A deep look at Veeam Scale-out Backup Repository

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It’s no doubt Scale-out Backup Repository is one of the biggest and most talked new feature of Veeam Backup & Replication v9. I wrote a new whitepaper to guide readers in exploring and learning how to get the best out of this new exciting technology.

Sobr Whitepaper

For today’s enterprise, IT backup storage management is an enormous and expensive proposition with no relief in sight as data continues to grow. This problem is made worse as legacy backup solutions struggle to address this issue in an efficient manner. This has caused backup storage management headaches with too much management overhead and too many pockets of unused, wasted storage.

We need a better way. A way to simplify backup storage management in the enterprise — and dramatically reduce the associated IT workload — while relieving the impact on data protection budgets by reducing backup storage hardware spending.
Here at Veeam® we’re constantly innovating, and we’ve introduced an exciting new capability that promises to revolutionize the way you manage backup storage today in Veeam Availability Suite™ v9. Veeam’s new Scale-out Backup Repository™ overcomes legacy backup storage management challenges by creating a single, scalable backup repository from a collection of heterogeneous storage devices. This creates a software-defined abstraction layer through which backup storage can be more efficiently managed and utilized, radically simplifying backup storage and backup job management.
Every customer has to deal with growing amounts of data, and the bigger the environment, the bigger the problem is — especially for enterprises. And, while this happens, they have to guarantee a tight control over costs, storage capacity, backup windows and management costs associated with those systems to their stakeholders.
Not an easy task. Some of those issues have been addressed by Veeam with the introduction of backup copy jobs and the reference architecture. The reference architecture suggests a fast and small first tier for fastest backup and recovery, and a large and cheaper second tier to store backup copies to extend the retention on a budget. Still, the management of those repositories had to be addressed with initial selection, space consumption over time, rebalancing of their content, repurpose and retirement.
Veeam Scale-out Backup Repository is a great new feature in Veeam Availability Suite v9 to offer customers a new way to manage their backup storage and remove all the issues we just described.

The paper will guide you through the general concepts of Scale-out Backup Repository, how it does work, how you can configure it and start consuming it, data placement policies, and how to operate it in both new and existing environments.

To read it, just go here and download it.