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Veeam Cloud Connect Backup: Storage Management

Mike Mosley

In my blog, Veeam Cloud Connect Backup: Storage Optimization, I covered methods for estimating the sizing requirements for your Veeam Cloud Connect backup storage repository.

The next step is to optimize ongoing management of your storage to ensure an uninterrupted backup process. Let’s take a look at the key considerations for Veeam Cloud Connect storage management.

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Topics: Veeam, cloud backup

Veeam Cloud Connect Backup: Storage Optimization

Mike Mosley
In my previous blog, I reviewed how to get started with Veeam Cloud Connect Backup.
 
To get the most out of your Veeam backup solution, you want to make sure you fully understand and effectively manage your storage and consumption needs. It’s imperative that you have enough space available so you can fulfill your retention requirements. If you exceed your storage limit, you may begin to see failures that could affect your backup chain. If you overestimate your storage needs, you may be paying for space that is not being utilized.
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Topics: Veeam, cloud backup

Getting Started with Veeam Cloud Connect Backup

Mike Mosley
If you currently use Veeam backup and replication on-premises or have explored the Veeam website, then you most likely have heard of their 3-2-1 rule of availability. This rule states that you should keep 3 copies of your data and applications stored on at least 2 different types of media and keep 1 of those copies off-site.
 
The iland Secure Cloud Backup solution using Veeam Cloud Connect helps you to fulfill Veeam’s 3-2-1 rule by enabling backup to an off-site cloud repository and/or copying your local backups to the cloud. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to get started with Veeam Cloud Connect. By the way, if you're considering a disaster recovery solution as well as, or instead of a cloud backup solution, take a look at my blogs on Veeam DRaaS starting here
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Topics: Veeam, cloud backup

Disaster Recovery Options for VMware Customers

Richard Stinton

As highlighted in my recent cloud predictions for 2018 blog post, Gartner sees the Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market growing from $2.01B in 2017 to $3.7B by 2021.

One of the main reasons for this level of growth is that it is ‘as a service’ and not the complex and expensive ‘roll your own’ environment that it used to be. This has made DRaaS much more accessible to the SMB market, as well as enterprise customers. But, as the list of DRaaS solutions grows along with adoption rates, it's important for VMware vSphere customers to carefully consider how their choice of cloud provider should be influenced by their existing infrastructure to avoid technical challenges ahead.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto, VMware, Veeam

Veeam it Up, London!

Monica Brink

Availability - is there an IT leader anywhere who doesn't have availability as one of the nagging concerns keeping them awake at night? From our experience at iland, not many. It's right up there with IT security in terms of priorities. That's just one of the reasons why iland is sponsoring the UK event for all things Availability - VeeamOn Forum UK - in London next week on Oct 12th.

Sign up here to schedule a demo of Veeam Cloud Backup or DR at the iland booth and get a £20 Costa Coffee gift card.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam, cloud backup

DRaaS with Veeam – Failover and Failback Procedure

Mike Mosley

Now that we have replicated all of our servers and created a failover plan, it is time to test our failover process. There are several items you will want to test and verify before a real disaster strikes, such as network access, application functionality and data integrity. The best way to ensure the DR environment will operate as expected during a disaster is to periodically run a failover test of your replicas. Previously, we discussed the considerations and differences between a full failover and partial failover with Veeam. Now we will walk through the technical process of starting a failover in both instances, as well as failing back to production.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

DRaaS with Veeam – Failover and Failback Notes and Considerations

Mike Mosley

Now that we have setup our Veeam replication jobs and created a Veeam Failover Plan, we are now ready to test our failover functionality. A failover can be initiated in two different ways depending on your failover scenario. In the event that the full environment is down, you can conduct a full failover using the Veeam Hardware Plan. Alternatively, if your data center is online with just certain servers down, you can choose to failover only the affected servers for a partial failover. Depending on which method and networking device you use, there may be differences in how you can access the replicas. Below, I will detail the differences between a full and partial failover, as well as considerations to keep in mind when performing a failover.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

DRaaS with Veeam – The Veeam NEA and Failing Over

Mike Mosley

The Veeam Network Extension Appliance (NEA) is the default template deployed by Veeam on both source and target data centers. When used with a failover plan, this appliance will handle the outbound and inbound communication for the servers you failed over. During a partial failover, the source and target NEA’s create a peer-to-peer connection. This allows your remaining production servers to communicate with, and access, the failed over server with no additional routing configuration. In this article, we will go into more detail regarding the Veeam NEA and how it works during failover procedures.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

DRaaS with Veeam – Creating a Replica Job

Mike Mosley

In this article, we will walk through the process for creating a Veeam Replication Job to the iland VCC cloud. There are several options when creating a job and this guide should help you understand these settings a bit more. This will be an overall guide for a typical job, however, you may change the settings to fit you own DR strategy needs.

Now that you have an idea on how you would like to group your VMs and have a retention policy in mind, you are ready to begin creating your replica jobs. You can use the below guide to get started with your jobs:

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam

DRaaS with Veeam – Replica Job Considerations

Mike Mosley

In this post, we will go over some of the options and considerations when creating a replica job to a Veeam Cloud Service Provider. A replication job’s settings can be changed, and VMs included in a job can be removed or added at any time. However, it is a good idea to have a replication strategy in mind when creating jobs.

VM Grouping Considerations

Typically, the first option to consider when creating a job is what servers you would like to add. Many users have debated the best setup for grouping servers: one large job with all VMs, one VM per job or somewhere in between.

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Topics: DRaaS, Veeam