Incorporation into existing hardware backup systems and data transfer

Alongside the possibility to transfer backup data to another site with the incorporated replication function, it can also be saved at another site or on offline tapes using your existing hardware backup process. A backup agent of your existing solution is installed on Veeam Backup & Replication (repository) servers. This transfers Veeam backup files onto tape and allows them to be stored for instance in a safe or bunker. Existing tape ciphering methods can continue to be used here.

Depending on the existing hardware backup system you use, Veeam jobs will be adapted to your system, allowing perfect collaboration with minimum use of media.

Veeam backup jobs can be controlled both through Veeam and through your existing hardware backup software. It is possible to continue to use existing processes to monitor backup jobs. The (central) Veeam Backup & Replication server will be promptly replicated to a further site to allow immediate recovery in the event of an error. This can also be additionally protected by your existing hardware backup.

Stored backup files can even be transferred and imported to a fresh installed Veeam Backup & Replication environment. This allows all of the restore processes described above to be used within just a few minutes.

Existing processes for backup monitoring, job scheduling and backup storage (safe/bunker) can usually continue to be used without adjustment or with minimal changes. This protects your existing investments.

Virtual lab — on demand test environment

ITatOnce Virtual Lab

Figure 1: ITatOnce Virtual Lab

Veeam can start single or several systems in the virtual lab, a ‘sandbox’ isolated from the production environment. These systems work with the last backup data set, or another selected by you, and require no storage space on the primary storage system. The backup files are used as a source data set, and changes which occur are stored in separate files, similar to the well-known SnapShot process. Possible application scenarios are:

  • Patch testing
  • Patch testing taking into account the effects on several systems
  • Intrusion, penetration, virus attack and security testing without endangering live systems. The test environment is automatically provided with the status of the last backup.
  • Data mining — analysis jobs without any load on the primary storage system
  • Script tests and group policy tests — testing of infrastructure-wide changes in the lab environment with live data sets, but without any risk to the live system
  • Testing out of migration processes (e.g. Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010, SAP Version X to Version Y)
  • Flexible on demand multi-server development environment

Using Veeam Lab Manager, these test environments can be requested by an application administrator or an end user on a time-related basis through a ticket system, and the Veeam administrator can release these environments on resources selected by them.

ITatOnce Virtual Lab Ticket System

Figure 2: ITatOnce Virtual Lab Ticket System

For example, the SAP administrator requests SAP systems 1, 2 and 3 for testing on Friday for two hours starting at 12 noon. The Veeam administrator approves this request, supplements it with additional servers that may be necessary for operation, and decides in which virtual lab the system will be started and with which resources. On Friday at 12 noon, this environment is then automatically made available to the SAP administrator. The SAP administrator only has access to systems started in the virtual lab – but not to the Veeam administration itself or the backup files.

The cost savings potential of on demand virtual lab test environments versus traditional procedures for testing, consolidation and integration systems is enormous, while at the same time increasing quality/precision of runtime and results achieved!

Separation of production and backup networks

Generally, backup data streams are conducted through a separate network or VLAN. However, this means that every productive server has access to the backup network. Once an attacker is on the server, they also have access to the backup network. With Veeam Backup & Replication, it is possible for the first time to completely separate the production network from the backup network.

ITatOnce Network Separation

Figure 3: Complete separation of the productive network from the backup and administrative network

This is made possible by the following Veeam technologies:

  • Agentless, application- and operating system-consistent backup— Veeam Backup & Replication communicates with the operating system via VMware interfaces and creates consistency
  • Data exported directly from VMware or the SAN on a block level
  • Recovery of whole servers via Instant Restore
  • Recovery of files and application objects via the virtual lab using the U-AIR technology described above. If, for example, a database object needs to be restored from the backup, first the server involved is additionally started in the LAB from the backup. Application objects (or files) can now be transferred to the productive server from the server started in the LAB. The backup network and the backup files remain protected against access from the LAB or the productive network.
  • One-click recovery of files via the web interface.
  • Recovery of files via volumes mapped directly from the backup to the productive system. For example, the c:\ drive from the backup is additionally mapped as the g:\ drive with an older status. Through this, files can then be copied back to c:\.

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About ITatOnce

ITatOnce is a privately held IT Service Provider and Consulting firm headquartered in San Diego, California. Founded in 2008, ITatOnce is committed to provide its clients with forward thinking products and IT solutions. The company’s featured services include IT Consulting Services, IT Managed Services and Cloud Hosting Solutions.

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