Diving into the world of backup and availability.
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