What Is

Veeam Cloud Connect?

Put simply, Veeam Cloud Connect is a Backup Repository. It looks and acts exactly the same as a regular backup repository with the key difference that it is hosted in the Cloud.

We are members of the Veeam Cloud Provider Directory and have many years of experience working with on premise solutions and with hosted proxies. We add as much value as possible to our Cloud connect service with the following key features

  • Choice of UK Data Center locations (Virtus Enfield and ServerChoice Welwyn Garden City)
  • Free set up and configuration from training Veeam Certified Engineers (VMCE)
  • Storage using our production IAAS Clustered, SSD Optimised array (We keep two copies of your data)
  • Friendly and flexible service with a guaranteed SLA
  • Unlimited data transfer
  • Free one month trial

Supported Functions

Users can configure the following jobs and perform the following tasks against the cloud repository:

  • Backup
  • vCD backup (for VMware vSphere platform)
  • Backup copy (to cloud repository only. Backup copy from the cloud is not supported.)
  • File copy (manual operations)
  • Restore Tasks
  • Full VM restore
  • VM files restore (for VMware vSphere platform)
  • VM disks restore
  • VM guest OS files restore (Microsoft Windows FS only. Multi-OS restore is not supported.)
  • Application items restore
  • Backup Copy Jobs

3-2-1 rule

Veeam Cloud Connect allows your business to master the “3-2-1 rule” without dumping money and resources into a second site or adding bandwidth.

The “3-2-1 rule” states that you need to keep three copies of your data, on two types of storage, with one copy being off site. Getting backups off site can be challenging due to limited bandwidth, exploding data volumes and a lack of resources required to build or maintain a true offsite backup repository.

Our fully managed Veeam Cloud Connect repository provides an extremely simple and secure way of providing offsite backup retention without any up front setup costs or further investments in server infrastructure.

Our simple pricing model provides a storage quota with included VM licenses which can be added to at any time.

Veeam Cloud Connect delivers powerful and reliable features and functionality to help you avoid the risk of catastrophic data loss. With our Veeam Cloud Connect Service, you get:

  • Hosted offsite backups: Get your backups offsite to a hosted cloud repository through a secure SSL connection with no additional Veeam licensing required
  • Complete visibility and control: Access and recover data in hosted backup repositories directly from the backup console; track cloud repository consumption and receive reminders for hosted storage renewals
  • A modern backup architecture: Leverage Veeam’s modern backup technology, including Backup Copy jobs with Built-in WAN Acceleration, forever incremental backups, GFS (grandfather-father-son) retention policies and more―all built into one product
  • End-to-end encryption: Rest easy by encrypting all data at source (before it leaves your network perimeter), in flight and at rest, without negatively impacting the data reduction ratios of built-in compression and WAN Acceleration.

To follow the 3-2-1 backup best practice, you can configure a backup copy job and target it at our Veeam Cloud Connect repository. Backup copy jobs allow you to create several instances of the same backup file in different locations, onsite or offsite. For example, you can configure a backup job to create a VM backup on the local backup repository, and use the backup copy job to copy the created VM backup from the local backup repository to the cloud repository. Copied backup files have the same format as those created by backup jobs, and you can use any data recovery option for them.

During the backup copying process, Veeam Backup & Replication does not simply copy a backup file from one backup repository to another. Instead, Veeam Backup & Replication retrieves data blocks necessary to create a restore point as of the latest point in time and copies this data to the cloud repository. The backup chain produced on the target backup repository is forever-incremental: the first file in the chain is a full backup while all subsequent restore points are incremental.

The backup copy process is job-driven. When you create a backup copy job, you define what backup file you want to copy, the target repository for storing the copy, retention policy and other settings for the copying process. The backup copy job supports the GFS retention scheme, allowing you to design a long-term archiving plan.

The backup copy job runs continuously, in cycles. By default, a new backup copy cycle begins every day; however, you can specify any time interval needed. At the beginning of every backup copy interval, Veeam Backup & Replication checks the source backup repository: if a new restore point has been added to the primary backup chain, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically copies it to the target backup repository. After that, the backup copy job is put on hold until a new backup copy interval begins and a new point appears on the source backup repository

WAN Optimization

If you have Veeam enterprise plus licensing you can make use of Veeam’s built in WAN acceleration tool. Veeam 8 Enterprise plus includes a purpose build WAN acceleration tool, specifically for moving existing Backup Jobs to an offsite location. The WAN acceleration engine can help speed up and reduce WAN traffic by as much as 50X. There are no additional charges for the WAN acceleration Service. Cached data will consume part of the assigned storage quota.

If Veeam enterprise plus licensing is not available then, the solution will still work but no WAN acceleration will be used to send the data offsite.

Data Seed

Depending on the volume of data being protected and your internet connectivity it may be necessary for us to ship the initial seed of data. When using seeding we recommend all backup jobs are configured for encryption. This will protect the data while it is being physically shipped to the Data Centre.

There are no setup charges or any other charges for data seeds during the initial setup.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Version of Veeam do I need to be able to use Cloud Connect?

Veeam Cloud Connect requires version 8 as a minimum.

What licence do I need to utilise Cloud Connect?

You can use any licence to use Veeam Cloud Connect. If you want to use advanced features such as WAN acceleration then you will need the Enterprise licence.

I’m not sure what I’m running, how do I find out?

No problem, we will be able to help. There are a number of different features available such as WAN optimisation that require a certain edition of Veeam. We will let you know what you have an what options are available to you.

We’ve been using Veeam for years, how do we incorporate offsite backup without altering our schedules or retention?

VMhosts recommend the use of backup copy jobs to be configured to replicate to the offsite repository and replicated to us over a secure site to site VPN. A backup copy job is just like a regular Veeam backup job with the added advantage of being able to make use of independent retention schemes and recovery points allowing for a truly offsite solution.

Are cloud backups secure?

Yes. Not only are our datacentres physically secure, with access restricted with bio-metric entry systems in place and 24/7 security, but any backup data is transferred over secure SSL connections and all data is stored in the UK

How Do Setup Veeam Cloud Connect?

The Veeam Cloud Connect Infrastructure is fully managed by our internal support team. This service requires no extra hardware. This service is not designed as a complete replacement for local backup repositories. Built into the existing Veeam Backup & Replication management console, our “Service Provider” can be added using the provided URL, port, username and password. No other configuration is required.

Once the service provider has been added the Cloud Backup repository is made available and can be used in almost the exact same way as any other repository available in the inventory

What about disaster recovery?

Absolutely! Veeam and cloud recovery were built to compliment one another. We can guarantee CPU, HDD and RAM resource on our enterprise cloud, to ensure that should the worst happen your servers will be up and running again in no time, keeping your business going whatever disaster you are facing
You may also be interested in our Zerto Disaster Recovery solution, which provides near real time disaster recovery.

Contact Us

About Veeam Cloud Connect

We want to show you how easy Veeam Cloud Connect is to use, by offering you a Veeam Cloud Connect Free Trial (one month). Providing you are running Veeam 8 on the latest path simply complete the following form and one of our technical consultant will contact you with your Veeam Cloud Connect Free Trial details.

Our technical consultants are available by email and phone and will be more than happy to remotely assist you with any questions during the Veeam Cloud Connect Free Trial.

Veeam Cloud Connects Free Trials are limited to one per customer. At the end of the Veeam Cloud Connect Free Trial we can upgrade you to a monthly subscription or simply remove your account.

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