Tag: Backup

StorSimple

Microsoft Announces Azure StorSimple Hybrid Storage Solutions For The Enterprise

Today Microsoft announced that starting August 1, the will deliver the new StorSimple 8000 series hybrid storage arrays. The StorSimple 8000 series are the most powerful StorSimple systems ever and have even tighter integration with Azure, including two new Azure-based capabilities to enable new use cases and centralize data management. These new solutions demonstrate how Microsoft is bringing the best of on-premises storage together with the cloud in order to deliver bottom line savings to customers by cutting storage costs from 40 to 60% and helping IT teams focus more on business strategies than infrastructure management.

The new StorSimple 8000 series arrays come in two flavors to meet a variety of capacity and performance needs:  the StorSimple 8100 and the StorSimple 8600, which you can read about here.

The new StorSimple 8000 series arrays come in two flavors to meet a variety of capacity and performance needs:  the StorSimple 8100 and the StorSimple 8600, which you can read about here.  These are enterprise hybrid storage arrays with a twist – instead of being limited to only SSDs and HDDs, these arrays use Azure Storage as a hybrid cloud tier for automatic capacity expansion and off-site data protection. That means IT teams don’t have to spend so much time and effort working on the next inevitable storage capacity upgrade or managing the complex details of data protection. Data stored on StorSimple 8000 series arrays is automatically protected off-site by cloud snapshots, which fill the enormous gap between problematic tape solutions and costly remote replication solutions.

To go with the new arrays, there is the Microsoft Azure StorSimple Virtual Appliance, which is an implementation of StorSimple technology running as an Azure virtual machine in the cloud. With a matching Azure StorSimple virtual machine, StorSimple 8000 series customers can run applications in Azure that access snapshot virtual volumes in the cloud. Customers will be able to run new applications that search and analyze historical datasets without disrupting production work in their datacenter. This new StorSimple Virtual Appliance not only works for data from Windows Server and Hyper-V, but on-premises Linux and VMware servers, as well, providing hybrid cloud capabilities for the most common server platforms today.

The Virtual Appliance also enables disaster recovery (DR) in the cloud. Virtualized applications that store their data on an Azure StorSimple array in a customer’s datacenter can be restarted in VMs in Azure with access to previously uploaded data. Updates to data made during recovery operations can be downloaded later to StorSimple arrays on-premises when normal operations resume.

DR is an area of concern for many customers and they seldom get a chance to test their abilities. Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8000 Series arrays and Virtual Appliances have a feature called Instant Recovery, which presents synthetic, full images of virtual volumes in Azure to applications and end users so they can start accessing data as soon as possible after a disaster. Instant recovery accelerates restores and DR testing by only downloading data that is needed and bypassing data that isn’t needed.

Another groundbreaking capability in this release is the Microsoft Azure StorSimple Manager, which consolidates management for all of a customer’s Azure StorSimple 8000 series arrays and Virtual Appliances. Administrators use the Manager to centrally control all aspects of StorSimple storage and data management from the cloud, so they can ensure consistent operations and data protection/retention policies across the enterprise. The new StorSimple Manager also gives administrators a dashboard with up-to-the-minute status and reports so they can quickly spot storage troubles and trends and allows the IT team to spend less time on storage infrastructure management and shift resources to business applications.

StorSimple customers have been seeing the financial and IT efficiency benefits of hybrid cloud storage for years.  Now, the Microsoft Azure StorSimple solution brings new innovations to enable even greater operational efficiency, and is a great example of technology developed with a hybrid cloud design point and critical customer needs in mind.

 

If you want to know more about StorSimple checkout my blog about StorSimple Cloud as a Tier and the Microsoft blog post from Takeshi Numoto about the new StorSimple 8000 series.

 



Veeam Webinar Recordings

Veeam Hyper-V 2012 R2 Webinar recordings available

Back in April I did two webinars for Veeam about What’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V (English) and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V for Small Businesses (German). Veeam made the recording of those sessions available for free. Checkout both webinar recordings for free:

 

Whats' new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V (English)

Aseem Anwar, Systems Engineer for Veeam Software and Thomas Maurer Cloud Architect and Microsoft Hyper-V MVP, will guide you through the updated and new features of Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. In this webinar, you will hear the new and enhanced features including: Storage, Networking, Management, Live Migration, Generation 2 Virtual Machines and more…

Hyper-V und Veeam Backup & Replication für KMU (German)

Nehmen Sie an dem Webinar mit Thomas Maurer, MVP Expert und Blogger, teil und erfahren Sie mehr über die Vorteile von Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V und Veeam Backup & Replication in Klein- und Mittelstandsunternehmen. Agenda: ◾Überblick über Windows Server 2012 R2 und Veeam Backup & Replication in Kleinunternehmen ◾Live Demo: Erstellung der Hyper-V und Veeam-Umgebung ◾Live Demo: Sicherung und Wiederherstellung von Dateien ◾Fragen & Antworten

 

 

 



Veeam

Two new Veeam Webinars about Hyper-V

A couple of week ago I was presenting for Veeam about Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication v7 R2. The webinar was in German and during a huge request from people about an English webinar, Veeam offered to do the same webinar in English. Together with Aseem Anwar I will present about the new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V showing the following enhancements:

  • Storage
  • Networking
  • Management
  • Live Migration
  • Generation 2 Virtual Machines
  • And more

The webinar will take place on Thursday 24 April 11:00 CEST (10:00 BST) and you can register free on the Veeam website. The webinar will be held in English.

 

Register

Register for the free webinar on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication v7 R2. (English)

 

There will be also a second webinar about Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Veeam Backup and Replication in German together with Moritz Höfer. This webinar will focus on small businesses and will show you how you can make use of Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication in a small business environment.

The webinar will take place on Thursday 23 April 15:00 CEST and you can register free on the Veeam website. The webinar will be held in German.

 

Register

Register for the free webinar on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication v7 R2. (English)

 

If you have any are interested in Hyper-V 2012 R2 or Veeam Backup & Replication or how the products work together, you should definitely join this free webinar.

 

 

 



Veeam Webinar

Veeam Hyper-V 2012 R2 Webinar recording available

Yesterday I had the chance to do a webinar on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication V7 R2 together with Moritz Höfer (System Engineer at Veeam). The webinar is in German and covers some of the new feature ins Hyper-V 2012 R2 and the Veeam Backup & Replication solution for Hyper-V with slides and live demos. You can watch the webinar for free on the Veeam website.

Veeam Webinar Hyper-V 2012 R2



Veeam Webinar

Free Webinar: Hyper-V 2012 R2 and Veeam Backup & Replication v7 R2

I have the honor to present together with Veeam System Engineer Moritz Höfer in a Webinar about Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication v7 R2. In the Webinar we will cover the new feature in Hyper-V 2012 R2 and Veeam Backup & Replication v7 R2 which support both Hyper-V 2012 R2 as well as VMware vSphere 5.5. The webinar will take place on Wednesday 19 February 10:00 CET (UTC+1:00) and you can register free on the Veeam website. The webinar will be held in German.

UPDATE: You can get the recording of the Webinar here.

Register

Register for the free webinar on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Veeam Backup & Replication v7 R2. (German)

If you have any are interested in Hyper-V 2012 R2 or Veeam Backup & Replication or how the products work together, you should definitely join this free webinar.



Veeam

Veeam Backup & Replication v7 is Here!

Veeam just released their new flagship product Veeam Backup & Replication v7. The first release of the Veeam Backup & Replication was 5 years ago and Veeam did a lot of updates and improvements to their suite.

Innovation

v7 brings two innovations: Built-In WAN Acceleration and Backup from Storage Snapshots. While the “labels” of these features may not seem innovative, the technology behind them is. Our Built-In WAN Acceleration was developed from the ground up to work specifically with our backup file and data format. Our WAN acceleration is designed to help you save time and money when you need to get your backups offsite. Additionally, we’ll be bringing our WAN acceleration to replication jobs in a future release.

Backup from Storage Snapshots may seem like an “easy” task but once you take a look at what’s required in vSphere, you know it’s not. A standard approach to using storage snapshots on vSphere is to promote the snapshot to a LUN and temporarily attach it to a dedicated host…this operation alone can take up to 5 minutes and your backup hasn’t even started yet. Our engineers were able to get around this time-consuming task and further accelerate the backup by being able to leverage some key technology in vSphere and we know you’ll be impressed once you see it in action.

Features

v7 is packed full of features. We’ve already announced seven of the most disruptive features but the What’s New document contains many more. It seems that everyone has their “favorite” new feature in v7 although tape support seems to be close to the top for everyone. Personally, I’m excited about our vCloud Director support. We’ve been working on vCD support for a while but it was “not quite good enough” to make it into a previous release. I’m confident that our vCD support is second to none and when you see how easy it is to use, I’m sure you’ll agree. A big feature for our Hyper-V customers is the inclusion of Virtual Labs for Hyper-V. Now Hyper-V customers have access to SureBackup Recovery Verification, U-AIR and the On-Demand Sandbox capability that our VMware users have enjoyed for 3 years. There are a lot of other features and I’d love to hear what your favorite new feature is in the comments section.

 

Get more information about the Veeam Backup & Replication v7 on the Veeam Blog or on the product page.



Cloud as a Tier with Microsoft StorSimple

Microsoft StorSimple

Some weeks ago an awesome packet arrived at our office in Bern and I finally have time to write about the content.

Several months ago Microsoft acquired a company called StorSimple but there was no real buzz around this. But for me this is a huge step and shows in which direction the whole Cloud and Datacenter future will go.

StorSimple is one of the vendors which produced Cloud integrated Storage (CiS). Basically StorSimple is a hardware storage appliance with multiple storage tiers such as SSD or SAS disks and now also the Cloud which means Windows Azure.

As mentioned the box contains SSD and SAS disk which can be attached via iSCSI to your environment. ISCSI is not really the prefer option for me but I expect Microsoft to implement SMB 3.0 in the StorSimple box.

Primary Storage with SSD speed – The StorSimple box can be used as a primary storage with SSD speed. The box is certified for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and VMware but at the moment the StorSimple is maybe not made for running virtual machines on it. I would say it’s a great solution to attach the storage to you SMB file server and use it to expand your storage to the cloud.

Automatic Archiving – Cold data can be moved to cheap storage in Windows Azure which can grow with your needs, while hot data is running on-premise on your SSD or SAS storage.

Backup & Restore – Files can be backed up and restored from the Cloud. Incremental, deduplicated snapshots reduce storage requirements by over 90%
while delivering instant snapshot and restore technology in minutes as opposed
to days. Cloud Snapshots offer offsite data protection via the cloud. It is now
simple and cost-effective to retain as many snapshots as you need – no more 30,
60 or 90 day limits.

Multi Location Disaster Recovery – If a disaster strikes and you lose your datacenter you can restore you StorSimple box to a new StorSimple box, on the same location or on another, directly from the Windows Azure Cloud.

Military-grade Security – All data stored in the cloud with StorSimple has military-grade encryption applied to it. The encryption key is never given to StorSimple or the cloud provider, ensuring complete data privacy to support compliance requirements as stringent as HIPAA.

Enterprise-class Storage
StorSimple solutions offer enterprise-class high-availability with fully redundant disk controllers, power supplies, network connections and no single point of failure. They also support non-disruptive software upgrades.

Application-optimized Storage and Data Protection – Application-optimized volumes for Windows file shares, SharePoint and VMware libraries. Full support for VSS application-consistent snapshots is provided.

If you want to know more about StorSimple check out the StorSimple website.