For this guide, we will be concentrating on our low-cost, high performance object storage solution, SoftNAS Cloud® SoftNAS® Essentials. Any of SoftNAS Cloud®SoftNAS®'s editions can be used for archive and backup purposes, but with SoftNAS Cloud® SoftNAS® Essential's focus on low-cost secondary tier storage, and improved object-storage performance, it presents an ideal balance for most customer backup and archive needs.
This solution contains the following components:
- Existing on premise data center or co-location
- Existing Veeam Backup solution
- Network connection – Azure ExpressRoute
- Azure Virtual Machine (DS4v2 or better)
- Azure Cool Blob Storage
- SoftNAS Cloud® ® Essentials
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® SoftNAS® Essentials. On Azure, the instance size should be DS15v12 or better in order to provide adequate performance.
Cool Blob Storage
Azure Cool Blob storage is the best selection for this architecture because of its low cost and the expectation that most of the data will be written and never read. If data is truly archive in nature, then this storage option provides the best value to hold these files.
SoftNAS Cloud® SoftNAS® 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.