Recently I worked on a solution that leveraged the Pure Storage® FlashArray™ protection group feature to further replicate the Veeam-generated snapshot to FlashArray//C for long-term retention (LTR). The main use case for this solution is to offload snapshots from the primary storage to //C for longer retention of the snapshots. This amalgamation of Veeam, //X, and //C delivers a cutting-edge solution with greater flexibility on backup and instant recovery options for VMware backup. The implementation of these solutions will be a game changer for VMware (VM) data protection.
Veeam Availability Suite combines the backup, restore, and replication capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication with the advanced monitoring, reporting, and capacity-planning functionality of Veeam ONE, so you can reliably manage your VMware vSphere environment. The Veeam agentless design provides multiple backup options. Features such as source-side deduplication and compression, change block tracking, parallel processing, and automatic load balancing provide the fastest and most efficient backups possible.
Veeam’s Pure Storage integration (vSphere only) makes fast backups from storage snapshots for quick and efficient item-level recovery and leverages Pure Storage snapshots and replicated snapshots to create a robust, enterprise-level data protection solution. Veeam Backup & Replication lets you leverage Pure Storage snapshots as part of a comprehensive backup and recovery strategy, where snapshots and image-level backups complement each other. With Veeam’s Backup & Replication and Pure’s FlashArray protection groups, you can:
To get started, launch Veeam Backup & Replication and set up the following configurations:
The following diagram illustrates the end-to-end solution of Veeam with Pure Storage FlashArray//X and FlashArray//C.
Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to connect both vCenter servers and standalone ESX hosts. If possible, avoid adding ESX hosts, which are part of the vCenter server hierarchy. Instead, add the corresponding vCenter server, which facilitates management of the backup infrastructure and can be a recommended condition for certain types of operations such as load balancing and quick migration.
One of the most significant features of Veeam Backup & Replication is the Universal Storage API—the framework that provides integration with Pure Storage. It enables Veeam to take volume-level snapshots that later can be replicated to FlashArray//C by leveraging protection groups on the array level. To get the plug-in,
With Veeam Backup & Replication, you can:
Before executing the Veeam backup jobs for Pure Storage snapshots in Veeam Backup & Replication, the backup infrastructure must be properly configured. You’ll need to set up the Veeam backup server’s proxy component, which will be used for scanning VMFS on Pure Storage volumes and for performing snapshots on the volume on Pure Storage.
The backup proxy must be configured with iSCSI or Fibre Channel protocol. And the proxy server initiator needs to be registered on FlashArray and configured for the volume to be snapshotted. For more details on the configuration, refer to the .
Pure Storage offers multiple ways to perform the replication to other sites by using the protection groups feature in FlashArray. The protection groups policy contains the volume, snapshot schedule, and retention time. Currently the replication doesn’t support any standalone snapshots—replication is only valid for the snapshots created as part of the protection groups. However, the following diagram illustrates how you can enroll a snapshot that’s not generated by protection groups for replication. By making a copy of a snapshot to a new volume, you can later enroll that volume for protection group snapshots for replication to another site.
Follow the steps below to set up protection groups and enable the replication of snapshots.
Before getting started, you’ll need to set up the FlashArray//C as a replication target on the primary FlashArray.
For scheduled snapshots on the same Veeam job, you can select to overwrite the existing volume to avoid creating extra volumes on FlashArray.
The volume snapshot replicates to the target storage FlashArray//C.
Next, you’ll need to give Veeam visibility of the replicated snapshots.
By configuring the Veeam Pure Storage integration, you get a robust, enterprise-level data protection solution with greater flexibility for instant recovery and backups of your VMware cloud. You also get:
Ready to put the Veeam Pure Storage integration to work for your VMWare cloud?