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Enterprises today simply cannot afford to operate without a disaster recovery plan to safeguard their data. 70% of global businesses were affected by ransomware in 2022 alone, and according to Statista, each data breach averages $4.35 million per incident. As organizations look for disaster recovery strategies, a data backup system is featured at the top of the list.
A robust, reliable data backup solution is important for quick and seamless disaster recovery and Veeam delivers industry-leading modern data protection for growing enterprises.
What Is Veeam Backup & Replication?
Veeam Backup & Replication is a software-defined backup and recovery solution for on-premise and cloud-based workloads. The platform can be completely automated and offers high-speed backups and recovery for enterprise systems.
With the rising threat of malware and ransomware, organizations must explore dependable solutions to keep their systems safe. When bad actors lock or otherwise damage an entire IT infrastructure, all business processes come to a complete standstill. Even if the organization decides to pay the ransom, the event severely impacts business revenue by the time the data is decrypted.
Veeam solution continuously scans backups for malware and restores the system faster than paying a ransom and decrypt the data. With Veeam, organizations experience an almost-zero downtime experience.
The platform is infrastructure agnostic, allowing organizations to use it with almost all major vendor cloud solutions. In addition, it can back up virtual systems, physical workstations, and apps that most enterprises rely on. This means organizations can use a single data backup for all their business recovery needs, eliminating the need to manage multiple solutions. Being platform-agnostic makes Veeam ideal for multicloud and hybrid-cloud environments.
Veeam offers flexibility in how you want your data backed up. It works with approximately 200 types of storage products, ensuring organizations doesn’t face vendor lock-in—a common problem enterprises face that requires using a single cloud system.
Nearly 81% of Fortune 500 companies —and 400,000 customers around the world—trust Veeam technology to keep their business data and data-dependent processes working smoothly despite current data environment challenges. Technology and customer satisfaction are two reasons Veeam was noted as a 2022 enterprise backup and recovery solutions leader by Gartner.
What Are the Benefits of Veeam Backup & Replication?
For 91% of mid-sized companies, an hour of unplanned downtime can cost as much as $300,000. It can be even higher for certain industries. For instance, many cloud vendors, 99.99% availability is considered the standard. But even this elevated uptime translates to 52.6 minutes of downtime per year.
While organizations can often stay within these service level agreement (SLA) requirements when minor outages occur, a major incident may take longer to resolve. Making Veeam Backup & Replication an integral part of the enterprise disaster recovery plan means fewer issues requiring less time to fix. Here is how that’s possible:
- With its patented, lightning-fast recovery, Veeam can restore operations instantly, even in the event of major disasters, it prevents data loss in a cost-effective way.
- Veeam is software defined and therefore works regardless of the hardware platform. It can back up workloads from different platforms and applications the organization uses to carry out its business processes and manage its data. This means the organization depends on a single solution for disaster recovery, making the process easier for the IT team.
- Organizations don’t have to limit the cloud vendors and products they use. Since Veeam Backup is designed for multicloud and hybrid environments, companies can adopt different cloud products and solutions for specific use cases. They can build a highly efficient infrastructure that is protected against downtimes and outages.
- Veeam is infrastructure agnostic, eliminating vendor lock in.. Because most enterprise applications and SaaS vendors work on proprietary technology, data migration is not easy. Veeam streamlines the process so moving data between backups is easy.
Accelerate Your Cloud Journey.
While the concept of moving to the cloud includes many benefits, the actual move can be tricky. Businesses must make complex choices that can have long-term impact on areas such as disaster recovery and business continuity planning.
Based on this, the business has to decide if they want to go for a private, public, hybrid, or multi-cloud environment. Depending on their choice, the organization will have to make decisions on the vendors.
Another challenge is data security. If businesses are handling consumer data, they’re responsible for keeping it secure per compliance regulations. If they experience a breach or the data becomes inaccessible due to a ransomware attack, it can potentially bring down the business. The organizations must adopt a solid security and risk management strategy.
Every one of these decisions takes time and can slow down the shift to the cloud, but none of them can be taken lightly.
Veeam data backup simplifies a lot of the decision making to help accelerate the move to the cloud. It secures organizations’ data and applications without limiting their choices and empowers them to choose vendors and solutions that work best for their requirements. It also helps organizations lift apps and data between different clouds to optimize cloud expenses.
Accelerate Your Cloud Adoption.
One of the major cloud adoption hurdles organizations face is existing infrastructure investments. Digital operations require significant investments to build and maintain the enterprise infrastructure. This system contains all the applications, data, and workloads.
Even if an organization finds the current setup too expensive to maintain (and the cloud a smarter, more cost-effective approach), the move could prove to be too much for the budget.
Another challenge with adopting the cloud is fear of being stuck with a solution, even when it's no longer the best. For cloud migration, choosing a vendor is often a long-term decision. Most cloud solutions are not interoperable and moving to another one can be expensive. If at some point the organization realizes that its existing cloud infrastructure is not working or finds better options, it may be difficult to make the move. Shifting from one vendor to another may be as expensive and complicated as shifting from on-premise to cloud
Veeam helps alleviate these concerns because it supports both private, hybrid, and public solutions. Organizations can move specific data to the cloud and keep the rest on-premise. Enterprises can rely on a multi-cloud approach, but if a different solution works better for specific use cases, the enterprise can easily shift just those items to another solution.
Actualize Savings in the Cloud.
One of the major reasons organizations switch to the cloud is cost savings. But if not properly managed, cloud costs can balloon out of control. Organizations often invest in cloud monitoring solutions to track potential cost-related issues.
Even when organizations carefully monitor cloud services, they often find it difficult to optimize cost due to vendor limitations and solutions that lack flexibility. Even with better solutions, underlying infrastructure and risk management strategy obstacles can make it difficult to go for a multi-cloud approach.
Some organizations also don’t favor a multi-cloud environment due to the inherent complexities of managing many solutions. The multi-cloud elements and products often need supporting elements, such as backup solutions. This adds another layer of complexity to the cloud infrastructure and leaves room to improve optimization.
Organizations get the flexibility to get the most out of their cloud solutions. Veeam’s single platform supports backup requirements of the entire infrastructure—whether it’s multicloud, hybrid, public, or private. Because of this same reason, organizations can shift to different solutions if needed.
Reliable data backup helps organization optimize their cloud infrastructure for cost and get the most out of it.
How Do Veeam and Lyve Cloud Work Together?
Seagate® Lyve TM Cloud and Veeam Backup & Replication work seamlessly with multicloud and hybrid environments. Together they offer powerful, secure data protection demanded by modern environments. A combination of Lyve and Veeam Backup and Replication creates a robust, flexible infrastructure. Here are just a few benefits of this duo:
Lyve Cloud and Veeam don’t require proprietary hardware. With no vendor lock-in, organizations can scale up in the manner that most benefits them.
Lyve and Veeam empower organizations to orchestrate reliable disaster recoveries with considerable cost savings. They simplify the process by automating both backups and recoveries, while minimizing downtime and they can do this securely and efficiently. The combination offers significant protection against ransomware and other malware attacks, including immutable online and offline backup copies of systems with 3-2-1-1-0 protection.
Along with offering high scalability, data agility, and mobility, Veeam and Lyve also provide complete visibility into an organization’s data backup. Most organizations struggle with infrastructure transparency. Due to the large size of data backups, it's not easy to see what’s backed up, what is secure, and what vulnerabilities exist.
This combo also offers a powerful suite of tools which organizations can use to monitor backups, ensure sufficient capacities, and plan the cloud’s future. They offer machine learning and big-data capabilities to assist organizations with a complete picture of their backups and infrastructure.
Even with the best backup options and visibility into cloud infrastructure, most organizations can’t tell what will happen if they ever face an outage or data loss. It’s not easy to predict how systems might respond and how long it will take to get back up. Enterprises and IT teams usually rely on archaic methodologies and architectures to meet the requisite SLAs.
With the Lyve and Veeam solutions, organizations have testing capabilities that show how their backup and recovery will respond. They can test the recovery capabilities in a safe and secure environment, noting how the systems respond and tune them based on results.
Scale Your Storage System.
Scalability is touted as one of the major benefits of cloud-based solutions. Unlike on-premise solutions, the cloud doesn’t need significant investments to scale up. In many cases, it's just a click of a button.
But if not properly managed, the cost of scaling can grow out of control. As an organization expands services, it also needs to scale up backup and security measures in order to sustain and maintain the infrastructure
On its own, the Veeam offering is not easy to scale when used in a 3-2-1 model consisting of two disks and one tape. Significant resources are required to manage these backups which can be very expensive to scale.
When combined with Lyve Cloud, Veeam uses cloud storage instead of the second disk and the tape. This approach minimizes the need for resources and makes the backup and recovery infinitely scalable.
Enterprises can reduce or even eliminate costs associated with recovery, API calls, and other issues that affect scalability.
Of course, the organization can also save costs related to hardware and maintenance. The vendor will manage the requisite hardware and upgrade it as necessary, so the enterprise doesn’t have to make huge initial investments for scaling up.
Invest in Reliable Cloud Storage Backups
Reliability is key when choosing cloud storage backups. Having data saved ensures a business doesn’t come to a complete standstill in the event of a disaster or outage. Even if the entire infrastructure goes down due to a technical glitch, malware attack, or other issue, the organization must be able to use the backups to complete business-critical processes.
If the backup fails to fill in the gaps smoothly or experiences errors, it can significantly impact the enterprise with reduced and lost income
Enterprises can also test how their disaster recovery systems would react in case of an outage. They can do so in a controlled environment and adjust them based on how they react. The solution also automatically tests backups to ensure there are no errors or malware in them.
Veeam also offers industry-leading lightning-fast recovery for backups. With this solution, enterprises can quickly recover their entire workloads or individual items as needed.
Experience Cost-Efficient Recovery
For a recovery system to be cost-efficient, it must be easy to build and maintain, and prevent losses.
The ease of building and maintaining a backup system depends on the resources it needs. Manual system backups and security checks require significant time and personnel resources from the organization. Building and maintaining a robust recovery system can be expensive without the right solutions. Enterprises will have to invest time and personnel to ensure that the system works as planned.
The organization can also incur costs in terms of API calls and storage costs. And for on-premise solutions, hardware costs come into play.
The ROI from backup and recovery systems comes from the losses it prevents in the event of a natural disaster or calamity. The more time systems are down, the more it costs the business.
Additionally, entire systems can be automated to backup workloads with little manual effort and with the cloud, little initial investment.
In a disaster event, Veeam ensures systems are backed up instantly with no glitches, saving organizations significant resources.
Hybrid Environment Support
Both Veeam and Lyve support hybrid-cloud environments. They support multiple solutions for different use cases, plus optimize savings and returns for the organization.
Organizations can use the more expensive private cloud for assets that require high levels of security and privacy, and rely on the public cloud for the remaining data. They don’t have to complicate the backup and recovery process by using different platforms for different clouds. With the data mobility offered by Veeam and Lyve storage, organizations can easily move assets between public and private clouds. Both solutions also offer robust data-handling mechanisms for the large amount of data associated with backups.
Sound data-handling mechanisms.
Both solutions offer a suite of tools that provides complete visibility into stored backups. The solutions leverage machine learning and big-data handling capabilities to offer complete transparency. Organizations can orchestrate automated backup tests to ensure there are no errors and set up malware scans to promote secure data.
Role-based access control.
Lyve’s storage and Veeam’s backup and recovery offer a comprehensive dashboard for organizations to manage their backups. Organizations can use multi-tiered backups to optimize cost while the dashboard provides role-based access control(RBAC) so administrators can delegate workload to easily handle a hybrid-cloud environment.
Prepare for the Future of Backup and Recovery
Modern backup and recovery solutions represent the future of enterprise backup solutions. Traditionally, businesses have relied on storing backups on disks and tapes with one of these backups kept offline. The approach was referred to as the 3-2-1-1-0 rule. Here there would be at least three copies of the data, stored on at least two different types of media. One of these copies would be kept in a remote location and one would be kept offline. The copies should have zero errors. While this approach works, it has its drawbacks.
Relying on physical storage can rack up expenses as the organization's data grows over time. Backups also require serious resources to maintain manually, and enterprises often don’t have the capabilities to manage this.
With Veeam Backup & Replication and Lyve Cloud, it's easy to store two copies of the backup on different media. And with Veeam Cloud Connect, enterprises keep a backup at a different location. While the perfect solution will always include an air-gapped backup, Veeam Cloud Connect with Insider Protection offers a good alternative.
Veeam also features continuous monitoring of all backups—along with malware scans—to make sure they are ready to kick in without fail.
Works with Multiloud and Single Platform Solutions.
Multi-cloud is one of the trickiest infrastructures to build and maintain. Done right, it’s the most cost-efficient and high performing. But because of the inherent difficulties of managing multiple solutions, most enterprises stay away from them. Organizations also struggle to gain complete visibility into their multi-cloud environments.
Because Lyve and Veeam were designed from the bottom up for multi-cloud environments, both work seamlessly with all the main cloud solutions. They work on physical and virtual machines and enterprise applications, too.
The solution duo offers a single platform to manage an organization’s entire backup and recovery even in a multi-cloud environment. Offering high-data agility and mobility, enterprises can use Lyve and Veeam to leverage a multi-cloud to its maximum.
Allows Flexible Deployment Options.
Veeam offers multiple deployment options that organizations can tailor to specific requirements. The solution is designed to work off- and on-site, and on machines dispersed around the globe. It’s highly scalable and can handle environments of all sizes and complexities.
In its most simple deployment, Veeam Backup & Recovery can be deployed on a single Windows machine. This works well to try out the solution or if the virtual environment is small. The single machine handles all the architecture roles, and coordinates and controls all jobs and scheduling activities.
For this scenario which is suitable for smaller enterprises, the Windows machine will also act as a backup proxy and the default backup repository where files are stored. With this arrangement, the solution will be capable of storing backups for small enterprises, but a single server may not be enough for large ones.
In this situation, organizations can go for advanced deployments. Here the different roles are distributed among dedicated backup components. The backup server itself acts as a manager for the entire backup infrastructure. This type of deployment has virtual infrastructure servers, backup servers, backup proxies, backup repositories, dedicated mount servers, and dedicated guest interaction proxies.
The advanced deployment scenario is designed to scale up as easily as your data protection requirements grow. Enterprises can expand the entire infrastructure in a matter of minutes and distribute the workload among the backup servers.
If an organization’s backup servers are set up in different geographic sites, they can adopt a distributed deployment scenario. For this, businesses use an enterprise manager which helps to manage and report on these servers through a web interface. The backup enterprise manager offers complete visibility into the distributed backup infrastructure. They can view and manage the different jobs and monitor the servers handling the tasks.
Hybrid and Multi-Cloud
With Veeam, organizations can back up their hybrid and multi-cloud environments through a single platform. When managing multiple cloud solutions, organizations often have to invest in more talent. Solutions from different vendors are rarely interoperable and require specific skill sets to manage them. Over time, the costs of multi-cloud may minimize the benefits.
This solution works seamlessly with products from different cloud vendors. The organization can bring together the backups for all of its cloud solutions under a single platform.
This approach simplifies licensing and pricing for multi-cloud environments. Instead of managing licenses for the backups of individual cloud solutions, you can just use Veeam and manage them through a single interface
With multi-cloud, it doesn’t take much for the prices to go out of hand. Even if you’ve got the pricing for the individual cloud solutions under control, the backup systems, disaster recovery systems, the solutions for security, and other products you use to keep these systems up can be too pricey. Of course, you’ll have to invest in the skillsets required for managing them.
But if you can bring all of these under one single platform, if you can just one system to support all of these different clouds, you can optimize the costs significantly.
Offers Standalone Module Support.
In most situations, Veeam manages the backup for an organization’s entire IT infrastructure with all servers and backups controlled centrally. But it also works with standalone modules.
In standalone mode, Veeam creates a complete backup for a single Windows system in a targeted location. Standalone mode can also work alongside a managed mode when the system is part of the overall infrastructure. The subsequent backups will be carried out in a separate location and be independent of the standalone backup.
Veeam offers this product for free, allowing enterprises to complete backups of individual systems on the local computer drive, a removable storage device, a shared network folder, or a Veeam backup and recovery repository. The solution also lets you create a recovery image of your computer on bootable media.
Standalone module support works on any Windows system including laptops, tablets, and desktop systems.
Unlike managed mode, standalone-related processes include manual steps such as installing the Windows agent manually on the system. And if the standalone backup fails for some reason, an admin must restart the process manually.
The standalone backup isn’t changed during incremental backups and can’t be removed later. It purely serves as a recovery point in case things go wrong, similar to saving a video. In the event a game crashes, the player restarts at the last saved point.
What Makes Veeam Different?
The main difference between Veeam and the competition is that it offers backup and recovery for an organization’s entire IT infrastructure. It can back up SaaS, virtual machines, cloud, physical, and Kubernetes workloads.
Unlike other solutions, Veeam empowers organizations to be agile in order to change backup and recovery approaches to match changing requirements and market conditions. It enables them to accelerate the move to the cloud and at the same time keep their options open. It allows organizations to migrate between different clouds and prevents vendor lock-in situations.
Relying on multiple products or solutions for a disaster recovery strategy is a thing of the past. Veeam offers a single-platform approach, which simplifies the process and makes it more efficient. It also prevents data siloes and offers comprehensive visibility into the data backup.
Unlike other competing solutions, Veeam offers a higher level of reliability due to its testing capabilities. The solution continuously scans data for malware before backing up plus tests the backups for errors.
Modular and Cloud-Native Options for Complete Cloud Mobility.
While Veeam works with AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, each of these components are available as individual modules,.so organizations can choose what they need. They offer modules for Microsoft 365, Salesforce, and Kubernetes as well. These modules work seamlessly with each other and can be managed through a single platform, allowing organizations to keep their data mobile. If the organization decides to opt for a different vendor or use a different solution, they can continue with Veeam for backup and recovery. It doesn’t contribute to a vendor lock-in situation where the organization is unable to shift to a new solution or provider.
Veeam is also completely cloud-native and allows organizations to leverage the benefits of a cloud-based backup system. Businesses can manage repositories dispersed geographically from a single interface and recover entire workloads instantly.
Software-Defined. Infrastructure Agnostic.
Veeam Backup & Replication is completely software-defined and works on different infrastructure platforms. It can back up and restore cloud workloads, physical and virtual machines, and applications instantly.
The solution’s infrastructure-agnostic nature means it can be used for public, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments to allow businesses to move seamlessly between them. Enterprises can optimize their cloud solutions for performance and cost by using multiple solutions.
The software-designed nature also means that organizations can scale their infrastructure without being held back by their software platforms. In most cases, as businesses expand, they need to invest more in the hardware to support it. Solutions that were working previously may not perform well or be as cost-effective, requiring a move to a different product or migration to a new vendor. If the backup and recovery systems cannot support this, the organization will have to investigate other solutions.
With Veeam data backup and recovery, an organization is not held back by performance and won’t be forced to continue with outdated solutions.
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