Quantum and Veeam Just Keep Getting Better Together

December 19th, 2017
Quantum and Veeam Just Keep Getting Better Together

In the world of backup and recovery, deduplication appliances have always had a great purpose in keeping large amounts of data for long periods of time.  From the backup software perspective, Veeam has continued to grow as the platform of choice for virtual environments.

Quantum has recently announced some new integration with Veeam, in the form of Data Mover software for DXi and also the iBlade for Scalar libraries that both integrate very nicely.  For now, I would like to focus on the data mover.  The Veeam Data Mover is a piece of software that runs directly on the DXi and performs some of the processing for Veeam Backup and Replication software.  By running the target data mover directly on the DXi, some of the backup and restore operations within Veeam are much more efficient and happen quickly.  The backup data is sent by the Veeam backup server to the data mover, which in turn writes to an NFS share on the DXi for deduplication, compression, and eventually storage.

Configuration is straightforward, and requires only a few steps.  There are a few prerequisites that must be met, which are listed below:

  1. A Veeam License is required, and must be installed on the DXi
  2. The DXi system must be running at least version of 3.4 firmware
  3. A memory upgrade may be required on the DXi
  4. The DXi must have NAS support

My focus for this article is on configuration of the Veeam Data Mover integration, so any of the above listed requirements for the DXi can be addressed by your local Quantum reseller.

The first step that must be configured on the DXi is to create the NAS share.  Create a new NFS NAS share with deduplication enabled.  If replication is needed, the option is there to use Quantum replication, which can easily be configured on the share as well.  Once the share is added, there is a new tab in the 3.4 firmware called “Application Environment”.  By checking the “Enable Veeam” box and entering a new password, the DXi software will build the data mover environment.  That’s it – a few simple commands and the DXi is ready for Veeam.

Now that the DXi is ready as a target for the data, we must configure Veeam to send it there.  In the Backup Infrastructure tab, add a new Linux server.  Use the name (or ip address) associated with a data port on the DXi  and add the associated credentials that were specified during the Quantum configuration.  This will add the newly created data mover as a managed Linux server within Veeam.

Next, once again go to the Backup Infrastructure tab and add a new Backup Repository.  The specified type for this repository will be Linux Server.  When you add the server, and the path screen is displayed, click populate and then click next to move to the Repository folder path.  Click “Browse” and drill down to the newly created NFS NAS share on the DXi.  Make sure to select Decompress backup data blocks and Use per-VM backup files.  Default settings can be used for the rest of the wizard.

Once completed, you will have successfully created a new Veeam Repository on the Quantum DXi which resembles the diagram below:

The finished product is not only an extremely efficient way to backup and store virtual machines, but also for recovery as well.  You’ve got Quantum DXI with the StorNext data management software to maximize efficiency, as well as the industry leading variable length deduplication technology.  Combined with Veeam to manage the backup and recovery process as well as move the data, it doesn’t get any better.  Recovery of virtual machines, whether that be instant recovery or individual files, is just as easy and efficient.  Protecting your virtual machine data has never been easier.

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