NEW! Veeam expands storage snapshot integration to Nimble Storage

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In addition to VPLS being a reliable Veeam Gold Cloud & Service Provider and Nimble Storage Gold Partner, we are excited that Nimble Storage and Veeam are working together on new integration features in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5.  Modern service level agreements (SLAs) understand the cost and consequences of downtime and lost data resulting from the challenging assimilation of the availability of applications and data, which is why we are doing our part to alleviate such difficulty.  What makes Veeam®’s Availability for the Always-On Enterpriseso innovative is its integrations with well-known enterprise storage offerings from EMC, HPE and NetApp, that now extends to Nimble Storage in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5.

 

Veeam Nimble snapshot Integration

 

Backup from Storage Snapshots

  • By retrieving virtual machine (VM) data from Nimble Storage snapshots on primary storage and replicated copies on secondary storage, the additional impact from backup activities can actually be lowered on your production storage.

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

  • Now you can quickly and efficiently recover individual items or entire VMs from Nimble snapshots and replicated copies.

On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots

  • In just a few clicks, you will be able to create isolated copies of your production environment to ensure fast and easy development as well as test and troubleshoot storage snapshots on primary and secondary storage systems.

 

For more detailed information, please see the links provided below:

Read Veeam’s Blog Post

Read Veeam’s Press Release

Register for VeeamLive

At VPLS, our knowledgeable Sales Representatives are always more than happy to address any questions and concerns that you may have. Learn more about VPLS Nimble Storage Replication-as-a-Service and our other Cloud Backup Solutions below.

Nimble Storage Replication & Veeam Managed Cloud Backup Solutions

Contact a VPLS Sales Representative now for more information.

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“Batman v Superman” event at Arclight Beach Cities

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Please join VPLS Solutions, Brocade and Palo Alto Networks for our exclusive premier event of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” on March 25th at 9 AM at ArcLight Beach Cities in El Segundo, CA.

The film will be preceded by informative presentations by Brocade and Palo Alto Networks where you will learn how you can increase your organization’s network performance and security with their industry leading technology solutions. We look forward to seeing you there!

REGISTER NOW!

Contact:
John Minnix
jminnix@vplssolutions.com
(310) 597-9688

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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.

Veeam Cloud Connect Diagram

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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Are you looking for a Disaster Recovery Solution?

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Are most companies prepared in the case of a natural disaster? Will they be able to fail-over to their most critical applications to another site with full orchestration and application consistency? As a massive El Niño warming builds near the Pacific Ocean, scientist are predicting it could be the strongest ever. The Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years, surpassing the temperatures during the record 1997 El Niño. El Niño is a weather phenomenon involving a section of the Pacific Ocean west of Peru that warms up, causing alterations in the atmosphere that can cause dramatic changes in weather patterns globally. At any point in time wether it be human error, hardware failure, earthquakes, floods, fires, or power outages these disasters can threaten the livelihood of any organization.


What is el Nino

 

In order to branch out and provide more options for our customers, VPLS has partnered with DuPont Fabros to offer hosting from our very first east coast data center. This expansion allows our customers to now choose if they would prefer their server’s location on the east or west coast of the United States. Location is key when trying to keep your data safe from natural disasters such as El Niño.

Our Ashburn, VA data center is one of the largest data centers in the United States, boasting 360,000 square feet. Of that square footage, 176,200 square feet is a raised floor area perfect for our server requirements.

VPLS offers off premise enterprise customers with Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions such as Cloud Backup Storage and offsite replication services. Many enterprises still use tape backup services with a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of over 72 hours. With VPLS Backup and Disaster Recovery Services the RTO can be reduced to 4 hours with almost unlimited Recovery Point Objective (RPO) as this is just dependent on the amount of storage you purchase. Whether you are a current VMware vSphere virtualization customer, Microsoft Hyper-V or just using physical dedicated servers, we have a solution that can meet your needs and budget. VPLS is your partner for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Our extensive knowledge and expertise coupled with best in class technology allows us to replicate your VM’s to our data center and provide near seamless integration and access to your data in the event of a disaster. Achieve lower Recovery Time with VPLS Disaster Recovery as a Service powered by Veeam. We incorporate our backup technologies into an onsite appliance and replicate all the data to our data centers worldwide. Our consulting engineers will work with your team to discuss which applications are the most critical in ensuring the fastest recovery time and design a scalable and efficient Disaster Recovery solution.

Contact a VPLS Sales Representative now for more information.

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VPLS DISASTER RECOVERY SOLUTIONS PROVIDE:

  • Gold Veeam Cloud & Service Provider and Gold Solutions Provider
  • VMware and Veeam Certified Consulting Engineers to assess and document your requirements
  • Configure local backup appliance and test to your chosen VPLS Internet Data Centers
  • Provide ongoing routine maintenance of your backups and local appliance
  • Perform bi-annual tests with customers
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VPLS Launches New Hong Kong Data Center With PCCW

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VPLS, a leading provider of data center services such as colocation, IP transit, Cloud and Managed Services has launched a new data center in Hong Kong. VPLS’ Hong Kong data center (HKG1) allows us to deliver low latency service to our customers in China and the rest of Southeast Asia. Hong Kong booasts the second largest cable landing stations for all east-west traffic. VPLS’ partnership with PCCW at their Tier IV purpose built, 202,000 square foot facility in Hong Kong allows for large expansion and seamless network connectivity back to mainland China in this carrier neutral facility.

VPLS is currently offering the following services out of HKG1:

UTILITY / BACK-UP POWER & GENERATOR

  • 16 – 2,000 kVA transformers in 2N design
  • 12 – Diesel Generators in 2+1 resiliency design
  • 14 kPa uniformly distributed load floor rating
  • 2N UPS configuration with 15 minutes of battery backup time
  • On-site diesel tanks support 12 hours at full capacity

SECURITY & PROTECTION FEATURES

  • 24×7 security officers
  • Access control using proximity card readers & biometrics
  • Multiple CCTV cameras (interior and exterior)
  • VESDA / FM200 fire suppression
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R1Soft Backup and Replication Services

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VPLS is a proud partner of R1Soft by providing their backup solutions and services.  With the value of data increasing as one of the most valuable commodities in the IT industry, R1Soft is striving to make sure customers are being protected from hardware failures.  In the age of automation, and putting the machines to work for you, Server Backup Manager by R1Soft is a winning solution.  R1Soft is mainly used for Physical Dedicated Servers.  It can also be deployed inside a VM as it is agent based and take backups to an R1Soft Backup Server Manager.

Data Protection Features

  • R1Soft offers backup for databases and can even restore a current backup while a new backup job is running.
  • Site-to-site replication, replicates your backup data across Server Backup Manager (SBM) servers to restore entire SBM servers, archived data, server configurations, and multi-tenant accounts.  Similar to disaster recovery as a service for your backup.
  • Server-to-server backups offer you a peace of mind by providing an extra backup copy for your original backup.
  • Backup verification allows you to have absolute certainty that your backup is running smoothly.
  • Avoid the inevitable with hard drives failing by using block-level backups, which allow you to run fast, performance-friendly backups regardless of the number of files you are trying to backup.

Continuous Data Protection (CDP)

  • R1Soft Continuous Data Protection is a cost-effective backup application for Windows and Linux computers, developed by R1Soft, which provides user scheduled near continuous disk-based online backups for one or more Windows or Linux servers.
  • Supports your Windows and Linux Based servers as well as real-time Support for MySQL.
  • Continuous Data Protection is a method of conducting high-performance in any-time intervals with little impact on server or disk performance.
  • Automatically saves a copy of every change made to the data, essentially capturing every version of the data that the user saves by looking at the blocks where the data has changed, rather than the whole file.  It allows the user or administrator to restore data from any point in time.
  • It can restore previously captured disk images to another disk by replicating the structure and contents to a new disk.  Individual files inside of a disk image can also be restored to their original location or an alternate computer.
  • Has the ability to perform backups as often as every 15 minutes and no performance penalty for servers with large number of files.

Block-Level Backups

  • Block-level backups have less performance issues by bypassing the file system and reading the data directly from the disk or volume meaning that you are able to run fast, performance-friendly backups regardless of the number of files you’re trying to backup.  It ignores files and does not care how many are on the server.
  • Instead of scanning the entire disk in order to locate the correct files to backup, block-level backups read the disk in the order that they actually appear on the disk.
  • It also has a built-in support for open file backup and snapshot features, allowing you to get the most out of your storage space and resources and giving it a much more efficient process that prevents the server from becoming overwhelmed.

System Requirements – Windows Operating System

Windows Product Edition
Windows Server 2012 R2
32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)
All Editions
Windows Server 2012
32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)
All Editions
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)
One install protects all guests
Windows Server 2008 R2
64-bit (x64)
R2 Enterprise, R2 Free, R2 Datacenter, R2 Web Server, R2 Storage Server, R2 Server Foundation
Windows Server 2008
32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)
Enterprise, Free, Datacenter, Web Server, Storage Server, Core, Server Foundation, Small Business Server
Windows Server 2003 (SP2+)
32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)
Enterprise Edition, Free Edition, Web Edition, Datacenter, Storage Server, Small Business Server
Windows Server 2003 R2 (SP2)
32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)
Enterprise Edition, Free Edition, Web Edition, Datacenter, Storage Server, Small Business Server
Windows 8
32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)
All Editions
Windows 7
32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)
All Editions
Windows Vista (SP2)
32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)
All Editions
Windows XP (SP3)
32-bit (x86)
All Editions

Virtualization

Technology Physical Server Install Guest (Virtual Machine) Install
MS Hyper-V Yes
Protects all VHDs (Virtual Machines) with one install using the MS Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Hyper-V Writer.

Note
R1Soft recommends running the latest service packs and Hyper-V hot fixes to get critical Hyper-V VSS patches from MS.
Yes
Can optionally be installed inside of guest VMs. This is only required for Linux guests.
Citrix XenServer 5 No Install into guest VMs (domU)
Xen Source Hypervisor No Install into guest VMs (domU)
VMWare ESXi No Install into guest VMs
VMWare Server No Install into guest VMs
VMWare Workstation No Install into guest VMs
Parallels Virtuozzo Containers Yes
Install onto physical host. Take snapshots and back up your virtual machines using the MS Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Virtuozzo Writer.

Notes

  • Entire containers can be restored. Individual files within containers cannot be restored.
  • The Virtuozzo VSS Writer has a known issue: it can fail when VMs are disabled.
No
Parallels Cloud Server N/A Install into Parallels HVMs running Windows

System Requirements – Linux Distributions for 32-Bit (x86) & 64-Bit (x64)

  • RedHat Enterprise
  • CentOS
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • Fedora
  • Debian
  • Novell SUSE Enterprise
  • Open SUSE
  • Mandriva
  • Cloud Linux
  • Virtuozzo
  • OpenVZ

System Requirements – CDP for Databases

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft.  The following SQL Server versions can be protected:

  • SQL Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2008 R2
  • SQL Server 2008
  • SQL Server 2005
  • SQL Server Express

MySQL

MySQL is the world’s most used open source relational database management system.  It runs as a server, providing multi-user access to a number of databases.  Requirements for protection MySQL databases are provided bellow.

Any MySQL release version 5.X or newer, including:

  • MySQL Community Server
  • Enterprise Server
  • MariaDB
  • Percona (Server)

Microsoft MS Exchange

Microsoft Exchange Server is the server side of a client–server, and a collaborative application product developed by Microsoft.  The following versions are supported:

  • Exchange Server 2007
  • Exchange Server 2010

Not Supported:

  • Exchange Server 2003

For more information on R1Soft services, please visit http://www.r1soft.com

To learn more about VPLS and our backup solutions, visit our website at http://www.vpls.net/services/backup-solutions

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Veeam Introduces Enterprise-level enhancements for Veeam Explorers

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Veeam is stepping it up a notch by announcing that they will be adding Oracle Integration with Veeam Explorer for Oracle and more new enterprise-level enhancements for advanced, granular VM recovery in Veeam Explorers for Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SharePoint and SQL Server.  Take a look at the new capabilities that Veeam v9 will be offering.

New High-Speed Recovery features – Veeam Explorer for Oracle

New eDiscovery features

  • Veeam Explorer for Oracle will allow agent-less transaction log backup, so you can restore your Oracle databases to a precise point in time.
  • New features for Veeam Explorer will allow you to specify what will be exported, from where, and with what search criteria for Microsoft Exchange.

Support for restoring additional applications objects

  • There will be enterprise-level enhancements that will enable restoring of Group Policy Objects, integrated DNS  records and configuration partition objects with Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory.

Support for a remote staging SQL Server

  • Remote staging server for Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint, enabling you to perform item-level restores without consuming local backup server resources for staging purposes, so that backup performance requirements can be more easily maintained.

Contact VPLS in purchasing Veeam licenses or learn more about our Backup solutions such as Veeam Cloud Connect and Disaster Recovery as a Service solutions.

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Windows 2003 No Longer Supported

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After July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer support and issue updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. In order to protect your infrastructure you will need to make a migration strategy and update your server to the most recent version.  Windows 2003 servers will no longer get security updates, such as the 37 critical updates. There will be no safe haven, and the physical and virtual environment will be vulnerable to security threats. Windows 2003/R2 servers will not pass a compliance audit. Lack of PCI compliance would result in Visa and MasterCard no longer doing business with the organization. The time to move on is now. Waiting is both expensive and risky. The Windows Server 2012 will give you virtualization of computing, storage and networking alone with enterprise-class scalability and increased performance. Let VPLS open up a new world of IT; take advantage of this opportunity and begin your migration today.

Contact us by clicking the following link or, call us at 1(866) 616-9099.
http://www.vpls.net/contact/

  • From July 14th – Windows will not be providing any type of security updates
  • No Updates – There will be no more security fixes or updates of any kind, and vulnerabilities could be exploited.
  • How much would a compromised server cost your customer?
  • No Compliance – Windows 2003/R2 servers will not pass a compliance audit
  • Lack of PCI compliance could mean that Visa and MasterCard will no longer do business with an organization
  • No Safe Haven – Impact on both physical and virtualized servers
  • Discontinued support for many applications
  • Impact on Microsoft Small Business Server 2003
  • Increased operations costs

Get stared with the Migration Planning Assistant
http://migrationplanningassistant.azurewebsites.net/

Read the IDC white paper: Why You Should Get Current
http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/8/D/D8D30224-9CE4-444F-AC06-7BAFCEADBC59/Windows_Server_2003_Why_You_Should_Get_Current_IDC_Whitepaper.pdf

Get Windows Server 2003 migration advice from the Gartner report
http://www.microsoft.com/click/services/Redirect2.ashx?CR_CC=200559084

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Krypt HostingCon China 2015

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There was a great turn out this year at HostingCon China 2015 which took place on May 30th! VPLS’ popular dedicated and cloud server hosting brand Krypt was on display as a first time Silver sponsor. Thank you to all of our customers who attended the event and visitors to our booth. We hope to see you at WHD.China 2015 and again next year at HostingCon China 2016!

 

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Veeam Announces New Features for Future Release v9

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Veeam the leader in virtualization backups announced an awesome new feature for EMC customers that will allow Veeam to open up EMC Snapshots and extract files and backup content.

  • The new integration expands the market opportunity for Veeam-powered backup and disaster recovery (BDR) services, by enabling more frequent backups and replicas for customers with stringent RPOs.
  • As with HP and NetApp today, you will soon be able to leverage EMC VNX and VNXe storage snapshots to minimize impact on customer VMs, and back up or replicateup to 20 times faster than with other tools.
  • The new integration with EMC production storage, together with Veeam’s existing integration with EMC Data Domain backup storage, allows you to deliver BDR services for customers looking to standardize on – and fully leverage – EMC technology.

These new features will be available in the next release of Veeam Availability Suite v9 around Fall 2015.

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