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Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby aetius80 » Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:03 am

Hello,
We're a small business (less than 50 employees) and we currently use Veeam 6.5 to backup 6 VMs to local NAS and QNAP drives which are taken offsite every week and rotated, this is a pain to manage. I'm thinking of upgrading to Veeam version 8 and using Cloud Connect to backup to Azure. What I would like to know if the following:

- The cost of VMware essentials for 2 VMware hosts - I'm not sure if the product is licensed by socket or per core
- Are there any major disadvantages to using Veeam Cloud Connect backup for backing up VMs rather than using a local NAS or QNAP
- Can I still do single item restore? I.e. I would like to restore individual files or an item in a SQL DB, rather than an entire VM

Thanks in advance
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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:37 pm

I don't think you need to buy Cloud Connect license, because it's aimed mostly at SPs willing to provide their backup storage as service. Meanwhile, you appear to be looking for secondary destination for your backup day, hosted preferably in cloud.

In your case, the best idea might be use service provider lookup in order to find a provider answering your requirements best, and point backup or backup copy jobs to the given cloud repository.

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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:49 pm

P.S. If you are referring to Veeam Backup Essentials, the pricing can be found over here: Pricing and Packaging, its purchased in 2-socket bundles
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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby aetius80 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:15 pm

Hi Eremin,

My preference was to get rid of our local NAS drives (QNAP and Seagate) and to just a cloud based solution instead. Are you saying I should stick with some local storage?

My preference is to use Azure, but are you saying I could use a free cloud solution instead, whereas if I wanted to use Azure, I'd need to pay extra?

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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:19 pm

You were speaking about buying Cloud Connect license that is not required in your case.

What I recommend for you is to find one of SPs participating in our Cloud Connect program - one that meets your expectations best in terms of provided services and prices.

Azure is still a way to go. Though, it might be a bit complex in comparison with the approach I've described. You will need either to rent VM inside Azure and assign repository role to it afterwards, or to connect azure storage to required production machine, using some 3-party tool.

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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:11 am

And to add another suggestion, I would not get rid of the local copy for different reasons:
- still fast backups and restores are only possible using local storage
- snapshots stay open for shorter times using a local backup, on a remote backup the snapshots of VMs will need to stay open for longer time, and maybe create issues on commit
- backup jobs are not designed to be executed over wan, they do not resist to network interruptions like those that can happen sometimes over the Internet

With backup copy jobs, first of all you use a local backup as a source and not the production storage, so there's no VM snapshot involved for a long time. But most importantly, backup copy jobs can survive network interruptions and they can leverage WAN acceleration to optimize bandwidth consumption.

Finally, what if your internet connection is down and you need to do a critical restore? Or if you forgot to renew the credit card and a given service provider disables your account on the remote location? For a series of reasons is better to have at least two copies of each VM, one local and one remote is an ideal design.
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[MERGED] Veeam cloud connect and Azure

Veeam Logoby Luca82 » Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:08 pm

Hi everyone. I was trying to figure out some doubts about the integration between veeam cloud connect and providers.
first question: as I know, if (suppose that) an end user has vmware+veeam and sends backup copy job to a provider with cloud connect, the end user is able to power on, on premise, the vms using vpower + instant recovery. Is it correct?
second: suppose that the end user wants to use Azure and the cloud connect vm in the microsoft market place. Is it necessary to consider a third parts provider between the end user and azure, or azure takes the place of the provider?
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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:32 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi Luca,
1) Unfortunately, instant recovery is not supported for cloud connect.
2) As described above, you can use Azure VM as a secondary backup repository, but it will work not as Cloud Connect.
Please check the topic for more information and ask additional questions of you have any. Thanks!
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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:02 pm 1 person likes this post

Shestakov wrote:Unfortunately, instant recovery is not supported for cloud connect.

However, what you can do here as a service provider is to import backups from cloud repository to the regular backup repository and then do FLR or Instant VM recovery given that you know the encryption key for backups or all backups are not encrypted.

Luca82 wrote:suppose that the end user wants to use Azure and the cloud connect vm in the microsoft market place. Is it necessary to consider a third parts provider between the end user and azure, or azure takes the place of the provider?

End user will not be able to roll out the Cloud Connect Azure VM, cause Cloud Connect license is available for VCPs only, so the end user needs to consider a third party provider between him and Azure.
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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby Luca82 » Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:27 am

Thank you... but...let me understand... what are the benefits provided from the preconfigured virtual machine "veeam cloud connect" which is available on microsoft azure market place?
Another important question (I have to explain to my customers about that).... what are (if there are) the benefits provided from veeam vs azure site recovery (asr). Is there somewhere a comparative table or an explanation document?
Thank you again
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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:03 pm 1 person likes this post

1. Just simpler and quicker installation. But again, unless you are Veeam service provider, this is irrelevant to you anyway. If you are looking to leverage Azure directly, your best bet is to install regular Veeam repository in an Azure VM.

2. There is no comparison as these are completely different technologies. Cloud Connect (or your own repository in Azure) provides off-site backup repository for ALL workloads, so what gets stored there are regular backups, and you can perform granular recoveries from those backups. Whereas ASR provides replication target for most critical workloads, and the only recovery option is "failover and run your VM in Azure". I see these technologies as complimentary.
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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby Luca82 » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:32 am

Ok thank you. So, my client has vmware+veeam+azure subscription and I wanted to show him the best design for disaster recovery.
Please tell me if I am in the correct way:
- veeam stores backups in his first on-premise repository
- I can deploy a windows machine on azure as secondary target repository (and optionally as proxy/wan acceleration)
- veeam makes an encrypted backup copy job on the secondary target machine on azure (321 rule)
- if the client wants to restore a virtual machine (or application data) from azure, he can access to his backup files and read/restore only a single vm o data (???)
- veeam cannot address the replica on azure due to the impossibility to see/access to the physical layer....therefore the best way is to use azure asr in order to have also a replicated environment

Is it correct?
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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:41 am 1 person likes this post

- veeam stores backups in his first on-premise repository
Correct

- I can deploy a windows machine on azure as secondary target repository (and optionally as proxy/wan acceleration)
Correct

- veeam makes an encrypted backup copy job on the secondary target machine on azure (321 rule)
Correct. The backup files will be encrypted, but the network will not be secure.

- if the client wants to restore a virtual machine (or application data) from azure, he can access to his backup files and read/restore only a single vm or data (???)
Correct

- veeam cannot address the replica on azure due to the impossibility to see/access to the physical layer....therefore the best way is to use azure asr in order to have also a replicated environment
Correct
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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:06 pm 1 person likes this post

Just my 2 cents:

- No need to assign a proxy role to Azure machine, as it is not going to be involved in VM backup processing. Actually, if you do that, backup server might choose it as applicable proxy during backup job cycle and traffic will start moving between on-prem and Azure VM and vice versa

- As to restore, MS charges additional price for download traffic, so, keep that in mind

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Re: Veeam Cloud Connect for Azure

Veeam Logoby Luca82 » Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:32 pm

Thank you very much to everyone ;)
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