VeeamON 2017

Div­ing into the world of backup and avail­abil­ity.

HWM (Malaysia) - - SPECIAL - by Peter Chu

Most con­sumers tend to dis­re­gard the im­por­tance of reg­u­larly back­ing up their data un­til they per­son­ally ex­pe­ri­ence their en­tire sys­tem crash­ing down on them, wip­ing out ev­ery­thing in the process. But when you’re run­ning a multi­na­tional com­pany, you re­ally can­not af­ford to deal with such a calamity. Be­cause even if the down­time were to only last for a cou­ple of hours, it would still none­the­less trans­late to mil­lions of dol­lars in lost rev­enue.

And this is where backup and avail­abil­ity so­lu­tions provider, Veeam, comes into the pic­ture. Veeam strongly be­lieves that in this day and age, it is es­sen­tial for busi­nesses both small and large to be ‘Al­ways-On’ – mean­ing they should be up and run­ning 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

How ex­actly does Veeam help busi­nesses and en­ter­prises achieve such a seem­ingly unattain­able goal? We were re­cently in­vited by the com­pany to at­tend its three-day VeeamON 2017 con­fer­ence in New Or­leans, Louisiana, to find out.

“the need for ap­pli­ca­tions and data to be ‘Al­ways-On’ is now mis­sion crit­i­cal for com­pa­nies. You can’t be in a busi­ness un­less your data, ap­pli­ca­tions, and in­fra­struc­ture on- and off-premises are ‘Al­ways-On’ and in­stantly avail­able,” said peter McKay, pres­i­dent and co-chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Veeam Soft­ware dur­ing his open­ing key­note.

Just imag­ine, if com­pa­nies such as Face­book, which has to cater to hun­dreds of mil­lions of users world­wide, were to go out of com­mis­sion be­cause of a data­base fail­ure. it’s not an im­pos­si­ble sce­nario – it ac­tu­ally hap­pened back in 2010. even though the out­age only lasted for 2.5 hours, the so­cial net­work­ing com­pany felt obliged to is­sue a state­ment to apol­o­gize for it, say­ing that it was “the worst out­age we’ve had in over four years.” One can only imag­ine the pan­de­mo­nium that would en­sue should the out­age last for days, or even weeks.

per­haps this in­di­rectly ex­plains why Veeam has been so suc­cess­ful over the re­cent years. Dur­ing his speech, McKay men­tioned that Veeam man­aged to se­cure more than us$607 mil­lion (ap­prox. rM2.6 bil­lion) in book­ings in 2016 alone, which trans­lates to a year-over-year growth of 28 per­cent. in fact, all four of Veeam’s main sales engines – sMB, com­mer­cial, en­ter­prise, and cloud – have wit­nessed dou­ble digit year-overyear growth rates for 2016. As a whole, Veeam has amassed more than 231,000 cus­tomers, and is gain­ing 4,000 new cus­tomers per month on av­er­age.

Of course, Veeam wouldn’t be where it is right now with­out its suite of soft­ware so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing its up­dated flag­ship prod­uct, the Veeam Avail­abil­ity suite v10, which was un­veiled and show­cased ex­ten­sively dur­ing the con­fer­ence.

As you would ex­pect, the lat­est up­date brings about a host of new fea­tures, in­clud­ing com­pat­i­bil­ity with phys­i­cal servers and Net­work At­tached stor­age (NAs), na­tive ob­ject stor­age sup­port – which es­sen­tially grants the it depart­ment of com­pa­nies the flex­i­bil­ity to move archives from costly pri­mary backup stor­age to less ex­pen­sive stor­age so­lu­tions to min­i­mize costs – and Veeam con­tin­u­ous Data pro­tec­tion (cDp).

that last fea­ture is par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy as far as the con­cept of avail­abil­ity is con­cerned, as it would ef­fec­tively help re­duce Re­cov­ery Point Ob­jec­tives (rpO) from an av­er­age du­ra­tion of 15 min­utes to 15 sec­onds or less even – cru­cial when you’re run­ning a ser­vice or a busi­ness that can­not af­ford to ex­pe­ri­ence even the short­est of down­time.

“With Veeam Avail­abil­ity suite v10, we are de­liv­er­ing wide ar­ray of new ca­pa­bil­i­ties that will en­able our port­fo­lio of more than 242,000 cus­tomers de­liver rich, seamless Dig­i­tal Life ex­pe­ri­ences to their users,” said McKay.”

“The cloud is now. We hear a lot about the cloud be­ing the next wave of tech­nol­ogy, but I think that wave is wash­ing over us every sin­gle day.” – Paul Mat­tes

Veeam spent the sec­ond day of VeeamON 2017 talk­ing about its cloudrelated so­lu­tions, par­tic­u­larly the Veeam Disas­ter re­cov­ery in Mi­crosoft Azure, and the newly up­dated Veeam Backup for Mi­crosoft Of­fice 365.

As its name would sug­gest, Veeam Disas­ter re­cov­ery in Mi­crosoft Azure is a so­lu­tion de­signed to sim­plify and au­to­mate disas­ter re­cov­ery in Azure – en­sur­ing the con­ti­nu­ity and avail­abil­ity of crit­i­cal work­loads stored on the plat­form. it works by lever­ag­ing on Veeam’s ex­ist­ing Di­rect re­store to Mi­crosoft Azure so­lu­tion to­gether with the new Veeam pow­ered Net­work (pN) for Mi­crosoft Azure – a free light­weight tool de­signed for busi­nesses to sim­plify and au­to­mate the setup of a disas­ter re­cov­ery site in Azure us­ing soft­ware-de­fined net­work­ing.

Next, we have the Veeam Backup for Mi­crosoft Of­fice 365 v1.5. With more than 86 mil­lion users cur­rently us­ing Of­fice 365 world­wide, you can imag­ine the headache that an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s it depart­ment will have to face at­tempt­ing to re­cover any lost data, which is where the up­dated Veeam Backup for Mi­crosoft Of­fice 365 v1.5 comes into play.

Veeam Backup for Mi­crosoft Of­fice 365 v1.5 re­lies on a multi-ten­ant ar­chi­tec­ture that al­lows larger Of­fice 365 de­ploy­ments to be pro­tected with a sin­gle in­stal­la­tion, whilst en­abling Veeam cloud and ser­vice providers (VCSPs) to de­liver Of­fice 365 backup ser­vices to their cus­tomers. As of right now, Veeam Backup for Mi­crosoft Of­fice 365 v1.5 is pri­mar­ily used for back­ing up and re­cov­er­ing cloud-based Of­fice 365 mail­box items.

While demon­strat­ing its func­tion­al­i­ties on stage, Mike res­seler, Di­rec­tor of prod­uct Man­age­ment at Veeam soft­ware, men­tioned that the sub­se­quent ver­sion of Veeam Backup for Mi­crosoft Of­fice 365 – which is cur­rently in de­vel­op­ment – will sup­port ad­di­tional ser­vices like OneDrive for Busi­ness and share­point On­line, al­low­ing you to backup and re­cover per­sonal data, such as photos and doc­u­ments.

“the cloud is now. We hear a lot about the cloud be­ing the next wave of tech­nol­ogy, but i think that wave is wash­ing over us every sin­gle day. iDc pre­dicts that by 2019, 46 per­cent of all en­ter­prise i.t. ex­pen­di­ture will be with the cloud. this is hap­pen­ing at a pace that’s much greater than any­thing we’ve seen be­fore in the his­tory of it. the cloud is be­ing adopted at a rate that’s much faster than any­thing we’ve seen,” added paul Mat­tes, Vice pres­i­dent of Global cloud Group at Veeam soft­ware.

Peter McKay, Pres­i­dent and Co-Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Veeam Soft­ware, shar­ing the stage with Rat­mir Ti­ma­shev, Co-Founder of Veeam Soft­ware.

The four main pri­or­i­ties for Veeam in 2017.

Veeam plans on gen­er­at­ing US$1 bil­lion (ap­prox. RM4.2 bil­lion) in rev­enue by 2018, and US$1.5 bil­lion (ap­prox. RM6.43 bil­lion) by 2020.

Paul Mat­tes, Vice Pres­i­dent of Global Cloud Group at Veeam Soft­ware, in­tro­duc­ing the Veeam Disas­ter Re­cov­ery in Mi­crosoft Azure – a cloud disas­ter re­cov­ery so­lu­tion.Av

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