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Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Now Available!


Nimble Storage congratulates Veeam on the General Availability of the Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 today!   Nimble and Veeam have over a thousand shared customers using the Nimble Storage Solution for Veeam Availability Suite.  Veeam comprises our largest installed data protection solution, and with version 9.5, we expect this growth to accelerate. 

Nimble – the New Gen Choice for v9.5

Through a number of enhancements, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 delivers better performance, improved VM restore, and expanded scalability. The feature we really like is the integration with Nimble snapshots. The Veeam integration with Nimble makes us one of only four vendors with which Veeam has integrated, and the only ‘new gen’ storage player.  It provides our shared data protection solution a unique competitive edge vs. other combinations of storage hardware and data availability software.

How the Integrated Solution Works

Here are key areas of integration between Nimble storage and the new Veeam v9.5 and related uses:

  1. Backup from Storage Snapshots – Veeam admins can now reduce the host system impact from backup activities by running scheduled backup jobs using the Nimble Storage array-based snapshots.
  2. Backup from Secondary array – Veeam admins can replicate snapshots of the data on the Primary and replicate them to a Secondary storage array, and then backup from the Secondary to further reduce the IO load on the Primary array
  3. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots – “VESS” allows the recovery of individual items or entire VMs quickly and efficiently from Nimble snapshots and replicated copies
  4. On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots – Veeam admins can now use storage snapshots on either primary or secondary storage systems to create complete isolated copies of the production environment in just a few clicks, for fast and easy Dev/Test or troubleshooting

Why You Should Care

This new version of Veeam along with Nimble Predictive Flash provides dramatically faster, more reliable data protection.  At the time of the original announcement, Veeam wrote a blog about the new integration which still provides a great take on the shared value: https://www.veeam.com/blog/integration-nimble-storage-veeam-availability-suite.html

Here’s a quick list of key facts about the Nimble-Veeam solution:

  • Enables Veeam instant VM recovery directly from the array snapshot
  • High performance array provides the IOPS to constantly run backup verification
  • More snapshots – 1,024 vs. 256 w/EMC & NetApp – for shorter backup windows, better RPOs
  • Managing Nimble storage natively using Veeam improves operator efficiency
  • Space-efficient protection is built into the Nimble Unified Flash Fabric
  • All Flash to Adaptive Flash replication comes at 1/3rd the cost
  • Nimble ‘Predictive Flash’ provides proactive monitoring with InfoSight
  • InfoSight resolves 9 out of 10 infrastructure issues

Where to go for more Information

Checkout the Nimble Data Protection Solution page to learn more about how Nimble Storage delivers the benefits of primary storage, backup, and disaster recovery and how we extend these benefits through valuable third party alliances like this one with Veeam.

Mike Harding | Microsoft Solutions Product Management
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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I'm assuming you don't want to have Nimble storage snapshots and Veeam storage snapshots going on at the same time? Also, if it were to happen,what would be the consequences?


I would Not recommend it.  According to our Technical Marketing Engineer: It could stun VMware and potentially corrupt both snapshots as well as slow or stop the VMware vCenter and some/All of the VMs.


I'm not sure how I could prevent this from happening.  My Nimble takes snapshots every 15 minutes for replication, but Veeam takes snapshots as resources are available during the backup window. Am I supposed to turn off Nimble snapshots for the entire backup window?


Yes, turn off the Nimble snaps.  Best practice is to allow Veeam to do snapshots.


Just like you I have our Nimble taking snapshots and replicating our high priority volumes every 15 minutes. I also don't want to disable our array snapshots and replication and have Veeam solely orchestrating the Nimble snapshots. Since it creates an additional layer of complexity and potential point of failure. What I've found is that with Veeam's Nimble Storage integration I can browse our all of our snapshots from Nimble within Veeam. It enumerates the VMs on each snapshot so I can select a VM from any Nimble snapshot and  perform a VM or item level restore.

I actually prefer this setup for the reasons above and because I can let Nimble do it's native snapshot and replication, which always works flawlessly, and it stays independent of Veeam. It allows me to keep my SAN and Backup protection separate. The one drawback is we won't benefit from the quick VM snapshot creation and deletion during Veeam backups since we aren't using the SAN integration for backups, but that's not really an issue since we are within our backup windows. The restore is more important than the backups.