Backup to Cloud - How to Deliver Backup-as-a-Service for VMware Environments
Backup-as-a-Service has long been a key offering for colocation hosting companies, being the most popular service
that SMB customers request and bringing the most revenue. With the advent of mainstream virtualization, SMBs
started to look for backup and disaster recovery services enabling them to protect and restore VMware VMs in
a service provider (cloud) environment.
Many hosting, managed service, and cloud service provider companies have recognized this need and
updated their infrastructures to provide VMware VM backup, replication, and disaster recovery in
their cloud environments. The reason for such investment is simple: Backup-as-a-Service is getting
more and more popular and allows cloud providers to upsell other services to SMBs.
SMB Requirements for VMware Backup and Disaster Recovery
All data protection best practices insist that you keep at least one copy of valuable data offsite,
and clouds provide a reliable and affordable solution. However, SMBs often prefer to work with a
local cloud provider (which is their first requirement) rather than with a famous international
giant like Amazon or Google. This is because local providers usually customize services to the
client needs, keep the data close and in the same country, and finally, there is this comforting
feeling of someone close who you can call and have your issues resolved.
In choosing a cloud service provider for VMware backup, SMBs are looking for an intuitive solution,
which is secure, runs fast, and enables them to recover files, application objects, and entire VMs.
Specifically, they are interested in what impact cloud backup will have on their VMware environment,
how their data is separated from other tenants, and how fast they can recover should the need arise.
At the same time, many SMBs would like to run recoveries for themselves, without having to rely on
resources of the cloud provider.
Costs associated with Backup-as-a-Service is an important factor as well – many SMBs feel that cloud
backup is expensive - so an affordable pricing is a must.
Cloud Provider Requirements for VMware Backup and Disaster Recovery
As a cloud service provider, you need a solution that can help reduce your deployment costs, administration
overhead, and complexity for the customer, so you can improve your margins and overall growth. Selecting
a solution that is built from the ground up with a distributed multi-threaded architecture is the
best approach to enable and accelerate your business growth. As your cloud service business grows,
the backup solution’s scalability will also become a factor in continuing to rapidly expand your business.
To deliver on customer requirements and stay competitive, the solution for delivering Backup-as-a-Service
must have modest resource utilization, and support for multi-client management from a single pane of glass.
Network acceleration and data reduction techniques (de-duplication and compression) are also helpful to
keep storage utilization low.
Delivering VM Backup-as-a-Service in the Cloud with NAKIVO
The Cloud Provider edition of NAKIVO Backup & Replication has been built for delivering VM Backup-as-a-Service
in clouds environments. Here are some the key capabilities that you get with the product:
NAKIVO Backup & Replication is designed to seamlessly plug into Delivering VM Backup-as-a-Service in the
Cloud with NAKIVO SMB and cloud virtual environments running on VMware. The product can be installed on
Windows, Linux, or deployed as a pre-configured Virtual Appliance. All required product components –
such as the database – are built-in and are installed automatically. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is
purely agentless, so there are no agents to deploy and configure on source VMs or ESXi hosts.
From start to finish, it takes less than 10 minutes to install and configure the product for a customer.
NAKIVO was first to market with multi-tenancy for VMware backup and replication, enabling the management
of multiple cloud backup tenants (clients) under a single pane of glass. The multi-tenancy feature
securely isolates tenants along with their data, all under a single pane of glass and product deployment.
In the Multi-Tenant mode, clients can access the self-service portal and perform VM backup, replication, and
recovery for themselves, without your involvement. You can also individually enable or disable self-service
for each tenant, and adjust the level of data protection control.
The Cloud Provider edition enables clients to back up their VMware VMs locally, as well as store them in
your cloud for disaster recovery. This combination of local backups for operational recovery and cloud
backups for disaster recovery enables SMBs to restore their business processes quickly and within their
recovery time objectives (RTOs).
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, files and Microsoft Exchange objects (such as emails) can be instantly
recovered directly from compressed and de-duplicated VM backups.
If an entire VM is accidentally damaged or deleted, it can be recovered from a NAKIVO replica or backup,
in just a few clicks. The recovered VM will appear on the ESXi host that you selected for recovery and
will be in exactly the same state as it was during backup or replication.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication architecture is optimized for performance: network acceleration speeds up data
transfer by 2X, Changed Block Tracking instantly identifies what data has changed since the last run,
and multi-threading enables processing multiple VMs at the same to reduce the backup and replication time.
In addition, all jobs are forever-incremental, so there’s no need to run full backups periodically.
Additionally, you can deploy a Transporter (a component responsible for data transfer and processing) on a
Linux server with TBs of storage to create a high performance low cost data protection repository for your backups.
Storage Space Reduction
The product automatically de-duplicates backed up data, saving only unique data blocks to the backup repository.
The de-duplication works across entire backup repository (unlike in some other solutions where deduplication
works only at the job level). On top of that, the de-duplicated blocks are compressed to ensure that the
least amount of space is used. This combination results in up to a 30x reduction in the space required to
NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a modular solution which can be installed on a single Windows or
Linux machine to support small and mid-size workloads, as well as can scale out with your business
to support a large multi-site deployment with 10,000+ VMs.
Load Balancing and High Availability
In large and multi-site deployments, load balancing of solution components and high availability are especially
important. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can perform self-backup and self-replication of its management
instance (Director) to ensure fast recovery of tenants and their jobs in case of a disaster.
The product automatically distributes workload among available components (Transporters) and
keeps them highly available, to ensure that Backup-as-a-Service is delivered to customers
even if one or more Transporters are lost or unavailable.
Flexible Licensing Scheme
For qualified Cloud Providers, the product can be licensed on a per-socket perpetual or per-VM monthly
rental basis. If you choose the per-VM licensing model, you can increase or decrease the number of
licensed VMs once per month.
With the Cloud Provider edition of NAKIVO Backup & Replication you can deliver VMware Backup-as-a-Service
to clients more easily and cost-effectively with higher performance than any other solution on the market.
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