I am lucky enough this week to be over in Sunnyvale, CA at my 6th ETL which is the NetApp A Team event. It also happens to be the week NetApp have their Spring 2019 release event. Last year I spoke about their Spring Launch around a month earlier. That release saw updates focused on ONTAP 9.4, Security, FabricPool and FlexGroups. Here is a link to that post from last year. This year I wanted to summarise some of the cool and important announcements NetApp have made this week. It was around 5 years ago now that we heard the term “NetApp Data Fabric” butRead More →

Yesterday I posted the What is NetApp StorageGRID post and normally in true Simon Sinek fashion I would or maybe should have started with the Why… but 24 hours later here you go with the why. As Duncan Moore would say this is the best kept secret at NetApp. It is as described before their Object Storage offering. I first want to point out the obvious and something we hear in every vendor meeting or conference “business” breakout and that’s how about trends or about the challenge of data management. We are the same at Veeam we have a lovely slide that outlines this, andRead More →

What is NetApp StorageGRID WebScale? Well it is NetApp’s software-defined unstructured data management platform. Or from NetApp themselves “StorageGRID is a software-defined, object-based storage platform that provides intelligent policy-driven data management.” Deployment   NetApp StorageGRID can be deployed a number of ways, this is one of the biggest advantages of being software defined, the ability to be deployed as a Docker container, within VMware environments or as an engineered appliance is all possible. This also allows for a mix and match approach to where and what is deployed in each location, you can choose to deploy differently in each location.   Scale & Service  Read More →

Introduction On May 30th, 2019 a small update was released by Veeam for the product Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV 1.0. this update contains some bug fixes that will improve performance but also could improve your day to day management of the proxy appliance and your Nutanix AHV backups. The release notes can be found at the bottom of this post. Minor fixes You can see from the release notes linked below the detailed improvements that have been made but a summarised list of those are as follows: Update 2 includes: Improved backup performance and optimal operation In some cases, the proxy appliance would scheduleRead More →

Yesterday at Nutanix .NEXT in Anaheim, CA Nutanix Mine was announced. “Nutanix Mine provides a single platform for organizations experiencing the benefits of Nutanix Enterprise OS, as these organizations can simply extend their existing integrated data protection to include secondary data backup and archiving all in a turnkey backup solution powered by our platform partners.” One of the benefits here from a Veeam point of view is the benefit to choose where and what you use for your Veeam Availability, choice is very important, the ability to roll your own hardware and storage targets for your backups is great and that works for some butRead More →

Based on some work myself and Anthony have been doing over the last 12-18 months around terraform, chef and automation of Veeam components I wanted to extend this out further within the Veeam Availability Platform and see what could be done with our Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV. I have covered lots of deep dive on the capabilities that the product brings even in a v1 state, but I wanted to highlight the ability to automate the deployment of the Veeam Availability for Nutanix Proxy appliance. The idea was also validated when I spoke to a large customer that had heavily invested in Nutanix AHVRead More →

A couple of weeks back at Cloud Field Day one of the questions asked by the delegates was would the conversion process for the Direct Restore to AWS be faster if we stored the data within AWS as part of the backup process, for example if we were to have our on-premises operational restore window local to the production data but have a backup copy job sending a retention period to a completely separate Veeam Backup & Replication server and repository that is located within AWS.     I wanted to check and compare the speed and performance of this but also if we didRead More →

This will be my first Cloud Field Day, I wasn’t lucky enough to attend as a delegate, I put this down to the fact that I managed to get myself into vendor land around the same time I was really putting a lot of effort into this blog and other social media facets. However, I have been a huge fan of the Tech Field Day brand and I would often find myself keeping a keen eye on the various sessions that were happening throughout the year. Ever need to see in a few short videos what a company is doing in a space, then TechRead More →

ONTAP 9.5 went GA a few weeks back, waking up this morning to see the weekly digest from Anton Gostev mentioning the support for ONTAP 9.5 with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4a. This will not support the new feature released with ONTAP 9.5 synchronous SnapMirror. I have been preaching the powers of NetApp & Veeam for a few years now, but if you have not seen the power of the integration between the two vendors then I am going to summarise everything in this post here today. Explorer Let’s start with the free stuff you can do with Veeam in a NetApp ONTAPRead More →