Veeam Cloud Connect Enterprise, Centralized Off-Site Backup and Replication

November 18, 2016

Feature Friday, Veeam

By TLC Staff

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Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise (VCC-E) operates exactly as the one for Service Providers where it integrates hosted backup repositories (cloud respositories) directly into the Veeam backup console. The only difference is that with VCC-E, most of the enterprise IT teams operate as the service provider. VeeamCloud Connect provides benefits that aid in simplifying a number of the remote office data-protection challenges that enterprises must solve.

IT teams have had to face the challenges that come with managing remote connections (VPN) over their corporate MPLS WAN from their headquarter's data center to each of the remote offices. This meant that they have to have a connection fast enough to handle the applicaton and backup traffic, which in management terms meant high costs. This meant that some IT teams would have had to settle for a connection not sufficient for the demand. And if remote connection wasn't available to the remote sites, each of them has to be managed individually.

With the strict firewall rules at each site, deploying backup solutions has become too complexed that backing data from the remote offices to the HQ data center has been anything but feasible for most enterprises.

Veeam Cloud Connect has solved these key enteprise challenges. It requires no VPN connection, no separate console, and cloud repositories work like other backup repositories, except they're available even if the primary backup or data center is lost. It has also consolidated traffic over single TCP/UDP port for simplified deployment.

Traffic through the internet is authenticated with TLS and secured with AES-256-bit encryption, which is achieved by Veeam Backup & Replication using a component called the Cloud Gateway. These servers reside within the WAN/DMZ zone of the HQ datacenter and broker the connection between their remote offices, with all incoming traffic natively load-balanced across each of the gateway servers. This traffic is then passed through the internal network interface of the Cloud Gateway to the Veeam infrastructure backup repository for backup or backup copy jobs, or the hypervisor host for replication jobs.

As mentioned above, the bandwidth requirements for the remote offices can be a major cost of concern. VCC-E has also solved that as it can leverage a purpose-built, software-based, WAN Acceleration technology - which reduces the bandwidth requirement by at least ten times. 

This means that in the event of an application failure in a remote site, there are other alternatives that allow for IT to recover entire VMs, individual items from an application or execute a partial failover of an application to the HQ data center. 

And for when major disasters happen, the centralization feature that Cloud Connect has means that IT can execute entire remote-site failover with just a few clicks. 

Using VCC-E

Streamling remote office data recovery is possible by allowing them to send backup copies of local backups, or even backup directly, to the central backup repository. This means maintaining full control of their data is possible. 

There are three ways to utilize VCC-E:

HQ data center

VCC-E installed in the HQ data center is the most common practice. This allows for the centralized operation and management of the Availability strategy for the entire organization by the enterprise. This is accomplished by having the ability to quickly restore VMs back to their original location, or to the HQ data center in the case of a complete disaster in the remote site. IT can also create replicas of the VMs of the most critical remote sites for a fast failover and minimal RTO.

Public cloud provider

You can make use of public cloud provider, like Microsoft Azure, if the HQ data center has insufficient storage capacity. The VCC-E appliance is already ready in the Azure Marketplace for deployment today.

Hosting provider 

There are a lot of hosting providers that can offer the enterprise-dedicated of shared Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) resources to run VCC-E. This means that the enteprise organization owns and maages the service offering (off-site backup and replication) butno thave the responsibility of maintaining the storage, networking, HVAC and electrical components of the infrastructure. 

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There are many pros and cons to each of the above approaches, and that’s why it’s important to keep in mind that the technology behind VCC-E is flexible enough to fit into any one of these three deployment options.

 


WHAT'S NEXT?

If you would like help setting up Veeam Cloud Connect - Enterprise for your organization, click below to schedule an appointment with us. We'd assess your network to recommend the best implementation plan for your company.

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Source: Veeam Blog

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