How to move your business to the cloud in 2 steps!

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Recently Veeam expanded on its existing cloud capabilities with the greatly anticipated release of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. This release has produced an overarching portability solution, Veeam Cloud Mobility, which contains support for restoring to Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack as well as AWS. In this blog, we’ll cover the business challenge these restore capabilities solve, how businesses can use them, and the advantage of using Veeam’s features over comparable features in the market.

Workload portability and the cloud is still a challenge

As more and more businesses look to move their data and workloads to the cloud, they can encounter some challenges and constraints with their current backup solutions. Many backup solutions today require complex processes, expensive add-ons, or require that you perform manual conversions to convert workloads for cloud compatibility.

In fact, 47% of IT leaders are concerned that their cloud workloads are not as portable as intended1. The truth is, portability is absolutely key to unlocking all the benefits that the cloud has to offer, and in terms of hybrid-cloud capabilities — portability is critical. There has to be an easier way…

Workload mobility made easy with Veeam

With the latest release of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4, Veeam has delivered a more comprehensive set of restore options with the NEW Veeam Cloud Mobility. Veeam Cloud Mobility builds on the existing Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure with new restore capabilities to Microsoft Azure Stack as well as AWS. Veeam Cloud Mobility allows users to take any on-premises, physical and cloud-based workloads and move them directly to AWS, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure Stack. When I say “any workload,” I mean it! Whether a virtual machine is running on VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Nutanix AHV, a physical server or an endpoint — anything that can be put into a Veeam repository can then be restored directly to the cloud. And the good news is these restore features are included in any edition of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4.

Now let’s go over some of the benefits:

Easy portability across the hybrid-cloud

As mentioned earlier, it is critical to have workload portability to get all the benefits that cloud has to offer no matter what stage of your cloud journey. Veeam Cloud Mobility overcomes many of the complexity and process challenges with the ease of use Veeam is known for. For customers looking to move workloads to the cloud, this is only a simple 2-step process:


  1. Register your cloud subscription with Veeam
  2. Restore ANY backup directly to the cloud


In addition to the simplicity of a 2-step process, with Veeam’s Direct Restore to AWS, there is a built-in UEFI to BIOS conversion which means there are no manual conversions needed to restore modern Windows workstations to the cloud. And, with the new Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure Stack feature, customers can get the added benefit of being able to move workloads from Microsoft Azure to Azure Stack. By doing so, unlocking the unlimited scalability and cost-efficiency of a true hybrid cloud model.

Enabling business continuity

Another primary benefit for businesses is that Veeam Cloud Mobility can be used for data recovery in emergency situations. For instance, if a site failure occurs, you will be able to easily restore your backed-up workloads, spinning them up as virtual machines in AWS, Azure and Azure Stack. Then as the smoke clears, you will be able to gain and provide access to the restored VMs. Unlike our Veeam Cloud Connect feature offered through our Veeam Cloud and Service Provider (VCSP) partners, Veeam Cloud Mobility is not considered a disaster recovery solution designed to meet strict RTOs or RPOs. Rather, this an efficient restore feature that gives you a simple, affordable game plan to gain eventual access to workloads should a disruption ever happen to your primary site.

Unlocking test and development in the cloud

Whether businesses need to test patches or applications, there is a big need for test and development. But many businesses find that conducting such tests locally puts a strain on their storage, compute and network. The cloud on the other hand is a ready-made testing paradise, where resources can be scaled up and down as needed on a dime. Veeam Cloud Mobility gives customers the ability to unlock the cloud for their test and development purposes, so they can conduct testing as frequently, quickly and affordably as needed without the constraints of a traditional infrastructure. 

Take away

Data portability is vital as part of an overall cloud strategy. With the NEW Veeam Cloud Mobility you can move ANY workload directly to AWS, Azure and Azure Stack to maintain the portability you need to leverage the power of the cloud. Whether for data portability, recovery needs or test and dev — Veeam Cloud Mobility helps make workload portability easy.

If you or your customer have not yet taken a free trial of Veeam, now is the perfect time to try Veeam Availability Suite for your cloud strategy!



2017 Cloud User Survey, Frost & Sullivan

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Veeam’s NEW native cloud object storage delivers infinite capacity

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Veeam has always been a company passionate about addressing its customers’ needs. In the latest release of NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4, we continued this trend by meeting an important need for many customers with our NEW native object storage integration: Veeam Cloud Tier. In this blog, we’ll cover the challenges we’re addressing through this new feature — what it is, how it works and the benefits you can take advantage of. You’ll also learn a few points about the uniqueness and innovation built into Veeam Cloud Tier compared to other backup providers. Veeam is changing the data protection game again!

The challenge of data growth and compliance

One thing is certain about data today — it’s growing exponentially. There are many sources on data growth prediction but there seems to be a consensus that the size of the digital universe will double every two years at least.

With this rapid increase of data created by organizations, it’s no surprise that challenges are starting to take hold. Hardware storage costs are skyrocketing, storage capacity planning and management is becoming more difficult, and all the while this resource juggling takes away precious time from core business priorities. Sound familiar? Now, as data begins to reach new highs we’re seeing organizations make a deliberate attempt to manage costs — with many organizations now having a mandate to reduce hardware costs listed as a priority. In addition to the growth, many organizations are having to meet compliance requirements that require they hold onto data for longer and longer periods of time.

What can IT do?

It’s clear there are two major challenges: data growth and longer-term data retention needs. IT departments need to carefully weigh in a few factors when trying to solve these issues, but they should start with two main considerations:

  • Investigate affordable storage: The most obvious answer to reducing hardware costs is to adopt a more affordable storage. For organizations looking for long-term data retention with cost-efficiency and scalability there is no better place to look than cloud or on-premises based object storage targets. And this is precisely why Veeam customers have requested native object storage integration. When accessibility and quick recovery are still an integral part of a long-term retention strategy, object storage will make the most sense to meet this need.
  • Take a tiered approach: Choosing a more affordable storage option is half the battle — now you must make sure you are freeing up your local storage in the best, most intelligent way possible. Taking a tiered approach to data management allows you to effectively free up only the storage you want freed up, and tier off only the data you need for longer-term retention. This tiered approach allows an overall better capacity management process. This should ideally be a “set it and forget it” solution that automatically tiers off files to the storage according to your exact retention needs.

Veeam Cloud Tier to the rescue!

Ok, so we’ve covered the challenges and what to look for in a solution to solve the challenges, now let’s look at Veeam’s new feature that meets all these requirements. Veeam Cloud Tier was designed to provide infinite capacity through native integrations with Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage, S3-compatible service providers or on-premises storage offerings. This feature delivers on the promise of instant and automatic tiering directly to object storage to free up local storage. It is also built with innovative attributes that reduce overall storage consumption and lower ingress and egress costs. Let’s check out the benefits

Infinite Capacity

First, it’s important to note that Veeam Cloud Tier is the built-in automatic tiering feature of Veeam’s Scale-out Backup Repository (SoBR) feature. SoBR consists of multiple repositories under one abstracted layer on-premises, that deliver storage efficiencies, enabling the tiered approach to data management I mentioned earlier. What makes Veeam Cloud Tier special is its ability to now make SoBR completely unlimited in terms of its capacity and scale with it now being backed by object storage. Veeam Cloud Tier acts as a capacity tier to automatically offload backups to object storage.

No double charging

One of the most important aspects of Veeam Cloud Tier is its advantage over competitors from a cost perspective. Believe it or not many backup providers will actually “double charge” for the data you store in the cloud. What this means is not only are you paying for the cost of leveraging the cloud provider’s storage but also incurring an additional charge simply for leveraging object storage with their solution. Veeam Cloud Tier is built into our existing Veeam Availability Suite Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions and you will never see a “cloud tax” fee from Veeam on your bill!

No vendor lock-in

Veeam has always been known as a storage agnostic vendor. We want our customers to know that if they work with Veeam they can trust that we deliver protection for any application, any data, in any cloud. Veeam Cloud Tier is no different, you will not be locked into a particular storage vendor, in fact we are proud to offer a variety of storage options mentioned above — including both hyper-scale and S3 compatible on-premises and cloud-based service provider options. This feature also opens up the option for service providers to scale-out their IaaS customers to hyper-scale clouds in addition to leveraging their own clouds.

Storage reduction magic

The built-in storage reduction technique is truly what sets Veeam apart from other solutions. We know that customers don’t want to have to send their entire backup to the cloud, or bring it back down for that matter… So, we developed a technique by which the on-premises files remain on-premises as a shell with metadata while the bulk is offloaded to object storage. This drastically reduces the size of the local storage without sacrificing any recoverability of the data. For instance, a 1TB VBK file on local storage could be reduced to a 20MB file.

With this lightweight file format customers incur only minimal cloud-based ingest fees for sending data to the cloud. They can also just as easily retrieve data from the cloud without having to recover the entire backup repository through Veeam’s file-based granular recovery options — minimizing egress charges and increasing productivity.

Here is a view of the Veeam Cloud Tier (Capacity Tier) within the Scale-out Backup Repository:

Take away

It’s clear that massive data growth and compliance requirements continue to take a toll on not only the cost of local storage, but the length of time organizations are required to hold onto data. Object storage is becoming increasingly appealing to many organizations for long-term data retention needs, but leveraging the right solution is imperative to enable a tiered approach to Intelligent Data Management. Veeam Cloud Tier provides a simplified approach, enabling customers to natively tier backup files to a variety of cloud and on-premises object storage targets including Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage and S3-compatible service providers. In addition, Veeam Cloud Tier has many benefits over other solutions including no “cloud tax” and no vendor lock-in.

If you or your customers are not yet leveraging Veeam Availability Suite, now is the absolute perfect time to execute on this tiering strategy to take advantage of the infinite capacity Veeam delivers on object storage.


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Special for service providers — Veeam is now on virtual, physical and in the cloud!

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Earlier this year, Veeam showed their commitment to Veeam Cloud & Servicer Provider (VCSP) partners with the collaboration of the FREE Cloud Services offer — a truly unprecedented offer for their customers to extend Availability to the cloud. But for Veeam, that is only the beginning of their plans to help their VCSP partners in 2017. With the release of new service provider-enabled solutions, Veeam is once again giving VCSP partners an opportunity to bring extra value to their customers. Veeam’s new offer will help get VCSP partners up and running quickly, and provide new Veeam-powered services with no financial obligation.

The offer for VCSP partners — NEW Veeam capabilities for physical, endpoint devices and in the cloud

VCSP partners can now offer NEW Veeam-powered services — whether in the cloud, or on physical and endpoint devices — with FREE unlimited usage through December 31, 2017.

Unlimited VCSP rental licenses are available for the following products:

This offer is available for existing VCSP partners and is also open to those who are interested in becoming a VCSP partner. Register for the offer here.

The NEW Veeam products VCSP partners can leverage

The list of the Veeam products service providers can now leverage truly goes beyond one protection strategy, and enables VCSP partners to protect their customers’ data whatever their requirements may be — whether virtual, physical or in the cloud. It also reinforces Veeam’s goal of enabling partners to deliver Always-On Availability. Let’s dive into the new products that service providers can now leverage.

Veeam Agents

NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and NEW Veeam Agent for Linux both deliver simple backup and powerful recovery for physical servers, laptops and desktops, and virtual servers in AWS or Microsoft Azure. The release of the Veeam Agents has created a massive opportunity for VCSP partners, enabling them to not only protect their customers’ virtual data, but now also be able expand their services to the other half of the coin — with physical data protection. This will enable VCSP partners to deliver true value to customers by using Veeam’s products to protect their customers’ entire hybrid environments.

Veeam Cloud Connect Backup for Service Providers

Veeam Cloud Connect is one of the easiest ways in the market to leverage the cloud for off-site backup and disaster recovery. Hundreds of VCSP partners have been offering Cloud Connect services to their customers for a few years now, with much success in helping customers secure virtual backups in the cloud. And now, Veeam has extended its proven technology for cloud backup of VMs to physical workloads with NEW Veeam Cloud Connect Backup for Service Providers for servers and workstations! This means that service providers can now host Veeam Agent for Linux backups with Veeam Cloud Connect, and back up Windows-based physical data directly to Veeam Cloud Connect with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows. We’re looking forward to having service providers build on the successes of Veeam Cloud Connect VM protection by now being able to offer their customers a secure repository for off-site cloud backups of their servers and workstations as well.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Coming soon Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 will have new VCSP capabilities in version 1.5. This will allow VCSP partners to offer a managed backup service for all their customers using Microsoft Office 365. While Microsoft takes on much of the management responsibility, customers still need a backup of their email data. With the adoption of Office 365 continuing to sky rocket, there is a great need to protect email data — which VCSP partners can now help fulfill with Veeam-powered Office 365 backup services.

Deliver more value with Veeam

Service providers today have an increasing number of objectives, priorities, products, services and teams to manage, but don’t let this opportunity with Veeam pass you by! Our new solutions are easy to install and use, and integrate seamlessly with Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Cloud Connect and Veeam Availability Console (coming soon). Veeam will work tirelessly to ensure that you are successful in offering these new solutions. Let’s partner together and bring more value to your customers!

Getting started

To be eligible for this offer, you must be a member of the VCSP program. If you are a reseller who is interested in joining the program, or not currently a Veeam partner — now is the perfect opportunity to get involved and start offering new services! The first step is registering for the products you want to utilize with FREE unlimited usage through December 31, 2017. Get started using the links below:

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Veeam VTL to Amazon S3 & Glacier: A cost-effective tape alternative!

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Today most big storage providers offer some form of long-term physical tape library storage, which enables customers to utilize a cost-efficient cold storage option. But, there can be a few key issues faced with physical tape library storage. The first is complexity that surrounds exportation and management. The second is the cost of upgrading — old tapes are slow and unreliable but new ones are not cheap. Storing conditions can also be an issue, since you must keep the tape media at specific temperatures. There is also the issue of not being able to integrate — or even replace — that cold storage into an existing cloud backup infrastructure. This is where the scalability and ease of management with a virtual tape library (VTL) can truly excel for an IT staff, who need seamless synchronization between their on-premises data and cloud backups. The option to replace a tape infrastructure with a modern, cloud-based storage system is attractive to many and this is why Veeam is investing in a VTL technology.

VTL options with Veeam

At VeeamON 2017 we had many exciting announcements and one of these was that Veeam customers can now leverage VTL on Amazon AWS object storage as a scalable and cost-effective tape alternative. The great thing about this solution for Veeam customers is that it works with Veeam Backup & Replication, with zero changes needed to existing backup processes. The lack of change of process is an important point, as many organizations build their operational procedures as well as expectations of where different restore points are with rules based on tape capabilities. With Veeam’s integrated VTL solutions, the data lives on low latency AWS public cloud storage (Amazon Simple Storage Service S3) and contains smart de-staging that allows the data to move to even more cost-efficient Amazon Glacier Storage for long-term retention. Veeam currently has two options for VTL which include either utilizing Amazon’s native VTL, or StarWind VTL to Cloud. Additional options to be announced at a future date.

How does it work?

As mentioned, Veeam customers have multiple VTL options when it comes to offloading Veeam backups to AWS. When deployed, the VTL lives on a virtual machine or server on-premises and presents itself to Veeam Backup & Replication — this is where the magic happens. The VTL can mimic itself as a physical tape device and in turn can receive the tape data, which it then feeds off to low latency S3 storage for quick recovery capabilities. As the VTL is emulating an on-premises physical tape device, there are again no required process changes to those already familiar with backing up to tape. After living on S3 Storage, users can then choose to move data to Glacier and while with Glacier it can take 24 hours to recover compared with more instantaneous S3, Glacier excels for purposes of long-term retention and cost-efficiency.

Veeam VTL to Amazon S3 & Glacier

Advantage of physical tapes off-site in the cloud

VTL simplifies integrating cloud storage tiers into existing backup infrastructure, but one other important thing this now allows you to achieve is the ability to complete the final stage of the 3-2-1 rule by getting a copy of your production data off site. Relying solely on on-premises physical tape storage is far from ideal for an organization’s disaster proof backup plan. Yes, you could keep it old school and have your physical tapes shipped to a secondary site, but what are the costs for the shipments and what if the tapes are misplaced? And would shipping physical tapes off-site truly enable your organization to obtain maximum Availability with minimal chance of downtime? By being able to integrate your physical tape instances into a virtual setting together with existing virtual Veeam backups, you can easily recover from an off-site location with data safely residing in the cloud in the event of a disaster.

The image below is a sneak-peak of this new VTL technology being used in Veeam Backup & Replication v10 (part of Veeam Availability Suite v10); in addition to the new GFS media set features which include logic for daily tape backups:

Veeam VTL to Amazon S3 & Glacier

To conclude, if you are backing up or always wanted to ship backup files to AWS:

  1. Emulate your tape device with the suggested VTLs
  2. Use existing tape jobs or set new jobs
  3. Connect the VTL with AWS
  4. You are good to go!

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$1,000 in FREE cloud services offered to customers globally

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On Feb. 14, Veeam and their Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partners launched an unprecedented offer in the history of the company. This offer gave each of Veeam’s eligible US and Canada customers an opportunity to put $1,000 towards extending Availability to the cloud or expanding their existing usage of cloud backup and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). The good news for US and Canada customers who have not yet registered for this offer — the deadline to register has now been extended to June 30 by popular demand!

In addition to this extension, Veeam has now expanded this FREE cloud services offer to additional global regions! This offer is now available in: EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Latin America. We encourage customers to register as soon as they can since they only have until Sept. 30 to utilize their FREE services. Registering is an easy three-step process:

  1. Register to receive your unique activation code
  2. Identify a trusted VCSP partner together with your reseller
  3. After some quick configurations, you’ll be sending your data to the cloud.
Visit the FREE Cloud Services program page to learn more about this offer.

The response to this offer from the Veeam customer base has been extremely positive, and many customers who had been thinking of cloud-powered data protection only needed an extra reason to give it a try — and this offer was just that reason. There are currently 60,000 Veeam customers eligible for this offer in North America, and many of them have already taken advantage of the opportunity to extend Availability to the cloud. Veeam anticipates that by extending and expanding this offer to more regions, even more customers will be able to discover this offer and make cloud backup or DRaaS a part of their arsenal for data protection.

Why Veeam Cloud Connect?

While this FREE cloud services offer has been a great starting point for many organizations wanting to protect data in the cloud, many more might be asking themselves why they should try Veeam’s cloud solutions. As a leader in the virtualization market, Veeam has always strived to make seemingly complex technology feats possible through simplicity. This theme of simplicity is also echoed in their approach to cloud. Veeam Cloud Connect is one of the easiest ways in the market for a business to activate cloud backup and DRaaS, all without the cost and complexity of building or managing an off-site infrastructure.

Veeam Cloud Connect provides the ability to easily select a trusted VCSP partner directly from the backup and replication console and configure off-site backup repositories to which virtual machine backups or replicas can be sent across a secure internet connection. The great thing about Veeam Cloud Connect is that Veeam customers already have it — it’s built into Veeam Availability Suite and Veeam Backup & Replication! In order to activate it, customers will only need to acquire a subscription to the appropriate computer and / or storage resources from a service provider of their choice. What better time to turn on Veeam Cloud Connect than now?!

The Veeam Cloud Connect technology has some clear advantages over similar cloud solutions in the market:

  • WAN acceleration
  • No VPN management necessary
  • Multiple granular retention policies
  • Cloud backup and replication in one product
  • Hardware agnostic — no dedicated staging server or physical gateway server necessary
  • Data locality — utilize a service provider in your country, state or even city

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Cloud backup security concerns

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Many CIOs are now adopting a cloud-first strategy and backing up and recovering critical data in the cloud is on the rise. As more and more companies explore the idea of migrating applications and data to the cloud, questions like “How secure are cloud services?” arise. While there isn’t a standout number one concern when it comes to cloud computing, the one thing we can be sure about is that security is front and center in CIO’s minds. Veeam has identified the top two concerns from our recent 2016 customer survey to be security and price. See the graph of responses below:

Cloud backup security concerns

Quite inevitably, cloud has come with new challenges and we’ll be exploring them all in this cloud challenges blog series. It has also come with some genuine security risks but as we will uncover, cloud backup security has more to do with your implementation of it to successfully ensure data security when moving to the cloud. With cloud, security has to be top priority. The benefits of flexibility and scalability you get from the cloud should not mean sacrificing any security at all.

What are the most important cloud backup security risks?

Stolen authentication/credentials

Attacks on data happen more often than not due to weak password usage, or poor key and certificate management. Issues tend to happen as multiple allocations and permission levels begin to circulate and this is where good credential management systems and practices can really help.

One-time generated passwords, phone-based authentication and other multifactor authentication systems make it difficult for attackers wanting to gain access to protected data because they need more than just one credential in order to log in.

Data breaches

Data breaches can be disastrous for organizations. Not only have they violated the trust of their customers by allowing data to be leaked, but it also opens them up to facing fines, lawsuits and even criminal indictments. The brand tarnishing and loss of business from such an event can leave a business with a long road to recovery at best.

Despite the fact that cloud service providers typically do offer security methods to protect tenants’ environments, ultimately you – the IT professional – are responsible for protection of your organization’s data. In order to protect even the idea of a breach, you need to become a fan of encryption. If you use cloud for storage, experts agree data should be encrypted at no less than 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) before it leaves your network. The data should be encrypted a second time while in transit to the cloud and a third time while at rest stored in the cloud. It is important to do your research and enquire into the encryption used by the application, and by the service provider when the data is at rest in order to ensure safe and secure cloud backups.

Lack of due diligence

A key reason moving data to the cloud fails, becomes vulnerable or worse becomes subject to an attack or loss is due to poor planning and implementation. To successfully implement a cloud backup or disaster recovery strategy, careful and deliberate planning should take place. This should first involve considering and understanding all of the risks, vulnerabilities and potential threats that exist. Secondly, an understanding of what countermeasures need to be taken in order to ensure secure restore or recovery of backups and replication, such as ensuring your network is secure or access to key infrastructure is restricted. Due diligence in approaching the cloud should also involve an alignment of your IT staff, the service provider and the technologies and environment being leveraged. The service provider must be seamlessly integrated with the cloud backup and recovery software you plan to utilize for optimal security and performance of your virtualized environment.

Multi-tenant environment

Service providers offer cost-effectiveness and operations efficiencies by providing their customers with the option of shared resources. In choosing a service that is shared, it’s essential that the risks are understood. Ensuring that each tenant is completely isolated from other tenant environments is key to a multi-tenant platform. Multi-tenant platforms should have segregated networks, only allow privileged access and have multiple layers of security in the compute and networking stacks.

Service provider trust and reliability

The idea of moving data offsite into a multi-tenant environment where a third party manages the infrastructure can give even the boldest IT professionals some anxiety. This comes with the perceived lack of control they might have on cloud backup security. To combat this, it is essential to choose a service provider you trust who is able to ease any security doubts. There are a variety of compliance standards a provider can obtain, such as ISO9001 or SOC 2 & SSAE 16 and it’s important to take note of these as you search for a provider. In addition to standards, look for a service provider that has a proven track record of reliability – there are plenty of online tools that report on provider network uptime.  Physical control of the virtual environment is also paramount. You must seek a secure data center, ideally with on-site 24/7 security and mantraps with multi-layered access authentication.

So, is the cloud secure?

Yes, the cloud is secure but only as secure as you make it. From the planning and the processes in place, to the underlying technology and capabilities of your cloud backup and recovery service.  All these elements combined can determine your success.  It is up to you to work with your choice of service provider to ensure the security of your data when moving to cloud backups or DRaaS. Another critical aspect is partnering with a data management company experienced in securely shifting and storing protected data in the cloud.

Veeam and security

We provide flexibility in how, when and where you secure your data for maximum security matched with performance.  With AES 256-bit encryption, you have the ability to secure your data at all times: During a backup, before it leaves your network perimeter, during movement between components (e.g., proxy to repository traffic), for when data must stay unencrypted at the target and while your backup data is at rest in its final destination (e.g., disc, tape or cloud). It is also perfect for sending encrypted backups off site using Backup Copy jobs with WAN Acceleration.

You have a choice over when and where you encrypt backups. For example, you can leave local Veeam backups unencrypted for faster backup and restore performance, but encrypt backups that are copied to an offsite target, tape or the cloud. You can also protect different backups with different passwords, while actual encryption keys are generated randomly within each session for added backup encryption security.

Also, it’s easier than ever to find a service provider with Veeam. We have VCSP (Veeam Cloud Service Provider) partners with compliance in the following frameworks and standards:

  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • SOC 2 & SSAE 16
  • ITIL
  • ISO 27001 certification

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