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Reading Time: 2 minutes Veeam Software, during the VeeamON event, has a announced Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, a simple and free standalone solution that enables users to back up Windows-based laptops and desktops to an internal or external hard drive, a NAS (network attached storage) share or a Veeam backup repository. One of the misunderstandings of Veeam Backup & Replication product is that it cannot handle the backup of physical system: this is not exactly true. For virtual machines Veeam remain still an agentless backup solution. But you can register Windows (or also Linux) physical machine inside your infrastructure and […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes CommVault Simpana is a single platform and unifying code base for integrated data and information management. I’ve wrote a post related to their announces during the past Virtualization Field Day (#VDF3). The most relevant aspect compared to other products is that this is NOT only a backup program, but can handle different functions. All functions share the same DNA and back-end technologies to deliver the unparalleled advantages and benefits of a truly holistic approach to protecting, managing and accessing data.

Reading Time: 3 minutes After the first announce in August (Nakivo annouce v4) and some intermediate versions (v3.8 and v3.9) with some of the announced features, and with also a good beta period, now the NAKIVO Backup & Replication v4.0 is finally available. Built for virtualization, this backup product is an all-in-one backup and replication solution that features a Web UI, protects live VMs running applications and databases, can run backup and replication jobs as often as every minute, reduces the backup size with deduplication and compression, speeds up data transfer with network acceleration, enables full VM and granular […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute NAKIVO has just released the new version 3.8 of Backup & Replication with the new following features: vSphere 5.5 support Support for Windows 8.1 Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 Backup repository self-healing You can download the new version from the download page.

Reading Time: < 1 minute Recenltly I’ve got some issue with Storage vMotion due to the “lock” function used by some backup programs. I’ve write about it related with Symantec Backup Exec, but this time was with VMware Data Protector (VDP). Usually, backup programs disable Storage vMotion during the backup process to avoid datastore changes (and issue during the copy, considering that starting from vSphere 5.0 it’s possible use Storage vMotion also on VM with snapshots). But if the backup process fail, some backup programs does not clear this information correctly.

Reading Time: 3 minutes My briefing with Spectra Logic, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Steve Mackey (VP International). The company design and deliver innovative data protection through tape and disk-based backup, recovery and archive storage solutions. Compared to previous companies met during this event, this is one with a long history (over 30 years of experience in storage) and it well know in the US, but honestly not the same in EMEA (or at least not in Italy) and, in fact, one of their mission is increase the market share in EMEA.

Reading Time: < 1 minute Veeam has recently released the new version of his backup product, announced during the VMworld EU and with several new features. Also it include new compatibility matrix: New hypervisor support: VMware vSphere 5.1 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V To download the product, or the trial go to the download page. There is also a video with Doug Hazelman that explain the main new features:

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the new vSphere 5.1, there is a missing component replaced by a new one: VMware Data Recovery (VDR) has been replaced by the new VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP). VDR was a backup solution introduced with vSphere 4.0 and based on the VMware vSphere API for Data Protection (VADP) which includes the Changed Block Tracking (CBT) technology (to have incremental backup). But was a limited product (especially not suitable to scale to with several VMs) and also the 2.0 version introduced in vSphere 5.0 was not so changed too much (except in a little […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute Some months ago I’ve realize a course for the Backup Academy titled: Basic principles of backup policies. Now it’s available also a whitepaper title “Backup policies defined for VMware VMs” (but it’s enough general to be applied for generic policies, both for physical and virtual environment). This is the list of all the media type available on my course: Online video with transcript Offline video Podcast PowerPoint Slide Whitepaper

Reading Time: 2 minutes Most of you have notice that there was a page on Veeam site (Something Awesome is coming) with a countdown: on June 4th they have announcing *something*. It’s the new version of Veeam Backup & Replication 6.1 that add several enhancements from the v6.0: VeeamZIP: a new capability for performing ad-hoc backups. In many ways, it functions like a zip utility for VMs. For this reason, it’s called VeeamZIP™. New console with a “Ribbon Design”: while wizards and dialogs (which account for 90% of the user interface) haven’t changed, it’s now easier to get to […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes One curios thing of both ExaGrid and Dell DR4000 solutions (but also other solutions) is that they lack of a Virtual Tape Library (VTL) feature and only work as a network share (with CIFS or NFS). In both cases the reason was not technical (but I think that the main reason is still just a way to reduce cost and complexity) but marketing/strategy (customers just don’t ask at this feature). But moving from a backup to tape (B2T) to a backup to disk (B2D) solution does not necessary mean move to backup to file (over […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Several new solutions seem demonstrate that backup destination is moving from tape to disk. It isn’t really a new trend of last year (for example see this paper from Lisa 2006, or Microsoft that has removed the tape support in his OS included backup solution starting from Windows Vista), but now more products are pointing to the disk solution. The Linear Tape Open (LTO) consortium (whose member include Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Quantum) has officially released specifications for the LTO Generation 5 with around 1,5 TB of native capacity and a throughput of 140MBps (uncompressed)… and […]

Reading Time: 9 minutes Note This product has been discountined with the release 5.1 and replaced by the new VDP. Disclaimer I do not work for VMware and I’m not writing that VDR is the best backup product! First versions were affected by some bugs and issues… But now (from 1.2 release) could be one possible backup solution (of course with its limits). VMware Data Recovery (VDR) Official VMware site: http://www.vmware.com/products/data-recovery/ See also: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-11443 For VDR2 see also: Things to know before implementing VMware Data Recovery (vDR) 2.0 Note that this product works quite like the old esXpress (similar […]

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