Backup as a Service (BaaS) with Alibaba Cloud and Veeam

  1. How can we move a copy of backups to an off-site storage?
  2. How reliable is the off-site storage?
  3. How complex is the end to end solution?
  4. How fast we can restore from the off-site backups?
  5. What is it going to cost to use a cloud for the off-site storage and archival?

Veeam on Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud Object Storage Service (OSS) now integrates with Veeam Backup and Recovery 9.5 Update 4 released in January, 2019. This means that Veeam customers can now have access to very fast, durable, and unlimited storage for their off-site storage in public cloud. At the same time, the solution is easy to implement without deploying any cloud gateways to move the data to cloud.

Alibaba Cloud Object Storage Service (OSS)

Object Storage Service from Alibaba Cloud provides storage and archival for unlimited amount of data in cloud. OSS is designed for 99.999999999% (11 9s) durability and 99.99% availability. The prominent features being:

  • Storage Classes: OSS provides 3 storage classes in all — Standard, Infrequent Access and Archival. All 3 vary in terms of pricing, ‘Archival being the cheapest.
  • Cost: The ‘Standard’ storage comes at $0.0209/GB, which is much cheaper than object storage provided by other public cloud providers.
  • Speed and Reliability: The speed of data retrieval from OSS is faster than provided by other cloud providers. Data retrieval from the ‘Archival’ class takes around minutes as compared to hours and days from other public cloud providers.

Solution Implementation

This solution is non-disruptive to your existing backup process. This means that you can continue using your existing backup server and repos on premises and use Alibaba Cloud OSS to offload your data for durability and longer retention.

  1. Create a local backup repository or use the one that you already have
  2. Create an OSS backup repository i.e the Alibaba Cloud object storage
  3. Create a scale out backup repository (SOBR) with local repository as the performance tier, OSS repository as the capacity tier and define policies for offloading the data to OSS
  4. Manage your backup job to move the data to capacity tier

Creating the OSS Backup Repository

Since OSS backup repository is a new feature with the update 4 of Veeam B&R 9.5, here is a step-by-step approach to create an Alibaba Cloud OSS repository

  1. Add a Backup Repository in the Veeam console
  1. Next, provide your Alibaba Cloud OSS details as shown in the screen. Following parameters will be required
  2. Service Point — This is the internet endpoint of your OSS bucket and can be found in the Alibaba Cloud OSS console — https://au.alibabacloud.com/?spm=a2c41.12637008.0.0.41f75db9crpNnY
  3. Region — Where is your bucket located? For ex — region name for Alibaba Cloud Sydney is ‘ap-southeast-2’
  4. Credentials — Here you will need the ‘access key’ and ‘access key secret’ of your Alibaba Cloud account which hosts this OSS bucket. This information is available in the Alibaba Cloud console (https://au.alibabacloud.com/)?spm=a2c41.12637008.0.0.41f75db9crpNnY) under ‘user info > AccessKey’

Creating a Scale-Out Backup Repository (SOBR)

Let us have a look at the process to add a scale out backup repository (SOBR) where we will create the capacity tier using a previously created OSS repository and define the policies to offload the data

Conclusion

With the integration of Veeam and Alibaba Cloud OSS, customer using or planning to use Veeam for their backup needs are bound to get significant gains in terms of cost, stability and durability of data. Since the solution itself is easy to implement, customers can expect quick ROI and early gains.

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