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Jul 10 2019

Data Management: Veeam Plug-in for ETERNUS DX / AF

With most businesses’ activity going fully-virtualized, the need to protect those environments has put additional focus on the backup and fast recovery of the virtual machines. The combination of Fujitsu ETERNUS, the industry’s widest choice of storage infrastructure, and Veeam Backup and Replication™, a leading Data Management solution, will help hundreds of thousands of companies to keep their businesses running.

Fujitsu and Veeam are teaming up to greatly simplify and automate the process of backing up and restoring virtual machines in live production environments — both on premises and in the cloud. This extended partnership delivers increased availability of data and faster recovery from disasters and unplanned system downtime.

With the availability of the Veeam storage snapshot plug-in for Fujitsu ETERNUS AF, all-flash and ETERNUS DX hybrid storage customers can create complete VM backups and replicas from snapshots as often as they like, with little to no impact on their production environment. This advanced data protection capability bridges the gap between critical recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) storage targets. The Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform transforms the way your company manages data, ensuring high availability at all times and business continuity in the event of a disaster.

The integration of Veeam software in Fujitsu ETERNUS storage solutions reduces management complexity, improves backup performance, simplifies recovery capabilities and lowers costs. Fujitsu ETERNUS storage can be used as high speed target for backup of virtual machines, not to mention backup in physical and cloud environments.

 

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Veeam Backup & Replication™ combined with Fujitsu ETERNUS storage hardware is a simplified data availability solution that satisfies modern service levels of relevance to the recovery of IT services, including data and applications.

A very important feature is how fast storage integrations can be added with the Veeam Universal Storage API. This framework was introduced with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 and has allowed Veeam and its alliance partners to rapidly add new supported storage systems. Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS DX and AF are the newest systems to be supported with a Veeam plug-in.

Besides the Backup from Storage Snapshots, this plug-in exposes many outstanding capabilities:

 

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots is a technology in Veeam Backup & Replication that allows you to restore VMware VM data directly from native storage snapshots. It automates the process of data recovery for VMs hosted on storage systems, eliminates intermediate restore and manual operations. As a result, it is able to restore necessary VM data from storage snapshots in seconds.

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Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots

Backup from Storage Snapshots lets you speed up backup and replication for VMware vSphere VMs whose disks are hosted on storage systems.

It allows the data mover (a Veeam VMware Backup Proxy) to do the heavy-lifting of a backup job from the storage snapshot versus from a conventional VMware vSphere snapshot. This integration will allow organizations to take backups or replicas at any time of the day, maintaining VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) and application consistency. It also reduces impact of backup and replication activities on the production environment and improve RPOs.

 

On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots

In the On-Demand Sandbox there’s the possibility to start VMs from existing snapshots on the production storage array. You can use the On-Demand Sandbox to test VMs, troubleshoot issues, perform training, etc. It turns out to be a huge help to organizations by avoiding changes that don’t go as expected. You’ll be able to answer questions like “How long will it take?”, “What will happen?”, and, most importantly, “Will it work?”.

 

Primary Storage Snapshot Orchestration

The plug-in for Fujitsu ETERNUS DX/AF storage will also allow you to make Veeam jobs that just create snapshots. These jobs will not produce a backup, but will produce a storage snapshot that can be used for Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots.

 

Elisabeth Babelotzky

 

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Elisabeth Babelotzky

Global Product Marketing Storage

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