VeeamON 2017 – Part 1

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I had an amazing time attending VeeamON last week. The event during the day was packed with many presentations and nights were filled with parties. There was a lot going on from a company that doesn’t have many products. However, they are the best at what they do and have a strong following.

The keynote on Wednesday focused on availability. Peter McKay, co-CEO, described data being as valuable as oil was last century. I understand where he was going with the comparison, but hard to compare a natural resource to data. He talked about how Veeam has been growing at a steady rate since the company formed 10 years ago. Though, they added 1,000 employees in the last year and will add hundreds more the next year.

I always wondered how the name Veeam was created. Turns out it is basically how saying the letters V and M sound. I thought that was interesting for how simple it is. After all, they are, of course, all about virtual machines from backing up and monitoring so makes sense.

John Metzger, VP product marketing, made announcements for version 10 of Backup and Replication, which is the next major release. There will be a new feature called continuous data protection. RPO can be set to seconds if someone has the bandwidth for it. There will be native object storage support to take advantage of a service, such as AWS’s S3. There will be a new Veeam agent for Windows. Backing up to a NAS will be supported. He said that a lot of customers have requested it, which I didn’t realize. New APIs for storage vendors; IBM, Lenovo, and Infinidat. A Microsoft fail over cluster will now be able to be backed up. Check out Veeam’s official page on version 10 for more details.

I’ve never used VMware’s Log Insight, but I have always wanted to Implement it. Veeam will have integration with Log Insight. I’m sure customers with Back and Replication, and Log Insight will appreciate one place to review logs with products that work so closely together.

The keynote had a few live demos. Veeam had their engineers discussing and showing the audience some of the new features. One of the first things I noticed when the version 10 client was opened was finally a tab on the left of the client for history. In the current version, it was a gear with no label, which made it look like it was for some sort of settings. Anyway, just glad they finally made where to view the history more obvious as everyone I worked with surprised that’s the history button.

To be honest, I wasn’t too interested in the keynote on Thursday. The speakers focused  mostly on Azure. I have nothing against Azure. Looks better than AWS in many ways. Just something I haven’t worked with yet. Anyway, nice that everyone that attended received the book Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel.

Everything still looks green to me as if I have a filter on my glasses. Veeam loves the color green and makes everything a shade of green. Some of the speakers even joked they must wear at least 3 things that are green. I’m still slowly catching up at home. I will make my next article on the breakout sessions.

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