VMware brought server virtualization to the IT market mainstream but what is VMware? It is a virtualization and cloud computing software that changes the way we run server workloads by distributing the work of a given virtual server across multiple physical hosts. It also enables each physical host to run multiple virtual server instances.
Limitations of Physical Servers
Your company may have servers for storing files, database servers for processing queries, mail servers, etc. Even small companies typically end up needing multiple servers.
Purchasing and installing all these physical servers can be a great hassle as well as expense. And it’s also exactly where VMware can help. Rather than relying on multiple servers to manage and execute multiple tasks, VMware lets you pool them all together on a single machine.
Instead of purchasing multiple physical servers, pool the resources of a smaller number of physical servers or hosts and use VMware to set up the virtual servers. From that resource pool, you can manage and access all applications set up across your entire network from a single, unified platform.
Limitless Abilities of Virtualization
Think of VMware as a type of master control center that allows you to virtually establish, manage and use the entire slate of servers your business requires. Each virtual machine, or VM, is a self-contained software unit equipped with its own operating system and applications. Each VM is fully independent, and you can pick and choose as many VMs as you need to use at any given time, all managed from your single “host” environment.
VMware is a ‘hypervisor’, which is a layer of software you install onto your host computer or computers. The hypervisor layer ensures each VM is separated from the host while automatically providing whatever computing resources each VM needs to perform the tasks it’s designed to perform.
Virtual Machine Properties and Benefits
Virtual machines allow you to consolidate your servers, which can increase efficiency while saving time, money and resources. These benefits come from their ability to:
- Run multiple operating systems on a single physical machine
- Allocate system resources among many virtual machines
- Provide stalwart security for each VM
- Ensure each VM is running at optimum performance levels through advanced resource control
- Save the entire state of any VM to files
- Easily move and copy VMs as needed, even to another physical server if required or desired.
VMware vs Physical Environment
Server Virtualization and Veeam
Whether your company is looking to incorporate server virtualization, network virtualization or storage virtualization, VMware is a prime place to start your search and Veeam Backup & Replication the perfect partner for VMWare backup. As a Veeam Cloud Provider, we would be delighted to answer any questions you have like , “What is VMware?” and “How can a Veeam solution benefit my data security and disaster recovery planning initiatives?”.
Backup and recovery solutions are vital to your organization, but backup solutions that used to work effectively may no longer do the trick in today’s ever-changing computing landscape, especially if your firm relies heavily on virtualization. Veeam backup offers backup and disaster recovery solutions that make an ideal fit in the virtual environment.
Backup Solutions That No Longer Work
Tape backup has been a longstanding solution.
Tape restores take far longer to complete when compared to a restore from disk – or the even faster alternative – using the backup as the primary. That’s not even possible with tape.
Tape solutions mean that finding the data always means finding the right tape. That’s time consuming and risky.
With tape there is the risk of obsolesce of the media when the tape software or drive gets upgraded.
Finally, tape solutions simply cannot provide the guaranteed availability that every modern business requires.
Enter Veeam for the Virtual World
Veeam works in the virtual environment by backing up virtual machine images instead of files, storing the images in a secure, central location. If disaster were to strike, the VM images could be rebooted nearly instantly, rapidly restoring the machines with a recovery time and point objectives of fewer than 15 minutes for all data and applications.
How Veeam Works
Veeam’s software runs through what is called a hypervisor, which is a layer of software that allows for multiple VMs to be run on a single, physical machine. Veeam’s first task is to take full backup of each virtual machine. It then subsequently uses caching and duplication elimination processes to only store new information in the VM images.
Veeam Benefits and Options
The Veeam Availability Suite provides five main capabilities. They are:
- Rapid recovery: Choose exactly what you want to recover and how you want to recover it.
- Avoidance of data loss: Near-continuous data protection coupled with streamlined recovery methods
- Verified recoverability: Veeam stands by its ability to recover every application, file or virtual machine, with no exceptions.
- High visibility: Receive alerts and enjoy continuous monitoring to become aware of issues before they can affect operations.
The Veeam Availability Suite combines two products into a single solution: Veeam Backup & Replication for restoring and replicating information and Veeam ONE for monitoring and reporting. A smaller version of the Veeam Availability Suite, known as Veeam Backup Essentials, is available for smaller businesses that may not need the suite’s full capabilities.
Headquartered in Switzerland with main offices in Ohio, France and Australia, Veeam was founded in 2006. It has since become the go-to backup and recovery solution for more than 183,000 customers across the globe.
The Veeam Lunch N Learn in Alpharetta was a great event to introduce the inside sales teams to Global Data Vault and our unique culture of quality. Here are a few photos from our fun day playing “The Vice is Right”:
Global Data Vault’s Cloud Disaster Recovery Restore Point Console
Our web based portal shows your data protection status with drill downs to the available restore points. The restore point console runs on any browser and is tablet/mobile compatible.
What’s Shown Here:
||The total number of servers protected at the site
||The size in GB of data in use these servers
||Disks being monitored
|Local servers in SLA
||Monitored disks within local agreed SLA level
|Remote servers in SLA
||Monitored disks within remote agreed SLA level
||Server name of the local server
||Physical or virtual technology
|Last local RP
||The most recent local restore point in US Central Time
||Age in hours of the last local restore point
|Last remote RP
||Most recent remote restore point in US Central Time
||Age in hours of the last remote restore point
||Yes or No indicating if the server is within local SLA level
||Y/W indicates the server is within local SLA with a warning
||Yes or No if the server is within remote data center based SLA
||Y/W indicates the server is within remote SLA with a warning
||Server size in GB
||Protected data / space in use on the server in GB
|“+” Drill Down
||Name of the server
||The date/time of this one restore point
||Local or Remote to indicate where this restore point exists
The Veeam Cloud Provider program provides a marketplace for VMware and Hyper-V users to find a cloud provider to receive and store Veeam backups in the cloud. Global Data Vault is excited to be a member of this very select program sponsored by Veeam.
Veeam hosts a cloud provider directory that lists the companies that support the various means for protecting VMware and Hyper-V servers to cloud based repositories.
Veeam Service Categories
Global Data Vault specializes in Cloud Repositories and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).
Cloud Repositories are backups of full server images in our cloud, Using Veeam’s new Cloud Connect, we can offer customers a fast and easy means to backup their VMware or Hyper-V servers to our cloud infrastructure. All backups are fully encrypted at rest and in transit for the highest level of security.
Our Disaster Recovery as a Service solution adds to this allowing users to quickly spin up working Virtual Machines in our cloud to operate from these during any sort of outage in the primary infrastructure. Veeam offers many unique benefits as a DR platform. Most important among these are unlimited reverse incremental backups – allowing for fast transfers of data and the most fresh restore points and shortest restore times possible.
All Veeam solutions offer failback by way of only sending back incremental files. No other solution offers such a fast easy method to for the otherwise difficult process of failback.
Global Data Vault has been carefully vetted and selected for this elite program.