Capacity tier is an additional tier of storage that can be attached to a scale-out backup repository. Data from the scale-out backup repository performance extents can be transported to the capacity tier for long-term storage.
This feature is most useful in the following cases:
- You are running out of storage space.
- Your organization policies allow you to store only a certain amount of data on your extents, while the outdated data should be stored elsewhere.
- You seek to store data on several sites to ensure its safety in case of a disaster.
With capacity tier, you can perform the following operations:
- Move inactive backup chains to capacity extents, as described in section Moving Backups to Capacity Tier and Manually Moving Backups to Capacity Tier.
- Copy new backup files as soon as these files are created, as described in section Copying Backups to Capacity Tier.
- Download data that was moved from capacity extents back to the performance extents, as described in section Downloading Data from Capacity Tier.
- Restore your data. For more information, see Restore from Capacity Tier. In particular, you can promptly restore data from the capacity tier in case of disaster without creating a scale-out backup repository anew. For more information about this feature, see Importing Object Storage Backups.
The capacity tier consists of multiple capacity extents. The capacity extent can be either a cloud-based object storage repository or on-premises object storage repository, such as:
- S3-compatible object storage repository
- Amazon S3
- AWS Snowball Edge
- Microsoft Azure Blob storage
- Microsoft Azure Data Box
- IBM Cloud Object Storage
- Google Cloud Object Storage
- Wasabi Cloud Object Storage
Before an object storage repository can be configured as the capacity extent, it must be added to Veeam Backup & Replication. For more information, see Adding Object Storage Repositories.
The capacity extents are displayed in the scale-out backup repository wizard, on the Capacity Tier step.
For information on configuring capacity tier and synchronizing capacity tier data, see Add Capacity Tier.
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