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In my blog, Veeam Cloud Connect Backup: Storage Optimization, I covered methods for estimating the sizing requirements for your Veeam Cloud Connect backup storage repository.
The next step is to optimize the ongoing management of your storage to ensure an uninterrupted backup process. Let’s take a look at the key considerations for Veeam Cloud Connect storage management.
Managing Your Veeam Cloud Storage Repository
Once you have an idea of the size of your backups and how many you will need to retain, you should start to prepare for growth. Over time, servers in production tend to grow in size, which causes the backup sizes to increase. In my examples of the Local Backup and Backup Copy files, the incremental file sizes began to increase. In my lab, I added files to my servers to simulate this growth in data and how it reflects on both the backup jobs. You may even begin adding more servers to your backup copy jobs as your production environment grows. It’s a good idea to frequently check in on your cloud repository usage.
In Veeam, under the Backup Infrastructure tab, you can click on the Backup Repositories icon to view your available storage. In the Type column, you can view which repository is a cloud repository. As we can see, my cloud repository only has 25GB, and after running my backups, I have 5.8GB free. There’s not much going on in my lab, but if I wanted to add more servers to my backups, I would need to add more storage.
Our console also includes helpful altering features. One that is particularly beneficial for backup storage management is our Custom Storage Alerts. Here, you can configure an alerting threshold at a certain percentage of storage used. In my screenshot, I have set my threshold to 80% of my total cloud repository space. Once this threshold is hit, the console will send your user a message via the console interface and email.
You may find that you are either using more or less data than expected. If you notice through the console that you have extra space that is not needed, you can create a ticket with 11:11’s Technical Support team. They will work with you on lowering your repository storage quota and updating the contract correspondingly to lower monthly costs.
However, if you set up a storage alert that passes its threshold amount or you need to add more servers to your backups, you may need to increase storage. Under the Dashboard view in the 11:11 Cloud Console, you can click the “Add Storage” button and use this to generate a task to increase your cloud repository storage. Clicking the “Add Storage” button will open a wizard where you can select the amount you need to add in 500GB increments. Once this request is submitted, a task is generated within 11:11 to increase the storage amount for your cloud repository.
With 11:11 Cloud Backup for Veeam Cloud Connect, we try to make storage optimization and management as easy and effective as possible. If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding estimating your cloud storage requirements for Veeam Cloud Connect or optimizing storage usage over time, please do not hesitate to reach out to an 11:11 engineer.