The 9.5 Coming of the VEEAM Backup and Replication

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It was a huge victory for many service providers when Veeam Backup and Replication included support for VMware vCloud Director back at the release of the v7.  This was due to the fact that providers could finally properly protect native vCloud components such as Organizations and vApps as opposed to only utilizing underlying vSphere level operations that could not save or restore any information concerning vCloud constructs.  Additionally, service providers with in-house developments were now able to input these capabilities into their own automated procedures and portals thanks to its complete support for RESTful API.

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. improves upon the drawbacks experienced by service providers and customers with the current version. As of now, the only method to be authenticated into the portal is by using Windows credentials.  Adding onto this setback, only restore operations are supported resulting in  customers having to depend on their service providers to either having to configure and maintain backups for them or develop custom procedures as a way to leverage Veeam Powershell or RESTful API.  

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. promises to offer solutions to these issues.  First, Veeam customers will now be authorized to log into Enterprise Manager by Veeam leveraging the native vCloud Director authentication technology. Also with Veeam’s capability to identify the vCloud resources and its automatic filtering,  regulating the visibility of components will be made possible .  This feature will also ensure that the vCloud Director will have the ability to see and manage all aspects of the suite.  This major improvement towards user operations will make it so that it  will only have to be configured once by the customer in vCloud Director and any change such as a new password or a disabled operation will immediately be reflected in Veeam Enterprise Manager.  

Next, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. will automatically populate all advanced job parameters from the assigned template so that customers will not have to learn every single backup mode and or advanced job setting.   Customers will also be  able to create new backup jobs by specifying which VMs to backup along with being able to set up necessary parameters like retention and notifications. This feature will make it much more manageable for service providers as well. Service providers will be able to limit  or restrict their customer’s ability to schedule jobs to run manually or by using a script.  Service providers will also still have control over the backup destination (all customer’s quota).

Finally, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. has upped the security factor by allowing customers to input the guest OS credentials required for application-aware processing directly into the Veeam job they create.  Customers will no longer have to go through their service provider as was required before the self-service portal was available.  Both Veeam service providers and customers can have peace of mind knowing that no credential can be misused by the service provider staff.  Additionally, restores will be streamlined much further thanks to the security properties of native vCloud authentication combined with the security of guest credentials.  Customers will have access to a list of protected VMs which will then enable them to quickly restore the entire VM. This includes having the capability of restoring only the damaged blocks of the virtual disk as well.    

All in all, Veaam Availability Suite 9.5. will be an excellent asset to any service provider and or customer with its improved capabilities that will inevitably result in increased productivity and efficiency all the while maintaining its integrity.

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Check Out VPLS’s VDI Services!

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See how your company can benefit with our VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) services offered here at VPLS.  VDI combines the advantages of Cloud Hosting with the security and management tools that IT administrators value such as streamlined application deployment as well as reduced hardware and labor costs usually spent on  maintaining traditional workstations.  In keeping up with the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) generation, our services will enable users to access their Virtual Desktops using their choice of PCs, Macs, tablets, or phones.  Users can easily switch between operating environments, which ultimately eliminates the need to upgrade your workstation ever again. Also, think of us the next time one of your computers malfunctions because with VDI, you will be able to access all of your data and applications at any other workstation.  

VPLS offers two types of VDI services in the form of On-Premise VDI and Cloud Hosted VDI commonly known as Desktop as a Service (DaaS). Our deployment of DaaS is however unique from other service providers in that we deploy the same technology as an On-Premise Solution in a Private Cloud environment dedicated for the Customer. This increases the security for our Cloud Hosted VDI deployments and allows IT administrators greater control and visibility.  In addition to that, when you opt to purchase Thin Clients or Zero Clients, there will no longer be a need to upgrade all of your office’s individual workstations thanks to its longer lifespan that does not require a spinning disk unlike other traditional work stations, so contact VPLS and we can hook you up, literally, with VDI services today!

 

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Independence Day: Movie Premiere Seminar

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Join VPLS Solutions, Brocade & Ruckus on June 23rd for an Exclusive Sneak Preview of “Independence Day”

VPLS Solutions, Brocade and Ruckus are privileged to invite you to our exclusive sneak preview of “Independence Day” at the Studio Movie Grill in Simi Valley, CA. Before the show, there will be presentations from Brocade and Ruckus discussing how their combined wired and wireless solution is the best fit for your next generation 802.11ac network.

Clear you calendar and join us as we discuss the evolutionary shift in how networks are designed for the future. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Studio Movie Grill
1555 Simi Town Center Way
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Thursday, June 23rd
9:30am – Registration and Networking
10am – Seminar
11am – Premiere


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A Baker’s Dozen, 2015 Edition

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Every year, The Dyn Research Report releases their annual “Baker’s Dozen” edition that lists the top 13 global internet providers.  This is done based on their critical insight by what each provider’s statistics reflect. VPLS works directly with 6 out of 13 of these on their list: Level3, China Telecom, PCCW, Hurricane Electric, Tata, and Cogent.

According to the 2015 DYN Research Report, because of Level 3’s decision to integrate Global Crossing’s old network into AS3356, which was referred to as a “global colossus” back in 2011, it was able to acquire new customers based on  its rising AS-oriented  score.  Level 3’s growth increase by almost 10% was due to its extensive customer base which includes China Mobile, Vietnam’s Viettel, and Orange Egypt (Mobinil), formerly LINKdotNET.  It has been said that “the next five global providers would have to merge to rival the new Level 3’s score.”  Recently, however, TelaSonera outranked Level 3 because of Level 3’s loss of customers that consist of Global Cloud Xchange (a subsidary of Reliance Communications), Taiwan’s Digital United, and Turk Telekom, who, among others, moved to NTT.

China Telecom’s unpredictable rankings are caused by its incestuous routing it has with local competitors.  Other variables that affected China Telecom’s score was its fundamental changes relative to transited prefixes from its competitor, China Unicorn.  On the other hand, they are looking to target the South African and Brazilian markets.

Hurricane Electric was consistent with its steady growth throughout 2015; Tata is number 6 on the list who proved to be a big winner due it transiting prefixes from Canada’s Telus; and finally Cogent beat out GTT for the number four spot.

Being recognized on the yearly Dyn Research Report is a big deal because the methodology that they use to determine each ranking is by how it compares to their own high-performing authoritative DNS network that uses strategically placed sites and  a carefully engineered anycast that provides the ability to monitor the capabilities of the servers all over the world.  Ultimately, the purpose of the “Baker’s Dozen” report is to show consumers who performs best on a global scale.

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NEW Veeam Availability Suite v9 is Now Available!

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Veeam is happy to announce that Veeam Availability Suite v9 is now generally available (GA) and ready for download! This latest version is packed with so many new features that it’s difficult to talk about them all on this blog, but I highly recommend you check out the What’s New in Veeam Backup & Replication v9 document because it’s packed with details about all the new things we’ve up into v9 (read also What’s New in Veeam ONE v9).

If you’re just catching up, here are the blog posts we published about many of the major features in v9:

As a Veeam Gold Cloud & Service Provider, VPLS delivers cost effective offsite backup and data protection services to customers that utilize Veeam software on-premise.

With the release of Veeam Availability Suite v9, Veeams new feature called Veeam Cloud Connect Replication will bypass the need for traditional VPN tunnels and offer a fully integrated, secure and cost effective Disaster Recovery service. You can perform a full site failover to our data centers or partial site for select VM’s with a few simple clicks. You can even test the failover without disrupting the production environment. Learn more about Veeam Availability Suite v9 Cloud Connect Replication here.

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DISASTER RECOVERY AS A SERVICE (DRAAS)

As a VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V powered Cloud Service Provider, VPLS can cost-effectively spin up your virtual machines from the Veeam backup using Veeam Instant Recovery or restoring the backups to faster reserved storage. Resources are consumed on a Pay-Per-Use basis or monthly subscription based on the performance and Recovery Time Objective you are looking for. Veeam Cloud Connect and Veeam Disaster Recovery as Service is offered in the following VPLS data centers:

Contact Us today for more information about our Offsite Backup services. Additional information regarding
VPLS Backup Solutions can be found here

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