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Recent Blog Posts

  • Multi-Cloud Strategy: Secure Data & Compliance 
    Businesses are increasingly turning to the cloud for agility, scalability, and innovation. While relying on a single cloud provider was the norm in the past, many organizations recognize the advantages of a multi-cloud strategy. A multi-cloud approach involves utilizing services from multiple cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud … Read more
  • Veeam and Nutanix AHV: Navigating the Hypervisor Landscape
    At one point, the hypervisor of choice was essentially non-debatable when it came to enterprise data estates. Market share and competitive prices made the choice much simpler in many cases; and if public cloud offerings were not in the mix, the choice often boiled down to three-or-so hypervisors. Today, anyone in the industry, whether an … Read more
  • Accelerating Success: The Veeam Partner Onboarding Journey
    Welcoming new partners to our Veeam family is a top priority! Partners have made the choice to grow with us as a strategic decision to enhance their business and provide unrivalled solutions to their customers. In this blog, we will explore the Veeam partner onboarding process and shed light on how it adds value, empowers … Read more
  • The State of Stateful v. Stateless Kubernetes
    I’m in a state of disbelief (pun intended) when, in 2024, I often hear platform operators talk about Kubernetes being for stateless workloads only — or that they don’t require data protection as “all of our apps are stateless.” In this article, I’ll provide background on where states exist in our applications, the rise of … Read more
  • In the Works – AWS Region in Taiwan
    Today, we’re announcing that a new AWS Region will be coming to Taiwan by early 2025. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Taipei) Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch, and will give AWS customers in Taiwan the ability to run workloads and store data that must remain in Taiwan. Each of the Availability … Read more
  • Enhancing Cyber Resilience Through IT and Security Collaboration
    Cybersecurity threats are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated and pose significant risks to organizations of all sizes. This evolving threat landscape includes a range of challenges such as advanced persistent threats (APTs), ransomware, phishing attacks, and zero-day vulnerabilities. These threats are often orchestrated by well-funded and highly skilled adversaries who employ sophisticated techniques to breach … Read more
  • AWS Audit Manager extends generative AI best practices framework to Amazon SageMaker
    Sometimes I hear from tech leads that they would like to improve visibility and governance over their generative artificial intelligence applications. How do you monitor and govern the usage and generation of data to address issues regarding security, resilience, privacy, and accuracy or to validate against best practices of responsible AI, among other things? Beyond … Read more
  • Simplify AWS CloudTrail log analysis with natural language query generation in CloudTrail Lake (preview)
    Today, I am happy to announce in preview the generative artificial intelligence (generative AI)–powered natural language query generation in AWS CloudTrail Lake, which is a managed data lake for capturing, storing, accessing, and analyzing AWS CloudTrail activity logs to meet compliance, security, and operational needs. You can ask a question using natural language about these … Read more
  • Introducing Amazon GuardDuty Malware Protection for Amazon S3
    Today we are announcing the general availability of Amazon GuardDuty Malware Protection for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), an expansion of GuardDuty Malware Protection to detect malicious file uploads to selected S3 buckets. Previously, GuardDuty Malware Protection provided agentless scanning capabilities to identify malicious files on Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes attached … Read more
  • IAM Access Analyzer Update: Extending custom policy checks & guided revocation
    We are making IAM Access Analyzer even more powerful, extending custom policy checks and adding easy access to guidance that will help you to fine-tune your IAM policies. Both of these new features build on the Custom Policy Checks and the Unused Access analysis that were launched at re:Invent 2023. Here’s what we are launching: … Read more
  • AWS adds passkey multi-factor authentication (MFA) for root and IAM users
    Security is our top priority at Amazon Web Services (AWS), and today, we’re launching two capabilities to help you strengthen the security posture of your AWS accounts: First, we’re adding passkeys to the list of supported multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your root and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users. Second, we started to enforce MFA … Read more
  • AWS Weekly Roundup: New AWS Heroes, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Q and more (June 10, 2024)
    In the last AWS Weekly Roundup, Channy reminded us on how life has ups and downs. It’s just how life is. But, that doesn’t mean that we should do it alone. Farouq Mousa, AWS Community Builder, is fighting brain cancer and Allen Helton, AWS Serverless Hero, his daughter is fighting leukemia. If you have a … Read more
  • Hybrid Cloud Analytics: The Cornerstone of Modern Data Management 
    Hybrid cloud computing has emerged as a powerful strategy for organizations to streamline their IT infrastructure and achieve data-driven success. It brings the flexibility of public clouds and the control of private environments into a unified ecosystem. However, this convergence introduces challenges around data security, management, and analytics. Hybrid cloud analytics, a critical aspect of … Read more
  • The Secret Ingredient to Cyber Resilient Data Protection
    I’ll always be a ‘channel guy’ — because backup has always been a channel-led discussion. I actually started out as a systems engineer at a value-added reseller (VAR). I recently wrapped up a webinar with two other folks that started in the channel: Mark Ehr, principal research analyst for the S&P Global 451 Research Analyst … Read more
  • Simplify risk and compliance assessments with the new common control library in AWS Audit Manager
    With AWS Audit Manager, you can map your compliance requirements to AWS usage data and continually audit your AWS usage as part of your risk and compliance assessment. Today, Audit Manager introduces a common control library that provides common controls with predefined and pre-mapped AWS data sources. The common control library is based on extensive … Read more
  • Microsoft 365 Immutability: Securing Data Against Threats
    As an IT professional, you understand the critical importance of securing your organization’s data against threats like ransomware and accidental deletion. You also know the stringent requirements of regulatory compliance mandates and litigation risks that necessitate emails and associated data be preserved in an immutable state where it cannot be deleted, altered, or destroyed. Microsoft … Read more
  • Our brand-new cohort of AWS Heroes has arrived – June 2024
    The vibrant AWS community is made up of millions of builders worldwide. Within this global audience, there are technical enthusiasts who are going above and beyond to solve problems and generously share their learnings and best practices to empower others—the AWS Heroes. These inspirational leaders make significant contributions, and the AWS Heroes program is our … Read more
  • Red Hat Summit 2024 Insights: Actionable Takeaways and Essential Advice 
    That’s a wrap! Veeam concluded another successful Red Hat Summit in Denver earlier this month. The excitement for all things Red Hat open source – including data center, public cloud, and the edge — was palpable on the tradeshow floor and in the keynote presentations. At the Veeam booth, #302, we also saw keen interest in … Read more
  • Announcing the 2024 Ransomware Trends Report
    The third annual Veeam Ransomware Trends Report is officially HERE !!! Each year, independent analysts survey unbiased and vetted organizations that experienced at least one cyberattack (breach/ransom/etc.) in the preceding 12 months. The resulting responses were analyzed to provide a comprehensive overview of the evolving threat landscape by surveying 1,200 unbiased IT leaders and implementers, … Read more
  • The State of Hybrid and Multi Cloud in 2024
    As the adoption of hybrid and multi-cloud environments continues to grow, businesses are faced with the complex task of managing and optimizing their infrastructure across various platforms, including its resilience and recoverability. To shed light on the current landscape, we are excited to announce the release of our new research brief,: “.” This research brief … Read more
  • AWS Weekly Roundup: Amazon EC2 U7i Instances, Bedrock Converse API, AWS World IPv6 Day and more (June 3, 2024)
    Life is not always happy, there are difficult times. However, we can share our joys and sufferings with those we work with. The AWS Community is no exception. Jeff Barr introduced two members of the AWS community who are dealing with health issues. Farouq Mousa is an AWS Community Builder and fighting brain cancer. Allen … Read more
  • Portable backup for SMB
    In today’s business landscape the security of your small to medium-sized company’s critical data should be a top priority. While traditional on-site and cloud backup solutions form a strong backbone for data protection, portable backup devices offer an additional layer of resilience, especially in situations where network connectivity or immediate recovery might be compromised. In … Read more
  • Simplify custom contact center insights with Amazon Connect analytics data lake
    Analytics are vital to the success of a contact center. Having insights into each touchpoint of the customer experience allows you to accurately measure performance and adapt to shifting business demands. While you can find common metrics in the Amazon Connect console, sometimes you need to have more details and custom requirements for reporting based … Read more
  • Top Benefits of a Backup Service for Microsoft 365
    Microsoft 365 has become one of the most widely recognized and used cloud-based productivity suites in the world. With widespread adoption across various industries and businesses of all sizes, Microsoft 365 — and the critical data it contains — fills an essential role to the daily operations of thousands of organizations. With the rampant evolution … Read more
  • Salesforce Backup for the Financial Services Industry: Strategies for Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset
    As a leader in the financial services industry, the security of your customer data and continuity of your business operations are top priorities. Your Salesforce data — the lifeblood of your organization — requires vigilant protection. In this article, you will learn best practices for implementing bulletproof Salesforce data protection. We will explore key considerations … Read more
  • AWS analytics services streamline user access to data, permissions setting, and auditing
    I am pleased to announce a new use case based on trusted identity propagation, a recently introduced capability of AWS IAM Identity Center. Tableau, a commonly used business intelligence (BI) application, can now propagate end-user identity down to Amazon Redshift. This has a triple benefit. It simplifies the sign-in experience for end users. It allows data … Read more
  • Amazon EC2 high memory U7i Instances for large in-memory databases
    Announced in preview form at re:Invent 2023, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) U7i instances with up to 32 TiB of DDR5 memory and 896 vCPUs are now available. Powered by custom fourth generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (Sapphire Rapids), these high memory instances are designed to support large, in-memory databases including SAP HANA, Oracle, … Read more
  • What’s in the Future for AI and Backup and Recovery
    The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into backup and recovery processes signifies a transformative step in how companies approach data protection. As organizations become increasingly reliant on digital infrastructures, the ability to safeguard against data loss and ensure rapid recovery is paramount. AI’s emergence in this field promises not only to enhance current methodologies but … Read more
  • The Role of Data Protection in Kubernetes
    The Kubernetes Learning Journey Many of you are coming to grips with Kubernetes, a new platform that has evolved over the past few years from being a developer-focused platform to one that has to be considered when ensuring your organization is operationally ready to serve business-critical applications. Kubernetes may have started its life as a … Read more
  • Cloud Protection Trends 2024: Choosing a Service Provider
    In last week’s blog, we discussed why organizations of all sizes are embracing Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). This week we are going to dive into how to decide the best cloud service provider for your organization. Put another way, let’s say we discussed why so many folks … Read more
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