Probably the most exciting announcement to come from the “The Next Big Thing” launch on the 23rd August 2016 was the ability to now backup your Office 365 mailboxes using Veeam software. This has been a pretty big question on people’s minds as we have been running through the sales cycle and tender processes with different prospects and customers, now Veeam have an answer to this. What is Office365 Before running through the newly announced product I want to briefly cover off what Office 365 actually is. We can find the following within Office 365. In particular, the “Business-Class email” is the main target hereRead More →

Veeam Agents For the last 18 months of being with Veeam I have been saying agent-less is best…. Why has that changed now we have an agent at Veeam? well an agent-less approach to virtualisation is an absolute must! Veeam Availability Suite were designed for those virtualised environments and bring so much more advantages by being agent-less. But for a physical and public cloud approach where Veeam have no access to the hypervisor then a requirement for an agent is a must. Why Agents As I said above we do not have access to those public cloud hypervisors and I do not believe this willRead More →

The official Veeam line is “Cloud-Enabled platform for Service Providers and distributed Enterprise environments” Where the console fits? Basically offers management and encompasses all other virtualised, physical and public cloud management and provides the following to the enterprise or service providers. Easily and efficiently manage protection of hybrid cloud, remote offices and mobile users. Service Providers are able deliver Veeam-powered backup and replication services to their customers. Enables partners and resellers to launch a new service provider business and capture new revenue streams. The way I see it though is that if you have a fully virtual environment and you are using the Veeam AvailabilityRead More →

Busy week here at Veeam, not only the usual customer meetings and demos, but we had kind of a big announcement on Tuesday, outlining our strategy and vision. If you have been using Veeam keep in touch Veeam you will know we have never really had an external roadmap, I think Tuesday changed this with the announcement of a vision as well as new products that were yet to be released. You can find my summary of the new announcements here – I spent a lot of time putting some content together around most of the new product announcements and I have linked themRead More →

I have created this walkthrough so that you can customise you home demo labs. The vCenter Single Sign-On login page is now written using regular HTML and CSS. This means you can actually now customize the login page with Veeam backgrounds. It’s not supported by VMware, but for home lab it’s a great add on and custom way of displaying more company marketing. But because of this you may wish to backup the following files to ensure you can roll back if you need to do so. There are two specific files that you will want to take a look at, the first is unpentry.jspRead More →

There have been some recent posts and articles around Veeam and the Cisco UCS 3160 being a great fit together, with the availability features offered within Veeam’s Availability Suite and with the Cisco UCS 3160 high density storage and compute capabilities. When I say great fit the UCS 3160 offers compute function where Windows 2012R2 can be installed and can be used as a Veeam Backup & Replication server as well as a proxy, along with the high capacity direct attached storage it offers for a potential large backup repository. Whether the end user is looking to integrate into their existing Cisco UCS environment orRead More →

Introduction A few weeks back I put a post together around the Cisco UCS C class high density storage and server and how it really works as an ideal Veeam appliance in some scenarios, as part of this series I wanted to choose a SAN based appliance as well as next touching on a Cloud Integrated solution which will be coming up shortly. You can find the post regarding the Cisco UCS C Class Appliance here – Firstly, I chose for the SAN appliance post to talk about the NetApp E-Series range, the E-Series offers a high performance backup repository for us as VeeamRead More →

Introduction About a month ago I started a series of posts around Veeam Appliances, the first post alluded to the Cisco C Class 240/3160 & 3260 and this being used as a Direct Attached Storage model for Backup, combined with the compute power this made for a very good scalable solution for what and where to take your backups – you can find that post here. Next up I hit on the NetApp E-Series a SAN array and how this could benefit customers if used in conjunction with Veeam as a backup repository, leveraging an investment in a SAN fabric or network and making fullRead More →

This post was meant to be released a few weeks back but I paused it as I was attending an Avnet Converged Infrastructure event in London, Veeam had been given a 5-minute pitch as well as a delegate panel discussion around Converged Infrastructures. There were several vendors at the event, the likes of Cisco, NetApp, HPe and many others as well as some fringe players when it comes to Converged or HyperConverged infrastructure. Anyhow the reason for the delay in publishing this post was simply because I was always planning on using these “5 A’s of Veeam” for my 5-minute slot at the event. IRead More →

Introduction My initial use case for the NETGEAR 312 was for simple home usage, I wanted a NAS to store my documents, photo libraries and some other media. But given my profession I could also see a use case where I could leverage the iSCSI / NFS protocols to present storage to my virtual environment for both a production storage layer but also leverage as target backup storage. Throughout my review I will be touching on the SMB protocol for my documents & media and I will also be touching on the NFS and iSCSI for use in a VMware environment. Setup & Usage ImpressionsRead More →