mongie wrote:Veeam Cloud Connect is a less convenient
I would argue this part - as according to all polls, number one reason (and by far) for users to choose Veeam Cloud Connect over alternatives is specifically convenience and simplicity (due to the complete integration).
Overall, comparing Veeam Cloud Connect with "dumb" cloud storage will probably make a good VeeamON breakout session due to the amount of factors and features to be considered. You are listing a few VCC benefits, but there are definitely more to consider. For example, other solutions will not offer you periodic in-cloud backup health check with automated remediation (self healing), which is pretty important if you ask me - because what is the point in backups if you can't recover from them?
Even more importantly, the restore time... you have already mentioned the issue of having to download the entire backup file chain before the restore can be initiated with alternative solutions. With Veeam Cloud Connect, you can restore just what's needed directly from the cloud (single VM, single file and even an application item).
And there are many, many more considerations - both technical and procedural... I am not even attempting to have the detailed discussion on this topic over forum posts
Bottom line, looking at price alone is a wrong thing to do... if you are looking to save money - just don't do cloud backups at all. But if you decide to invest in cloud backups, you'd better make sure you are not throwing your money away for nothing (even if little money).
Nevertheless, it is a very useful brain dump, so thanks for taking time to post this!