Use Veeam Backup Copy to Replace Your Tape Drive

By Aaron Saposnik| May 05, 2015

Veeam Backup and Replication is a backup application that BDO Digital has recommended to a number of organizations. For both VMware and Hyper-V virtual environments, Veeam is designed to perform virtual machine level backups so that organizations can restore anything from an individual file within a server all the way up to the entire virtual machine file as a whole. Veeam also includes tools for Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory and SQL which make restoring data to those applications quick and easy.

When using any backup solution, one of the most common questions we get asked is, “How can I get rid of the tape drive?” While Veeam has tape drive support and can be configured to work with a tape system, it also has a feature called Backup Copy which can help make your tape drive no longer necessary.

Veeam Backup Copy is designed to replicate your existing backup files to an alternate location. Once the Veeam software performs your regular nightly backup, Backup Copy can be scheduled to take that backup file and run an incremental backup against it to an alternate location. Since only the changes in the backup are transferred, the copy can often be done in a matter of minutes—even over a WAN connection. The benefit of Backup Copy is that because it is processing the backup files, it does not require any interaction with the virtual machine or the hypervisor, thereby having zero impact on your production systems.

Veeam Backup Copy and the Cloud

The target for a Veeam Backup Copy can be any Windows server with available storage. Pairing Veeam with a cloud service such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, or the BDO Digital Cloud allows for easy offsite replication of your backups. Any organization that has multiple locations can also use Veeam Backup Copy to replicate backups between sites for greater redundancy.

Backup Copy can be scheduled with different retention periods and synchronization schedules allowing for a similar experience to tapes but without the hassle of ever having to rotate a tape or remember to take it offsite. Backup Copy files are also archive-ready files that can be stored on external hard drives, or, if small enough, burned to media for long-term retention. These files can then be imported into any Veeam environment—not just the system that created them—for easy recovery in the event of an outage or disaster.

WAN Accelerator Optimizes Available Bandwidth

If your organization has a large amount of data that is changed in the backups each night, then bandwidth is often a concern. Veeam recognized this concern and created an optional component called the WAN Accelerator to help optimize any available bandwidth.

By default, Veeam compresses the data to reduce the amount transferred before sending it to the target server. The WAN Accelerator takes it one step further and performs deduplication on the data as it is being transferred. In order to ensure backup integrity, the backup files themselves are not deduplicated, but the WAN Accelerator can monitor the traffic that is waiting to be sent across the link and then determine if it already exists at the target WAN Accelerator’s cache. If it does exist, instead of being transferred across the link a second time, the required data is copied from the cache at the target end, allowing for quick local copy and reduced bandwidth requirements.

Bottom line: If you are sick of your tape drive and are either already using Veeam or have a virtual environment, then Veeam Backup Copy may be a good solution.

At BDO Digtial, we work with a number of cloud vendors, including Veeam, to find the perfect solution to grow your organization. We believe the cloud is for everyone, but not for everything, so you’ll only get the solutions that are right for you. Plus, with our extensive technical background and experience, we know exactly what requirements to consider before moving over your applications and systems.

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