Linux Hardened Repositories: Achievable Immutability for All

It’s no secret that strong data security is one of the most critical requirements in today’s world. With networks constantly being targeted and assaulted through automated attacks, phishing expeditions or malicious insiders, your backups need to be secured. Without a trusted and secured backup, recovery becomes significantly more complicated, if not impossible. Fortunately, features like immutable backups can help strengthen your recovery plans.

A Solution to Many Problems

Veeam has long been committed to partnering with customers to ensure continued success. A great example of this can be seen with the Linux Hardened Repository. This repository type is purpose-built to provide businesses with a secure and trusted immutable backup solution for their backup data, ensuring that their data is safe and reliably recoverable when disaster strikes. With Veeam Data Platform v12, this repository has seen significant enhancements.

One of the key benefits of Veeam’s Linux Hardened Repository is its advanced security features. This solution is built with hardened security and compliance in mind, ensuring that all your data is immutable and protected against unauthorized alterations or deletions. This is particularly important for businesses that deal with sensitive data like financial details and personally identifiable information or operate in industries with strict compliance regulations, like healthcare or finance.

Similarly, with the rise in organizations that hold cyber insurance policies, many must also implement some form of immutable storage. For some organizations, this requirement may have been a blocker, since‑ immutable storage is not something that can always be easily achievable. New storage arrays that support a form of immutability typically come at a price that impacts budgets. Additionally, cloud-based immutability may not be an option if you have compliance requirements surrounding data residency or locality. With this enhanced repository option, customers of all sizes and verticals now have an immutable storage option within their reach.

Immutable Freedom

Another strength lies in its deployment method; Veeam Backup & Replication only requires a Linux-based server. This underlying hardware is something that enterprises can decide on.

This methodology provides the flexibility that many customers look for, including:

  • The ability to size repositories how they see fit
  • Utilizing the hardware configurations and vendors that they prefer
  • Leveraging existing in-house Linux expertise and skillsets

Customers can now leverage this enhanced repository to achieve immutable freedom. This means the ability to deploy immutability where you want, using the hardware they want while maintaining transparency with the underlying operating system. By shifting control to enterprises when it comes to deciding what they do or do not need from their repositories, customers can now be empowered to develop solutions that fit their specific needs. What may have been cost-prohibitive in the past for small or branch offices can now be achieved without having to purchase dedicated storage arrays.

Straightforward Day 2 Operations

By design, the Linux Hardened Repository is easy to use — all the operations that backup administrators are familiar with remain the same. Backup jobs can target these repositories just like any other, and restores can be performed in the same manner that backup administrators are used to. Whether performing an enterprise application restore or even a large, orchestrated recovery through Veeam Recovery Orchestrator, backup administrators with Veeam skillsets will now have the confidence to perform secure restores.

IT departments are as busy as ever and every bit of saved time counts. The Linux Hardened Repository was designed to be easy to maintain without needing new or specialized training. Immutability is supported by most Linux file systems, which will provide a consistent experience for Linux administrators. XFS is the most popular file system from a performance, disk space efficiency and reliability perspective. The rollout process is enhanced and can be performed with single-use credentials to offer an additional layer of security. There is no requirement for accounts to be a part of the “sudo” group.


Businesses want to be confident that their data can be securely restored when the time comes. With its advanced security features, ease of use, backup and recovery options, scalability and flexible deployment options, Veeam’s Linux Hardened Repository has become a popular choice for businesses of all sizes. Additionally, all of this is backed by Veeam’s industry-leading support and customer service. Whether you are a growing startup or a large enterprise, Veeam’s Linux Hardened Repository can provide you with the peace of mind you need to ensure that your data is always protected and reliably recoverable when disaster strikes.


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