• Brad Linch

Veeam Storage Plug-in for Dell EMC PowerMAX

Today is a beautiful day people! Veeam and DellEMC have partnered together for the long awaited Veeam Storage Plug-in for PowerMax! The integration is key for many large enterprise customers because it enables several key use cases.

  1. Meet stringent RTOs with fast VM, file and application recoveries - quickly and easily (just a few clicks) restore an entire VM, specific file or SQL/Oracle item from a PowerMax storage snapshot

  2. Eliminate VMware stun for high IO workloads - leverage Veeam backup from storage snapshot which enables users to backup VMs from the PowerMax snapshots instead of the VM snapshot. Keeping VM snapshots open for the duration of an IO intensive workload can be detrimental to the workload itself during the snapshot removal process

  3. Quick Ransomware and DR testing - spin up VMs quickly in isolated environments to test applications, run AV scans, test patch upgrades, run analytics and many other use-cases

You don't believe me? Let's see this in action. First, download the plug-in here. Keep in mind, you must be on Veeam v11. Once the plug-in is installed you should be able to add storage under storage infrastructure.

Under Show more vendors is where Dell EMC PowerMax will appear.

Admin permissions are required to access the PowerMax given that Veeam will be accessing the LUNs and their underlying snapshots with the capabilities to create, delete and mount snaps for backup and restore purposes. In addition, you specify which protocol (iSCSI or FC) to use and which volumes/LUNs Veeam should be concerned with.

Once Veeam scans the storage system it shows a nice view of the LUNs, the snapshots on the LUNs and the VMs on the snapshot. Many customers are taken aback by this view. Unfortunately, this information is typically harder to find than it should be.

One of the most powerful features of this integration is that Veeam can restore a VM regardless if it took the snap or not. As you can see below, Veeam provides the capability to instantly restore an entire VM, VMDK, specific file or application item right from the local snapshot.

At a high-level to perform backup and restore operations the proxy will need to access the LUNs/snapshots. Please refer to the requirements needed for that in more detail if needed. As you can see the restore is pulling from a point in time that is a snapshot.

During the restore process we see it takes a clone of the snapshot and mounts it to an ESXi host. Restoring from a cloned snap on a PowerMax offers the ability to achieve RTOs that are near impossible from a spinning disk repository.

This integration and partnership between Dell EMC and Veeam is a huge day for our enterprise customers. The ability to rapidly recover a full VM or granular item from a PowerMax snapshot instead of a Data Domain or any spinning disk media can provide immense value to the business.

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