VeeamON 2017 Shakedown – Part 1

The week after the week before, last week it was our VeeamON event in New Orleans, I have to say this was my first own conference and boy did I get through some steps on my fitbit. An amazing oppurtunity for me to be able to speak on the main stage in both of the general sessions, as well as present with a few friends of mine within our industry.

But lets get into the meat of the burger. I want to take this time to outline ALL of those announcements that were made regarding Veeam Availability Suite v10, ecosystem partner integrations and other cloud based announcements that were made.

Tuesday – Partner Day

Day 1 of the conference was in fact partner day, the partner or channel sphere is very important to Veeam as there is no direct sales approach so all customers and transactions are handled by the channel. The day focused around this. The technical announcements made on Day 1 was regarding the Continuous Data Protection and vCloud Integration for DRaaS offerings for those mission critical workloads. As well as a Tape As A Service offering to better help meet compliance requirements for archival and retention.

Wednesday v10 announcements

Wednesday was the opening day for the show, the first General Session open to the customer attendees. Wednesday was where our team took the stage to demo most of the new announcements as well.

Agent Management

Veeam Agent for Windows was released on May 11th but the announcement took place on Wednesday, the next iteration of the Veeam EndPoint backup and the ability to protect those physical and cloud instances, the Veeam agent for Linux was released a few weeks back giving some of the same functionality.

The v10 announcement was around the management of these agents to take place within Veeam Backup & Replication. Enabling administrators to manage virtual and physical infrastructures through the console.

NAS backup

For me coming from a NetApp background this was one of the biggest announcements made at the event. The ability to backup SMB and NFS file shares natively within the Veeam console. But its not NDMP, this meaning that you are not forced to have to recover this back to the same location you backed up from, being able to choose any target for recovery is the game changer here as well as just the ability to backup file shares. There is also the ability to set long term retention policies down to the “Archive Tier” something I will mention in a later post this week.

CDP

Veeam Continuous Data Protection, Availability of tier-1 VMs with VMware-certified continuous data protection to reduce RPOs from minutes to seconds. Leveraging the vSphere VAIO (vSphere API for IO Filtering) the big wins here are the RPOs down to seconds but also bypassing the requirement to need VMware snapshots.

Archive Tier

Archive Tier allows for  automatically moving the oldest backup files from primary backup  storage to archive extents —  backed by less expensive and usually slower storage — based on data retention policy settings, eliminating the need for special requirements or manual intervention

Storage agnostic approach by enabling the archiving of backups to any target or media including tape, private object storage, and any class or tier of storage that could not previously be used as a Veeam repository based on random I/O characteristics or limitations.

Universal Storage API

The ability to provide storage vendors the API calls to integrate with Veeam Backup & Replication to perform specific storage integration tasks. Backup from Storage Snapshots, Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots, Snapshot Orchestration and Ondemand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots are all APIs exposed to allow for this functionality.

This will allow our storage vendor partners to allow for faster integration with Veeam, Announced were the integrations with IBM, Lenovo and Infinidat all of which have used the Universal Storage API process to become certified with Veeam.

Because there was so much content and announcements I have added a second part to this series of posts. This follow up part two will be available tomorrow.

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