I was very pleased to get an email from Rick Vanover yesterday letting me know I was accepted as part of the Veeam Vanguard Program for 2019. This is my first time as part of this program, but I’m really looking forward to participating in it. Big shout out to Dilupa Ranatunga and Anthony Spiteri for nominating me in the first place, and for Rick and the team for having me as part of the program. Also, (and I’m getting a bit parochial here) special mention of the three other Queenslanders in the program (Rhys Hammond, Nathan Oldfield, and Chris Gecks). There’s going to be a lot of cool stuff happening with Veeam and in data protection generally this year and I can’t wait to get started. More soon.
Here are a few links to some random news items and other content that I found interesting. You might find it interesting too. Maybe.
- This case modification by Ben Hoad really is the business.
- All the cool kids are adding support for Mellanox’s BlueField SmartNIC, including the likes of Excelero and E8 Storage.
- Quobyte Inc’s Data Center File System is now available on Google Cloud Platform. You can read the press release here.
- Say what you will about Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, folks in the industry pay attention to this kind of stuff. Nutanix recently sent me some comms letting me know they’re in a good spot in the latest MQ. If you can get hold of the report, and you’re into HCI, it makes for interesting reading.
- AWS re:Invent was last week in Vegas, and Anthony presented on what Veeam have been up to. Check out his post on what they’ve been doing in the AWS ecosystem, and other cool stuff.
- Speaking of AWS, Ather Beg posted some useful summary articles of the major announcements coming out of re:Invent. You can read them here and here.
- Vembu are taking up to 40% off the price of some of their products until Christmas.
Here are a few links to some news items and other content that might be useful. Maybe.
- E8 Storage have added Queen Mary University of London as a customer, deploying an E8-D24 array for use with genomic sequencing work. You can read more about that here.
- Something went pear-shaped with my mail provider, so I decided to use Gmail for my NAS email notifications. QNAP has some built-in smarts and works out of the box. For my OpenMediaVault environment, though, notifications with Gmail take a little extra effort. In short, you’ll need to turn on 2FA and create an app password.
- This project seems finished now (and I love it) – Starting to make a PiDP-11/70.
- Preston recently published a good article on space reclamation in deduplication storage.
- If you’ve been involved in storage administration, this short graphic novel from the good doctor, J Metz, might be just your thing.
- Adam J. Bergh did a great write-up on some recently announced NetApp HCI and Veeam integration announcements.
- I’ve been participating in the tech version of “Blogtober” because I was going to be writing and it’s October. You can find out a bit more about it here.
Disclaimer: I recently attended VeeamON Forum Sydney 2018. My flights and accommodation were paid for by Veeam. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event. Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.
I recently had the opportunity to attend VeeamON Forum in Sydney courtesy of Veeam. I was lucky enough to see Dave Russell‘s keynote speech, and also fortunate to spend some time chatting with him in the afternoon. Dave was great to talk to and I thought I’d share some of the key points here.
Hyper All of the Things
If you scroll down Veeam’s website you’ll see mention of a number of different “hyper” things, including hyper-availability. Veeam are keen to position themselves as an availability company, with their core focus being on making data you need recoverable, at the time when you need it to be recoverable.
Russell mentioned that data has become “hyper-critical” to business, with the likes of:
- GDPR compliance;
- PII data retention;
- PCI compliance requirements;
- Customer data; and
- Financial records, etc.
Russell also spoke about the hyper-growth of data, with all kinds of data (including structured, unstructured, application, and Internet of things data) is also growing at a rapid clip.
This explosive growth of data has also lead to the “hyper-sprawl” of data, with your data now potentially living in any or all of the following locations:
- SaaS-based solutions
- Private cloud
- Public cloud
Five Stages of Intelligent Data Management
Russell broke down Intelligent Data Management (IDM) into 5 stages.
A key part of any data management strategy is the ability to backup all workloads and ensure they are always recoverable in the event of outages, attack, loss or theft.
The ability to cope with data sprawl, as well as growth, means you need to ensure protection and access to data across multiple clouds to drive digital services and ensure continuous business operations.
It’s not just about protecting vast chunks of data in multiple places though. You also need to look at the requirement to “improve management of data across multi-clouds with clear, unified visibility and control into usage, performance issues and operations”.
Orchestration, ideally, can then be used to “[s]eamlessly move data to the best location across multi-clouds to ensure business continuity, compliance, security and optimal use of resources for business operations”.
The final piece of the puzzle is automation. According to Veeam, you can get to a point where the “[d]ata becomes self-managing by learning to backup, migrate to ideal locations based on business needs, secure itself during anomalous activity and recover instantaneously”.
Data growth is not a new phenomenon by any stretch, and Veeam obviously aren’t the first to notice that protecting all this staff can be hard. Sprawl is also becoming a real problem in all types environments. It’s not just about knowing you have some unstructured data that can impact workflows in a key application. It’s about knowing which cloud platform that data might reside in. If you don’t know where it is, it makes it a lot harder to protect, and your risk profile increases as a result. It’s not just the vendors banging on about data growth through IoT either, it’s a very real phenomena that is creating all kinds of headaches for CxOs and their operations teams. Much like the push in to public cloud by “shadow IT” teams, IoT solutions are popping up in all kinds of unexpected places in the enterprise and making it harder to understand exactly where the important data is being kept and how it’s protected.
Veeam are talking a very good game around intelligent data management. I remember a similar approach being adopted by a three-letter storage company about a decade ago. They lost their way a little under the weight of acquisitions, but the foundation principles seem to still hold water today. Dave Russell obviously saw quite a bit at Gartner in his time there prior to Veeam, so it’s no real surprise that he’s pushing them in this direction.
Backup is just the beginning of the data management problem. There’s a lot else that needs to be done in order to get to the “intelligent” part of the equation. My opinion remains that a lot of enterprises are still some ways away from being there. I also really like Veeam’s focus on moving from policy-based through to a behaviour-based approach to data management.
I’ve been aware of Veeam for a number of years now, and have enjoyed watching them grow as a company. They’re working hard to make their way in the enterprise now, but still have a lot to offer the smaller environments. They tell me they’re committed to remaining a software-only solution, which gives them a certain amount of flexibility in terms of where they focus their R & D efforts. There’s a great cloud story there, and the bread and butter capabilities continue to evolve. I’m looking to see what they have coming over the next 12 months. It’s a relatively crowded market now, and it’s only going to get more competitive. I’ll be doing a few more articles in the next month or two focusing on some of Veeam’s key products so stay tuned.
Welcome to the sixth edition of the Random Short Take. Here are a few links to a few things that I think might be useful, to someone.
- I’m a big fan of Plex, and recently moved it from my iMac onto a Debian-based NAS. There’s a comprehensive Linux Permissions Guide that you can get here. It came in handy because I have a number of NAS devices serving up media. And you don’t want to see what I did to get multiple volumes mounted via SMB. (It gets ugly when I want the DVR component to be able to record to any share)
- E8 Storage have announced NVMe Over Fabrics certification. You can read more about NVMe Over Fabrics here. Speaking of E8, they’ve just announced a partnership with CongoSystems.
- A lady named Wendy asked me to link to her article because I’d mentioned some of the environmental work Dell EMC had done previously, so here you go Wendy – Plastic Is Killing our Oceans
- I had the chance to catch up with David Hiatt from WekaIO. Kx have qualified WekaIO to run with its KDB+ software in AWS and they’re also doing some pretty cool stuff with TuSimple.
- I’ll be at the VeeamON Forum in Sydney next week (thanks Veeam!). It should be a good show – register here if you’ll be in the area.
- I was going to write an article on imposter syndrome, but didn’t think it would be as good as this one. Hat tip to Stephen Foskett for sharing.
The Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCons are now less than a month away. If you’re in the area (or like to travel), I suggest you sign up. You can register for the Melbourne event here and the Sydney one here.
Both events will feature Duncan Epping and Amy Lewis as speakers, with a host of other VMware and community speakers providing insights and information on a range of topics. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn something new, have a bite to eat and network with a bunch of people who are into the same thing as you are. The Sydney event will be held on March 21st at the Westin and the Melbourne event is being held on the 23rd at the Crowne. Thanks to the program sponsors VMware, and platinum sponsors Veeam (for Sydney and Melbourne) and Zerto (for Melbourne).
The February 2017 edition of the Brisbane VMUG meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st February at the Fox Hotel (71-73 Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101) from 2pm. It’s sponsored by Veeam and promises to be a great afternoon.
Here’s the agenda:
- VMUG Intro (by me)
- VMware Presentation: CloudFoundation and SDDC Manager (Bruce Perram)
- Veeam Presentation: What’s new with Veeam 9.5 (Dilupa Ranatunga)
- Veeam Customer Presentation
- Refreshments and drinks.
Veeam have gone to great lengths to make sure this will be a fun and informative session and I’m really looking forward to hearing about their Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 updates. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.
It’s only been 13 months since I did one of these, so clearly the frequency is increasing. Here’re a few things that I’ve noticed and thought may be worthy of your consideration:
- This VMware KB article on Calculating Bandwidth Requirements for vSphere Replication is super helpful and goes into a lot of depth on planning for replication. There’s also an appliance available via a Fling, and a calculator you can use.
- NetWorker 9.1 was recently released and Preston has a great write-up on some of the new features. “Things are hotting up”, as they say.
- Rawlinson has now joined Cohesity, and I look forward to hearing more about that in the near future. In the meantime, this article on automated deployment for HCI is very handy.
- My hosting provider moved me to a new platform in September. By October I’d decided to move somewhere else based on the poor performance of the site and generally shoddy support experience. I’m now with SiteGround. They’re nice, fast and cheap enough for me. I’ve joined their affiliate program, so if you decide to sign up with them I can get some cash.
- My blog got “hacked” yesterday. Someone put a redirect in place to a men’s performance pill site. Big thanks to Mike Yurick for pointing it out to me and to my colleague Josh for answering my pleas for help and stepping in and cleaning it up while I was on a plane inter-state. He used Wordfence to scan and clean up the site – check them out and make sure your backups are up to date. If it happens to you, and you don’t have a Josh, check out this guidance from WordPress.
- The next Brisbane VMUG will be held on Tuesday February 21st. I’ll be putting up an article on it in the next few weeks. It will be sponsored by Veeam and should be great.
- I always enjoy spending time with Stephen Foskett, and when I can’t be with him I like to read his articles (it’s not stalky at all). This one on containers was particularly good.
That’s it for the moment. Hopefully you all have an enjoyable and safe holiday season. And if my site looks like this in the future – let me know.