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 AWS, Veeam Backup for Azure, Veeam 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.
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:
Support for Amazon S3 and S3-compatible object storage varies between products. The following limitations apply:
Specific Veeam products can manage immutability for data stored within AWS S3. Immutability can only be used with new buckets. Automatic settings for objects uploaded with object lock are not supported, and configuring these features outside of how Veeam uses them can result in data loss.
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.
Support for Azure Blob object storage varies between products. The following limitations currently apply to all Veeam products:
Specific Veeam products can manage immutability for data stored within Azure. Immutability can only be used with new storage account containers and cannot be used with existing backup data where immutability was not applied previously. Default immutability policies are not supported, and configuring these features outside of how Veeam uses them can result in data loss. Learn more...
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.
Note that using Microsoft Defender for Storage may effectively double the cost associated with your storage account. Defender for Storage detects activity anomalies, however, it comes with an additional cost per transaction.
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