6 great Availability solutions from Veeam and Microsoft Azure!

Veeam produces the world’s best Availability solutions. Over the last two years, our customers have become increasingly interested in Availability solutions in the cloud, specifically in Microsoft Azure. Veeam has always been and continues to be hardware agnostic. We always let our customers choose their preferred hardware, or in this case cloud provider. With that said, Veeam has built six show-stopping innovations for our customers who are looking to use Veeam with Microsoft Azure to strengthen their Availability story in the hybrid cloud.

Certified Veeam VMs in the Azure Marketplace

Veeam has two certified VMs called Veeam Cloud Connect for Service Providers, and Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise that are available in the Azure Marketplace. Whether you’re a service provider providing Azure-based hosted Backup as a Service (BaaS) to your customers, or an enterprise customer managing your own off-site backup archives, Veeam Cloud Connect provides a fully integrated, fast and secure way to archive and restore Veeam-powered backups from Azure. These VMs can be provisioned in less than 30 minutes and can provide connections from a customer’s on-premises Veeam environment to Azure page blob storage. Customers can then build long-term archives of their Veeam backups in Microsoft Azure. Recently, Microsoft announced that it will enable all Azure customers to access and use disks in Azure up to 4TB in size (previously 1TB). This enhancement (due out later this year) means that Veeam customers can fully realize a more cost-effective solution using a Veeam virtual appliance to back up four times as much data in Azure Storage. And, Veeam archives in Microsoft Azure offer file-level granular recovery back to the customer’s on-premises environment or recovery to Microsoft Azure.

Veeam and an Azure appliance

Azure has another flavor of storage called block blob storage. This storage is accessed directly and is not subject to 1 or 4 TB limitations like page blob storage. Veeam supports the use of several physical and virtual appliances to provide access to Azure block blob storage. This solution maintains metadata information about the data which has been moved from Veeam on premises to Azure block blob storage. The customer can easily recover data from Azure archives back to their on-premises environments or to Microsoft Azure.

Veeam data repository with Azure block blob storage

What if you want to use Azure block blob storage and not use an appliance? This year at VeeamON, there was an announcement that the NEW Veeam Availability Suite v10 will come with support for data repositories that are directly connected to Azure block blob storage. This will give customers all the benefits of Azure block blob storage without the need for an appliance.

Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure

Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure does exactly what its name suggests. If you have a backup that is archived in Microsoft Azure, you can restore it in Microsoft Azure. This includes archives of physical machines or VMs from both VMware and Hyper-V. So cool!

Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure

Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure is a FREE solution designed to simplify and automate the setup of a disaster recovery (DR) site in Microsoft Azure using lightweight software-defined networking (SDN). It helps maintain business continuity and Availability by reducing the complexity of VPN deployments and is designed for businesses of ALL sizes, including service providers.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam also provides world-class backup for Microsoft Office 365 allowing customers to back up Exchange data from Office 365 and build archives in their on-premises environment. The customer can then recover back to Office 365 or to their own on-premises environment. During VeeamON 2017, we announced future support for both OneDrive and SharePoint, available later this year.

Veeam is committed to delivering Availability in the private cloud and in the public cloud. These six great solutions represent the current innovations from Veeam for Microsoft Azure, and they are just the beginning! Veeam will continue to build innovative solutions to drive Availability for our customers in the private cloud. What hybrid cloud solutions would you like to see from Veeam?

For those of you attending Microsoft Inspire (July 9 – 10, Washington, DC) be sure to stop by the Veeam booth and learn more about these six great Availability solutions from Veeam and Microsoft Azure.

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  • Steve Li says:

    I run Veeam B&R 9.5 and all our VMs are on-prem Do I have any options for backing up to Azure or do I need to wait for v10? If my first tier goes to blob storage, doesn’t that limit my options for spinning them up in a site DR scenario since there is no compute to go with it? Doesn’t that also limit my RTO in a “VM” down scenario since I have to copy it back on-prem? Thanks!

  • Chris Henley says:

    These are some great questions!  If your VM’s (or physical machines) are on-premises we would recommend that your initial backup go to an on-premises repository.  After the initial retention period you would then move the data to offsite repositories including but not limited to an Azure repository.  This operational design would minimize your data loss exposure while maximizing the speed of recovery (RTO.)  You are absolutely correct in your assumption that a direct to Azure backup methodology would negatively impact RTO for on-premises VMs.  I like to think of Azure as a great archival replacement for tape with the added benefit of Restoring to Azure.  

  • Ace Master says:

    Any update on this ? I’m also have version 9.5 . Can we do backup on Azure cloud to store to on premise ( using local repository )

  • az says:

    I am also in similar situation would like to know if this capable.
    Please do let us know.

  • Rick Vanover says:

    NOW: You can easily put a Veeam server in Azure, give it storage, make it a repository, send backups to that (either run Cloud Connect Enterprise or set up VPN or leverage Azure Express Route). For VMs in Azure, you can run Veeam Agent for Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux on those Azure VMs and put the backups in that repository.

    NEXT: For Azure blob storage, this is something we have announced and is coming later (announced at part of Veeam Backup & Replication v10). This will be an archive function. More info on that later.

  • az says:

    Thanks Rick

  • Aaron Stayton says:

    Why is this not an option yet?

  • Babban says:

    is VEEAM software compatible with AzureStack (in Disconnected Mode) OS/Hypervisor? What is the best practice ?

  • Rick Vanover says:

    Azure stack support has been announced, but not available yet. Stay tuned.

  • Rick Vanover says:

    Because it didn’t make the last release :)

  • Marcel Feistl says:

    We would also need the feature ASAP to backup into an Azure blob. How is the progress on this?

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