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Infrastructure Overview

3-2-1

Once we have defined all the numbers required for the sizing calculations, we need to have a look on the infrastructure estate. It is best practices to follow the the 3-2-1 rule:

  • Have at least three copies of your data.
  • Store the copies on two different media.
  • Keep one backup copy offsite.

Veeam Backup & Replication can help you to fulfill all 3-2-1 backup rule requirements:

  • Have at least three copies of data:
    Setup several Backup Jobs to create several backups for each of your virtual and physical machines.
  • Store the copies on two different media:
    Veeam is storage-agnostic, meaning it supports disks, tapes, the cloud and more. You can store your backups to any of the listed media.
  • Keep one backup copy offsite:
    Setup Backup Copy Jobs to transfer your backups offsite to another location or a to a Veeam Cloud Connect repository, or use a Scale-out Backup Repository to automatically offload all backups to an Object Storage in the Public Cloud, at another location or at a Veeam Cloud & Service Provider.

Air-gapped backups with object storage immutability

Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to prohibit deletion of data from the extents of the Scale-out backup repository by making that data temporarily immutable. It is done for increased security: immutability protects your data from loss as a result of attacks, malware activity or any other injurious actions.

Amazon S3 Object Lock in compliance mode offers exactly this for the duration of the retention period.

In order to use immutability, you need to enable the Object Lock and Versioning features on your S3 bucket at the time you create the bucket. Keep in mind that you can enable Object Lock only at the time of creating the bucket.

Planning

Before you start planning the locations to store the backup data you need to get a proper overview of the network topology of your infrastructure. You need to know the type of connectivity and the amount of bandwidth available between locations.

Where you need to store a copy of the data can also be a business decision. Some organisations like to store a copy of all data within a specific region or location. Sometimes it’s even needed by law or segment regulations.

In the end, you need to gain insight into the planned data-flow within you infrastructure and the locations where storage capacity is required. With this planning in mind, the inventoried amount of data, the change-rates and the backup window you can determine the bandwidth needs between locations. A simple bandwidth calculator can help you with that.

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