Data Center

New Veeam Availability Console Now Available

eeam Software, the Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ innovator, today announced the immediate availability of the NEW Veeam Availability Console™, a free management console for service providers delivering Veeam-powered services, such as Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a service (DRaaS), to more efficiently manage, track and invoice for these services. In addition, the Veeam console expands opportunities for resellers and new managed service providers (MSPs) looking to launch a managed backup service business to capture new revenue streams. Veeam Availability Console can also be used by distributed enterprises operating in an IT service delivery model and wanting to offer efficient, centrally managed backup, data protection and disaster recovery services across a distributed multi-cloud environment including on-premises or private cloud, public cloud, remote and branch offices (ROBO), as well as mobile or home workforces.

As cloud adoption grows, the ability to deliver, manage, and monitor IT infrastructure can be difficult. Veeam Availability Console simplifies this and allows Veeam service providers to add value by provisioning, managing, and monitoring Veeam virtual, physical, and cloud solutions for their customers. This in turn enables these partners to generate new revenue streams by offering fully-managed BaaS and DRaaS alongside their traditional business lines.

“Veeam is dedicated to our 16,700 service provider partners who are delivering BaaS and DRaaS services to their customers,” said Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam. “Veeam Availability Console makes it easy to deploy, manage and monitor all of their customers’ Veeam-powered services, whether they provide Availability for applications and data in the cloud, in a virtual environment, or on a physical server or laptop. Our strategy is to make it as easy as possible for our partners to provide valuable and profitable services to their customers, and the release of Veeam Availability Console is part of delivering on that strategy.”

Key features of Veeam Availability Console include:

  • Simplified customer onboarding, with the ability to centrally provision and manage all customers in one place;
  • Remote network discovery of customer environments to deploy Veeam’s virtual, physical and cloud-based Availability solutions;
  • Supports virtual, physical and cloud-based servers and endpoints;
  • Remote management and monitoring of Veeam backups and replicas for customers in an all-in-one dashboard view;
  • Tracking, billing and invoicing to ensure complete, real-time visibility of consumed resources, with white-label invoices;
  • Self-service management and status monitoring using a multi-tenant portal by partners and end customers;
  • RESTful API to easily integrate Veeam Availability Console functionality into existing management portals and workflows, and automating common management tasks

Pricing and Availability
Veeam Availability Console license is free, fully supported for Veeam Cloud and Service Provider (VCSP) partners. Service providers interested in using the free solution are invited to join the VCSP program, which is free to join and requires no obligation to purchase paid Veeam solutions.

Cloud Computing

Riverbed and Amazon Backup Solution Runs Natively In AWS, Protect Cloud Workloads

Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ:RVBD), a leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced a cloud-based version of Riverbed® SteelStoreTM for Amazon Web Services (AWS) − the first enterprise-class, cloud data backup and recovery solution that protects workloads running in AWS by cost effectively and securely backing them up in secondary cloud locations. SteelStore for AWS is now available in the AWS Marketplace.

As data continues to grow and the costs of backing it up with customary methods consume more time and budget, traditional disaster recovery strategies are no longer cost-effective or realistic. Cloud storage provides a better approach for storing the ever-increasing amounts of data that companies now manage due either to business needs or regulation. SteelStore for AWS allows companies that already use AWS for cloud-based storage to also recover those workloads from secondary cloud locations, reducing time, cost and data volumes by up to 90%. SteelStore also helps companies efficiently protect cloud-based workloads, creating cloud-to-cloud storage resiliency for enterprises.

“As the AWS Cloud continues to grow, offering backup and recovery strategies through partners like Riverbed creates a stronger ecosystem for customers looking to take advantage of the agility and cost-saving you find with the cloud,” said Terry Hanold, Vice President, Cloud Commerce, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Providing data backup and recovery solutions on AWS marketplace is essential and we are excited to have Riverbed offer SteelStore for AWS.”

“Cloud-to-cloud resiliency will transform backup and recovery so companies have a more reliable, cost-effective and seamless way to ensure their data is protected in the hybrid enterprise era,” said John Martin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage Delivery at Riverbed. “SteelStore for AWS is helping to make next generation storage more secure for customers taking advantage of the AWS cloud.”

Recover On-Premises Workloads in the Cloud

SteelStore for AWS allows organizations without a secondary disaster recovery location or organizations looking for extra protection to utilize the cloud for disaster recovery and business continuity. By using SteelStore physical or virtual appliances on-premises, data is seamlessly and securely protected in the cloud. If the primary site is unavailable, organizations can quickly spin up SteelStore and recover data to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

Efficiently Protect Cloud-Based Workloads

With data resiliency becoming increasingly challenging in the hybrid enterprise, protecting workloads in the cloud is just as critical as when they are run on-premises. When organizations already have production workloads running in Amazon EC2, SteelStore for AWS offers an efficient and secure approach to backing up cloud-hosted workloads by working with existing backup software. SteelStore for AWS deduplicates, encrypts, and rapidly migrates data to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) or Amazon Glacier, creating cloud-to-cloud resiliency, which is the next level in business continuity.

Riverbed SteelStore and the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™

SteelStore is the market leading solution for efficient and secure cloud backup and recovery. SteelStore is the only cloud-integrated storage that enables customers to securely store data in the cloud at up to 90% less than traditional methods. SteelStore accelerates data protection by reducing data volumes by up to 30x and speeding data transport times by 4x. SteelStore supports 95% of all cloud providers and customers are already protecting up to 130PB of data in the cloud today. SteelStore’s ironclad security means that IT can sleep peacefully knowing company data is safe and compliant in the cloud.

SteelStore is part of the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™, the most complete platform to enable organizations to embrace location-independent computing, so that business objectives – not technical constraints – drive how applications and data are delivered. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform gives companies the flexibility to host applications and data in the locations that best serve the business while ensuring flawless application delivery to better leverage global resources, radically reduce the cost of running their business and maximize employee productivity.

SteelStore for AWS is available now on the AWS marketplace.

Server Virtualization

HotLink Launches VMware Disaster Recovery to Amazon with HotLink DR Express

HotLink® Corporation, the market leader in transformation solutions for hybrid virtualization management, today announced its latest product, HotLink DR Express™, the industry’s first disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) solution that leverages Amazon Web Services (AWS) to economically protect all types of VMware vSphere virtual machines, and not just mission-critical ones. HotLink DR Express provides a dramatically simple plug-in solution for VMware vCenter users to integrate robust data protection with day-to-day operational management of VMware Windows and Linux workloads. Within minutes of a failure, IT administrators can automatically recover to a DR/BC site within AWS for the cost of basic backup.

HotLink DR Express addresses the market need for a cost-effective business recovery solution for workloads that could never sustain the exorbitant cost of a replica DR site, a luxury only justified for a handful of critical applications. Until now, basic backup and/or replication have been the only affordable options, but those recovery processes require standby, available hardware and a time-intensive effort to restore the VMs.

Recognizing that AWS provides the most compelling economics of all public cloud providers, HotLink is introducing HotLink DR Express to extend VMware vCenter capabilities to include automated DR/BC site setup, maintenance, recovery and management for AWS, ensuring that downtime is kept to only minutes rather than hours or days, and management is seamless with VMware vCenter. Built on the patent-approved HotLink Transformation Engine™, HotLink DR Express enables VMware users to benefit from intuitive DR/BC in Amazon EC2 — at a total cost that is practical for everyday workloads.

“HotLink DR Express is incredibly easy to deploy. Within only 30 minutes the product was installed, and we had our first three virtual machines protected in Amazon. The two most impressive features are the simplicity and tight integration with VMware vCenter. Protecting virtual machines is as easy a checking a box,” said Michael Warchut, senior network engineer at Monsoon Commerce. “The fact that it’s fully integrated into VMware vCenter means we can manage our DR site in the same way we manage our production servers. We definitely see HotLink DR Express as an easy, economical and powerful solution for protecting all types of workloads in our environment.”

With HotLink DR Express, there is no need to purchase dedicated recovery hardware since resources are available on demand, at scale through AWS. VMware vCenter users simply select which VMs to protect and the frequency of the restore points — up to 500, configurable by VM. HotLink DR Express automatically uploads the initial VM to Amazon S3 along with the ongoing differentials, without any manual steps, other consoles, appliances or conversion tools. Upon a VM failure or during a testing cycle, HotLink transforms the virtual machine and restores operations in AWS in minutes. Instances only incur Amazon EC2 charges during the period of the restoration; dormant VMs and differentials benefit for the extremely cost-effective Amazon S3 pricing. Alternatively, restoration back on-premise or to a VMware vCloud provider can be selected, if preferred. With HotLink DR Express, Amazon restored VMs are fully manageable by VMware vCenter, alongside on-premise VMs, and they are easily migrated back from AWS, whenever appropriate.

“The majority of server failures are hardware problems, not natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, hardware failures happen every day. Although traditional DR/BC solutions have productivity benefits for any company, the cost of deploying for most workloads is just not financially feasible,” said George Crump, president of Storage Switzerland. “HotLink DR Express fills a big void in the data protection industry with an easy-to-deploy and intuitive-to-use DR and BC solution, integrated with existing operations, and affordable for every company.”

Key features of the new HotLink DR Express include the ability to:

  • Extend VMware vCenter management to DR/BC operations in Amazon — Administrators have a unified management platform that extends VM administration and management to the AWS DR/BC site and allows recovery plans to be built using vCenter-compatible tools such as PowerCLI and Orchestrator.
  • Automate cloud DR/BC site creation and maintenance — vCenter users can intuitively select the desired on-premise Windows or Linux VMs for protection, configure recovery point objectives (per VM), and automatically replicate the VMs in AWS with differentials synchronized as changes occur.
  • Perform integrated monitoring and continuous testing — With the ability to monitor the AWS DR/BC site from vCenter, the status of all protected workloads for any restore point is readily visible. Test environments can be provisioned and validated to ensure that DR/BC recovery plans are deployed as expected and fully functional, when needed.
  • Restore business operations within minutes — HotLink DR Express users can automatically restore protected VMs in any Amazon EC2 region within minutes of a failure at any VM restore point. Amazon EC2 instances are provisioned from vCenter as easily as existing on-premise virtual machines.
  • Migrate back on-premise — Administrators can restore on-premise operations, whether to the current state of AWS VMs or the original restore point, when the local infrastructure is available.

Lynn LeBlanc, CEO and founder of HotLink said, “HotLink DR Express makes disaster recovery and business continuity accessible by any organization and for every workload by opening up AWS for VMware recovery. Most importantly, HotLink fully integrates this capability into the existing management environment of VMware vCenter, so business continues as usual if a failure happens. By combining Amazon economics with HotLink’s unique transformation technology, HotLink DR Express is a win for any VMware shop, large or small.”

Availability and pricing

HotLink DR Express is available now in both 30-day trial and subscription editions. Subscription pricing is $25 per VM per month on an annual subscription. For a demo or more information, visit HotLink at booth 2048 at VMworld on August 25-29 in San Francisco

Data Center Server Virtualization Storage Virtualization

NAKIVO Redefines the Industry with Affordable High Performance Recovery from Clouds

NAKIVO Inc., #1 VM data protection software provider, has announced today that it has released NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.0 with support for file recovery from local and cloud based VM backups, single click integration with Amazon cloud, and advanced reporting.

Downloading an entire backup from the cloud to recover just a few critical files can consume an unacceptable amount of time. However, with NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.0, files can be instantly accessed and restored from any VM backup, regardless whether it’s a few feet or few thousand miles away, enabling rapid operational recovery from anywhere, including backups stored in remote public clouds.

While NAKIVO Backup & Replication has long supported manual integration with Amazon, Azure, Dropbox, Google, and Rackspace public clouds, new automated single-click integration is now available for Amazon. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can be automatically integrated with Amazon cloud in under ten minutes, complete a 2GB VM backup to Amazon in just five minutes, and recover files from a VM backup at Amazon in less than one minute. Backups sent to Amazon are secured with 256-bit encryption in flight and at rest.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.0 provides VM backup, replication and recovery reporting on any job, group of jobs, or all defined jobs. Additionally, reports can be scheduled, automatically generated and sent via email.

In addition new features, NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.0 offers a complete data protection feature set for virtualized environments, including Web 2.0 UI, local and offsite VM backup and replication, support for live applications & databases (Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Oracle, etc.), deduplication, compression, and encryption.

“Backup speed is important, but recovery speed is even more important. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, VM and file recovery is 60X faster than our previous backup solution,” said Milko Mihov, IT manager of GRW Engineering. “NAKVIO enables us to now have greater overall uptime while also protecting our VMs more frequently to meet shorter recovery point objectives.”

“NAKIVO with its 3.0 release hits an important milestone in cloud integrated VM data protection by providing Amazon EC2 integration and an often overlooked capability of file level recovery from cloud stored backups,” said George Crump, Chief Steward of Storage Switzerland. “This further enables SMB data centers to minimize their onsite storage investment and fully leverage the cloud.”

“NAKIVO Backup & Replication v2 was great however they have included file level restoration in v3. Finally we have a VM backup and replication rival to the legacy VM backup vendors which shares the most of the feature set but for a fraction of the cost!” said Rob Jennings, Technical Services Manager of Ancar B Technologies, Ltd.

“NAKIVO is addressing the growing trend and challenges facing IT professionals to protect their virtualized data locally while also leveraging public clouds for offsite disaster recovery,” said Bruce Talley, CEO and co-founder of NAKIVO. “Last year we were excited to be the first to market with a completely integrated solution for protecting virtualized data with VM backups locally, offsite, and in public clouds. This release expands on that lead, with additional functionality addressing the recovery challenges facing our rapidly expanding customer base.”

Pricing & Availability
NAKIVO Backup & Replication is priced at roughly 50% of what other vendors charge and delivers the industry’s lowest TCO. NAKIVO Backup & Replication comes in two editions that have the same feature set:

The Essentials Edition works only with VMware vSphere Essentials and Essentials+ and costs $199 (€169, 149) per socket.

The Pro Edition works with VMware vSphere Standard, Enterprise, and Enterprise+ and costs $399 (€329, 269) per socket.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.0 is available now. Download a free 30 day trial here

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California NAKIVO is a privately-held company that develops and markets a line of next generation data protection products for VMware virtualized environments with live applications & databases including Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, and Oracle. NAKIVO provides the most intuitive, fast, and affordable VM backup and replication solution enabling SMBs to protect, encrypt, compress and de-duplicate data both onsite with local storage and offsite with public clouds. NAKIVO is focused on customer feedback and innovation to deliver the most advanced technology for reducing customer VM recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO), while also delivering the most cost effective VM backup to cloud solution with support for leading storage cloud providers including Amazon and Dropbox.

Cloud Computing Server Virtualization

NovaStor Speeds Up Cloud Backup Services

Data protection and backup specialist NovaStor announces the availability of NovaBACKUP version 12.5 for public and private cloud platforms. NovaStor’s latest release has increased performance up to ten times and has added support for the latest version of Microsoft SQL and VMware. NovaBACKUP 12.5 allows for seamless integration into an existing infrastructure and helps reduce backup windows considerably while substantially improving the end user experience.

Turnkey Cloud Backup Service

NovaStor’s new cloud backup solutions NovaBACKUP xSP and NovaBACKUP Remote Workforce 12.5 accelerate the implementation of a data backup service making it easier for service providers to sign new customers and increase revenues. Providers and corporate administrators can equip users with a fully configured data backup installation that can be implemented and protecting the end user’s critical data within minutes.

Bandwidth and other technological limitations often slow down data availability due to slow or limited connections and transmission times. Version 12.5 of NovaStor’s cloud backup solves this problem by optimizing both the cloud storage server and the client software.

Reduced Backup Windows for Growing Data Volumes

NovaStor has increased the backup speed of its products in order to keep up with continuously growing data volumes. Backup windows for large data loads have been reduced considerably. With regard to the increased use of virtual systems, virtual backup has been accelerated by up to ten times. In addition, comprehensive data base optimizations speed the processing of user input.

Support of Current Technologies such as VMware 5.0 and SQL 12

Version 12.5 provides support for recent technologies such as VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0 and Microsoft SQL 2012 in addition to older versions of Microsoft Exchange and SQL, VMware and Hyper-V. NovaStor has also extended its NAS security support facilitating compliance with internal security policies for backups on local NAS file systems.

To fulfill typical business requirements NovaStor supports the agentless backup of unlimited virtual machines on Hyper-V servers or several distributed VMware installations in the network with a single license. Further features include full, incremental and differential data backup locally as well as in the cloud, image disaster recovery, encryption, compression and virus protection.

“Version 12.5 of our cloud backup solutions enables backup service providers to better utilize their existing infrastructure to offer a faster and more stable service to more customers. The support of new and announced versions of VMware and Microsoft SQL is part of our ongoing effort to ensure our customers’ and partners’ competitiveness,” states Stefan Utzinger, CEO NovaStor.

Cloud Computing

Flexible, Secure Cloud Replication and Backup Services Delivered using aCelera

IT downtime is estimated to cost companies an average of $300,000 per hour. The huge cost of this downtime is driving companies to implement backup and replication services as part of their business continuity plan. Hipskind Technology Solutions Group, a U.S. Midwestern IT solutions provider, has combined its backup and replication cloud service– EquaSafe – with Certeon’s aCelera for replication and backup optimization to create the most flexible, secure and easily deployable replication and backup service in the cloud.

For many of Hipskind’s customers, creating a self-managed, offsite backup facility was not an option; yet the threat of unplanned downtime made replicating their data a necessity. Hipskind’s EquaSafe cloud service offering is designed specifically for companies using Dell EqualLogic. These customers gain backup and replication without the capital expense of building and managing their own infrastructure with near-instant implementation. However, many of Hipskind’s customers and prospects have inadequate network bandwidth to connect to the EquaSafe service, meaning they would not be able to replicate daily changes. With Certeon’s aCelera, Hipskind dramatically improved its customers’ ability to replicate all daily changes with the aCelera virtual appliances which are optimized for EqualLogic replication and backup.

“By combing Certeon’s aCelera virtual appliances for EqualLogic replication and backup optimization with our EquaSafe cloud service , we’ve provided our customers with a simple and fast way to rollout backup and replication ,” said Wally Lang, general manager, Hipskind. “Before implementing aCelera, only 40 to 50 percent of our potential customers could use our EquaSafe service because of their slow network connections. Certeon’s aCelera helped optimize these network connections so effectively between customers’ primary data center and our secondary, disaster recovery site, that more than 90 percent of the potential market is now able to employ our cloud services.”

The Hipskind cloud infrastructure is entirely virtualized, making it essential that their replication optimization solution be packaged in whatever form their customer required, so it is able to run in any environment – physical or virtual. What’s more, Certeon’s aCelera does not force customers to make the substantial investments in additional infrastructure, as is the case with other hardware WAN optimization solutions because aCelera can be licensed using a subscription model. This makes aCelera affordable for Hipskind’s customers with better flexibility as compared with any competitive optimization solution on the market today.

“ The value of Certeon’s aCelera product is dramatically higher – no other solution is even in the same league when it comes to price and performance, especially in the cloud,” continued Lang. “Since the product can be packaged as a physical appliance, virtual appliance or Windows software and there’s no additional hardware charge for the customer, we’re easily able to package it with EquaSafe to make it more widely available. Currently, every single EquaSafe customer we have uses aCelera. Not only does it ensure that our customers’ replications are completed on schedule over a secure and now speedy network connection, but it also ensures that our cloud infrastructure, network and systems are robust enough to handle the number of customers we intend it to. Without aCelera, that would not be the case.”

“aCelera is specifically designed to optimize Dell EqualLogic iSCSI storage and virtualized infrastructure, so it was a natural fit with Hipskind’s EquaSafe cloud service. Together, we provide next generation cloud backup and replication services for any Hipskind customer,” said Peter Dougherty, CEO and co-founder of Certeon. “Every successful business continuity strategy is measured by the time to backup, replicate or restore. As increasing amounts of data threaten to overwhelm WAN resources, organizations must ensure they’re selecting secure solutions that help alleviate unplanned downtime by slashing backup and replication and recovery times effortlessly. Also, because Certeon offers the most mature and efficient virtual appliances for optimization, aCelera can support a higher data throughput using the same hardware appliance versus the competition so this efficiency lowers the cloud providers CapEx costs to offer this service. Essentially, the EquaSafe service, in combination with aCelera, has created a next generation replication and backup cloud solution, and we’re very pleased with the success Hipskind and its customers have seen so far.”