The first aspect to consider when backing up your data with Veeam Cloud Connect is the type of backups you would like to run. You can do a direct backup of your production servers to your cloud repository or perform a backup copy job of your local backup files. Typically, iland recommends using the backup copy feature when backing up to a cloud repository. This allows you to copy your files off-site, without having to run a snapshot on the production servers themselves but it does require that you are backing up those servers locally.
Another consideration is your bandwidth and network congestion. Obviously, the more bandwidth you have, the quicker you can complete a backup. A good rule of thumb is to assume that one terabyte of data will take about 24 hours to transfer with a 100Mb connection. If you have a large amount of data to backup but a low bandwidth connection, you may want to plan for the first job to take a few days. During a deployment with iland, we can help you plan and account for your initial backups with your available bandwidth. Keep in mind that your end users will also be using this bandwidth during production hours. If your users work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., it may be best to plan your backups to begin after 5:00 p.m. This allows for more bandwidth to be allocated to the backups.
You will also want to account for your backup retention policy and the storage needed to fulfill that policy. With Veeam Cloud Connect, you are able to configure how many backups you want to keep off-site. You can keep a backup chain of two or more restore points that run daily or periodically throughout the day. You can also configure the job to save archival backups at a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly interval. For instance, you could backup every night for seven days – giving you the ability to restore from any of the last seven days. On top of this seven-day retention, you can also save a backup every week or year to retain data for a longer period of time in just one backup. These archival backups do consume a significant amount of data. So, the retention strategy and storage requirements needed for your retention policy should be considered. The iland Cloud Services team can help provide you with storage estimates based on your data retention needs.