In part 1 of the series i wrote about the 3-2-1 rule and the importance of an offsite backup. Also we took a look at backing up to an offsite NAS and some worst and best practises. This is a solution often seen used by smaller companies. But when a company grows in size, it needs to look at a more professional solution. At one point it might be the best solution to provide for your own DR Datacenter or go for a split datacenter solution. This, however, leaves a big gap in between.
So, what are good options for a medium to big sized business? Or for an enterprise business who doesn’t want to maintain a DR location?
In such situations making an offsite backup to The Cloud is a great solution. No need to buy and maintain hardware and at the same time have predictable costs and great performance.
Data resiliency and DR are as good as guaranteed.
Backing up to the cloud basically means that you lease a bit of space (sometimes, also compute and ram) and that is where your backup resides. For as long as you remain customer. Since there are so many options to backup to the cloud I’d like to mention and explain a couple to you. Starting out with the most used option….
Veeam Cloud Connect
Veeam Cloud Connect is a Cloud solution designed by Veeam itself, especially created for Service Providers to set up a Cloud Backup solution themselves and offer it so their customers.
With regular offsite backups, you need to setup a VPN connection before you can safely transfer data. Veeam overcomes this issue by using SSL to provide end-to-end AES-256 bit encryption. Once your data lands in the cloud repository it’s safe on your providers storage. Maintained by a provider you often know personally and have a good relation with. This is, more often than not, a major reason why customers let their Service Provider provide a cloud backup location rather than a random business you don’t know. From a business perspective it’s very easy to provide extra services, like Veeam Cloud Connect, to all of your clients. From a technical perspective it’s even better; Since a Veeam Cloud Connect Service Provider has complete access to their own hard- and software and can aid whenever a problem arises.
Backup, to which Veeam Cloud Partner?
Deciding which Veeam Cloud Connect Service Provider to pick doesn’t only depend on the fact that you might, or might not know the service provider. Often a decision is made from both a business and technical requirement. Occasional, the need for someone to use a WAN accelerator determines if they will go to provider A or B.
If you want a complete overview of all Service Providers and what they offer. Simply to go to the Veeam Cloud Provider overview, by clicking “ Find Service Provider” from inside your Veeam Console. Or, just click on the image to the left.
The overview of Cloud Connect Partners gives no details about pricing, just a quick listing if they support Trials, have automated provisioning and possibly have a WAN accelerator available to use.
The choice of which provider to use, is completely up to you. At the same time, each provider has their own pricing model and is free to make a backup proposition as they see fit. In case of Cloud connect, Veeam only offers the software to enable a provider. At the same time know that Veeam will not offer a Cloud backup services themselves using Veeam Cloud Connect. So be sure to contact several providers and pick the one which fits your needs.
How does it work?
Once you contact a Cloud Connect partner and become a customer, you will be provided a username and password. In the Veeam Backup Console, go to Infrastructure > Service Provider and click on the ADD SERVICE PROVIDER button. (see picture above).
In the wizard that follows, enter your credentials and follow the instructions on screen. Once completed, you will now have an extra Backup Repository available to use for backup and backup copy jobs.
- When a tenant starts a backup or backup copy job. The Veeam backup server on tenant’s side sends a request to the cloud gateway to access the cloud repository.
- The cloud gateway passes this request to the SP Veeam backup server.
- The SP Veeam backup server provides an SSL certificate and establishes a secure connection between the SP Veeam backup server and tenant’s Veeam backup server.
- VM data from tenant’s side is transported via the cloud gateway to the cloud repository. If the SP has several cloud gateways, VM data is transported via the least loaded cloud gateway being online.
Restore from the Cloud
Backing up your data into the cloud is one step, but useless if you can’t restore data or VM’s from it.
Therfore is good to know that the following restore tasks are available:
– Full VM restore
– VM files restore (for VMware vSphere platform)
– VM disks restore
– VM guest OS files restore (Microsoft Windows FAT/FAT32, NTFS and ReFS only.)
– Application items restore
– Disk export (for backups created with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows)
– Guest OS files restore (for backups created with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows)
Notice that none of these tasks make use vPower NFS. Since vPower NFS mount a backup file from their respective location, directly to a host for restores, or other functions. Because of this, it’s not possible to do run Surebackup, Instant VM Recovery,Universal Application-Item Recovery (U-AIR), On-Demand Sandbox or a Multi-OS file-level restore (linux, BSD, etc) from the cloud.
Even more options….
This concludes Veeam Cloud Connect Backup. As it is just 1 of the possibilities to backup to the cloud. Other options are; Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Managed Clouds, like Azure Pack and Azure Stack. These cloud options I’ll show you in a later blog, 1 at a time. Also, I’ll do my best to get info about N2WS and see what their possibilities are.
See you guys next time, meanwhile keep dreaming and keep Veeaming!