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Backup Architecture

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The backup infrastructure in a VMware vSphere environment comprises the following components:

One or more source hosts with associated datastores

One or more backup proxy servers

One or more backup repositories

The source host and the repository produce two terminal points between which VM data is moved. Backup data is collected, transformed and transferred with the help of Veeam transport services. Veeam Backup & Replication uses two-service architecture — one Veeam transport service controls interaction with the source host during data transfer and the other one controls interaction with the backup repository. The Veeam transport services communicate with each other and maintain a stable connection. All backup infrastructure components engaged in the job make up a data pipe. VM data is moved over this data pipe block by block, so that processing of a single VM includes multiple processing cycles.

When a new backup session is started, the target-side Veeam transport service obtains the job instructions and communicates with the source-side Veeam transport service to begin data collection.

1.The source-side Veeam transport service copies VM data from the snapshot using one of VMware transport modes, as prescribed by the backup proxy server settings. While copying, the source-side Veeam transport service performs additional processing — it consolidates the content of virtual disks by filtering out overlapping snapshot blocks, zero data blocks and blocks of swap files. During incremental job runs, the Veeam transport service retrieves only those data blocks that have changed since the previous job run. Copied blocks of data are compressed and moved from the source-side Veeam transport service to the target-side transport service.

2.The target-side Veeam transport service deduplicates similar blocks of data and writes the result to the backup file in the backup repository.

Veeam Backup & Replication supports a number of backup scenarios that depend on the type of repository you use and its location. For details, see Backup Repository.

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