OCI Object Storage is certified as Veeam Ready - Object

March 13, 2023 | 4 minute read
Ramesh Venkat
Principal Product Manager
Ashutosh Mate
Sr. Principal Solutions Architect
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We’re excited to announce that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Object Storage service is certified as "Veeam Ready - Object," having completed the process to meet Veeam's compatibility and performance standards. With this certification, Veeam Backup and Replication (VBR) software is fully interoperable with OCI Object Storage using S3 compatible APIs for customers to perform backup and recovery of on-premises databases, applications, bare metal instances, operating systems, virtual machines (VMs), and Oracle Cloud VMware solution workloads running in OCI.

Why Object Storage?

OCI Object Storage is the platform of choice for many customers for its price, performance, protection, and predictability with no fees for egress or API requests. The new interoperability ensures that data is always available and protected with at-rest encryption for all backups in OCI Object Storage.

Object Storage supports storage tiers with instant access and also supports automatic tiering between standard and infrequent access tiers. You can automatically change older backups from standard to infrequent access tier, further reducing the cost of storage for old backups that rarely need to be accessed.

You can use object versioning to maintain multiple versions of backups to protect against accidental or malicious object update or deletion. This functionality provides more safeguards against ransomware attacks, for example, on the most recent backup version by making older backups available.

Veeam and Oracle working together

“Veeam has long been a member of the Oracle Partner Network supporting data protection of on-premises workloads. We’re thrilled that OCI Object Storage Service is now certified as Veeam Ready,” said Andreas Neufert, VP of product management at Veeam. “This certification allows joint Oracle and Veeam customers to directly backup and restore both Oracle Cloud VMware Solution and on-premises workloads that include Oracle Database and applications to OCI Object Storage ensuring critical data is protected and secure.”

“The new backup solution built with OCI, Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, and Veeam improved backup speeds by a factor of 10–12 times the speed over tape-based backups,” said Steve Challans, chief information security officer at Prophecy International. “This is now measured in minutes versus hours. It has also substantially reduced Prophecy’s backup windows allowing it to complete more backups, more often, and has significantly improved the recovery point objective. Rather than just relying on last night’s backup, we will now have other backups along the way that allows us to recover and get to a particular point in time if we need to much more easily. Oracle Cloud VMware Solution and Veeam together have given us a big performance boost and it has also been very reliable.”

Backup and restore on-premises workloads

Many of our customers use Veeam back up and replication (VBR) to protect their on-premises infrastructure and want to reduce the amount of physical backup infrastructure that they need to purchase and maintain. They also want to ensure that their backups reside in highly durable and cost-effective storage. OCI Object Storage seamlessly integrates with VBR to meet these needs. The workflow consists of the following primary components for tiering or copying backups to Object Storage:

  • Veeam backup and replication (1): Back up the server responsible for coordinating, controlling, and managing backup infrastructure, jobs, recovery tasks, and associated processes.

  • Backup repository (2): This repository system provides horizontal scaling support for multitier storage of data. It consists of one or more backup repositories, such as direct attached storage and storage area network, that provide fast access to data and expanded with Object Storage (3) for long-term storage.

A graphic depicting the archecture for an on-premises deployment using Veeam backup and replication, a backup repository, and OCI Object Storage.

Backup and restore Oracle Cloud VMware Solution workloads

Oracle Cloud VMware Solution customers use VBR to protect their Oracle Cloud VMware Solution workloads. VBR seamlessly integrates with Oracle's storage services to provide users with highly available, scalable, and economical storage for a reliable backup solution. Like the on-premises scenario, the workflow to backup consists of three primary components for backing up to Object Storage. VBR (1) is deployed in an OCI native VM instance that coordinates, controls, and manages backups of Oracle Cloud VMware Solution VMs. All data related to the backups including backup files, VM copies, and metadata for replicated VMs are maintained in a backup repository (2) that can point to a Block Volume or File Storage services and can be further scaled out using Object Storage (3) for long-term retention.

 

A graphic depicting the architecture for a sample deployment using Oracle Cloud VMWare Solution.

Conclusion

With this new Veeam Ready qualification, OCI furthers our mission to ensure our customers can safely backup their mission critical workloads as well as recover them quickly and reliably. To learn more, you can access the solution playbook, which provides a step-by-step guide to help our customers get started on deploying and configuring Veeam backup and replication for Oracle Cloud VMware Solution.

For more details, see the following resources:

Ramesh Venkat

Principal Product Manager

Experienced product manager at both large and startup firms where he managed the entire product lifecycle, integrating customer and market requirements into products, enabling the sales force, and working closely with strategic technology partners. Currently, he manages Strategic partnerships in Backup, DR, Storage, and Cloud cost management domains

Ashutosh Mate

Sr. Principal Solutions Architect


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