Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0 is today available as a public beta, and it’s soon to be officially released. One of the most awaited features is for sure the possibility to send backups over the Internet to Veeam Cloud Connect, and the feedback we’ve seen during the public beta period has been great so far. There’s actually however one limit in v2: users can only choose one destination for their backups. So, if you want to consume Cloud Connect, this is going to be your only traget and you will have no local backups, and viceversa. Two different policies cannot be configured in the interface, but this doesn’t mean it cannot be done!
Veeam introduced specific support for vSAN back in mid-2014 as part of Veeam Backup & Replication v7.0 Update 4. More than support I should say integration, because the software is capable of leveraging the specific architecture of vSphere vSAN to improve the backups executed against this platform.
When we at Veeam talk about data protection best practices, we recommend that customers follow the “3-2-1 rule”: 3 copies of any data, on 2 different media, with at least 1 copy in a remote location. This is an effective strategy to greatly enhance the availability of their precious data, but requires at least two sites. With Veeam Cloud Connect, there is no need to own the second site; the same solution can be offered by a service provider, so a customer does not incur capital expenses to build and maintain an additional infrastructure, but instead can quickly and easily consume a service with a “pay as you go” model.
This is what Veeam Cloud Connect makes possible, and it’s the meaning of its name: a connection between Veeam customers and service providers to send data offsite easily and in a secure way.
“oh gosh, Luca has gone mad…” I’m almost sure this is your feeling when you read the title of this post. It’s no secret I work for Veeam, and our flagship product is Veeam Backup & Replication, a data protection solution for virtualized environments. So why did I chose that title? I like catchy titles, and most of all this is the question I asked my self after reading another blog post. Read my post, and you will understand why my final answer is “yes, damn yes!”.