After months (years) of actively campaigning for this integration, Veeam Backup and Replication v9.5 finally includes hardware support for Nimble Storage. This is great news for both companies as they a match made in heaven in my humble opinion.
This story first started in 2013 when I first stumbled across Nimble Storage at my local VMUG, my evaluation, procurement and experience with the platform is well documented and has been cited on a number of occasions at various events. Nimble neatly fulfilled my storage requirements; something which was faster, had more capacity, and would allow me to archive data for a long period of time in a single unit. My alternative supplier offered live data on a traditional multi-spindle SAN, and archive capacity for my Veeam Backups on a separate device. Not a bad solution, but with unpredictability of business growth and ever expanding archiving requirements (driven by external legislation) this configuration did not sit well with me. I’d have needed a crystal ball to precisely specify the capacities of either system, plus the bean counters were out in force and I needed an easy to administer platform.
My love affair with Veeam was already well underway at this point after a number of years of use. Once I hand my hands on Nimble arrays at both of my sites, I could finally look at DR resilience on top of the other cool Veeam features such as SureBackup and Instant VM Recovery, which both use the vPower technology. This lead neatly to my presentation at VeeamOn 2014 where I spoke about my experiences with the policy based Nimble volumes and my ‘manual VVOL implementation’.
As Veeam grew and expanded their Always-On Enterprise message, extending services and adding support for various hardware vendors – as consumers we started seeing the real benefits of natively accessing SAN snapshots directly. “Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots” offers recovery of VMs, guest files and application objects direct from the SAN device. HP, NetApp, EMC have all had the Veeam treatment and now it’s time for the best of the new breed of disruptive vendors Nimble Storage.
Over this time, Nimble haven’t stood still either, with the launch of their All Flash Array earlier in 2016, expanding Infosite and recently their impressive VMware VVOL implementation as cited by Duncan Epping.
This all builds to the announcement today of Integration with Nimble Storage coming in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 for VMware which I’m sure will be available very soon. I’ll keep you posted.