Monday, July 11, 2022

Backup and Recovery materials

Video session about Backup/Recovery - TX Academy - Transformation Experts:

Data Domain presentation:
Data Domain - setting up security and discussion

Data Domain and PowerStore - Why, Architecture:
Data Domain and PowerStore - Demo:

Data Domain DD9910 and DD9410
Table comparison to previous models: 
Polish: Tabela - porównanie do poprzednich modeli:

Data Domain DD6400 - Why? Architecture Costs - video: 
Data Domain DD6400 - Why? Architecture Costs - article and presentation: 
Data Domain DD6400 - Why? Architecture Costs - article and presentation:

Why new Data Domain models? DD6900 / DD9400 / DD9900

What is new in Data Domain 7.2?

CyberSense - How to be sure my Data Center is clean
Video - English: 
Video - Polish:

Data Domain pay as you use - APEX Data Storage Services Backup Target

PowerProtect Data Manager
Transparent snapshots - technical white paper:
- backup time / load of production / explanation 

Video (English):

Fast backup of VMware - Transparent Snapshots - video:
Fast backup of VMware - Transparent Snapshots - article:
Fast backup of VMware - Transparent Snapshots -  presentation: 

Fast backup of files - PPDM and file shares - video:
Fast backup of files - PPDM and file shares - article and presentation:
Fast backup of files - PPDM and file shares - presentation:

Kubernetes protection:

Cloud Disaster Recovery - Starting VMs in the Cloud
CDR Presentation:

Data Protection Advisor
Anomalies - Good or Bad?

Article describing vProtect:

Performance in backup

Apex Backup Services:
Data Center backup - Hybrid Services:
Disaster Recovery as Service:

NetWorker - why, architecture, value presentation: 
NetWorker for VMware presentation:

RP4VM - RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines

Commvault Simpana with Data Domain: 

Video session about Backup/Recovery - TX Academy - Transformation Experts

What is new in PowerProtect Data Manager 19.3?


Full presentation packages

PowerProtect Data Manager presentation packages:
PPDM - Why? Architecture, Demo
PPDM - Installation / Configuration - Step by step guide:

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Data Domain DD6400

Video: Data Domain DD6400 - Why? Architecture, Costs - Security and performance in backup / recovery

Data Domain is well know as unbeatable security / performance / easy of use.
Can new Data Model model - DD64400 - can add anything?
Why the values of Data Domain matters?
Have a look on short /detailed video!

Direct link to the video:

Detailed description of topics covered in the video: 
0:05 Customer story
- customer encrypted wants to protect for future using Data Domain
 - New DD6400 provides security, performance, scalability

1:02 Agenda

1:15 Backup software and backup media

1:25 - a lot of backup media - tape / disk. why to use Data Domain?

1:39 All Data Domain models

2:03 Performance
 - we write 1%
 - Data Domain does not write data to backup media during backup

2:53 - Performance numbers: 14TB/h for MSSQL environment

3:03 - Oracle speed 5TB/h
 - 1.5GB/s
 - limitation was production storage

3:40 Parallel backup of all items in production environment
 - Virtual machines / databases
 - 270 streams
 - comparison to concert and toilet
 - backup environment - one of the best to perform parallelly

4:37 Additional speed because of Storage Pools

5:58 Why additional speed for backup?
 - Data Domain does not write data during backup
 - We need the speed for recovery
 - There are other mechanisms as defragmentation

7:10 Data Domain speed from de-duplication
 - variable length de-duplication
 - example with 3 Virtual Machines built from 3 blocks - few space required
 - new yellow block and compression required
 - DD6300 - compression by main processor
 - DD6400 - compression card that performs the compression
 - processor is free for replication, cleaning, etc.
 - blocks are smaller - better compression
 - faster backup / restore but also the whole data domain is faster!
 - all new Data Domains: DD6400 / DD6900 / DD9400 / DD990 have the compression card

10:00 Starting backups directly from Data Domain!
 - Instant Access
 - We want to restore immediately Virtual Machine
 - We want Data Domain to be primary storage
 - Can we start Virtual Machine from tape? IT would be like asking kid to empty the trash
 - SSD disk speed

11:50 Revolution in backup
 - normally if something fails - we are offline until backup will restore data - long time
 - now if production fails, backup becomes the production
 - example with customer who was running 75 VMs directly from Data Domain - failure of firmware upgrade in disk array

12:30 Security
 - checking backups on the fly
 - whatever backup software we have - all data are red and checked if correct
 - guarantee of recovery correct data

 - Storage Pool keeps a lot of additional data 
 - this architecture allows to fail more disks than in RAID-6

15:15 Separated disks for Operating System and data
 - we can reinstall the Operating System and connect disks with backups

16:25 Logically separated Operating System and data - different file systems

16:48 Replication between Data Domains
 - whole site can be damaged
 - we transfer 1% of the data - we can restore 100% of data
 - case study - 29 locations replicated to central site
 - customer wants only Data Domain for Disaster Recovery base on the great experience
 - almost no transfer, no network usage, reliability

17:48 Hacker / ransomware protection
 - compliance - locking backups for any period
 - no one can destroy my backup

18:12 Demo of Data Domain compliance
 - we setup lock for 3 months
 - for whatever backup software we have secure backups against ransomware / hacker attack 

20:49 Cyber Bunker
 - Data Domain is base for Cyber Bunker - gold copy that neither hacker/ransomware can destroy

21:18 Boost - secure protocol
 - Boost protects us against ransomware
 - Boost is protected by login/password that ransomware does not know

21:40 Security architecture of DD6900 / DD9400 / DD9900
 - separated disks for Operating System / Data
 - separated logic

22:00 Retention Lock / Compliance with Veeam Backup Software
 - Veeam does not force automatically Compliance
 - Cyber Bunker is solution for Veeam
 - Lock is than based on Data Domain in Cyber Bunker
 - Possible to make lock on production - snapshot which is locked

23:17 Setup lock can be on destination Data Domain only

23:30 We can make incremental / Synthetic FULL backups with compliance mode

23:42 Number of Virtual Machines that we can start DD6400
 - 20 Virtual Machines can be started from DD6400
 - with more than performance will be smaller

24:05 If we replace disks with Operating system what about configuration?
 - data on Data Domain are self-described
 - we can install new Operating system and attach to Data Domain

24:52 NetWorker - how to setup retention lock on Data Domain set-up from NetWorker level
 - for any backup software we can setup retention lock using Cyber Bunker

26:00 Capacity / Scaling
 - DD6400 starts from 8TB net and scales up to 172TB
 - we can increase capacity in 4TB increments
 - other models starts from much bigger capacity apart from DD3300
 - DD6400 - we start from 8TB and we increase capacity with just entering license - 4TB increments
 - increase capacity with entering licensing is possible up to 32TB 
 - 40TB of net capacity requires adding hardware - new shelf
 - than we increase capacity again but adding just license
 - we can say DD6400 provides "capacity on demand"
 - ordering DD6400 we just provide net capacity with 4TB increments

29:05 Data Domain - best market de-duplication
 - small variable block with global de-duplication
 - it writes almost no data
 - if we backup guest level and image level the second backup writes almost no data -> global de-duplication
 - source de-duplication / Virtual Synthetic
 - 2-3 less space than any other competition because of global de-dup / variable & small block de-duplication

29:57 Customer story and Data Domain global de-duplication
 - 9TB VMware 
 - first backup occupied 0.6TB (600GB) - almost nothing
 - 1:15 de-dup with just 1st backup
 - many products have issue to overcome 1:8 de-duplication with over 30 days retention
 - here it was just after 1st backup
 - Data Domain has 1:100 to 1:300 de-duplication with 30 days retention
 - this makes Data Domain cheap!

30:52 Small customer - 300GB of SAP/Oracle
 - De-duplication after 4 backups was 1:15  - great one!

31:12 How much Data Domain do I need for my backups?
 - For 10TB / 30 days retention usually we need 8TB
 - rule of thumb
 - huge small amount

31:37 Tool for sizing Data Domain - Sizer

31:52 Compression card
 - we can even further decrease the cost!
 - example with VMs built from 3 blocks
 - if Data Domain sees a new block he must write to disk
 - Data Domain will compress new block further
 - DD6300 - lz algorithm for new blcosk - lz not very effective but very little impact on DD processor
 - DD6400 - compression of new blocks is made by compression card
 - much faster
 - better compression, much less space is required(gz or gzfast)

33:40 How less space DD6400 takes over DD6300?
 - Migrating from DD63300 100TB to DD6400 - DD6400 will require only 80TB space
 - reason -> lz compression of new blocks vs gz/gzfas on DD6400
 - these number are from worldwide statistics
 - detailed stats for files / databases
 - compression card is in DD6400 / DD6900 / DD9400 / DD9900

35:45 Customer example tat migrated from DD4200 (no compression card) to DD6900 (with compression card
 - Space dropped from 27TB (DD4200) to 20TB (DD6900)

36:05 Summery - DD6400 with the same net capacity is cheaper than DD6300
 - similar price
 - less storage required

36:42 - Parameters of DD6400
 - part of new models family - DD6900 / DD9400 / DD9900
 - DD6400 capacity from 8TB to 172TB net with increments of 4TB
 - capacity of other models
 - DD6400 uses 8TB drives
 - DD6400 has 270 simultaneous backups -> huge important
 - streams of other models
 - DD6400 is 2U / 3U shelf - max 2 shelves
 - DD6400 built in Ethernet card 10Gb -> SFP/BasetT to choose
 - DD6400 allows for 3 additional Ethernet cards - the same as above  or 25Gb
 - DD6400 allows for 1 additional FC card

39:35 Additional materials
Backup and Recovery - all materials:
BackupRecoveryGuy: Backup and Recovery materials
DD6400 video: 
DD6400 article: 
New generation of Data Domains DD6900 / DD9400 / DD9900
What is new in Data Domain 7.2?
Performance in backup:
Fast backup of files - video:
Fast backup of files - article and presentation:

40:00 Summary
 - please consider DD6400 -> speed, security,  flexibility, cost-effective, flexibility
 - the above give Data Domain 80% of market
 - please check!

Presentation from the event: 

Only successful restores!

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Fast backup of files

Video: Fast backup of file shares - No load, ransomware protection, fast restore

Millions of files? Huge number of TBs?
Slow backup? Issue with restore?

There is a solution! You can backup any file share fast, secure and with easy restore!
See summary of what PowerProtect Data Manager offers for backup of CIFS/NFS - any NAS shares!

  • Huge fast - backup every hour! 
  • Hardware agnostic
  • Fast restore

Direct link to the video:

Detailed description of topics covered in the video:
0:05 - Backup of files can be pain:
 - load
 - time

0:30 - Agenda

0:50 - Why do we talk about backup of files?
 - we talk about CIFS/NFS that is tough to backup
 - no agent possible as for Windows NTFS use case
 - we have millions of files / hundreds of TB
 - backup is slow - even days
 - restore is slow, restore point is long time ago

2:58 - We talk about PowerProtect Data Manager
 - can backup fast CIFS / NFS shares from any vendor

3:29 - Architecture of the backup file share
 - we have FULL backup by only reading what has changed since last backup
 - backup is huge fast because we read only delta
 - PPDM performs only FULL backups - though reads only delta
 - no incremental / differential backups - only FULLs 
 - huge important because FULL backups provides fastest restore and possibility for granular restore

6:40 - Value
 - no load of protected system / protected system does not feel the backup
 - no load of network - protected share can be far from media
 - backup is huge fast / I can perform backups frequently 

8:12 - What does t mean that every backup is full but we read delta?
 - if 2 files have changed, we will read just them
 -  we have a full backup
 - this is magic and incredibly fantastic

10:12 - PPDM uses BOOST protocol

10:25 - It is magic and fantastic!
 - during couple of minutes we can have a full backup

 10:45 - PowerProtect Data Manager demo
 - PPDM just controls backups - does not take part in data movement
 - we add a new policy for CIFS backups
 - we choose share
 - we can choose synthetic full - full with reading delta

12:35 - Automated dividing for streams / slices
 - dynamic slicing
 - every 200 GB is single stream
 - 3 streams for 600 GB data
 - every 1 million of files is single stream
 - 5 streams for 5 millions of slices

14:15 - demo - setup maximum number of streams for particular share
 - we do not want to use to many streams for particular streams
 - limiting streams for a large number of TBs

16:15 - The backup is controlled by proxy
- PPDM controls backups from aside 
- proxy is installed automatically from PPDM
- I can have many proxy - every of them is 24 streams

17:26 - This is functionality for all possible CIFS/NFS shares
 - any CIFS any NFS on whatever storage
 - hardware agnostics
 - we can enjoy huge speed
 - it is just software / proxy
 - proxy is just Virtual Machine
 - we can add a new proxy / VM to add streams
 - 24 streams per proxy

19:12 - How many Data Domain systems are supported?
 - as many as we want
 - we can use bigger one - DD9900 - almost 2000 streams

19:38 - No agent required
 - agentless 100%
 - we do not install anything - also on the backed up share
 - adding a new share - we will se no agent is required
 - showing how simple is adding a new share to PowerProtect Data Manager

21:20 - Proxy binaries are within PPDM
 - demo how easy is to install the proxy

21:50 - Only first backup is reading whole data
 - every following backup is reading change but we have a full backup

22:07 - Proxies are deployed manually
 - we shall have more calculate how many streams we require
 - if we need 50 streams probably we need 3 proxies (x24 - 72 streams) - to have some buffer

22:47 - What do we get? Summary:
 - Speed 
 - Frequent backups
 - All backups are FULL
 - Immediate restore
 - Granular restore

23:02 - Protection against ransomware / hacker attack
 - we can setup retention lock
 - demo - setup retention lock live in PPDM
 - production can be deleted but our backup will survive

24:17 - Self-backup infrastructure
 - demo of self-backup infrastructure
 - when we create policy we need to manually say which shares we want to backup
 - but we want that PPDM automatically add new shares connected with PPDM
 - showing dynamic filters live
 - all shares that in the name contain k8s must be automatically backed up
 - we see that now PPDM will backup 4 shares having k8s within name
 - we can also say that big shares go to one policy / small shares go to another policy
 - all backups from some Isilon shall go somewhere
 - Self backup infrastructure is available only for Unity / PowerStore / PowerScale

27:35 - What is Self-backup infrastructure?
 - PPDM asks NAS and asks if there are new shares
 - if this no name share, PPDM cannot scan for new shares, no one to ask for new resources to backup

29:00 PPDM supports any CIFS / NFS
 - huge fast backup for any share
 - for self-backup infrastructure we need supported system to ask about new resources

29:34 - Do we need any post-backup for always FULL?
- NO any post backup actions required
- We have FULL backups like that!
- Please test it and touch it on your own

30:15 Restore
 - we have many backups of different shares
 - backups of NetApp / Qnap
 - we can restore to the same NAS
 - we can restore to Linux / Windows
 - we can restore to any target
 - we do not use NDMP 

31:52 Granular restore
 - we can restore single file

32:15 We can search for files

32:38 Summary
 - Great solution that can help with time, many files, large volumes
 - Very cost effective
 - Look more closely
 - Future - show the numbers
 - I am very excited about technology
 - See you next time!

Presentation from the event:

Backup and Recovery - all materials:
BackupRecoveryGuy: Backup and Recovery materials
Fast backup of files - video:
Fast backup of files - article and presentation:
Performance in backup:
DD6400 video: 
DD6400 article: 
New generation of Data Domains DD6900 / DD9400 / DD9900
What is new in Data Domain 7.2?

Only successful restores!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Transparent Snapshots - Frequent, Easy, Low cost VMware backups!

BackupRecoveryGuy: Transparent Snapshots - Frequent, Easy, Low cost VMware backups!

Transparent Snapshots is breaking technology for VMware backup and recovery.

In short Transparent Snapshots:

  • Decreases backup costs
    Eliminates any additional serves, components, networking, etc.
  • Allows to backup Virtual Machines even every 15 minutes
    Huge fast backups
  • In case of ransomware, we can restore to very rcent point of time
  • Backup is super easy
    We can be setup in 3 minutes
  • Transprent Snapshots can be implemented for tens or thousands of Virtual Machines the same way
  • Tranpsarent Snapshot is technology fully supported by VMware
Please find below the video describing the  Transparent Snapshots technology with licensing and demo.
Direct link to the video:

0:00 What do we require from vmware backups?
1:04 Agenda 1:24 VADP issues and history 4:08 - RP4VM bypases VADP the problems 4:40 - What does give us Transparent Snapshots? - always available - simple - no proxy - very fast - no snapshots of vmware - we do not load or pause vms 6:14 - Architecture of Transparent Snapshots 10:30 - Value of Transparent Snapshot 13:35 - PPDM - backup solution that implements Transparent Snapshots 14:50 - PPDM - self backup architecture 17:10 - Why Transparent Snapshots? No proxy, directly backup from ESX - cost savings, no impact on production 20:00 - Why PPDM? 21:44 - Transparent Snapshots requirements 22:04 - Comparison betwenn VADP and Transparent Snapshots 22:50 Licensing 26:00 Demo Policy, self backup Transparent snapshots HUGE FAST backups - 23 seconds - the real time of backup! 31:50 Summary / value of Transparent snapshots

Fast, easy and always successful backups and restores!
Daniel Olkowski

Monday, September 6, 2021

Cyber bunker - architecture, network, recovery - remote discussion, 30 minutes, Friday, September 10, 12:00 Vienna time

Register for the discussion!

Cyber bunker provides recovery after hacker / ransomware attack, allows verification of production, is fully automated.
That is why it is gaining more and more popularity.

   * How does cyber bunker look like?
   * How is connected with the rest of the world?
   * What happens in the bunker when the attack starts?
And the most important: What is the cost?

Let me invite you for 30-minute journey into inside of the vault:
    Cyber bunker - architecture, network, recovery
    Friday, 10th of September, 12:00pm CEST (Vienna time) – 30 minutes
Internet invitation:

We will see cyber bunker construction, networking, TCO.
And ... we will simulate the attack!

Before our meeting have a look on video about Cyber Recovery:
And article:

Prepare coffee, questions and ...
See you in the bunker!
Daniel Olkowski

Friday, September 11, 2020

How to protect virtualizations? - Red Hat, oVirt, KVM , Xen, Oracle, Nutanix, Proxmox

Direct links to the above discussion about protection of virtualizations like Red Hat, oVirt, KVM , Xen, Oracle, Nutanix, Proxmox:

Here are the links to particular topics from the conversation:

What is vProtect?

vProtect architecture
1 phase backup with Data Domain with source de-dup
Server and node

Installation of vProtect

vProtect demo

Backup of images
Snapshots kept on the virtualizations
We can restore just the state of VM
Self backup infrastructure

Recovery plan
One button recovery
Scheduled recoveries

Backup cinsistency

Data Domain integration
Source de-duplication

Huge speed customer example

vProtect and source de-dup in the same license bundle

Summary of functionalities
Full backups
Incremental backups with CBT
Restoring single file
Mounting disks from backups to virtualixzation paltform
Disk exclusions
Self backup environment
Pre and post commands
File level restore - question

backup on demand
Starting bckups
Creating automated policy
Creating recovery plan

Great CLI interface


How vprotect is licensed?

Protect everything!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Data Domain 7.2 - What is new?

Performance & Security - these are flagship Data Domain features.
They are further improved in new Data Domain 7.2.
Let me invite you for short discussion about new DD 7.2 features.

Direct link to the above discussion about new DD7.2 features:

What is new in Data Domain 7.2?
Compliance - absolute lock for protected data

Data Domain allows you to absolutely block backups for a specified period of time. Thanks to this, neither ransomware nor hacker can hurt our data - we can always restore from Data Domain:

Data Domain blocks data removal / change for defined period of time (month / quarter / …) Hacker cannot change to bypass the lock - neither directly nor through the NTP server:

Version 7.2 further extends the flexibility of compliance. We can define the maximum time change applied to Data Domain and the maximum number of changes:

The compliance function is available in Data Domain hardware appliances:

Further extension of Compliance (no removable lock) is Cyber Bunker:
described in the article:

How much more space do we gain with new Data Domain models?

New Data Domain models compress new blocks more effectively thanks to dedicated compression card:

And we also gain more performance:

How much do we additionally gain thanks to compression card? The video shows the real numbers from production, worldwide Data Domain:

Let's assume that the old Data Domain would need 100TB for data storage.
New models (DD6900 / 9400/9900) will need
  • only 77TB for storing backups for securing your file system
  • only 85TB for storing backups for securing databases
Detailed explanation of the mechanism that makes new Data Domains to use less space for backups:

BoostFS = huge fast backup speed thanks to source de-duplication
For everyone!

BoostFS Live:

Data Domain 7.2 provides even faster BoostFS backups:

DD 7.2 increases the already super performance of BoostFS - - Real data from SQL backups:

Recovery performance

Each recovery stream is split into multiple threads to speed up recovery!
As a result, even if we have Data Domain with a small number of disks, we achieve a big speed:

Further optimization of Garbage Collection algorithms.

Data Domain provides huge performance – regardless if it performs internal processes or not. 
Thanks to this, it has over 50% market share:

How to set Data Domain cleanup parameters - live:

Data Domain - algorithmic device:
focused on performance:
Possibility to extend compliance for ever

Data Domain allows for fast, frequent backups

No visibility of source de-dup for production:

The video is recording for customers/partners discussion.
Thank you very much all that took place in this event live!
Thank you for time, discussion and... fun!!!

Performance and Security!

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