Nakivo 6.2 Enables AWS Backup

Background

Within the past few days Nakivo announced the release of version 6.2 of their backup software. For those not familiar the Nakivo product is a backup product for cloud and VMware based environments. Nakivo first announced support for Amazon EC2 instances in the v6 release. The latest incarnation of the product adds on this by providing a number of enhancements related to AWS.

Deployment

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NAKIVO Backup & Replication can now be purchased from the AWS market place and allows you to back up to the same region, across regions or back to on premise. The product is intelligent in the deployment of transporters. Each region is required to have a transporter to enable backups and should a backup be requested in a region without an existing transporter a new one will be spun up automatically.

Keeping costs down

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As AWS is billed on an hourly basis it is sensible that you only run servers when needed to reduce costs. Transporter instances can be automatically powered off when not needed. When a task is required of a powered off transporter Nakivo is able to power it back on to allow the completion of the task. Another new feature is the product is able to harness native AWS instance replication, to maintain identical copies allowing for near instant recovery.

 

Like the VMware version the AWS flavour continues to offer global deduplication across all jobs and application level backups. The press release contains the full details.

Survey reveals 95% of companies suffered an outage in the last year

95% of companies suffered an outage in the last year, this is one of the surprising facts discovered by iLand in a recent DR survey. They questioned 250 firms of 500 employees or more to understand what the state of the DR in the UK is.

 

The results are interesting and shows some key trends that should enable all companies to tighten up their DR policies.

 

This headline figure that most organisations suffered an outage in the past 12 months must be a wake-up call to most organisations to get their DR policy in order. Those that had experienced outages were then asked the cause, the top 2 causes were system failure and human error. The prevalence of ransomware and other cyber-attacks were seen in the survey coming in as the fourth most common cause of outages. I have covered in detail considerations regarding ransomware and backups previously.

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Of those questioned 87% had initiated some kind of failover in the past 12 months. But offset against this was the fact that the majority of these had encountered issues during the process. This seems likely linked to another stat which showed that only 63% of respondents have a trained team that tests DR either quarterly or twice a year

 

 

Respondents were also asked about the amount of money the company was investing in DR. 57% believed the amount spent was correct, 26% said it was too little while 17% believed that actually too much was being spent.

Conclusions

 

So what practical use we can make of these figures to allow organisations to learn from them and ensure that they are ready for a DR situation.

 

The take home appears to be the need to failover in the next 12 months in some form or another is extremely likely, however most organisations are not able to do this with 100% confidence. Given the increasing need for organisations to be continually available and the potential financial and reputational losses of downtime this has to be a concern for most companies.

 

Planning and testing of DR have to be the number one and two priorities that come out of this survey. Any backup should be tested on a regular basis, and when the intention that backup is used for DR the need becomes even greater.

 

As a final comment I think it’s worth noting that in my opinion the figures were overly optimistic. It’s very difficult for any organisation to admit that they have failings and they will only be recognised if a company has undertaken the correct testing or been forced to invoke DR.

All IT departments have a limited budget the majority of that gets spent on end user computing where the focus from the business lies. However a business today without its data is no longer a business. Organisations need to consider the appropriate spend on planning and testing to ensure that they are DR ready.

The survey results are summarised in this infographic.

 

Veeam’s next big thing

The good ol days

As exciting as IT is now, things were simpler in the old days. You had a bunch of physical servers a tape drive in the corner and some backup software. As long as you remembered to change your tapes you knew everything was being backed up and if you really wanted to go the extra mile you took that tape off site. IT solutions including on-site, public/ private cloud, SAAS mean that data is disparate and the backup situation complex. Whilst there are data protection offerings to meet each individual requirement already, there wasn’t a single vendor with a vision that all the requirements of today’s IT departments. With Veeams next big thing they have come to the table and put forward this complete vision for data protection.

Key Announcements

Lets look at this collection of announcements that form the vision.  The diagram below summarises the proposal that Veeam can be used as a single tool to backup public, private clouds, physical machines and Office365.

 

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Office 365 Backup – Arguably the most significant announcement was the integration with Office 365. This new functionality allows the backup of Office 365 data to a Veeam repository. This allows the recovery of individual mailbox items and the eDiscovery of Exchange items.

Agents – Veeam End Point has been available for some time with a suggested use of backup for end user workstations. Veeam have enhanced support for application consistent backups and the Veeam Agent for MS Windows is now supported to protect your physical MS servers. The agent for Linux currently already available in beta, has a similar use case and can also be used for all your physical servers.

It has been a frustration of mine for some time that agents were not available for physical workloads so it good to see that covered off, but more significantly Veeam has stated that these agents can also be used for the backup of VMs that live in the public cloud.

Veeam Availability Console – This is the one console that ties together all the components and again nicely illustrates Veeams vision for a single product to backup and control your companies dispersed data. The availability console comprises the Veeam Availability Suite which is the console most of you are familiar with and probably think of when you think of Veeam. Plus VAC also enables you to manage all your agents from a single console, this was not possible with endpoint. This effectively means you can manage your traditional Veeam snapshot backups, plus physical and cloud backups from a single console.

Further Details

Watch the announcement

Good overview from Anthony Spiteri

Nice summary of all the news by Michael Cade

 

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