The Kubernetes world has exploded! Its all you hear about now, Kubernetes, Kubernetes, Kubernetes! VMware acquired Heptio, launched Project Pacific (see Anthony Spiteri’s blog), NetApp announced Application Lifecycle Management for Kubernetes, AWS has EKS, Azure has AKS, Google Cloud Platform has GKE (they invented the thing!) everyone is announcing something somewhere. As this demand grows, the need for backing up and protecting these workloads is ever increasing. More and more Kubernetes workloads are becoming stateful, in-fact I wrote a blog article during my day job about just this – Stateful containers in production, is this a thing? Recently I came across a great company called Kasten. They offer native integration with Kubernetes to backup and restore any Kubernetes workloads. They have some really cool features including cross platform migrations. I thought it would be great to dig into this and take a look: First, let’s take a look at the […]
Last week Veeam held its annual conference VeeamON in Miami at the FountainBlue Hotel! And what a venue it was. This has to be the nicest venue I have attended a conference in. The event opened with the General Session with Ratmir Timashev announcing Veeam has become a $1billion software company! What an achievement for a company started just over 10 years ago. Ratmir talks about how sucesful Veeam has become and how that was Act 1. Moving forward with Act 2, Veeam is focused on becoming the #1 Cloud Data Management Platform. This is an important step in helping customers manage and secure data in a Multi Cloud World. After the General Session, later on in the day, Danny Allan kicked off the Technical Keynote. Anthony Spiteri has written a nice recap blog on this session, check it out here. Anthony kindly broke down the key times in the […]
Next week is Cloud Field Day 5 and Veeam will be presenting. This is an exciting time for Veeam as the cloud portfolio grows and the integration of the data management platform increases. With the world going all in on cloud, Veeam will be present to showcase the growing integration points across the mega clouds while still maintaining the industry best practice of the 3-2-1 rule. I am personally looking forward to this event. It will be my first Tech/Cloud Field Day I have presented at. While Rickatron is a tech field day alumni its not something I have been involved with much over my career. This is all about to change. Veeam at Tech Field Day Cloud 5 The full details of the event can be found above along with the list of delegates who will be attending. The event will be live streamed. Watch out next week for […]
One of the cool use features in N2WS Backup and Recovery is the ability to automate adding your EC2 instances to your backup policies. By leveraging tags this allows you to launch EC2 instances and assign them specific tags and never worry about those instances being protected. This works across AWS accounts too. Whats makes this even easier is when your using something like cloud formation to deploy anything in EC2 you can just have these tags propagated immediately. Lets take a quick look at how we do this. First we need to make sure that N2WS Backup and Recovery is configured for tag scanning. This is really simple. Go to General Settings Locate Tag Scan and turn Scan Resources to Enabled You can specify how long the scan interval is. Default is 6 hours. Once you have this configured, you need to define the tags in EC2. How this […]
Recently N2WS and Veeam released the latest version of N2WS Backup and Recovery providing native AWS backups and disaster recovery. This is an exciting release, and has some great new capabilities to provide in-depth control of the AWS EC2 and RDS resources being used by customers running multiple workload types in Amazon AWS. N2WS Backup & Recovery 2.5 GA Some key features of this release include: N2WS Resource Control – the lightswitch for your AWS environment: Start/Stop/Hibernate idle Amazon EC2 and RDS instance groups on-demand or automatically S3 Cost reduction and improved performance Enhanced S3 Copy logging Added new region – Stockholm + New GovCloud (including cross-region DR!) Expanded range of APIs allowing you to configure alerts and recovery targets ALL available APIs via the CLI With the new feature of resource control, users can now create groups of EC2 instances and RDS instances and specify power on, power off times throughout the […]
Last week I wrote an article on how Veeam Cloud Protection Manager can be used to protect your instances in AWS. This week I want to look at how you can use Cloud Protection Manager for Disaster Recovery across regions in AWS. With Cloud Protection Manager, you also have the ability to replicate and failover your instances across regions in AWS. Why would you do this? Not only are you protecting your instances with managed backups in the same region, you can also provide business continuity in the event of a region failure within AWS. With Cloud Protection Manager, you also have the ability to protect workloads across multiple AWS accounts to replicate across regions. This makes it even harder for a “Codespaces” type disaster to ever happen again. AWS gives great guidance on when to use multiple accounts for security boundaries. So how do we setup workloads in Cloud Protection […]
In January Veeam acquired N2WS Software, which provide cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions. One of the products N2WS has is Cloud Protection Manager. This product allows anyone using AWS to easily schedule automated backups and disaster recovery snapshots and have them distributed across availability zones and regions. Cloud Protection Manager supports the following targets: EC2 Instances Volumes RDS Databases Aurora Clusters Redshift Clusters DynamoDB Tables Cloud Protection Manager is deployed easily through an AMI in the AWS Marketplace. You can read the installation instructions here So what does Cloud Protection Manager do that you can’t already do in AWS? Cloud Protection Manager provides the ability to have a Simple UI to manage all snapshots and recovery. Using Cloud Protection Manager you can easily configure policies and schedules and set up Disaster Recovery replication. An example is creating a backup policy. Once you have defined your backup schedules (think daily/weekly/monthly […]
Today I am announcing that I have left VMware after 8 years at a great company. I don’t want to start one of those this is my life story blogs, as I typically find them a bit awkward and I am not interested in trying to create any drama about my own personal choices. What I do want to say is thanks to a few people. During my time at VMware I have made some amazing and incredible friends. I have worked with some of the most outstanding individuals this industry has ever seen. Four of those people have been instrumental in helping my career and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. Chris Colotti Duncan Epping Jenny Fong Mathew Lodge So, where am I going? Well I have decided to join Veeam and will be working in the Product Strategy group with Rick Vanover, Anthony Spiteri, […]
VMware announced today on the VMware blog site the release of version 9.1 of vCloud Director. This latest version is packed full of features and updates to help the ever growing VMware Cloud Provider Program deploy enterprise grade public cloud offerings. So whats key about this release? These are: HTML 5 Tenant and Administration Portal User Interface Extensibility Orchestration Services Python SDK and CLI Multi-Site View SR-IOV (Single-Root Input/output Virtualization) FIPS Mode Standalone VMRC For me this has been a milestone release personally. The last time I worked with vCloud Director was back in version 1.5, so being able to see how the HTML 5 UI has progressed since the awful days of the Flex UI is nice. To read about the new features in-depth VMware (and I) have released a white paper, you can read it here. The VMware vCloud Director 9.1 release notes can be viewed […]
In this vTechTalk video, we explore the logical architecture of VMware vCloud Availability, and how it provides an easy way for service providers to deliver a new disaster recovery offering to the market.
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This is an open-mic panel session with the Global Cloud Practice VMware Certified Design Experts, who will answer advanced- and expert-level questions about cloud architecture and software-defined design.
Enterprises globally are enthusiastically embracing the hybrid cloud as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service IT provides to its end customers. To achieve this, enterprises are looking to VMware and the VMware Cloud Provider Program to help them run in a hybrid cloud model. Participants in this session will leave with a technical understanding of how to leverage the hybrid cloud to gain benefits of geographic diversity and agile scaling for growth, while continuing to use the tools they have already invested in.
“Service Providers globally are enthusiastically embracing hybrid cloud as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service they provide to end customers. To achieve this, Service Providers are looking to VMware vCloud Air Network and Veeam to help them build a scalable cost-effective cloud solution. In this session, we will get into the details of the technology. Weâ€™ll focus on how these solutions are architected and what that implies in real-life implementations. A participant in this session will leave with a technical understanding of how to leverage technology from Veeam and VMware to provide a successful cloud-based storage service.”