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VeeamOn 2019

Observations from VeeamON 2019

by Paul Jensen, Technical Instructor, ExitCertified

This past week I have had the chance to both deliver the latest VMCE 9.5 Update 4 course as well as attend the VeeamON 2019 event.

I'll start first with some information on the updates to the training. Most noticeable as an instructor is the flow of the class, while it remains a three-day course the material has been arranged in a much more easily consumable format. Labs, while shorter, are more frequent, allowing the learner to apply the concepts in the course more quickly. Overall, the amount of time spent in the lab is equivalent to the Update 3, just like the lecture split into smaller time frames. In regards to the certification, for those that took the VMCE 9.5 Update 3 course, the exam will be available in tandem with the Update 4 exam until sometime close to the new year.

The VeeamON event was excellent. Below are my top takeaways from the sessions I attended.

Biggest announcement: Veeam Availability Suite version 10 is on the horizon, including:

  1. Direct restore to VMware (Agent Backup)
  2. NAS Backup
  3. Cloud Tier
  4. "and more"

Runner up announcement: Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2 takes orchestrated DR from not just using replicas but using backup jobs for DR. This will allow more workloads to have an orchestrated DR solution without the cost of replication. For a great write up, see Sam Nicholls' blog post here.

Most memorable moment: Watching live as a running laptop was dumped into a tub of water then instantly recovered to VMware. This has been available for recovery to Hyper-V, but I'd have to say full points for showmanship on this one.

Most interesting sessions: There were two I attended outside the general sessions that stood out to me, the first was a "Cloud Tier Deep Dive". While cloud tier is now available in Update 4 they are expanding its capabilities in version 10. Not only can it move locked workloads (complete backup chains) to the "capacity tier" but as part of your backup jobs, it can backup locally and make a copy to the capacity tier or cloud, allowing for redundancy of your backups very quickly.

As I not only teach Veeam but also Nutanix, the second most interesting session I attended was "Nutanix Availability End to End with Veeam". This session focused on an upcoming joint product between these two companies, that was announced at .Next a couple of weeks ago -'Nutanix Mine with Veeam'. This is a fully functional Veeam deployment on a Nutanix stack. This is essentially a Veeam appliance running on an AHV cluster, and while it can work with Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV, it doesn't have to and in fact, doesn't deploy the AHV Proxy. This provides a fully configured Veeam environment with VBR Server, proxies, and repositories for your environment. For more details, check out the links here on Veeam's site or here on Nutanix's.

As I not only teach Veeam but also Nutanix, the second most interesting session I attended was "Nutanix Availability End to End with Veeam". This session focused on an upcoming joint product between these two companies, that was announced at .Next a couple of weeks ago -'Nutanix Mine with Veeam'. This is a fully functional Veeam deployment on a Nutanix stack. This is essentially a Veeam appliance running on an AHV cluster, and while it can work with Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV, it doesn't have to and in fact, doesn't deploy the AHV Proxy. This provides a fully configured Veeam environment with VBR Server, proxies, and repositories for your environment. For more details, check out the links here on Veeam's site or here on Nutanix's.

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