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VeeamOn (What’ I’m watching)

I’m going to keep a blog of sessions and Events I”m checking out and interested in for VeeamOn2022. This will get updated as the week goes on (and may serve as the basis for some Podcast interviews).

Object First

I’ve been tracking out of the corner of my eye as a stealth project. They seem to be building “the best backup optimized object storage system” (or something like it). I have few details and a few theories but am strongly looking forward to the announcement on Monday.

Lab Warz

I still remember the first time I sat down for Veeam’s quirky take on a competitive hands on lab competition. The quirky theming, practical skill testing, and adrenaline pumping “time to do this fast!” feeling was unlike anything I’d ever seen at a conference. I see this listed as virtual only so I look forward to seeing if I can barrel roll through it without too shameful of a score. Even if you don’t feel up to the challenge see if you can learn a thing or two about some features you might be able to find value in.

Veeam Plug-in for SAP Now and Later

In a former life I used to deal with application level recovery for various applications ranging from the usual suspects (Exchange, SQL, Oracle) to a few weirder ones. I like checking out occasionally the backup and recovery of virtualized applications that I never operated. It exposes me to challenges that are the similar (distributed state concerns) but also the uniqueness of metadata and blending of VADP/CBT and native tooling. Way too many application backups end up maintained by scripts by DBA’s with dubious alerting and it’s good to see how Veeam is working with SAP and their Backupint framework to offer protection in a way that is supported and allows for consistent restores while still using fancier hypervisor and storage level snapshot offload. One unique workflow I wasn’t familiar with was as “restore license key” on restore which seemed like a pretty nice thing to include as restoring state often includes small things people forget about.

Debanjan Banerjee does a great job walking through how the different pieces come together, and it serves as a good reminder of why virtualizing SAP is always a good idea.