If you have been following Veeam over the years, you know that we move at Veeam Speed! It is one of our core values and applies to the technologies in which we work with as well as the spirit of Veeam employees. One of the key and most strategic technologies from VMware is vCloud Air, and we are happy to announce that Veeam Backup & Replication is now listed in the vCloud Air Marketplace. Additionally, Veeam Backup & Replication is designated as VMware Ready for vCloud Air. Let’s explain what this is and what it means to Veeam partners. vCloud Air is a versatile cloud platform; so it’s very important to know what you can do with this great news.vCloud Air, as you may have heard, is a public cloud platform built from vSphere and creates an opportunity to extend the capabilities of an on-premises data center to a hybrid cloud architecture. vCloud Air has a number of built-in services as well (see the vCloud Air page).


Veeam Partners: Let’s offer a new line of business on vCloud Air!

Partners can leverage vCloud Air to offer a new line of business, helping customers meet or enhance their availability requirements. Specifically, how many times have you heard customers inquire about moving backups off-site and not had a very modern architecture as an answer? Well Veeam Cloud Connect running on vCloud Air is something to consider, especially if you don’t want to invest in building a data center to run services. Veeam Cloud Connect is a partner-centric technology allowing Veeam Cloud Providers to offer storage for their customers to store Veeam backups off-site without having to manage the complexity of setting up and maintaining a remote repository, or VPN connection to it. For Veeam ProPartners (resellers), Cloud Connect can be a natural addition to the sales process where you install hardware, storage, and VMware and Veeam software for your customers. You can offer the ongoing business of providing a place to host their backups for enhancing availability off-site in vCloud Air. The following diagram further illustrates this example:


Here a Veeam Cloud Connect provider has set up infrastructure in vCloud Air to hold customer backups.

In this configuration, the Veeam Cloud Connect provider can also manage component usage in vCloud Air. When Veeam ONE v8 was released last year, it included a new capability in the free edition built specifically for partners running Veeam Cloud Connect. This can help partners manage the offering with regards to capacity, load placed on components and provisioning. The figure below is a view showing the usage of the cloud gateway of Veeam Cloud Connect running in vCloud Air:


Having an ability to manage a cloud offering is critical.

If you are a Veeam ProPartner and considering offering Veeam Cloud Connect, see this datasheet for more information. If you are an end user and interested in hosting your backups in Veeam Cloud Connect, you can find a provider here.

vCloud Air for everyone!

As you can see, leveraging vCloud Air for enhanced availability is very easy to do. As a VMware partner, Veeam continues to work with VMware to enhance current and introduce new capabilities – so stay tuned. vCloud Air is a new technology and very strategic for VMware; and I frequently get the question of how can vCloud Air and Veeam be used together in the modern data center. If a customer has interest in embracing a cloud strategy, then new technologies from VMware and Veeam provide a great solution by leveraging vCloud Air with Cloud Connect.

Here are some resources regarding vCloud Air and Veeam Backup & Replication:

vCloud Air Marketplace

Veeam listing in the vCloud Air marketplace

Veeam ProPartner portal

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Veeam Backup Copy Job documentation

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  • jrioscr

    Is there any documentation that shows explictly how to get Veaam’s Backup and Replication connected to VMware’s vCloud Air (vca.vmware.com) Disaster Recovery Solutions using Cloud Connect?

    Or is this only for those vCAN Partners that have the Cloud Gateway deployed on their vCloud Director Infrastructure??

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