Using Object Storage with Veeam Products

KB ID: 4241
Product: Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365
Veeam Backup & Replication
Veeam Backup for AWS
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure
Published: 2021-11-18
Last Modified: 2022-01-14
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Summary

Veeam Backup & Replication supports object storage as a destination for long-term data storage. Similarly, Veeam Backup for Office 365 and cloud-specific offerings, such as Veeam Backup for AWSVeeam Backup for AzureVeeam Backup for Google Cloud Platform all support object storage.

This article lists some general guidance for using object storage in combination with these Veeam products.

Considerations and Limitations

General Limitations

  • As documented in Object Storage Repository > Considerations and Limitations

    Object storage gateway appliances used to store backup data, emulating disk or CIFS/NFS, iSCSI/FC/SAS are not supported if the backup data is offloaded to object storage and is no longer stored directly on the appliance.

    Gateway appliances are only supported in the following cases:

    • All backup data is stored and remains on the actual storage appliance, and data is only copied to object storage.

      or
    • The appliance emulates a tape system (VTL) as an access protocol for Veeam Backup & Replication.

Amazon S3 and S3 Compatible Object Storage

Support for Amazon S3 and S3 compatible object storage varies between products. The following limitations apply:

  • Versioning is not required unless object lock is enabled.
  • Support for AWS Signature v4 is required.

Veeam manages the entire data lifecycle of backups stored within AWS. As such, Lifecycle policies are not supported nor needed, and doing so can result in data loss.

For AWS, it is recommended that you use S3 bucket policies to restrict access to specific endpoints or IP addresses.

Azure Blob Object Storage

Support for Azure Blob object storage varies between products. The following limitations currently apply to all Veeam products:

Veeam manages the entire data lifecycle of backups stored within Azure. As such, configuring the storage account with these features is unnecessary, and doing so can result in data loss. More details are available in the Object Storage Repository Considerations and Limitations section of the Veeam Backup & Replication user guide.

For Azure, it is recommended that you use Azure Storage Firewall policies to restrict access to specific IP addresses.

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