being able to see our VCSPs grab this opportunity…don’t let it slip!

References:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/exchange-online-high-availability-and-business-continuity.aspx

The Limitations of Microsoft Office 365 Backup

 

 

9.5 Update 3 Officially Compatible with VMware Cloud on AWS

At VMworld 2017 Veeam was announced as one of only two foundation Data Protection partners for VMware Cloud on AWS. This functionality was dependant on the release of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 that contained the enhancements for it to interoperate with VMware Cloud on AWS locked down vCenter.

This week 9.5 Update has been listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG) for Data Protection.

In terms of what you now get in Update 3, there is little noticeable difference in the process to configure and run backup or replication jobs from within Veeam Backup & Replication. The VMware Cloud on AWS resources are treated as just another cluster so most actions and features of the core platform work as if the cloud based cluster was local or otherwise.

There were a few limitations that VMware have placed on the solution which means that our NFS based features such as Instant VM Recovery, Virtual Labs or Surebackups won’t work at this stage. HotAdd mode is the only supported backup transport mode (which isn’t a bad thing as it’s my preferred transport mode) which talks to a new VDDK library that is part of the VMC platform.

With that the following features work out of the box:

  • Backup with In Guest Processing
  • Restores to original or new locations
  • Backup Copy Jobs
  • Replication
  • Cloud Connect Backup
  • Windows File Level Recovery
  • Veeam Explorers

I’m really excited where VMware takes VMware Cloud on AWS and I see a lot of opportunities for the platform to be used as an availability resource. Over the next couple of months I’m hoping to be able to dive a little more into how Veeam can offer both backup and replication solutions for VMware Cloud on AWS.

Resources:

https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=vsanps&details=1&partner=594&releases=282&page=1&display_interval=10&sortColumn=Partner&sortOrder=Asc

A Year of Travel – A Few Interesting Stats

This year was my first full year working for Veeam and my role being global, requires me to travel to locations and events where my team presents content and engages with technical and social communities. We also travel to various Veeam related training and enablement events throughout the year as well as customer and partner meetings where and when required. I had set expectations about what a travel year might look like and in truth I found 2017 to be just right in terms of time away working verses being at home working and also being with the family.

Without doubt the highlight of the year was VeeamON in New Orleans where I was able to participate in an industry event working for the vendor holding the show. Other highlights include presenting at VMworld, attending and presenting at a number of VeeamON and VMware Forums, Tours and user groups around APJ, attending EMEA SE Training in Warsaw and my first visit to Russia to meet with our R&D teams. I started the year with Sales Kick off in Orlando and finished with a team meeting in Boston, Thanksgiving in Phoenix and finally AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas.

So…what does all that travel look like?

Being homed in Perth, Western Australia I’m pretty much in the most isolated capital city in the world, meaning any flight is going to be significant. Even just flying to Sydney takes four to five hours…the same time it takes me to fly to Singapore. I love looking at stats and there are a number of tools out there that manage flight info. I use Tripit to keep track of all my tips, and there are now a number of sites that let you import your flight data to analyis.

With that my raw stats for 2017 are shown below:

Trips 17
Days 104
Distance 262,769 km
Cities 24
Countries 9

Upon reflection I probably didn’t travel as much as I thought I would with my away from home percentage being a relatively modest 28.4% of which I know isn’t high compared with others in my team, others at Veeam and certainly others in the industry. Where I did come out on top was in the distance travelled. Almost 263 thousand kilometers…a byproduct of living in Perth.

Of those 104 days away apparently I spent nearly 15 days in the air which is amazing when you think about it. When I travel to the USA I do take some of the longest routes in the world however my longest flight was not SYD-DFW but LAX-MEL.

I took 67 total flights across 21 airports and 6 airlines.

Interestingly I made it 70% to the moon in terms of distance, flew mostly on a Saturday which surprised me and my average flight time to 5:12 hours.

In terms of delays I think I got off pretty lightly with only 6 hours of departure delays and 4 hours of arrival delays…though I did have an interesting experience on my way back from VeeamON that technically delayed me a whole day…the less talked about that the better 🙂

Those that know me know that I am a bit of a plane snob and though I don’t have the plane nerd knowledge of Rick Vanover, I do like my planes big, new, shiny and modern. I still can’t go past the A380 and A330 but of late, the more I travel to Singapore the more I appreciate the more modern 737s.

So that’s a quick round up of what my year looked like living the life of a Global Evangelist/Technologist at Veeam. In one years time i’ll be very interested to see how 2018 shaped up compared to 2017!

References:

https://www.jetitup.com/MyStats/See/?name=Anthony~Spiteri

All stats were generated by Jet It Up and flight info was imported from Tripit.

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