How To Use IBM Cloud Object Storage with Veeam

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Veeam now integrates with IBM Cloud Object Storage

As you may have heard, Veeam 9.5u4 now includes an integration with IBM Cloud Object Storage—a service offered through IBM Cloud that makes it possible to store practically limitless amounts of data simply, securely, and cost-effectively. This integration can result in up to 10x savings on long-term data retention and an overall reduction in IT and primary storage costs. In this post, I’m going to show you how to set up a backup object storage repository within the Veeam interface. You will be able to create a Scale out Backup Repository and set a policy within the Veeam user interface to automate moving backups from the performance tier to Cloud Object Storage (capacity tier) once the files age out of the required operational restore window.

Note: The steps here are dependent on already having ordered Veeam. If you have not ordered Veeam, you can do so here. 

Getting started with Cloud Object Storage

Object Storage can be ordered completely self-service via the IBM Cloud Catalog.

  1. Log in to your IBM Cloud Account at and navigate to the Object Storage service tile in the IBM Cloud Catalog:
  2. Click to provision a Standard instance of Cloud Object Storage. This plan does not limit your amount of storage and you only pay for what you use. (Note: If you are on a Lite Plan, you will need to upgrade to a Paygo or Subscription Plan.):
  3. Navigate to the Buckets tab on the left nav and create a Bucket to store your data:
    • Type in a unique bucket name.
    • Choose your resiliency. We recommend Regional for use with Veeam as best practices, but you can choose your desired input based on your use case:
      • Cross Region: Data is stored across three regions within a geography for highest availability and resiliency.
      • Regional: Data is stored in multiple data center facilities within a single geographic region for best availability and performance.
      • Single Site: Data is stored across multiple devices in a single data center for when data locality matters most.
    • Choose your location. This is where your data will reside. For a complete list of worldwide locations, please visit:
    • Choose your storage class. We recommend Cold Vault for backups with Veeam, but you can choose your desired input based on your use case:
      • Standard for data with active workloads.
      • Vault for less-active workloads.
      • Cold Vault for cold workloads.
      • Flex for dynamic workloads.
  4. Create a set of Service Credentials with HMAC enabled. You will need to capture the access key and the secret key:
  5. Once your bucket is created, you will need to open up the Veeam console to create an Object Storage repository. Select Object storage:
  6. Select IBM Cloud Object Storage:
  7. Name your backup repository:
  8. Type in the endpoint based on your bucket’s location (viewable in COS UI), type in the region’s name, and input your service credentials:
  9. Attach the bucket:
  10. You have completed the creation of an Object storage repository within Veeam:

You are now ready to start tiering off data to Cloud Object Storage, a resilient and secure data solution that will result in lower costs for your business.

More info

For more details on Veeam, please click here. For more documentation, please click here. If you would like to learn more about IBM Cloud Object Storage, please click here.

Offering Manager, Cloud Object Storage

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