Named as Cisco Champion 2016

Woke up this morning and had a nice mail in my inbox. Got named as a Cisco Champion 2016. Thanks Cisco for this.


What makes a Cisco Champion? (official description from Cisco)
Passion, plus a desire to share their perspectives with the community. There are Cisco Champions all over the world. They represent a variety of segments across the IT industry. And they offer their time to help others learn about Cisco and connect with Cisco in unique ways.

In addition to sharing their insights and expertise, Cisco Champions make a difference by:

  •     Supporting their peers in social communities, forums, and networks
  •     Sharing their relevant experiences and thoughts on Cisco Blogs
  •     Providing valuable feedback directly to Cisco
  •     And more

Cisco Champions have a unique opportunity to contribute to and enhance the way people use the latest technologies. They also receive:

  •     Recognition for their contributions
  •     Invitations to exclusive events
  •     Opportunities to directly communicate with Cisco employees

If you want to know more feel free to read the official site:




Veeam Backup & Replication v9 with NetApp

With Veeam Backup & Replication v8 the datacenter availability reached a new level as NetApp integration was added to improve the RPO and RTO requirements in the modern data center. With version 9 (GA since today, 12/01/2016) the integration will become even bigger. In this blog post you will see the major new features v9 delivers regarding the integration with NetApp.

Use of Storage Snapshots for Better RPO
Typically administrators schedule consistent backups not more often than 1 to 4 times a day. To achieve a better RPO, backup administrators can integrate Veeam Backup & Replication with NetApp storage systems and take storage snapshots together with Veeam backups. Storage snapshots produce little impact on storage systems and can be created in seconds. Because of that, backup administrators can schedule them as often as they want, maybe once per hour — or even more frequently.


Veeam Backup & Replication offers three technologies that leverage NetApp storage snapshots: Backup from Storage Snapshots, Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots and OnDemand SandBox for Storage SnapShots.

Backup from Storage Snapshots
To capture the VM state at a specific point in time, Veeam Backup & Replication leverages VMware vSphere snapshots. However, VMware vSphere snapshots can impact the VM performance while they are in an open state. At the end of the backup operation, the snapshot must be committed and this process can produce a serious burden on the storage and can take much time — sometimes hours or even days.

To reduce the impact of the snapshot commit on the production environment, Veeam Backup & Replication offers Backup from Storage Snapshots. With NetApp snapshots integration Veeam Backup & Replication leverages the performance and efficiency benefits of NetApp snapshots by creating an application consistent VM snapshot in VMware followed by a snapshot in the volume level. Right after that the VMware snapshot will be deleted as a consistent state is now present on the NetApp volume snapshot. Since the VM runs on the VMware snapshot only for a short moment of time, VMware vSphere needs to commit less data, and the commit process is nearly instant. The NetApp snapshot is now the source for Veeam Backup & Replication to back up the data from.


NEW in v9: In version 8 Backup from Storage Snapshots was announced with capabilities to back up from the primary NetApp ONTAP system. With version 9 you will have the possibility to backup either from primary or secondary NetApp ONTAP systems. This will allow you to reduce the load and performance overhead in the primary NetApp ONTAP system by leveraging a secondary with active SnapVault or SnapMirror relationship.

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots
If a disaster strikes, the administrators can leverage Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots to restore VM data directly from NetApp storage snapshots. It does not matter if the snapshot is created by Veeam, NetApp or a 3rd party software. The snapshot can reside on the NetApp primary or secondary ONTAP system by leveraging SnapVault or SnapMirror, can be crash-consistent or application-consistent.


Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots comes with all editions of Veeam Backup & Replication, including Veeam Backup Free Edition, and provides the following restore options:

  • Instant VM Recover
  • File-level recovery (Microsoft Windows/Linux/Unix)
  • Application items recovery (Note that features may vary in the different editions)

NEW in v9: For v9 a Veeam Explorer for Oracle will be available. The Oracle integration provides you with the capability to use Veeam Backup & Replication for creating agentless, application-consistent NetApp storage snapshots for both Microsoft and Linux Oracle VMs. The new explorer can be used to restore Oracle databases directly out of NetApp storage Snapshots.

NEW in v9: OnDemand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots
Versions ago we added the features SureBackup and Virtual Lab to Veeam Backup & Replication. With these two you are able to verify and leverage your backup data within your environment by using the Veeam Backup & Replication repository as a source for booting up a dedicated lab in within your hypervisor. With version 9 the feature OnDemand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots will provide you the capability to easily boot up a Virtual Lab directly from the NetApp storage snapshot. This Virtual Lab can be used for Test and Development or even to verify if the data is restorable in case of a disaster.

OnDemand Sandbox

By using NetApp storage snapshot there is no real limitation in the amount of VMs you can boot up and you can leverage the full performance of the NetApp ONTAP system. And as the NetApp snapshots are very efficient and not influencing the storage performance you won’t run into these kind of problems.

Veeam + NetApp = An Enterprise ready combination
Using both Veeam & NetApp in your modern data center will give you the maximum on flexibility, availability and efficiency. The combination of NetApp efficient and performant Snapshot technology and advanced Backup & Restore capabilities of Veeam will get you a solution which fits in almost every requirements today. As data loss and downtime is today no more an , it is required to think about the new way right now.


Combining primary and secondary NetApp ONTAP systems with Veeam Backup & Replication as the centralized orchestration tool will let you flexible react on changed requirements. And using the Backup from Storage Snapshots in combination with tape-out or Veeam Cloud Connect will let you cover the 3-2-1 Data Protection rule in a very easy way.

How to create mirror-vault and version flexible SnapMirror relationship in CDOT 8.3

With ONTAP 8.3 NetApp introduced two new types of extended data protection policies.

Version flexible SnapMirror:
The version flexible SnapMirror type means that from now on it will be possible to mirror data between different releases of Data ONTAP. You might say that was possible all the time but no, that’s wrong. Usually it is supported to mirror an older Data ONTAP release to a newer one e.g. ONTAP 7.x to ONTAP 8.x but it was not possible to mirror ONTAP 8.x to ONTAP 7.x. With the new options that becomes available for all versions > 8.3. So if there will be a release 8.4 you can mirror in both directions.

Since years NetApp had two different types of data protection features. SnapMirror and SnapVault. SnapMirror is used to mirror the state of the volume to a secondary volume including all SnapShots and can be used to be a disaster recovery solution. SnapVault is used to build up a data protection (backup) solution based on SnapShots. With SnapVault you can define different numbers of SnapShots for primary and secondary volume. You can e.g. save 10 SnapShots on your production for instant recovery, primary volume and keep 200 SnapShots on you secondary volume for long-term retention. The disadvantage so far was, that you could not use one relation for backup and disaster recovery (I know there are ways but it is not possible by design). With 8.3 NetApp added a policy calles MirrorAndVault which means you are configuring a SnapMirror relation with different numbers of SnapShots on the source and destination volume.

Both are integrated into the extended data protection (XDP) type of Data ONTAP.

Let’s have a look how you can configure these new features in ONTAP.

How to configure a flexible SnapMirror relationship:
Before you configure the relationship you have to create a new SnapMirror policy to be used for the data transfer. In the policy you have to specify that the type is a async-mirror policy.
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 snapmirror policy create -vserver RLPNFS02 -policy VeeamFlexMirror -type async-mirror -tries 8

To configure a flexible SnapMirror relationship simply initialize a new relationship and select XDP as type of the relation to indicate that it is going to be an extended data protection relation.
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 snapmirror initialize -destination-path RLPNFS02:RLPNFS01_NFSVAULT_mirror -source-cluster RLPEDGE01 -source-vserver RLPNFS01 -source-volume NFSVAULT -policy VeeamFlexMirror -type XDP

In the OnCommand System Manager you create a flexible version SnapMirror relationship by enabling the checkbox while creating a new SnapMirror relation.Unbenannt-1

How to configure a MirrorAndVault policy:
To configure a MirrorAndVault policy you simply have to choose the type “mirror-vault” when creating a new SnapMirror policy.
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 snapmirror policy create -vserver RLPNFS02 -policy VeeamMirrorVault -type mirror-vault -tries 8

You can now assign the policy to an existing or new XDP SnapMirror relation.