The SFA is essentially the same as the previous Nimble Storage devices before it, the same hardware and software. But with one key difference, the software has been optimized against data reduction and space-saving efficiencies, rather than for performance. Which means you would purchase the Nimble CS/AF range for production workloads, with high IOP performance and low latency. And the SFA would be used for your DR environment, backup solution, providing the same low latency to allow for high-speed recovery, and long-term archival of data.
With the deployment of an SFA, you are looking at roughly the same deployment options as the CS/AF array for use with Veeam (This blog, Veeam Blog). However with the high dedupe expectancy, you are able to store a hell of a lot more data!
So the options are as follows;
iSCSI or FC LUN to your server as a Veeam Backup Repo.
Instant VM Recovery
SureBackup / SureReplica
Replication Target for an existing Nimble.
Utilizing Veeam Storage Integration
Backup VMs from Secondary Storage Snapshot
Control Nimble Storage Snapshot schedules and replication of volumes
If we take option one, we open up a few options directly with Veeam. You can use the high IOPs performance and low latency, for features such as Instant VM recovery, where by the Veeam Backup and Replication server hosts an NFS datastore to your virtual environment and spins up a running copy of your recovered virtual machine quickly with little fuss.
The dust settled as my aeroplane wheels landed at Heathrow on Saturday 20th May. VeeamON. So now its time to digest, and detail the information from the worlds premier availability conference, VeeamON.
Veeam is now 10 years old! So its out with the old and in with the new logo!
It’s hard to believe that the logo on the left has been knocking around for so long.
So lets dive into the announcements.
Veeam Backup and Replication v10;
NAS Backup – the support for backing up File Shares and NAS devices, and the ability to restore point in time file versions, or file share state.
Continuous Data Protection (CDP) – utilizing VMware’s vSphere API for I/O Filtering (VAIO) (meaning no snapshots), Veeam has built upon its technology to allow for data protection down to seconds, rather than minutes. The feel and look of the UI settings are that akin to the replication features. Unlike competitors, there is no need for agents inside your virtual machines, or unsupported changes to your VMware environment.
Full support for physical devices – customers cried out, Veeam listened. There is a need to protect physical workloads, Veeam first produced Endpoint Backup as a free product. Then added enterprise sauce ontop which included support. Now you can fully control your agent backups via the Veeam Backup and Replication Console, including automated deployment. Protect your Workstations, Servers and Failover Clusters.
Scale-out Repository Archive Tier – Providing you the ability to send your backups to cheaper storage (think online; Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Azure Storage Blobs). With a varying degree of options around thing, its easier to control your sprawling GFS setups, and makes it easier to keep a tight control of data which needs to be retained for a number of years.
Oracle RMAN support – allowing users to seamlessly stream RMAN backups into Veeam repositories and easily perform UI-driven restores from backups using a Veeam console.
Enterprise Manager enhancements – role-based access control to establish self-service backup and restore functionality for VMware workloads based on vCenter Server permissions.
I attended a session with Anton Gostev, no introductions needed, who was providing a deep dive on v10. You can see the recording below.
Controlling Nimble Storage snapshots and restoring files from the Veeam console
Backing up a Virtual Machine from a Nimble Snapshot
Backing up a Virtual machine to a Nimble Snapshot (Snapshot-only Job)
Replicating a Virtual Machine from a Nimble Snapshot
SureBackup from Nimble Snapshots
Following on from part one of this first look two part blog series, where we added the Nimble Storage Arrays into the Veeam software, we continue to see how this integration piece works.
Now we have added the Nimble Storage Array
So before we get started, we can now see the datastores of the Nimble Storage Array, and the snapshots of each datastore. In the second screenshot, we can see the enumeration of VMware virtual machines and which host they are were attached to.
As a part of the Veeam Vanguard program, I have been given access to the beta version of Veeam 9.5. And in this blog post I will cover some of the integration components between Nimble Storage and Veeam, announced by Veeam back in April. If you have been following the Veeam forums, then you’ll know that there is a very active post where the forum users are all pitching in which storage vendor they think should be next to get integration.
Note: This blog post content is created from a beta version of Veeam 9.5, any features, dialog boxes, names and such are subject to change before the final public release.
What I’ll be covering in these series of blog posts;
Veeam's advanced integration with Nimble Storage provides additional protection and recovery options that are not available without direct integration and joint development efforts that provide the ability to:
- Schedule the creation of Nimble storage snapshots containing application-consistent VM images, and storage snapshot replication orchestration.
- Restore from Nimble storage snapshots or their Replicated Copies (entire VM, guest files and application items)
- Backup from Nimble storage snapshots or their Replicated Copies.
The only other company to have this kind of integration is NetApp, showing this high regards Nimble Storage are held in from Veeam. But also showing that Nimble Storage has been a dedicated partner working with Veeam over the past few years, and its paying off with this integration offering.
The test environment
Luckily for me, Veeam have produced a reference architecture diagram which pretty much describes the test environment used in this preview blog post. In this environment there will be no Tape nor cloud connect components.