Cloud Tier: Recommended Usage & Proper Configuration

The Veeam Cloud Tier (also referred to as Capacity Tier, and in early beta format was called Archive Tier) is a mechanism to MOVE the oldest Veeam backups to a Cloud Tier with ‘unlimited’ capacity; it isn’t designed or intended to COPY the most recent Veeam backup sets offsite. This is an important distinction because using the Cloud Tier in a way that is inconsistent with its design can result in a gap in data protection and leave an organization open to unplanned risk and data loss in the event of a disaster, ransomware or other catastrophic event.

The 3-2-1 rule is the defacto guideline set by Veeam for proper backup and data protection:

  • Have at least three copies of your data.
  • Store the copies on two different media.
  • Keep one backup copy offsite.

What Cloud Tier Is:

The Veeam Cloud Tier is a great addition and complement to the 3-2-1 rule as it addresses the need to protect large and longer-term data sets (GFS retention points for example) that were previously cost prohibitive and cumbersome to store inside a Veeam Cloud Connect repository.

The intended design of Veeam Cloud Tier is in conjunction with Veeam Cloud Connect to enhance functionality for the entire data footprint of an organization:

  • Align the value of protection to the type of data
  • Support a range of RTO’s and RPO’s demanded by today’s organizations

What Cloud Tier is not:

It’s important to address a commonly asked question head-on: Is it possible to tweak Veeam settings and use the Veeam Cloud Tier to emulate Veeam Cloud Connect. Although its possible do this, the outcome will result in some or all of the following:

  • Risk putting your organization outside of compliance and regulatory requirements
  • Generation of an active, full backup set nightly
  • Much greater consumption of local storage
  • Limited backup / restore points both locally and offsite
  • High RTO’s and RPO’s for data inside the defined operational restore window that was prematurely pushed offsite

Contact us and one of our certified Veeam Expert (VASP, VMCE, VMCE-Advanced) will cover best practices, questions, specific scenarios and other use cases addressed by the Veeam Cloud Tier.