You can use Infinidat InfiniGuard appliances as backup repositories.
Infinidat InfiniGuard Deduplication
Infinidat InfiniGuard appliances use Infinidat InfiniGuard data deduplication technology. During backup data transfer, Infinidat InfiniGuard analyses blocks in a data stream. Instead of copying redundant data blocks Infinidat InfiniGuard uses reference pointers to existing blocks on the storage device.
To communicate with Infinidat Infiniguard, Veeam Backup & Replication uses two Veeam Data Movers that are responsible for data processing and transfer:
- Veeam Data Mover on the VMware backup proxy
- Veeam Data Mover on the Infinidat InfiniGuard appliance
Infinidat InfiniGuard does not host the Veeam Data Mover permanently. When any task addresses a Infinidat InfiniGuard storage, Veeam Backup & Replication deploys and starts Veeam Data Mover on the Infinidat InfiniGuard system.
Veeam Data Mover establishes a connection with Veeam Data Mover on the VMware backup proxy, enabling efficient data transfer over LAN or WAN.
Since Veeam Backup & Replication version 12, deduplicating storage appliances use the TLS connection. You can disable the TLS connection with a registry value for the deduplicating storage appliances that do not support the TLS connection. For more information, see this Veeam KB article.
Backup Repository Configuration
Configure Infinidat InfiniGuard backup repositories in the following way:
- Create at least one share on each Infinidat InfiniGuard appliance. Enable VDMS (Veeam Data Mover Service) for the created share. Leave default compression and deduplication settings for the share.
When adding credentials for Infinidat InfiniGuard, use only lower case symbols for the user name.
- Configure Infinidat InfiniGuard backup repositories and point them at the created shares on each Infinidat InfiniGuard appliance. Set the Limit maximum concurrent tasks to N option to 10 tasks. This limit can be tuned up or down with assistance from Infinidat InfiniGuard Customer Support.
When you add Infinidat InfiniGuard servers to the Veeam backup infrastructure, make sure that you use the UPN format for an Active Directory account user name (for example, firstname.lastname@example.org), and enter the user name in lowercase letters only.
Backup Job Configuration
For the backup jobs, use the forward incremental backup method. We recommend that you enable synthetic full and schedule them to run on a weekly basis. Also, enable active full backups and schedule them to run on a monthly basis. For more information, see Backup Settings. We recommend that you do not enable encryption for the jobs targeted at the deduplication storage appliance. Encryption has a negative effect on the deduplication ratio. For more information, see Data Encryption.