Backup and Restore for Multi-Hypervisor Environments

As container technology and Kubernetes, specifically, continues to be considered the future of virtualization, the fact is that the traditional hypervisor market continues to grow. According to Maximize Market Research, by 2027 the hypervisor market is expected to reach a value of $4.45 Billion, a CAGR (Compound annual growth rate) of 29.78% from 2020. As has been the case for a decade, VMware continues to be the leader in market share, at 56.8% (a number that is down from 65.4% in 2008). Still, an interesting trend is beginning to take shape: increasingly, small and midsize organizations are leaving VMware’s high costs behind and are transitioning to several alternative open VM platforms. 

Diversifying Hypervisor Environments 

As these alternative hypervisors continue to develop and become more “enterprise ready,” many organizations find themselves with virtual environments consisting of multiple different hypervisors. There are many reasons why organizations may choose to diversify their virtual environments across different and open hypervisors: 

  • Limit the cost of “enterprise” hypervisors like VMware, Hyper-V, and Amazon EC2 by hosting lower-priority workloads on open VM options. 
  • Integration limitations for backup software and other applications. 
  • Test servers, sandbox environments, and offline servers can be run on open VM alternatives. 
  • End-user preferences – KVM vs. Red Hat framework, Windows vs. Linux OS, etc.  

Backup for Multi-Hypervisor and Open VM Environments 

One of the difficulties for these diverse environments is ensuring that data across these multiple virtual environments are protected and available for quick recovery after a disaster. Most legacy data protection solutions on the market narrow the focus of their solutions to a few of the more popular hypervisors. This limitation often causes end-users to hesitate to store stateful workloads on these unsupported hypervisors or prevents them from taking advantage of more cost-effective alternatives altogether. With DPX vPlus, however, open VM backups are not an issue. 

DPX vPlus for Open VMs provides a trustworthy and convenient backup and restore solution for companies that enrich their infrastructure with multiple virtualization platforms. With the versatility of both DPX and DPX vPlus, businesses don’t need to worry looking for a new backup solution for their commercial workloads that use open hypervisors like KVM, RHEV/RHV, oVirt, PowerKVM, and Proxmox, or their edge computing solutions like Scale Computing.  From a single pane of glass, DPX vPlus users can backup and restore open VMs from all these and more open hypervisors using on-demand jobs and scheduled backup/recovery SLAs. 

Summary 

Until recently, companies were hesitant to rely on alternative hypervisors for their production/stateful workloads, especially across multiple virtual environments.  The uneasiness of trusting an unknown, open-source VM option prevented end users from taking advantage of the benefits of a heterogeneous virtual environment. But as the need for flexibility grows and the cost for hypervisors like VMware and Hyper-V continue to rise, more companies are taking the open VM platform leap. 

We understand that every server virtualization platform has its pros and cons. DPX vPlus for Open VMs allows end users to take advantage of the pros of multiple open VMs or hypervisors by providing a centralized data protection system for heterogeneous virtual environments.   

If you would like to learn more about DPX vPlus for Open VMs, you can request a live demo or even get a 30-day trial copy to try it yourself. You can also watch the below pre-recorded demonstration of DPX vPlus backup and recovery for Open VMs.  We’ll be happy to help you set things up. 

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11/23/2022 0 Comments

Protect Your Microsoft 365 Data with DPX vPlus

We live in a world where data is the new oil. Not only is it valuable for you to maintain and run your business, but if we ignore this fact and we do not have a plan to protect it, we can end up paying a high price for it. According to a study by Touche Ross, 90% of businesses without a disaster recovery plan, will fail after a disaster.  Meanwhile, more and more critical organizational data is being created, stored, and shared outside of the data center.  Oftentimes, this is close to or over 50% of organizational data.  This data lives on laptops, tablets, mobile devices and in cloud services, like Microsoft 365 or Box.  And yet this data can very easily be lost and lost for good without proper backup.   

Being a SaaS productivity app, Microsoft 365 makes a lot of sense in today’s mobile world.  Easy access to documents through the cloud, improved collaboration on project using SharePoint and Teams, and its overall flexibility are just a few of the reasons why adoption of Microsoft 365 continues to rise year after year.  However, many organizations believe that moving data to a cloud-based SaaS solution means that backup of that data is no longer needed – that the provider takes on the responsibility to protect the data.  According to a recent Enterprise Strategy Group report, one in four businesses don’t believe they need to backup Microsoft 365.  But this is simply not the case.    

Microsoft provides what some describe as marginal efforts to protect and backup data, but it does not guarantee complete and fast restores of deleted or corrupted Microsoft 365 data. To put it simply, Microsoft ensures that it won’t lose your data.  However, the company doesn’t make any guarantees about recovering it for you.  This means that the majority of the burden is placed on the customer. 

Now if Microsoft 365 ensures that it won’t lose your data, you may be asking why you would ever need to worry about recovering your data?  The answer is that Microsoft’s promises are limited to protection against loss of service due to hardware failure or natural disaster, and short-term protection following user- or admin-error.  This means that there are several examples where data loss can occur outside these two areas. 

  1. Recovering an email or file that was deleted a long time ago:  Microsoft has a 93-day retention policy for both its first and second recycling bins.  This means that if a file or email has been deleted for more than 93 days, this file is permanently deleted from that recycling bin and cannot be recovered by Microsoft. 
  2. Human Error: This can include any actions like accidently or intentionally deleting important emails or files.  Perhaps an employee leaves the company and deletes the contents of his/her mail, attachments, documents, etc.  This is especially important when using OneDrive.  If a user deletes or modifies a file on their local device, that change, or deletion, is automatically synced with all connected devices. 
  3. Ransomware or Malware Attacks: A malware infection, or a ransomware attack can lead to encryption or deletion of your data in Microsoft 365.

With all that in mind, it is essential that you have a third-party backup provider for your Microsoft 365 data to protect against accidental or malicious file deletion, other user errors, ransomware, and data corruption.  That is where DPX vPlus for Microsoft 365 comes in. Watch this short pre-recorded demonstration of how DPX vPlus provides backup and recovery for Microsoft 365.

DPX vPlus is a Microsoft 365 backup and recovery solution for SharePoint, Exchange, OneDrive, and Teams.  It provides the ability for granular backup and recovery of all aspects of the Microsoft 365 suite.  This means that if an email, contact, calendar item or file is accidentally deleted, modified, or lost, that data can be recovered to its original location, to an alternate user in the cloud, or downloaded locally.  A modern, web-based user interface makes administration and backup scheduling simple and efficient.  Deduplication, compression and encryption (in transit and at rest), ensures that your data is not only protected, but limits storage requirements and provides a scalable architecture.  When it comes to storage of the backup data, vPlus offers two options.  First, a customer can back up to a local file system on the vPlus appliance, or a mounted CIFS or NFS share.  Or, if you prefer to keep the cloud data in the cloud, vPlus can even store their backup data in an object storage destination like, Azure Blob or AWS S3. 

If you would like to learn more about DPX vPlus for Microsoft 365, you can request a live demo or even get a 30-day trial copy to try it for yourself. We’ll be happy to help you set things up.  

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09/20/2022 0 Comments

Data Protection for Scale Computing HyperCore Environments with DPX vPlus

For years, Catalogic’s DPX vPlus (previously known as vProtect) has been providing enterprise data protection for open source hypervisors that have been overlooked by the big backup vendors. While users of VMware and Hyper-V are never short on options when it comes to finding a trustworthy backup provider, including our own Catalogic DPX, the same is not true for the backup and recovery of open hypervisor or open virtual machine (VM) environments. 

Many organizations are using open VM environments to save on licensing costs, and similarly, many of the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendors have their own hypervisors based on open source. These include Citrix Hypervisor, Huawei FusionCompute. KVM, Nutanix AHV, OpenStack, Oracle VM, RHEV/RHV, oVirt, PowerKVM, Proxmox, Scale Computing HC3 HyperCore, XCP-NG, and Xen.  However, the difficulty is that with these different hypervisors, there are not very many trustworthy solutions out there for VM backup and recovery of these environments and their data, for compliance and business continuity, including recovery from ransomware.

That is where DPX vPlus comes in as a standalone data protection solution, or it can be integrated with our enterprise DPX solution for ransomware protection, governance, and compliance. And now with its latest release, DPX vPlus version 5 supports Scale Computing HyperCore, or HC3 as it was previously known as.  

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Scale Computing HyperCore is a KVM-based virtualization platform that is delivered as appliance.  It provides a simplified, scalable, cost-effective alternative to other edge computing and HCI solutions from Dell, HPE, Huawei, Nutanix VMware, and others.  However, like many of these HCI solutions, there is a gap when it comes to enterprise data protection and disaster recovery.  While HyperCore does have its own native snapshot capabilities to restore locally from, there is still a need to store full data backups off-site and on different media, for compliance, governance and even ransomware protection. That is why it is very important to utilize a robust backup storage solution like DPX vStor for this purpose. 

DPX vPlus allows Scale Computing users to perform agentless backup and recovery of the data for their HyperCore or HC3 environments to a backup destination of their choice. The list of supported destinations includes local file systems, NFS shares, cloud object storage like Amazon S3 or Backblaze, or DPX vStor. DPX vPlus itself is a software solution that runs as a virtual appliance with an easy-to-use user interface where backup and recovery policies can be defined for each specific use case, hypervisor, or backup storage destination 
Additional features specific to Scale Computing HyperCore or HC3 include full and incremental backups, name- and tag-based policy assignment, as well as the ability to include pre- and post-snapshot command execution.   

If you are an existing Scale Computing user, or are looking at Scale Computing HyperCore as an alternative to another HCI environment, and you would like to learn more about how DPX vPlus can protect your data, please check out the following resources:  

Or if you are ready to jump right in, request a live DPX vPlus demo now to see how DPX vPlus can be deployed to backup Scale Computing HyperCore and open VM platforms to provide granular VM-level data protection, disaster recovery and compliance. 

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08/16/2022 0 Comments

Granular File Restore and Ransomware Protection for Micro Focus OES Backups

Catalogic DPX and Micro Focus OES

Catalogic Software is not one of those data protection vendors that have abandoned Micro Focus Open Enterprise Server (OES). Catalogic DPX® has provided industry-leading backup and recovery for Novell products since 1997, and we even pioneered many data protection features such as OES cluster-support and deep GroupWise integration. And unlike many other backup vendors, we are still committed to the Micro Focus OES, including full support for Micro Focus OES 2018 SP3 and the upcoming OES 2023 release.

Unitrends and Micro Focus OES

For decades, Novell and more recently Micro Focus OES customers have relied on Unitrends for backup and recovery of their OES data. Using its OES agent, Unitrends allowed users to protect all aspects of their OES environment, including files, directories, and web-application management tools like eDirectory, iFolder and iManager. It also offered the ability to granularly restore individual files and folders, which is extremely important for OES customers since applications like eDirectory are responsible for identity-based management, networked storage, and file directories for employees, clients, and/or students. Though recovery of an entire OES server due to corruption or a disaster is necessary at times, the majority of recovery jobs are lost or accidently deleted files from these directories.

 

Disappointed and Surprised Unitrends Customers

 

Unitrends customers have recently been discovering some upsetting news – oftentimes receiving this surprise after they notice their backup jobs have been failing and have opened a support ticket. Post its acquisition by Kaseya, Unitrends has published a list of unsupported operating system agents, including the agent that supports OES backups. Unitrends is treating OES servers like any other virtual or physical machine. It provides server-level backups and restores but without an agent, it has lost the file and object-level granularity that is needed for OES data protection.

What this means for legacy Unitrends customers is that when an administrator receives a request from an employee who accidently deleted an important file, they can no longer recover the individual file. Instead, they need to restore the entire virtual machine and then figure out how to migrate or copy the specific OES object like eDirectory to its original location. This is difficult enough for those customer using OES in a virtual environment and it is near impossibility for those who run their OES on physical machines.

This change in direction by Unitrends is forcing hundreds of customers to either seek alternative backup solutions, or to move away from Micro Focus OES and other operation systems altogether. In fact per their unsupported agent notice: “Unitrends strongly recommends pursuing alternate methods of protecting data residing on these Operating Systems.”

DPX is That Alternative Backup Solution

If you are one of those Micro Focus OES or GroupWise customers searching to find that replacement for Unitrends, look no further than Catalogic DPX. DPX has provided industry leading backup and recovery for Novell products since 1997. We have even pioneered many data protection features such as OES cluster-support and deep GroupWise integration. And unlike Unitrends and many other vendors, we have never backed away from our commitment to the Novell family of products, even after the acquisition by Micro Focus.

Catalogic DPX support for OES includes cluster configuration, GroupWise environments, and backup of standalone and shared volumes, eDirectory, etc. It provides the ability to perform full, incremental, and differential backups, and these backups, unlike with Unitrends, can be at the volume, directory, and even individual file level. Then, more importantly, files can be restored with security, metadata, and file-attributes/trustee rights still intact. For more information on OES cluster and GroupWise support, please see Catalogic DPX is the Smart Choice for Micro Focus OES Customers.

DPX even has its own software-defined storage repository called DPX vStor that can act as a flexible and scalable disk directory for your OES backups. Built on open source components, vStor can use any block storage without restrictions, freeing you from expensive Unitrends backup appliances and vendor lock-in. vStor supports data reduction in the form of both deduplication and compression for efficiency and provides point-to-point replication for DR or remote office support.

Protecting your Backups from Ransomware

 

Data Protection is often the last line of defense when it comes to ransomware attacks. DPX delivers a secure data protection solution with instant recoverability to help ensure you can protect your backup data set from ransomware and recover data in an instant when you need it.

With DPX, you have integrated ransomware protection:

 

  • Support for the 3-2-1-1 rule provides a robust data protection solution with verified scheduled recoveries for automated recovery testing.
  • 3 copies of your data
  • 2 copies stored on different storage media types
  • 1 of the copies offsite or in the cloud on immutable media
  • 1 copy verified as recoverable
  • Encryption of backup data in transit over the network and at rest via DPX vStor volume encryption

To learn more, please see Recommendations From FBI Cyber Division on How to Reduce Risk from Ransomware Attacks and watch this free webinar: Protect and Recover Micro Focus OES from Ransomware Attacks.

Now is the Time to Make a Change

Just because Unitrends and others are no longer providing the backup and recovery capabilities that you need, it does not mean OES customers are out of options. Catalogic DPX is a proven, cost-effective and reliable alternative, and Catalogic is committed to providing effective, granular backup and recovery for all aspects of the Micro Focus OES environment.

Regarding ransomware protection, if your backup solution is not hardened against recent vulnerabilities with all the required patches and updates (remember log4j?), or if it does not provide you with immutable backups with granular recovery, now is the time to make a change.

If you would like to learn more about Catalogic DPX, you can request a live demo or even get a 30-day trial copy to try it for yourself. We’ll be happy to provide a review of your data protection environment and help you set up a proof of concept.

 

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06/29/2022 0 Comments

Catalogic DPX is the Smart Choice for Micro Focus OES Customers in Education

In 2014, Micro Focus acquired Novell, in a move that extended the mainframe software provider’s reach into Linux. This acquisition included Novell’s Open Enterprise Server (OES). Micro Focus OES is a server operating system that provides a virtual computing environment and shared network resources, giving it the functionality of an enterprise-scale server operating system. OES consists of multiple modules and components around files, storage, directory, and web application management which are essential for shared files, print networks, driver deployment, identity-based management, and network connectivity for Windows, Mac, and Linux client devices.

Protecting Micro Focus OES Data in an Education Environment

All these things make OES a very useful tool for school districts, universities, and colleges around the world. Having the ability to provide shared network resources to faculty and staff, as well as to students, provides benefits for school administrators. Due to the reliance on these shared resources, protecting the shared files is extremely important.

For a specific school district and an art university, having the need to recover lost or deleted files became an everyday occurrence. For years, they had relied on Unitrends to provide them with granular backup and recovery of their OES data. However, for both organizations, the administrators arrived to work one day and realized that their scheduled backup jobs had failed. As they usually would in these instances, they opened a support ticket with Unitrends. But this time, they were told that OES-specific backups are no longer supported.

Replacing Unitrends with Catalogic DPX for Micro Focus OES

Given Unitrends no longer supports their OES backup agent, these customers would have to instead utilize Unitrends virtual machine snapshots to protect their OES data. With this workaround, they would lose the ability to perform single-file recovery of an OES resource, something they previously did on a regular basis.

Luckily for them, Catalogic DPX provides a replacement for Unitrends that is fully committed to supporting Micro Focus OES. DPX has provided industry leading protection and recovery for Novell products since 1997, and we are committed to continuing that. We have even pioneered many data protection features such as OES cluster-support and deep GroupWise integration. And unlike Unitrends and other data protection vendors, Catalogic has never backed away from our commitment to the Novell family of products, even after the acquisition by Micro Focus. DPX customers will be able to continue to perform granular backup and restores of their Micro Focus OES data.

DPX Cluster-level and GroupWise Support for OES

In Figure 1, the virtual node is labeled as “cluster.” The item “V1” represents the shared resource. Objects oes-lx-c1, oes-lx-C2, and oes-lx-C3 are the server nodes in the cluster.DPX provides intelligent data protection for OES, which begins with being cluster-aware. This means that by using a virtual node concept, where all individual server nodes are represented together as a single entity, DPX is able to ensure that data is not backed up twice (from two different nodes in the cluster), and if a cluster node fails during backup of a shared resource, DPX continues to execute the backup by switching the task through the failover node. This ensures that critical infrastructure information is always protected.

Then, when it comes to recovery, restore of OES data is simplified. The user needs only to select the virtual node object and DPX is smart enough to restore the correct volume. The operator does not need to know the source of the data, or which node performed the backup. This avoids confusion and ensures a quicker, trouble-free recovery process.

DPX support for Open Enterprise Server includes cluster configuration, GroupWise environments, and backup of standalone and shared volumes, eDirectory, etc. It provides the ability to perform full, incremental, and differential backups, and these backups, unlike with Unitrends, can be targeted at the volume, directory, and even individual file level. Then, more importantly, files can be restored with security, metadata, and file-attributes/trustee rights still intact.

Figure 1. DPX OES Cluster

Figure 2. DPX GroupWise Environment

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In Figure 2, you can see the layout for DPX GroupWise environment:

  • (Po) shows Post Office resources
  • (Dom) shows Domain Objects
  • (DMS) Document Management Systems Library
  • Other objects can include Binary Large Objects (Blb), and even (TMP) which are any other directories referenced by /HOME flags

DPX even has its own software-defined storage repository called vStor that can act as a disk directory for your OES backups. vStor will then perform deduplication and com-pression so that your storage is maximized.

DPX is Committed to Micro Focus OES Support

This school district and this art university are just two examples of the many Micro Focus OES customers who have been surprised by Unitrends dropping support for OES. By no longer supporting granular backup and recovery for OES, school administrators would have to resort to full VM restores, to recover a single lost or deleted file. This is simply inefficient and a waste of their time and resources. DPX, on the other hand, is committed to continuing to provide enterprise-level data protection, including the granularity needed for these school districts, universities, and colleges using Micro Focus OES.

If you are like many others and have been left out in the cold with no OES support by your backup vendor, give DPX a try. If you would like to learn more about DPX, you can request a live demo or even get a 30-day trial copy to try it for yourself. We’ll be happy to help you with the trial and provide our expertise to assess your backup environment for ransomware recovery.

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05/11/2022 0 Comments

Catalogic DPX is Not Backing off from Commitment to Micro Focus OES 2018

History of Novell Open Enterprise Server

In early 2005, Novell, since then acquired by Micro Focus, made a splash in the Linux pool with their Open Enterprise Server (OES) product. Based initially on Netware and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and later just on SLES, Micro Focus OES is an enterprise-scale server operating system that provides essential shared services, including networked storage, file and print services, identity management, and network connectivity for Windows, Mac, and Linux client devices.

Protecting Micro Focus OES Environments

Now, as you would expect, where Micro Focus OES is a large part of an organization’s shared network services and computing environment, it is a critical part of IT infrastructure. So much so that if services were to go off-line for whatever reason, your users would be out of commission. With that in mind, it is crucial that the data stored in your OES environment be protected.

Over the years, a wide variety of data protection vendors have provided adequate Micro Focus OES backup and recovery. OES users had some options when it came to choosing a backup provider. However, as time has gone on, those same vendors have slowly moved on from the Novell family of products, leaving many OES customers with no way to protect their data.

Catalogic DPX and Micro Focus Partnership

Catalogic Software is not one of those data protection vendors that have abandoned OES. Catalogic DPX has provided industry-leading Novell OES backup and recovery for Novell products since 1997, and we even pioneered many data protection features such as OES cluster-support and deep GroupWise integration. Unlike many other vendors, we have never backed away from our commitment to the Novell family of products, even after the acquisition by Micro Focus.

DPX Cluster-level support for OES

DPX provides intelligent data protection for OES, which begins with being cluster-aware. This means that by using a virtual node concept, where all individual server nodes are represented together as a single entity, DPX can ensure that data is not backed up twice (from two different nodes in the cluster). Suppose a cluster node fails during the backup of a shared resource. In that case, DPX continues to execute the backup by switching the task to the failover node, ensuring that critical infrastructure information is always protected.

In Figure 1, the virtual node is labeled as a “cluster.” The item “V1” represents the shared resource. Objects oes-lx-c1, oes-lx-C2, and oes-lx-C3 are the server nodes in the cluster.

When it comes to recovery, the restoration of OES data is simplified. The user needs only to select the virtual server object, and DPX is smart enough to restore the correct volume. The operator doesn’t need to know the data source or which node performed the backup; this avoids confusion and ensures a quicker, trouble-free recovery process.

Figure 1

DPX support for Linux and NSS File System, eDirectory, and More

DPX supports full, incremental, and differential backups, which can be targeted at the volume, directory, or individual file level. Files can be restored with security and metadata and file-attributes / trustee rights still intact.

DPX Supports the following for OES backup:

  1. Cluster configuration OES
  2. GroupWise environments
  3. Backup of standalone and shared NSS volumes,
  4. Backup of eDirectory, etc.

In Figure 2, you can see the layout for the DPX GroupWise environment:

  1. (Po) shows Post Office resources
  2. (Dom) shows Domain Objects
  3. (DMS) Document Management Systems Library
  4. Other objects can include Binary Large Objects (blb) and even (TMP), which are any other directories referenced by /HOME flags

DPX has its software-defined storage repository called vStor that can act as a disk directory for your OES backups. DPX vStor performs deduplication and compression so that your storage is maximized, as well as replication to another backup node for redundancy and disaster recovery. Backup data can be archived to cloud or tape for long-term retention.

Figure 2

Conclusion

As you can see, the backup and recovery of your Micro Focus OES 2018 infrastructure are fully supported by Catalogic. If the recovery is as severe as a massive hardware failure, or a server failure in a multi-server OES cluster, or something less critical like post office corruption, individual email messages lost, or a user account deleted, having the ability to quickly and easily recover that information is incredibly important.

Whether you are just starting your search for a Micro Focus or Novell OES backup vendor or if your existing backup vendor is no longer supporting OES 2018 backups, Catalogic is an excellent and cost-effective alternative. We have been committed to our partnership with Micro Focus since the beginning, and we will continue to be there to protect your data for the long term.

If you would like to learn more about Catalogic DPX, you can request a live demo or even get a 30-day trial copy to try it for yourself. We’ll be happy to help you set things up.

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11/01/2021 0 Comments

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