Integrating Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure with StoneFly’s Enterprise Level Services
Enterprises of all sizes depend on IT and have invested in reliable services like backup and disaster recovery (DR) to ensure that data is not lost and downtimes/outages are prevented. Due to the enterprise reliance on 24/7/365 availability and access to mission critical data to efficiently run operations; it is clear that reliable and affordable DR solutions are more important today than ever before.
Enterprises can use StoneFly’s products to backup their data on-premises and use Veeam cloud connect to Azure to extend this backup to the cloud. This creates an efficient and reliable hybrid backup solution for the enterprise. Enterprises can also use StoneFly’s private cloud and replicate their entire VMs (Virtual Machines), and failover to them in the event of a disaster.
In light of this, it is clear that StoneFly offers a complete solution, one that needs no further additions. So does your enterprise need Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure? This article addresses this question and explains what is Veeam PN; along with some use cases.
What is Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure?
Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure enables IT administrators to connect various physical networks and endpoints into one virtual, dedicated private network. This introduces complete connectivity for the entire workload and facilitates disaster recovery in the events of a disaster; which makes DR (i.e. DR to Azure) easier, faster and convenient for the enterprise.
Veeam PN is a small Linux appliance that can be setup within few minutes. It comes with an intuitive web interface that simplifies management, configuration and monitoring. Veeam PN also uses OpenVPN and SSL technologies, facilitating administrators to implement Site-to-Site (S2S) and Point-to-Site (P2S) connectivity scenarios.
Using Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure an IT administrator can do the following:
- Build a secure connection between remote offices and sites.
- Join on-premises networks and/or private cloud networks in Microsoft Azure.
- Allow remote users to securely connect to the enterprise network.
Site-to-Site (S2S) VPN with Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure
S2S enables an enterprise to organize a VPN (Virtual Private Network) secured communication channel over public networks between the main office, remote or branch office and the Microsoft Azure virtual infrastructure.
Point-to-Site (P2S) VPN with Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure
P2S is built around the network hub as the main point of all endpoint communication. The network hub can be installed in the on-premises infrastructure or in Azure cloud. Using P2S all standalone clients that need access to the main site can be configured with the OpenVPN client. This is a simple process that does not require an endpoint to have a public IP address or DNS name.
Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure: Some (of Many) Use Cases
Addressing a Catastrophe for a Family Owned Business – Use Case 1
A small family owned business has two IT servers. The dedicated SQL server (running the businesses’ point of sale system) experiences a hardware failure resulting in downtime. This is the worst case disaster scenario for the business as it halts services and incurs reputation damage; not to mention financial implications as well. In order to resume the service, it takes days because having a replacement server ordered and delivered will take time. The business requires an immediate solution to the disaster.
Instead of commissioning a server and enduring financial losses, the IT administrator spins up a previously replicated SQL VM in Microsoft Azure as a temporary solution. With Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure, they can move the data to their laptop to temporarily restore the access to the point of sale system and resume services and operations. This reduces downtime incredibly, allowing the business to continue operations while the new server is acquired and setup.
Preventing Disaster for SMBs (Small to Mid-sized Businesses) – Use Case 2
If an SMB loses one or two clusters within their data storage servers that means complete data loss and a costly disaster. If the SMB experiences hardware failure of their single Microsoft Hyper-V server, then it can be disastrous. However, if they have it properly backed up in their infrastructure or in the Microsoft Azure cloud; they can use Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure and access it by something as small as a laptop. This will enable the SMB to reduce downtime and continue operations while the primary server is recovered and restored.
Simplified and Secure Network facilitating DR in Microsoft Azure – Use Case 3
Enterprises using Veeam can use Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure and restore their data on StoneFly’s on-premise appliances. However, the connectivity for this transmission is a problem. In order to initiate the restore, accessing the data in Azure is not a problem. However, if an enterprise wishes to restore and run anything else, there is no connectivity and it lacks proper security. Additionally, enterprises lacking network certified engineers face the challenge of adapting to the settings and proper use of the process.
During a disaster, there’s no time to indulge in long manuals to establish a proper and secure connection for data restore. Currently, it’s very difficult to make a data center, that has been restored to the cloud, useful and then connect users to it.
Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure simplifies this entire process and acts as a bridge for the data transmission, facilitating the DR process.
Ease of Use for C-level Executives – Use Case 4
C-level executives are important for the enterprise. However, they can be the most difficult employee to facilitate for IT personnel. The requirements of C-level executives are continuous availability despite variable travel schedules. This is oftentimes creates a challenge due to the time limitations of the executive. Conventionally, in order to setup a network and gain access to required VMs and data; the executive would need quite long time reading through a manual.
Instead, the IT staff can use Veeam PN and send a preconfigured Open VPN file to launch with the minimum amount of time and provide connectivity to the required servers and VMs.
As long as an enterprise invests in reliable backup and disaster recovery solutions, disasters shouldn’t be a problem. The bigger problem is not having an effective DR plan. With StoneFly’s innovative solutions and Veeam’s services including Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure, enterprises can ensure data is always available, accessible and convenient to setup.
StoneFly’s services are currently responsible for caring for enterprise data globally. Schedule a demo with our experts, let them analyze your requirements and StoneFly will provide an enterprise level solution customized specially for your environment.