Ever since the announcement and pre-launch demos and content I am involved with at Veeam around our Veeam NAS backup capabilities I have been exploring the world of NAS and unstructured data. I am not going to get into the specifics of Veeam at all here, I want this post to really walk through the process of getting Azure NetApp Files up and running, I will later then share how Veeam can easily protect those NAS workloads that reside here. I have been keeping a close eye on the Azure NetApp Files story over the last year and this also is linked to the NetAppRead More →

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 →

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 →

“NetApp ONTAP Select is the software-defined version of ONTAP deployed on customers’ choice of commodity servers and hypervisors.”  First, I must introduce NetApp ONTAP Select a Software Defined Storage play allowing for ONTAP to be leveraged on commodity hardware and not requiring FAS hardware. Before Select, NetApp had released a product called ONTAP Edge a similar use case but limited to VMware.   Edge was great for me from a test and development point of view, I didn’t have the power or budget to be able to run a full blown FAS in my home lab, so Edge gave me that possibility rather than relying onRead More →

With the recent GA release of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4, the next storage integration also arrived, leveraging the Universal Storage API that was released late 2017 the list continues to grow. Here is an overview of the integration points previously I wrote about. Functionality is covered in the post linked above, I wanted to take this time to highlight the simple process of getting your NetApp HCI or SolidFire storage added within your Veeam Backup & Replication console. Before you begin you need to make sure you have added your vSphere environment this will unlock the Storage Infrastructure tab. This week someRead More →


This morning on the final day of NetApp Insight 2017 in Las Vegas, it was announced in the General Session that Veeam would be added to the NetApp global price list. Here is the executive blog from Veeam – https://www.veeam.com/executive-blog/direct-integration-with-netapp-ontap.html From my point of view being a bit of a NetApp fanboi this is pretty special, we have some pretty deep integration with NetApp ONTAP systems today already but now to bundle Veeam licensing with any ONTAP solution and allowing NetApp sales and partners to easily order this bundle from one location. It’s not just about that integration though, we still have some other stickyRead More →