#VMworld 2013 Europe Interview with @RickVanover from @Veeam Software
While attending VMworld 2013 in Barcelona Spain, I was thankful for the chance to speak to the, one and only, Rick Vanover (@RickVanover on Twitter), Evangelist at Veeam Software. Rick is a prolific blogger and author from VirtualizationReview.com and other sites and, I have to say, I’m impressed at the tremendous evangelism he does for Veeam.
I spoke to Veeam about the exciting VMworld show, their booth, their VMworld Europe presentation, and what’s new in the latest edition of Veeam Backup and Replication, v7.
Rick and I discussed how Veeam is unique at their booth in Europe because of how all staff works for Veeam and they all speak different languages from around the world. This way, they can speak to the international audience who comes to the show at VMworld Europe in their own native language.
Author of the Veeam Community Podcast, Rick is big on the virtualization community (which is why he is always glad to do interviews like this one). To show their support for the community and their customers, Veeam threw a big VMworld party down on the beach one night (sadly I couldn’t make it).
What’s New in Veeam Backup and Recovery v7?
Rick and I also talked about the new version of Veeam Backup and Replication, v7. He said that received a strong show of confidence from their customer base when they found that roughly 25% of their customers upgraded to the latest version within the first 30 days.
The two major disruptive innovations in Veeam v7 are:
- Backup from storage snapshots – provides the fastest backup times ever by using direct VMFS access and VMware Changed Block Tracking, it enables instant VMware snapshot commit, and lets you create backups and replicas using storage snapshots – as often as you like and whenever you like. The result is dramatically improved RPOs for near-CDP that doesn’t impact your production environment or running VMs.This VMware-only feature currently supports HP StoreVirtual VSA, HP StoreVirtual and HP StoreServ storage product lines
- Built-in WAN acceleration – part of the backup copy job, WAN acceleration replicates Veeam virtual machine changes across the WAN and rebuilds the virtual machine backup library from there. The end result is that users gain up to 50 time faster transfers of Veeam Backup data across the WAN and eliminate the need for additional backup copy jobs.
Besides these “disruptive innovations”, Rick went on to say that there are also seven leading “market innovations”. They are:
- Native tape support
- Virtual lab for replicas
- Enhanced backup and recovery for vCloud Director
- vSphere Web Client Plug-in
- Virtual Lab for Hyper-V
- Enhanced 1-Click restore with self-service recovery
- And Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Sharepoint
(the 75 new innovations can be about on their product page)
The 3:2:1 Data Protection Rule
I asked Rick about the 3:2:1 data protection rule that Veeam has been touting. What this rule means is:
- You should have THREE copies of your data
- On TWO different media
- And ONE of those should be offsite
There are a lot of different ways to accomplish this through disk-based backups, replica, cloud backup, offsite replication, and more!
This is good advice to follow, no matter the backup and recovery tool that you select.
For those who couldn’t make the Veeam presentation at VMworld Europe, they were kind enough to post their slides here:
While writing this article I discovered this very nice infographic (I’m a sucker for infographics) – check it out, you might like it! —