This week VEEAM presented their solution for cloud integration. Basically what it does is copy the backup files to a cloud provider. A more detailed explanation can be found in the video below:
The software comes in two flavours (depending on your needs):
- Veeam Backup & Replication Standard Cloud Edition
- Veeam Backup & Replication Enterprise Cloud Edition
What I really appreciate in this edition, is the wide-range of cloud providers that are available. The most prominent providers – and in my opinion the most interesting – are:
- Microsoft Azure
- HP Cloud
Besides this the software supports also OpenStack, which is an open-source solution.
Now hold your horses before jumping into the cloud with your data. Here are some considerations:
- Think about what parts of your environment (everything or only-non-core-business-data) you are allowing to be stored in the cloud!
- Ask them were your data will be stored (geographically speaking) and check which information privacy laws are applied (Legal).
- Make sure you have an idea of the SLAs which will be guaranteed and what you can expect if your backup data becomes corrupt. Do they have the ability to provide you with a restore?
- Calculated how much it will cost to store your data in the cloud. Calculate also the price (OPEX & CAPEX) for an on-premise solution.
- Does it cost extra to download your own data again?
- In case of a restore, what is the time needed to get your data back onsite?
- Do they provide an alternative way to perform the first backup / offload to the cloud (Seeding)?
Here are some calculators that can give you a brief idea of the total cost price: