I’m very, very excited to share with you that I’ll present at the upcoming VeeamON event, October 6-8 in Las Vegas. I’ve covered the event itself in this post: Attend VeeamON, because community, which I recommend you read to get an idea what the event is all about. This post, however, is dedicated to the technical break-out session I’m preparing.

What’s the session about?

In short, it’s about the IaaS platform I’ve been building for the past year. The session is called Using Veeam B&R in an IaaS-environment with vCAC, Nutanix and NSX, and that sums it up pretty well. It’s about a very special kind of IaaS platform based on vSphere, vCOps, Log Insight, vCAC, NSX, Nutanix and Veeam Backup & Replication.

Session Abstract

Session selection is usually done based on title, abstract and speaker(s). I’ve tried to summarize the session content in a way that is attractive to the technical crowd, no matter their level of expertise:

In 2014, Joep Piscaer and his team designed and implemented an IaaS-environment using a stretched Nutanix and vSphere cluster, vCloud Automation Center, VMware NSX and Veeam Backup & Replication. In this session, you’ll learn how Veeam plays a big part in the DR strategy for this environment. We will share specifics about multi-tenancy, integration with vCAC, the dependency on NSX and much more!

  • Learn how to implement Veeam Backup & Replication in a multi-site, multi-tenant vSphere deployment.
  • Get real life, tested and proven best practices for using Veeam Backup & Replication with a Nutanix infrastructure.
  • See how we integrate into vCloud Automation Center and discover how we make backup and restore operations available to end users.
  • Discover the caveats of NSX when backing up and restoring tenant VMs

So who’s presenting?

Besides myself, I’ve invited my coworker Robbert Erents to the stage to co-present this session. Robbert is one of the technical leads for this project, and is the guy that built the vSphere, vCOps, Log Insight and vCAC components. As such, he’s had a major influence on the Veeam Backup & Replication design and implementation, and knows all about the integration between the VMware and Veeam components. As the Managed Services Architect for this IaaS-platform, I was responsible for the DevOps design and team build-out. Also, I designed and implemented the Nutanix platform.

Speaker Bio

Let me quickly introduce Robbert:

Pasfoto RobbertRobbert Erents, Lead Engineer for VMware and storage products at OGD ict-diensten @RobbertErents is the VCAP-DCD-certified technical lead engineer at OGD ict-diensten. He has a strong focus on data center infrastructure, and is very knowledgable in VMware technologies like vSphere and Site Recovery Manager and various storage products, such as Nimble Storage, Dell/EqualLogic and NetApp FAS. He designs, implements and troubleshoots complex IT infrastructures on a day-to-day basis. Robbert has a weak spot for physical hardware. He’s used this motivation to develop the Vintage Hardware Stack, a hardware lab based on a very broad mix of physical hardware, mostly older hardware donated by customers. As a principal technical trainer for datacenter infrastructure products, he uses this VHS as a tool to share his extensive knowledge and educate junior engineers within the company.

And for completeness’ sake, my bio, too.

1458502_10152022894339513_2068525006_nJoep Piscaer, Managed Services Architect at OGD ict-diensten @jpiscaer is a VCDX-certified (#101), vExpert-awarded (2009, 2011-2014) managed services architect at OGD ict-diensten. As such, he oversees numerous customer IT infrastructures, where he’s responsible for developing roadmaps, initiating projects and supporting change management processes. Also, Joep is the technical architect for various OGD managed services, like the Desktop-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms. He has in-depth knowledge of VMware products, the Nutanix Virtual Compute platform and Veeam Backup & Replication with years of experience in designing and implementing these solutions. Besides this day-time job, Joep very active in the international virtualization community and member of the Netherlands VMUG Leadership Team. He participates in events such as Tech Field Day, presents at local VMUG meetings and writes on his blog, VirtualLifestyle.nl.

Session Content

I don’t want to spill all the beans upfront, so I’m going to give an high-level overview of the session content.

  1. We’ll start by explaining what makes this IaaS-platform so special from a business perspective. Later on, we will show how this impacts the technical implementation of the platform.
  2. Robbert and I will use whiteboards to sketch out the infrastructure and its relevant components. What products are we using? What purpose do they serve? How do they all fit together?
  3. Again using the whiteboards, we will dive into the Veeam B&R environment, specifying the details of the environment, and why we built it this way to achieve both backup and Disaster Recovery targets as defined in the very strict SLA.
  4. We will dive into the automation layer of the platform, and show you how we automate all the provisioning and management of the moving Veeam parts. We will show you which (open source) tooling we use to achieve this and give you tips how to DevOpsify your Veeam infrastructure.
  5. We will look into how we back up metadata (from NSX, vCAC) in the environment and why this is very, very important.
  6. Finally, we will talk futures, and tell you where we’re taking the Veeam B&R infrastructure in the next couple of years. This will, of course, include information about the upcoming Veeam Availability Suite v8.


If you’re attending VeeamON, this is a session you don’t want to miss. The full agenda has just been published, and our session is in the 8:30 – 9:30 am slot on Wednesday, October 8th.

We will keep the amount of PowerPoint slides to a minimum, with the set of whiteboards, we will guide you through the break-out session in a less boring way. We allow you to interact with us directly and interrupt us during the session to ask questions. The more, the better, actually. And for anyone who does, I will have a brand spankin’ new #Hyper-VCDX sticker. And don’t worry, I’ll bring enough for everyone. What is Hyper-VCDX, you say? It’s completely made up. It’s confusing. It’s a bit insulting (to some). It’s funny (to the rest). It’s stickers. It’s wrong on so many levels. It’s a volatile mixture of rivalry brands, logos and text:


For those not attending the event, ping me on Twitter and use the hashtag #VeeamON to submit your question to me, and I’ll make sure you get a sticker.