White Papers & Product Reviews

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 Upgrade and Security Configuration

Author: Brandon Lee, Founder – Virtualizationhowto.com
Security is a top concern when it comes to addressing data protection complexities for business-critical systems. VMware vSphere 6.7 Upgrade 1 can be the right fit for your data centers when it comes to resolving security vulnerabilities thereby helping you to take your IT infrastructure to the next level.

While there are features that align with the legacy security standards, there are some of the best newly announced functionalities in vSphere 6.7 like Virtual TPM 2.0 and virtualization-based security capabilities, that will help you enhance your current security measures for your production workloads. Get started with reading this white paper to know more about how you can implement a solution of this kind in your data centers.

Understanding Windows Server Hyper-V Cluster Configuration, Performance and Security

Author: Brandon Lee, Founder – Virtualizationhowto.com
How do you increase the uptime of your critical workloads? How do you start setting up a Hyper-V Cluster in your organization? What are the Hyper-V design and networking configuration best practices? These are some of the questions you may have when you have large environments with many Hyper-V deployments.

It is very essential for IT administrators to build disaster-ready Hyper-V Clusters rather than thinking about troubleshooting them in their production workloads. This whitepaper will help you in deploying a Hyper-V Cluster in your infrastructure by providing step-by-step configuration and consideration guides focusing on optimising the performance and security of your setup.

Overcome the Data Protection Dilemma – Vembu

Author: George Crump, Lead Analyst
IT professionals face a dilemma while selecting a backup solution for their environment. Selecting a legacy application that protects their entire environment means that they have to tolerate high pricing and live with software that does not fully exploit the capabilities of modern IT environment.

On the other hand, they can adopt solutions that focus on a particular area of an IT environment and limited just to that environment. These solutions have a relatively small customer base which means the solution has not been vetted as the legacy applications. Vembu is a next-generation company that provides the capabilities of the new class of backup solutions while at the same time providing completeness of platform coverage, similar to legacy applications.

True 15-Minute RTO for Mission-Critical VMs using Vembu BDR Suite

Author: Dr. Jack Fegreus, Founder of openBench Labs
Most IT sites, have a key system that is essential to the survival of their business. When processing on such a system is interrupted, essential Line of Business (LoB) operations cease to function and corporate business is significantly impacted. Moreover, the longer it takes to restore a mission-critical system, the greater the likelihood that the business will face substantial repercussions. As a result, nirvana for a Service Level Agreement (SLA) for business continuity centers on zero recovery time and zero recovery point objectives (RTO and RPO).

Mission-critical systems at the majority of IT sites fall into one of two major categories: database-driven financial and process-control manufacturing systems. For mission-critical systems that do not require specialized process-control hardware, high-performance VMs within a vSphere virtual environment provide IT with a distinct advantage in dealing with scenarios that impact business continuity.

Optimize RPO & RTO objectives while enhancing DR resilience with Vembu OffsiteDR

Author: Dr. Jack Fegreus, Founder of openBench Labs
The ability to configure and deploy high-performance VMs within a vSphere virtual environment continues to put CIO’s under increasing pressure to deal with the rampant bête noire of IT: business continuity. What started with Line of Business (LoB) driven Service Level Agreements (SLAs) requiring IT to meet rigorous Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives (RTO and RPO) has grown into an auditable ISO standard (ISO22301) and an emerging software niche for Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) systems.

LoB executives have played a critical role in the advent of DRM systems. For these key consumers of IT services, backup operations remain just a means to achieving business continuity. Their focus is entirely on the continuity of business processing and the restoration of processing in the event of a disruption. LoB executives expect CIOs to implement rigorous internal operations to minimize disruptions in business processing and when a disruption occurs the issue must be resolved in as short a time as possible and with a minimal loss of data.

Vembu Changes the Dynamics of Data Protection for Business Applications in a vSphere Environment
In this analysis, openBench Labs assesses the performance and functionality of the Vembu Backup & DisasterRecovery (BDR) host-level (a.k.a. agentless) data protection solution in a VMware vSphereTM 5.5 HA Cluster. For this test we utilized a vSphere VM configured with three logical disks located on separate datastores to support an Exchange server with two mailbox databases. Each of the mailbox databases was configured to support 1,000 user accounts.

This paper provides technically savvy IT decision makers with the detailed performance and resource configuration information needed to analyze the trade-offs involved in setting up an optimal data protection and business continuity plan to support a service level agreement (SLA) with line of business (LoB) executives.

Vembu: The Biggest Little Data Protection Company You Probably Haven’t Heard Of (Yet)
Abstract: European and APJ businesses may know Vembu, but many U.S. IT organizations will be surprised by the solution set of this ten-year-old company that is launching its first concerted marketing push into North America. In 2015, Vembu—newly based in Dallas, Texas—may become “one to watch” as it matches its features impressively to what IT organizations are looking for in a modern backup solution.

It’s no secret that, as IT organizations continue to modernize their production infrastructures, antiquated legacy approaches to protecting those infrastructures can quickly go from barely adequate to completely insufficient. In fact, in ESG’s IT spending intentions research for 2014, improving data backup was the top-cited IT priority by midmarket organizations (see Figure 1). 1 And for the past three years running, improving data backup and recovery has been one of the top three most-mentioned priorities for organizations of all sizes.

Vembu has grown its revenue 35% annually over the past two years and is on track to meet that mark in 2014. Key product additions this year include a suite of CRM applications and the introduction of on­premises virtual appliances (with physical appliances to come in the near future). The latter move puts Vembu in more direct competition with relatively well­known players in the hybrid cloud backup battle.

Cloud­based backup/recovery is a cutthroat business with shrinking margins, commoditization and a surfeit of contenders trying to get a piece of the pie. On the other hand, it’s a fast­growing market: 451 Research predicts a 21% CAGR for online backup over the 2013­2018 period, excluding revenue from the consumer segment. We applaud Vembu’s moves into non­backup areas such as file sync/share and CRM applications. However, it remains to be seen whether IT organizations will prefer one­stop shopping over choosing best­of­breed offerings from multiple vendors. The company’s decision to push its resellers away from rebranding and into carrying Vembu’s name on their services will give it much­needed name/brand recognition in a crowded arena.

Two interesting trends in the backup industry have created the need for a smart file system. First, there is a rising demand for a more sophisticated use of backup data, than just traditional recovery. Think how interesting it would be to share and collaborate the files residing inside in your disk image backup without having to mount or boot the image. This is possible only if the file system is able to read the image file, bit-by-bit and understand what files are stored inside the image file.

Second, the demand for online backup has led the service providers to host their backup on cloud infrastructure. This means that backup applications could potentially harness the cluster file system and computing possibilities of cloud. For example, it is possible to dramatically improve the read/write speed of backup data by storing it in SAN/NAS and distributing the operations to a large cluster of servers.