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Integrating Veeam Backup with NimbleStorage


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Veeam presentation for the NimbleStorage Connect User Group in Bristol and London. Including how the integration works, and why it is important to use Veeam and Nimble together.

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Integrating Veeam Backup with NimbleStorage

  1. 1. Integrating Veeam Backup with Nimble Storage Jorge de la Cruz Systems Engineer
  2. 2. Why Veeam?
  3. 3. 300,000 Customers worldwide 4000+ new per month 17M VMs protected in 180 countries are Veeam customers 57% of Global 2000 74% of Fortune 500 Veeam’s Net Promoter Score (NPS) Industry Leading Customer Satisfaction Score +73 Satisfaction level 9.0/10 Likelihood to renew 9.1/10 Products features 8.9/10 Sales effectiveness 9.2/10 3x the industry average Veeam in Numbers HQ in Baar, Switzerland
  4. 4. Physical Public Cloud SaaS Managed Cloud Edge/ IoT Private Cloud To be the most trusted provider of Intelligent Data Management solutions to meet the expectations of a world that demands the Hyper-Availability of data VEEAM VISION
  5. 5. Physical Public Cloud SaaS Managed Cloud Private Cloud Edge/ IoT Any data, any app, across any cloud Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform Anticipates need and securely meets the demand across the multi-cloud world, reducing risk and accelerating innovation
  6. 6. Veeam Backup Server Nimble Primary Storage Snapshot Store Application Consistent Snapshot Nimble Secondary Storage Store Backup Repository HPE StoreOnce A SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATION WITHIN HPE PORTFOLIO The only Backup & Replication Software with a deep HPE integration across portfolio Capacity Repository HPE Apollo Scality S3-Compatible Long-term archive
  7. 7. Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots with Nimble Storage
  8. 8. Vendor Comparison for Veeam BfSS PARTNER STORAGE BACKUP FROM STORAGE SNAPSHOTS BACKUP FROM STORAGE SNAPSHOTS WITH SNAPSHOT RETENTION VEEAM EXPLORER FOR STORAGE SNAPSHOTS ON-DEMAND SANDBOX FOR STORAGE SNAPSHOTS SNAPSHOT ORCHESTRATION SNAPSHOT REPLICATION Cisco HyperFlex ● Dell EMC Unity, VNX, VNXe ● ● ● Hewlett Packard Enterprise 3PAR StoreServ ● ● ● ● ● StoreVirtual ● ● ● Nimble Storage ● ● ● ● ● ● IBM Spectrum Virtualize, Storwize Family, SAN Volume Controller ● ● ● ● ● N-Series ● ● ● ● ● ● INFINIDAT* InfiniBox ● ● ● ● ● Lenovo Storage V Series ● ● ● ● ● NetApp FAS and AFF Series ● ● ● ● ● ● Pure Storage* FlashArray ● ● ● ● ●
  9. 9. General VMware Snapshot Challenges with Standard VM Backup High Load at Snapshot commit at Storage Takes a long time, sometimes hours/days
  10. 10. ~34 min open VMware VM Snapshot in this example. Net Impression – This shows how easily you can manage your tasks with the Veeam console This leads in a ~28min VMware VM Snapshot commit with high IO at Storage and possible performance impact on the VM Example: Standard Backup from VMware VM Snapshots
  11. 11. Solved: VMware Snapshot Challenges with Nimble Storage Snapshot Integration Faster commit with less data. Nearly instant VM Snapshot commit. Use of Storage Snapshot for Backup
  12. 12. VMware VM Snapshot is only open for ~10 Seconds. It creates Nimble Volume Snapshots in the background directly after the VM Snapshot creation. Nearly instant VMware VM Snapshot commit (26 Seconds) Solved with Backup from Nimble Storage Snapshots with Veeam
  13. 13. VMware Snapshot challenges VM snapshot deleteVM snapshot VMware VM snapshot lifetime I/O t I/O t HPE Snapshot Delete HPE Snapshot Vmware VM snap lifetime
  14. 14. • Backup from Storage Snapshot uses asynchronous reads (higher queue depth), which is more than two times faster than compared with DirectSAN backup methods in many cases. • Veeam accesses storage snapshots directly to read data without mounting the them to a VMware host. This allows Veeam to preserve and use the VMware Change Block Tracking information together with Incremental Forever Backups. The result is up to 10x faster than compared to mounting the volume to a VMware host (including reregister VMs.) • Storage Latency Control keeps an eye on the datastore latency and reduces backup speed if applications will be affected with the extra load produced by the backup. Veeams unique features
  15. 15. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots And more! *.vbk • Instant VM Recovery • File Recovery (Win/Linux/Unix) • Object/DB Restore • Can be out of consistent or crash consistent storage snapshots and Backups • Use storage snapshots created by Veeam, HPE Nimble or third party • For VMDK-based VMs
  16. 16. Veeam Backup Server Nimble Primary Storage Snapshot Store Application Consistent Snapshot Nimble Secondary Storage Store Backup Repository Backup from Storage Snapshots Primary
  17. 17. Backup from Storage Snapshots Veeam Backup Server Snapshot Store Application Consistent Snapshot Nimble Primary Storage Nimble Secondary Storage Store Backup Repository Secondary
  18. 18. Use of Storage Snapshots for better RPO • At Veeam Backup you need to transport data and • consistency processing reduce performance of applications • Veeam Backup Processing typically “only” 1-4x a day • Solution: Use Storage Snapshots between the Backups (once per hour or more frequent) for better RPO … …
  19. 19. Snapshot only Veeam Jobs
  20. 20. Snapshot only Veeam Jobs for HPE Nimble Storage Backup/Restore SAN backend Snapshots with retention VMware HPE Nimble Array Storage Veeam leverages HPE Nimble snapshot based processing for: • Agentless application aware restore points — Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and Oracle. • Improves RPO time — administrators can create additional snapshot-based restore points on top of traditional backups. • High frequent Crash Consistent Snapshots, together with the ability to restore application from them, improves RPO times even further. Backup & Replication
  21. 21. Veeam Explorer™ for Storage Snapshots Ease of Restore Low RPO Snapshot Efficient Replication Snapshot Snapshot Replicated copy Restore Restore Full VM (array based) Active Directory Objects Exchange Items Oracle Databases SharePoint Items SQL Server Databases Guest Files Low RTO Veeam Restore Explorer for Storage Snapshots Nimble Storage Primary Nimble Storage Secondary
  22. 22. On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots
  23. 23. On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots for HPE Nimble Storage Storage Snapshots VMware HPE Nimble Array Storage Veeam leverages HPE Nimble Storage snapshots to provide automated restore verification and on-demand labs • VMs can be started in an On-Demand Sandbox™ environment to test applications, scripts, upgrades, development. • Storage snapshots can be used to schedule automated restore tests of VM boot, network connection and application start. • Works with storage snapshots created by HPE Nimble or any third-party software. VMs need to be on VMDK base. • Automated reporting of restore tests can be sent by mail. (Enhanced Report in Veeam Availability Suite). Veeam Virtual Lab Verification Job Backup & Replication
  24. 24. SureBackup — How it works
  25. 25. Instantly start a group of VMs in a Virtual Lab “We’re building roughly 8 to 10 test environments at any given time. With Veeam, it’s not only possible, but easy and automated.” – Theresa Brownfield Lead Principal IS Operations Engineer John I. Haas, Inc. On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots High performance, as HPE Nimble snapshots can be used for it Put your backups to work!
  26. 26. Recovery from Storage Snapshots Nightly Backup Nightly Backup Unprotected 8 AM 9 AM 10 AM 11 AM 12 PM 1 PM 2 PM 3 PM 4 PM 5 PM Veeam Leveraging Modern Storage Snapshots snapsnapsnapsnapsnapsnapsnapsnapsnapsnap Microsoft Exchange Microsoft Active Directory Microsoft SQL Server Microsoft SharePoint Oracle Veeam Explorer Series – Enables full or granular restores
  27. 27. Support for Instant VM recovery from Storage Snapshots
  28. 28. Instant VM Recovery from Nimble Storage Snapshots Mounting a Nimble Snapshot to VMware Registering VM at Hypervisor VM runs directly from Storage Snapshot Direct mount of Storage SnapShot SnapShot Nimble Series
  29. 29. Veeam Proxy placement
  30. 30. Veeam components • If FibreChannel is used, the Veeam Proxy needs to be a physical Server. • For iSCSI environments, the Proxy can be virtual or physical. • To scale out, additional Proxies can be used in parallel. Veeam will load balance the backup load across them. FlashArray Veeam Proxy Veeam Proxy Veeam Repository Infra. LAN iSCSI FC
  31. 31. Veeam and enterprise environments
  32. 32. Veeam and enterprise environments Reduced management overhead and application protection • No agents in VMs/VMware • Automated application aware backup with easy to use Veeam Explorers for restore • Storage latency control for backup • Additional logfile/Archive log backups • Application restore out of crash consistent backup/VM replica • Self-service restore portal
  33. 33. Veeam and enterprise environments • vCenter infrastructure cache • Parallel processing for faster backups • Quick backup • DirectNFS • Backup from Storage Snapshot (incl. Nimble snapshots)/ Off-Host Backup • SnapShot hunter • Restore without vCenter • No VM (disk) size limitation Optimal VMware interaction
  34. 34. Veeam and enterprise environments Reduced data flow • Inline deduplication/Compression • Win VM pagefile + Deleted files exclude • Integrated WAN acceleration • Single image CBT level backup for OS, data and applications
  35. 35. Veeam and enterprise environments • Easy to use • Enterprise scalability with load balancing • Bottleneck analyze • Transportable backupfiles (include metadata) • Easy recovery of Veeam itself (no original data base dependency at restore) Veeam engine
  36. 36. Veeam and enterprise environments • Can be implemented in a handful of days in coexistence with existing legacy backup tools • Minimal training needed • Integration into existing backup software (e.g. Scheduling; Backup to existing tape) • Licensed per socket Easy integration project
  37. 37. Veeam and enterprise environments Instant recovery • Instant recovery out of backup • VM failover • Proactive VM restore • Quick rollback • Instant application access with Veeam Explorers • SureBackup — Automated recovery tests • On-Demand Labs
  38. 38. Thank you
  39. 39. Backup Restore Labs from Snapshots Links + Slides: