Organizations struggle with managing vast amounts of data, including backups. Cloud backup is one of the fastest growing technologies being adopted. SoftNAS Cloud® accelerates object storage I/O performance to near the levels of native cloud block storage, but at a significantly lower cost. Enterprises can deploy SoftNAS Cloud® flexibly, either on-premises or via public cloud providers to achieve superior TCO for secondary data: cloud backup, disaster recovery and cloud archive repositories.
This solution enables mounting a cloud-based NFS backup repository from on-premises, overcoming the usual performance gaps with slow cloud gateways and making Veeam synthetic full merges fly in the cloud.
This solution contains the following components:
Direct Connect or ExpressRoute
A direct, high speed network connection between your host system and the cloud is recommended for best results. Data must be transferred quickly and reliably whenever needed/scheduled.
A virtual machine with a 10 GBe network is required to host SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials. On Azure, the instance size should be DS15v12 or better, and on AWS, M4.xlarge or better, in order to provide adequate performance.
Cool Blob or AWS S3 Storage
AWS S3 or Azure Cool Blob storage are the best selections for this architecture because of their low cost and the expectation that most of the data will be written and never read. If data is truly archive in nature, then these storage options provide the best value to hold these files.
SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials
SoftNAS Cloud® Essentials is a software defined storage appliance providing the file path for Veeam archive storage to Object Storage in the Cloud. Without this storage appliance the translation and data packaging would not occur and this solution would not function. SoftNAS provides the critical connectivity and integration between Veeam and the Cloud Platform of your choice.
Benefits of ObjFast™ Technology
Unless optimized, backup operations can overload the backend cloud object system, resulting in 500 errors. These errors in turn require processing power to handle, which can cause a synthetic Full Backup to take up to 11 times longer than an on-premise backup. This has long been a factor in reducing cloud adoption for backup solutions.
With SoftNAS Cloud's ObjFast™ optimization in place, data flow is controlled, maintaining an optimal transfer rate, preventing 500 errors from derailing your backup process. With SoftNAS, Synthetic Full Backups only take 1.5 times longer than on premises solutions, removing one barrier to enjoying the cost benefits of cloud adoption.
Veeam Backups: General Guidance
If creating a backup solution using Veeam, SoftNAS recommends that a read cache be configured, sized at a minimum of 10% of the backup job in question (the data transferred in a given backup operation). See Configuring the Read Cache and Write Log for more information.
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