6 reasons why Scality
is the best object storage
for Veeam v12 backups
The #1 Gartner-ranked object store for backup* joins forces with Veeam for bulletproof ransomware protection, data immutability and operational efficiency — without sacrificing flexibility or performance.
*2022 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage
Never-fail restores with 100% system uptime
The reality is 58% of backups fail.* To maintain business continuity and operations, backup restores must be fast, predictable and reliable.
When your organization’s data is on the line, your backup solution must be incredibly resilient and fault-tolerant. Uptime is everything.
Tape, appliances, and the cloud all have serious disadvantages for Veeam backups.
While tape has a role to play in offsite and air-gapped backup copies and long-term archives, it is not without its troubles for modern backup needs. Tape can be a headache to manage as keeping tapes reliable for the long term means periodically rewriting data. Tape drives can become obsolete or unsupported over time, making tapes created on older drives difficult or impossible to read. These drawbacks conspire to negate tape’s cost advantages.
Backup appliances typically have a single point of failure if not purchased in pairs, resulting in double the cost. They also have a severe performance penalty for restoring data versus backing up data.
The cloud conundrum
Cloud backups are fine for a backup copy, but restoring from cloud storage is slow. Don’t count on it for immediate restore needs, especially from cold storage services such as Amazon S3 Glacier and Azure Archive Storage — their performance SLAs are measured in hours.
Scality never fails, thanks to:
No-SPOF, distributed software solutions that tolerate all kinds of failures and deliver up to 14 nines of data durability
Ability to geo-stretch for site-level fault tolerance and mirror to a secondary system for super high levels of availability (second system remains available if the first fails)
Premium Scale Care Services offering provides remote monitoring and proactive issue detection + resolution with a 100% uptime guarantee/SLA
4 to 8x faster restores than traditional backup solutions
Every stat on downtime tells one simple story: Avoid it at all costs — or it’ll cost you.
When you’re evaluating backup storage solutions, performance is a critical measure of effectiveness and value.
With Scality, your most critical services can be restored in less than 5 minutes
How do you figure?
Let’s say, for example, Veeam needs to restore 100 VMs of 30GB each, 50% dedupe/compression ratio…
Assuming 6GB/sec restore throughput (Scality can exceed this), Veeam can restore the 100 VMs in < 5 minutes
Assuming 3GB/sec restore throughput, Veeam can restore the 100 VMs in < 10 minutes
How much does downtime cost enterprises per hour?*
for 91% of enterprises
for 44% of enterprises
higher costs for companies with frequent downtime
Before business was 24×7, enterprise IT performed backups during a nightly “backup window” when business was quiet. Today’s data needs have shrunk that window to near zero, making speed mission-critical.
The faster the backups, the more data can be backed up in limited time — and when restores are required, the faster the throughput, the faster operations are back up and running.
Performance of Scality for Veeam backups
Backup/restore throughput of 80 TB/ hour over S3
Assuming standard six-node architecture, 50% dedupe/compression ratio from backup application
The same throughput for backup and restores
Not the case for backup appliances!
Easily scaled out throughput
Simply add more servers as the number and size of backup jobs increases
1 platform for many workloads
Run multiple backup jobs simultaneously into one Scality deployment — we thrive on high aggregate throughput workloads
4 to 8x faster restore than traditional solutions
Scality can do 80 TB/hour, for both backups and restores — that’s 4x faster than a leading backup vendor’s largest appliance and 8x faster than their small and medium-sized appliances.
And, unlike appliance solutions, Scality doesn’t suffer a restore performance penalty.
Here’s how the math works…
Backup appliance vendors quote peak throughput numbers up to 20-30 TB/hour for their largest and most expensive configurations. They claim even higher levels of performance through data reduction (compression and deduplication) at the source of the backups, which ultimately sends less data to the storage solution.
Reassembling deduplicated data in backup appliances causes major overhead and negative impact on restore performance — as little as 10% but up to 75% lower restore vs. backup performance.
Given this, the largest appliance solutions commonly restore data at speeds under 20 TB/hour (and less than half of that for smaller solutions). This reality gives Scality a clear 4 to 8x performance advantage for critical restore operations.
Multi-level, immutable ransomware protection for zero data loss
Immutability is widely recognized as a must-have in the fight against ransomware because it effectively safeguards data from any deletion or modification (whether it be malicious or accidental).
A note of caution: Not all object storage vendors support true immutability. As you’re vetting solutions, ensure that S3 Object Lock is supported.
By partnering with Veeam, Scality solutions provide for truly air-gapped, tamper-proof backup data that stays immune to ransomware — offering a robust and quick recovery path in the event you are attacked.
Scality is the only software-defined object storage partner supporting the complete set of Veeam v12 features:
- Direct-to-object storage: Take full advantage of the trusted immutability and unlimited scalability of object storage without sacrificing backup performance.
- Smart Object Storage API: Streamline the most demanding data environments with increased ease of use, visibility and manageability of data. Simplified storage tiering is optimized for both performance and capacity without compromise.
Scality protects data against ransomware with 5 levels of unbreakable cyber resiliency
- Amazon S3 object locking immutability with configurable data retention policies and compliance mode
- Veeam v12 “Direct to object” backups and SOSAPI support, plus automated enforcement of validated IAM access control policies
Network & data resiliency
- Secure HTTPS/TLS S3 termination and AES 256-bit data encryption-at-rest with KMS
- Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for secure UI logins, plus automated firewall rules on deployment
- Distributed erasure coding renders data indecipherable to low-level and data exfiltration attacks; metadata in secure repository on intrinsically immutable object storage layer
- Scale-out from TB to 100PB+ with 14 nines data protection and self-healing
Geographic replication resiliency
- Async replication to separate security and management domain for “air-gapped” offsite storage
- Eliminates the “all data in one place” problem
Core architecture-level resiliency
- Integrated, security-hardened Linux operating system precludes root access, reduces exposure to CVEs to limit a wide range of attack threats
Want more ransomware protection and recovery tips?
For more ransomware protection and recovery best practices, download Gartner’s report:
How to Protect Backup Systems From Ransomware Attacks.
Master the 3-2-1-1 rule with a single-vendor object storage backup solution
The 3-2-1 backup rule has long been embraced. Now it’s been replaced with an upgrade to ensure the recoverability of modern, mission-critical data.
Three different copies of data (primary)
The upgraded 3-2-1 backup rule helps you confidently address any failure scenario or ransomware attack — and, thanks to Scality, it just got far easier to master.
Scality simplifies the backup tiers of 3-2-1-1 with a single-vendor solution for performance, capacity and offsite copies. By leveraging Scality’s scale-out capabilities for each tier, silos are a thing of the past.
Note: As of Veeam Data Platform v12, Scality’s products support 3 tiers: performance, capacity and long-term retention, which gives customers the ultimate flexibility to deploy the architecture best suited for their needs.
Scality object storage is the only solution validated with Veeam v12 for each backup tier in 3-2-1-1
Immutable performance tier
with direct-to-object backups
Immutable capacity tier
with scale-out object
Immutable offsite long-term retention tier
for monthly/yearly backups
50% faster and more efficient Microsoft 365 backups
Veeam officially recommends S3 object storage for Microsoft 365 backups. Why?
Because far less storage capacity is required on S3 object storage than on simple block-based storage — this is due to Veeam data
block sizes and more effective use of compression on the backups sent to object storage, which also has a commensurate impact on performance.
Benefits of Scality S3 object storage for Microsoft 365 backups
IDC reports that Scality customers enjoy 59% TCO savings and much more…
Unlike other solutions that are simply not cost-effective at scale, especially for long-term storage, Scality delivers substantial savings.
IDC interviewed real-world customers about the impact of Scality of their storage costs, IT operations, and business activities. The results revealed transformational benefits.
The real-world business value of Scality
reduction in total cost of ownership
5-year return on investment
more efficient IT infrastructure staff
more storage capacity available
reduced cost of storage capacity
faster IT agility to deploy new storage
more productive analytics teams
more productive end users
See what enterprise customers say about Scality
Download IDC’s research paper to see the full results of their interviews.
“Hands down, Scality is the best backup target to keep data safe and immutable. It’s the ultimate ‘insurance plan’…”
Your data is invaluable.
Backup to the best.
Protect your backup data with confidence using Scality’s time-tested immutable architecture to eliminate silos and simplify management.
No data loss
Unbreakable ransomware protection
Flexible hardware + software integrations
Cost-effective disaster recovery solutions
Unbeatable peace of mind
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