10 Best Practices for EMC

VNX/VNXe and Data Domain
Technical Brief

Webinar presented September 13, 2016 by Michael Otey, President, TECA,
and Matt Lloyd, EMC and VMware Alliance, Veeam

” – Michael Otey The growing importance of data makes downtime costly. analytics. Executive Editor. Brad Sams. President. © 2016 Petri IT Knowledgebase. data is a strategic asset. This 30-minute outage cost $66. where data is a strategic asset and virtualization is commonplace. and the Internet of Things. As a result. EMC and VMware Alliance.240 per minute or approximately $3 million. Integration between Veeam and EMC VNX/VNXe translates into seamless backups and restores. 2016 10 Best Practices for EMC VNX/VNXe and Data Domain Overview Moderator An organization’s IT infrastructure is only as available as its ability to recover data. and efficiency.Technical Brief | September 13.000 on average. data storage is a larger concern for IT teams. Downtime translates into losses of customer and end-user confidence. 2 . An outage of 14 hours costs a business $150. On average. Most survey respondents (87%) indicated that data recovery failures would be disastrous for their organizations. Veeam Context Michael Otey described the data-related challenges facing IT teams and the need for data protection strategies. and greater data control and security demands. the need to reduce capital and operating expenditures. Downtime translates into $26 billion in losses yearly. Other data-related issues affecting IT teams include the consumerization of IT.000 per hour. Findings on downtime from three leading sources are: ƒƒ Gartner downtime research. TECA Presenters Matt Lloyd. Data protection has become a requirement for highly available data centers. ƒƒ Amazon’s 2013 outage. Michael Otey. reputation. Matt Lloyd discussed how the integration between Veeam and EMC VNX/ VNXe provides continuous availability for enterprises. system downtime costs organizations $5. giving IT teams greater peace of mind. data has become a strategic asset. The costs of downtime aren’t just monetary. IT teams must take a serious look at implementing strong data protection strategies and develop a plan for restoring applications and data quickly. ƒƒ CA survey. downtime costs for organizations increase IDC estimates that organizational data volumes are growing by 30% to 50% per year. Petri IT KnowledgeBase The Veeam Availability Suite is a proven way to provide availability and disaster recovery to always-on enterprises. Key Takeaways As the strategic importance of data grows. “In today’s organizations. In today’s business environment. Thanks to initiatives like business intelligence.600 per minute or $300.

10 Best Practices for EMC VNX/VNXe and Data Domain Many top challenges facing IT teams are data related A recent study by Enterprise Strategy Group found that IT leaders recognize the importance of managing and protecting data. Top 10 IT Priorities In addition. RTOs relate to the planned time for data restores and determine the future point when the organization will be recovered. An important question to ask when defining RTOs is how long the organization can go without the data or application in question. they should consider: 1. and backup location IT leaders worry about the reliability and speed of backups and recoveries. backup frequency. IT teams must consider strategy drivers. One way to address these issues is by developing a data protection strategy. 3 . © 2016 Petri IT Knowledgebase. As organizations do so. Two of the top five IT priorities were data related. virtualization poses data protection challenges—particularly around backup and recovery. Virtual Infrastructure Data Protection Challenges When developing a data protection strategy. Restore time objectives (RTOs).

The entire VM image is copied using replication and is registered on a remote virtualization host. the more often snapshots should be taken and backed up. This protects organizations from site failure. Media can fail. The typical replication process has three steps: 1. VM replication is one way to support backup and recovery. A negative aspect is that the infrastructure may be costly to host. since backups are accessed from disk. ƒƒ Storage-based snapshots. which support near continuous data protection. Restore point objectives (RPOs). Highly available data centers have data protection built into their architectures Virtualization is the foundation of modern data centers. Each has advantages and disadvantages. VM replication makes multiple copies of VMs. ƒƒ 1: Store one backup offsite. ƒƒ VM replicas (onsite or offsite). However. One option for offsite backups is the cloud. it is advisable for organizations to follow the 3-2-1 rule of data protection: ƒƒ 3: Have at least three copies of your data. ƒƒ Size. The more critical the data. This provides streamlined recovery. 2. RPO and RTO Backup frequency may be influenced: ƒƒ Criticality. ƒƒ Data updates. More copies means less risk. ƒƒ Onsite backup. ask how much data is the organization willing to lose. The more often data is updated. In general. Large files are usually backed up less frequently than smaller ones. © 2016 Petri IT Knowledgebase. This technique enables fast recovery. since it is possible to failover to a standby VM. RPOs relate to the point in the past to which the organization will recover. 3. 4 . Restore points (VM snapshots) are created. In virtualized environments. A good rule of thumb is to maintain the original data (VM) plus two copies. the more often it should be backed up. ƒƒ 2: Keep backups on different media. It enables mobility and enhances availability. Incremental changes are sent from the source to the target (or targets). But it doesn’t protect against storage failures. When backups are stored on different types of media. Frequent restore points are a benefit of this approach. it eliminates a common source of failure. When defining RPOs. Geographically dispersed sites or the cloud can be used for site protection and disaster recovery.10 Best Practices for EMC VNX/VNXe and Data Domain 2. Different approaches exist for replication and backups. it doesn’t protect against site outages.

Employees must be trained on key procedures. Partners support managed cloud. and Microsoft SQL. only 26% test more than 5% of their backups. Over 205. 94% increased requirements to guarantee data access. This protects against site outages and supports long retention periods. ƒƒ Veeam Availability Console supports public cloud and physical workloads.10 Best Practices for EMC VNX/VNXe and Data Domain ƒƒ Offsite backup.000 customers and 41. and private cloud/on-premises IT infrastructures. It is composed of two products: Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE. and “runbooks. However. 5 . documentation. people and processes cannot be overlooked. Veeam Explorer is supported for Active Directory. Of those that test their backups. The Veeam Availability Suite provides availability and disaster recovery to always-on enterprises. This is possible through Veeam Backup for Windows and Veeam Backup for Linux. © 2016 Petri IT Knowledgebase. In addition. ƒƒ Veeam Availability Orchestrator provides enterprise-level disaster recovery planning. In response.000 ProPartners use Veeam. This helps satisfy compliance requirements ƒƒ Veeam has a robust partner ecosystem. technology is very important. These provide high-speed recovery directly from the storage array. processes should be captured in standards. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots. Oracle. Veeam offers solutions to address today’s availability challenges. Veeam Availability Platform Private Cloud / On-Premises Hybrid Cloud Veeam Cloud Connect Veeam Availability Orchestrator Disaster Recovery Orchestration for Enterprise Veeam Cloud Connect Veeam Cloud and Service Providers (VCSPs) Veeam Availability Console Private Cloud & Virtual Workloads Veeam Availability Suite Veeam Backup & Replication | Veeam ONE Public Cloud & Physical Workloads Veeam Backup for Windows Veeam Cloud Connect Veeam Backup for Linux Managed Cloud Public Cloud Compute Storage Networking Hyperconverged Key aspects of Veeam’s offerings include: ƒƒ Veeam Availability Suite supports private cloud and virtual workloads. SharePoint.” Veeam helps IT decision makers address availability gaps The 2016 Veeam Availability Report found that 84% of IT decisions makers feel their organizations have an availability gap. Veeam’s backup and recovery processes are based on storage snapshots Veeam uses two different types of snapshots: 1. Microsoft Exchange. however. But recovery may be slower as it takes time to retrieve data. public cloud. As organizations plan for data protection and business continuity.

in this integration with EMC storage Integration with EMC snapshots Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots Backup from Storage Snapshots Included in Veeam Backup™ Free Edition Patent-pending technology A recovery-only technique Performs backups directly from storage snapshots Leverages snapshots on the storage array for restores directly from the snapshots The VMware vSphere volume is not mounted No prior preparation required (other than snapshot) VMware CBT data is preserved for the backup “The integration between Veeam and EMC VNX/ VNXe and Unity storage minimizes impact on production VMs. Integration with EMC snapshots Both Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots and Backup from Storage Snapshots are included Two key capabilities provided in Veeam’s integration with EMCare Unity storage. IT teams can create backups up to 20 times faster from storage snapshots. reduces the impact of stun. giving team members more time to focus on priorities like innovation. Source-side deduplication with encryption Optional WAN acceleration Source‐side data  deduplication occurs here Host and storage  datastores Veeam Backup &  Replication Server Backup Proxy Integration with EMC Data Domain Boost enables source‐side deduplication and data  in‐flight encryption over the WAN for faster.com © 2016 Petri IT Knowledgebase. Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots. The VM snapshot process causes a phenomenon called “stun” to coordinate the merging of the writes. Source‐side deduplication with encryption more secure backups to offsite EMC Data Domain appliances. and use Veeam On-Demand Sandbox for storage snapshots.10 Best Practices for EMC VNX/VNXe and Data Domain 2.com The integration between Veeam and EMC minimizes impact on production VMs. The Veeam and EMC integration offers two key features: 1. Veeam means that IT staff spend less time on backup and recovery. The vSphere APIs for Data Protection (VADP) uses a sequence of events to read data for backup jobs or replicated VMs. so they have more time to focus on innovation. more secure backups to offsite EMC Data  Domain appliances  www.petri. IT staff spend less time on backup and recovery. recover individual items in two minutes or less. 6 .” –Matt Lloyd Veeam and EMC VNX/VNXe and Unity storage provide availability for the always-on enterprise www. Taking backups during off-hours. These keep service levels high on running VMs. when storage systems are under less stress.petri. Integration with EMC Data Domain Boost enables source-side deduplication and data in-flight encryption over the WAN for faster. Source-side deduplication with encryption.

Select a host. Create and add them to the Veeam Backup & Replication console if necessary. or NFS). 4) Add proxies to Unisphere and configure in Veeam Backup & Replication. rather than on a per-backup job basis. the restore wizard for Veeam Explorer will populate these attributes. Determine which host will perform the restore as a customization for subsequent tasks. file-level recovery. A basic rule when assigning connectivity to the Veeam proxy is to use the same steps as assigning a VMware ESXi host to the storage resource. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots offers three categories of restore options: instant VM recovery. When complete. Per-VM backup file chains By following best practices. © 2016 Petri IT Knowledgebase. This can be accomplished through four steps: 1) Install Veeam Backup & Replication 2) Determine if additional vSphere backup proxies are needed. Fibre Channel. ƒƒ Set a protection schedule in Unisphere. Per-VM backup file chains. resource pool.10 Best Practices for EMC VNX/VNXe and Data Domain 2. IT teams can streamline backups and restores in EMC environments Tips and tricks for more successful backups and restores when using Veeam and EMC together are: ƒƒ Setup data mover so it doesn’t interfere with production vSphere storage resources. The Veeam proxy moves data via a backup or replication job directly from the storage snapshot which requires storage-level access. File chains are created on a per-VM basis. ƒƒ Determine which restore option is most appropriate for the organization’s needs. 3) Connect proxies to the storage network (iSCSI. and application recovery. ƒƒ Focus on storage snapshot-related considerations. They leverage parallel VM processing which enables multiple write streams to an EMC Data Domain appliance. and VM folder. 7 . It is possible to automatically create storage snapshots on the VNX or VNXe. Additional information is available at the Veeam website.

Usually. ƒƒ Don’t ignore considerations related to the first full backup.10 Best Practices for EMC VNX/VNXe and Data Domain Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots The benefits of a layered approach include: ―― Immediate access to backups for instant restore of entire VMs. ―― Frequent restore points and the ability to meet the most aggressive RPOs. or application data. As a result. incremental backup speeds are up to 20 times faster. ―― Proven recovery by mounting local backups any time for automated backup verification and disaster recovery testing. Service levels can be significantly improved by reducing the time the VMware snapshot is open. ƒƒ Focus on incremental backup-related considerations. 8 . When performing incremental backups from storage snapshots. If a VMware snapshot is open for too long. Veeam WAN Acceleration and storage integration with VNX/VNXe or Unity arrays reduce stress on production VMs. a remote data center is the target of a replication job. users can keep working while IT troubleshoots issues. ―― Automated offsite backup and VM replication for disaster recovery. Since it uses existing backups and backup storage. the VMware snapshot is only open for seconds. ―― Long-term archiving to tape or the cloud for a final layer of availability which meets audit requirements. Veeam Backup & Replication preserves VMware’s Changed Block Tracking (CBT) data. ƒƒ Consider factors related to replication jobs. individual files. ƒƒ Use Instant VM Recovery. it can degrade the performance of a running VM when writes are coordinated. By leveraging Backup from Storage Snapshots. this eliminates the need to read the whole disk geometry to find changed blocks which degrades performance. © 2016 Petri IT Knowledgebase. With this functionality. a VM can be restarted directly from a backup file in two minutes.

A group of VMs can be started instantly in a Virtual Lab. 9 . Teams can start from any restore point (full or incremental). but doesn’t increase backup time or require additional hardware or staff. Other Important Point ƒƒ Best practices white paper. © 2016 Petri IT Knowledgebase. It verifies the recoverability of every backup. as well as from any replica point.10 Best Practices for EMC VNX/VNXe and Data Domain Instant VM Recovery: How it works ƒƒ Implement SureBackup. and training. This enables IT teams to use backups for troubleshooting. SureBackup: How it works ƒƒ Utilize the On-Demand Sandbox. The On-Demand Sandbox can be run directly from the backup file without changing the backup file. SureBackup leverages vPower and Virtual Lab. testing patches and workarounds. A best practices white paper focused on EMC VNX/VNXe and Data Domain with Veeam Availability Suite is available for download.