Thursday, 17 May 2018

Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.1 is now GA

Vembu announced the latest release of their flagship offering, i.e. Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.1 which includes standard edition which is designed and priced by keeping the Small and Medium businesses in mind, which will help them meet the modern SLAs for backup and recovery.

In the previous versions, Vembu BDR Suite was available only in the single edition for all businesses. However with the latest release of v3.9.1, Vembu BDR Suite is now available in 3 editions: Free, Standard and Enterprise. Vembu BDR Suite Edition Comparison
** Vembu also offers a flat 50% discount with Vembu VMBackup for Small and Mid-sized businesses that sustain with environments upto 6 CPU sockets.

The most daunting task for SMBs in implementing a BDR solution for their IT infrastructure is the budgetary constraints. Considering this in mind, Vembu announced the Standard edition of its flagship offering to keep the cost of the product affordable for everyone.
Vembu BDR Suite – Standard Edition, comprises a rich set of backup and disaster recovery features for SMB data center needs. The objective is to offer a powerful and hassle-free data protection solution to Small and Medium Businesses at an affordable price.
With this new standard edition of Vembu BDR Suite, SMBs can protect their entire virtual IT infrastructure with predominant features like Agentless VM backup for VMware and Hyper-VQuick VM recovery Instant File Recovery, Granular recovery for MS applications to ensure RTO less than 15 minutes.
Businesses can add any type of storages to meet their retention and storage needs. The Standard Edition of Vembu BDR Suite also offers inbuilt compression and deduplication to use the storage resources efficiently. And, through AES-256 encryption algorithm, it assures data security at flight and on rest.
The price points have been worked upon this time. Vembu extensively looked into their customer base and analyzed from various fronts like the features a medium business wanted and their ability to spend.Small businesses didn’t want to shell out for products that had way too many features than required. They didn’t want to spend on what they didn’t need.
Vembu agreed with them. Although their pricing has been very affordable for the features Vembu offered, they decided to make it even simpler with their Standard Edition.
The Standard Edition for VMware Backup is priced at USD 216/CPU-socket/annum. If our requirement comes under 6 CPU sockets, we can get an additional discount of 50% that could lead to USD 108/CPU-socket/annum!
The Standard Edition for Hyper-V Backup also has surprises. Priced at a reasonable USD 144/CPU-socket/annum, it gets down to USD 72/CPU-socket/annum if it falls under the above-mentioned discount category.
Generally, implementing a BDR Solution is preferred to ensure data availability at all times for continuous business operations. With the new Standard Edition of Vembu BDR Suite, the SMBs can now enforce the best Backup and Disaster recovery solution in their IT environment at a reasonable price to achieve superior data protection along with Business Continuity.
The v3.9.1 edition comes with significant enhancements and bug fixes aimed at improving the performance of our flagship offering Vembu BDR Suite.
No matter how simple or complex IT environment is, the Standard Edition of Vembu BDR Suite will be a competent BDR solution for our business, thereby ensuring the right value for our money.
Download Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.1 today and experience the best modern data protection for your environment. The release notes are available here
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Thursday, 22 March 2018

VMware vRealize Automation - Creating & Configuring Tenants Part 1

I have dedicated couple of blog posts earlier in vRealize Automation section wherein we discussed about Installation, Architecture, Roles and LayersCreating blueprints, Custom properties and What's new with the latest releases.  Here are few links for quick reference vRealize Automation Installation Part 1vRealize Automation Installation Part 2 , vRA Roles and Layers , vRealize Automation Architecture , Provisioning Machines in vRA , Multi Machine Blueprints , Custom Properties , and What's New in vRA7.
Recently did the fresh installation of vRA 7.0 in my Home Lab environment and added another tenant QA, synced users and also configured branding and created fabric groups so thought of dedicating a series of blog post which will serve as step by step guide for my reference and also help others to understand the procedure from creating a Tenant, configuring Branding, adding users, creating Fabric Groups, Creating machine prefixes and also talk about the creation of reservation policies, business groups.

*Note: Installation/Configurations/Specifications methods used here has been Tested in My Home Lab Nested Environment

The steps involved when creating/configuring a tenant is to access the default tenant (vSphere.local) and name the new Tenant/ Create a tenant specific URL and finally specify the users who can access the Tenant and can assign the Tenant and Administrator roles to the newly created users.

As shown in the above screenshot I logged in to my default tenant and created a new tenant  (QA) after providing some details including the Name of the new Tenant / Description/URL/Contact Email.  Next task on the list is to add local users and assigning them Tenant Administrators/ IaaS administrator roles and do some branding for our newly created tenant QA.

After the successful creation of my new tenant QA and giving the local users the IaaS administrator and Tenant Administrator roles it was time for me to access the newly created Tenant https://vRealize Automation Appliance FQDN /VCAC/ORG/Qa/Domain and do some Branding for the same. 

Wherein we have the option to customize the look and feel of the login screen including logo, background color and specify Header and Footer Settings.

Once the branding is done the next task on the list is to make use of Directory Management Feature to configure a link to Active Directory (Over LDAP) (Integrated Windows Authentication) to support user authentication. By Specifying Directory Name, FQDN of vRealize Automation Appliance,Domain Name, Domain Administrator Username/ Password.  Once the Directory is configured we can further go ahead and provide details including SYNC Settings, Group Information (Group DN's) to sync for example CN=users,DC=example,DC=company,DC=com, by selecting the Active Directory Groups that we want to Sync with the directory the users part of the groups are also synced. 

After we saved the directory configuration the next task on the list is to assign Tenant and IaaS administrator roles to the QA tenant, which will be done by connecting to the default tenant (vsphere.local) using the administrator account and editing the properties of QA tenant and then selecting the Administrators options.

Once we have added both the Tenant and IaaS administrator roles will be creating a Fabric Group and assigning Fabric Administrators, all these tasks will be performed using the IaaS admin role we have configured in our last step as IaaS admin is responsible for configuration of Infra Fabric by connecting various endpoints, and also for creation of Fabric Group/ Assignment of Fabric Admin role to a Fabric Group

Will be dedicating another article Part 2 of the series further explaining the steps involved for the creation of Fabric Groups,Machine Prefixes, Reservation Policies, Network Profiles, Business Groups and Reservations.