1.2 How this book is designed
This book describes a possible architecture created by a service provider offering Backup Storage as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to its customers using Veeam Cloud Connect in Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 Update 4 (Build 18.104.22.1689).
This design is not supposed to be the only correct one or the best possible one — it is intended as a reference guide to help service providers to design and deploy their services with Veeam Cloud Connect. Service providers can also architect and deploy other possible designs following their specific requirements and business objectives.
This document refers to Veeam Cloud Connect as available in Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 Update 4 (build 22.214.171.1249). Veeam recommends that service providers always use the latest version; the software allows for backward compatibility up to one major version, so v9.5 can receive backups from customers' installations using both v9 and v8 (because replica capabilities are new in v9, there is no backward compatibility). However, the installation on the service provider side must be at least at the same version as the connecting customer’s, even in terms of minor updates. Because of this, Veeam invites service providers to install any update as soon as it is available.
This book is account of an Architect working at a service provider starting a journey in the creation of Veeam Cloud Connect services. The book first covers the different components available in Veeam Cloud Connect, characteristics of the components and how to use them.
Then, the book covers designing Backup as a Service and illustrates all the needed components, suggested configurations and tips to make the design a successful solution.
Later, the book outlines the design for a Disaster Recovery as a Service environment, using VMware vSphere as the virtualized platform. Again, all the different components and configurations will be explained in detail from the viewpoint of a service provider willing to deploy Veeam Cloud Connect.
In the Appendixes, you will find additional specific information about more technical topics.
Terms and abbreviations
Along the book, you will find different acronyms and abbreviations. Here you can find a map to better understand what they mean:
VM: Virtual machine
BaaS: Backup as a Service, as related to Veeam Cloud Connect backup services
DRaaS: Disaster Recovery as a Service, as related to Veeam Cloud Connect replication services
VBR: The Veeam Backup & Replication server
NEA: Network extension appliance, the virtual appliance deployed by Veeam to manage networking for DRaaS
SOBR: (Veeam) Scale-Out Backup Repository