Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO) scenario is usually challenging due to some constraints (like limited budget, lack of local IT people, limited IT resources and stuff, …) and some possible risks (like the bandwidth or latency assumptions could be wrong and not enought). But in most companies the solution must provide same enterprise level services, like a right level of high availability, data protection, scalability (maybe not locally, but having more offices with similar solutions, …). In most cases a two nodes solutions with a virtualization level could be enough, but what about the […]
Nakivo is a company with an interesting (both for the features and the costs) backup & replication native for VMware vSphere. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers a complete data protection feature set for virtualized environments, including local and offsite VM backup and replication, support for live applications & databases, instant granular recovery, network acceleration, data deduplication and compression, Web UI, AES-256 encryption, advanced reporting, and vCloud Director support. The latest available version of branch 5 (started more than one year ago) is v5.9 (you can download the trial version).
During the past VMworld US 2015, I’ve also attend at the last Tech Field Day extra day and got the opportunity to know Datto. Datto is an innovative provider of comprehensive backup, recovery and business continuity solutions used by thousands of managed service providers worldwide. This is the description from their web site, but honestly was not so easy understand what they really during the first part of the presentation.
In the previous post I’ve introduced the Altaro’s VM backup solution, started with a Hyper-V only product, now is becoming a multi-hypervisor product that support also VMware vSphere (up to version 6.0). As mentioned previously, their original product was also renamed to Altaro VM Backup (from Altaro Hyper-V Backup). To manage backup configuration and jobs you need a Windows machine that can be either: Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 Windows 7 (64-bit) and 8 (64-bit)
Altaro is a fast-growing software company with easy to use and affordable (also for the price) backup solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, specializing in backup for virtualized environments. Their main solution is Hyper-V Backup v5 designed to make backup of Microsoft Hyper-V VMs easier than ever, with refined and sophisticated features, and also affordably priced (it include also a free edition, limited to 2 VMs per host and with a 4 weeks maximum retention). You’ll be up and running in a matter of minutes, protecting your VMs by using flexible features for automated backups […]
Rubrik announced the release of version 2.0 of Rubrik Converged Data Management to deliver complete data protection and rich data services at a global scale. The promise is to eliminate backup software by integrating data protection, instant recovery, and DevOps infrastructure into a single fabric. The core is a asynchronous, deduplicated, masterless, SLA driven replication that can be deployed any way you like, many-to-one, many-to-many, one-to-one, uni-directionally or bi-directionally. Rubick Converged Data Management platform is fundamentally a distributed architecture that allows you to share nothing, but do everything—each node is a master of its domain.
Compatibility remain one of major reason for wait before a major upgrade, but now several backup products are compatible with vSphere 6.0 (see Backup products and vSphere 6.0 compatibility – Updated). Same for several other 3rd part software. But in the backup space there are still some issues that may limiting the choice of running (yet) vSphere 6.0 in production environments. As written in VMware vSphere 6.0 – Upgrade or not upgrade post one was related in CBT in ESXi 6.0 that can impact your environment also if your backup program will already support vSphere […]
Also some months after the release the new vSphere 6.0, one of the main reason to don’t use in a production environment remain the compatibility aspect. If most of the VMware products it’s fine from this point, it isn’t the same for the 3rd part backup products. One month ago I’ve wrote a post Backup products and vSphere 6.0 compatibility were only few products were available. Now there are some changes in this list.
Note: there is an updated version of this post. Some days ago I’ve wrote about why upgrade and why don’t upgrade to the new vSphere 6.0 and one of the main reason was the compatibility aspect. Not only with hardware (most of vSphere 5.5 hardware is in HCL also for version 6.0), but mainly for the software part, especially the 3rd part software! And the most important is your backup solutions: if maybe you can accept some risks using a new release of vSphere, you cannot accept the risk of loose your backup or use […]
As you probably know, some days ago Veeam has released the RC version of their free tool Veeam Endpoint Backup (announced for the first time on Oct 2014). Veeam Endpoint Backup is a free data protection and disaster recovery solution for physical machines, both client or server, but actually limited to “recent” version of Windows (mainly from NT 6.1 release). Comparered to the beta version, this new version add a lot of new features, including:
Some months after the announce of the version 4 of their product, NAKIVO Inc. has released the new NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5. This product is going to fill the features gap with other products introducing the Flash VM Boot feature that provides the ability to run VMware VMs directly from compressed and deduplicated VM backups, without recovering the entire VMs first. The backup from which the VM is started remains unchanged to preserve the integrity of the data.