There’s a Veeam in Western Digital’s ActiveScale eye

Veeam’s backup Cloud Tier can use Western Digital’s object-storing ActiveScale box as a target data store.

The idea is to make longer-term backup storage cheaper by moving it away from more expensive direct backup-to-disk targets to ActiveScale.

Cloud Tier is Veeam’s term for older backup data moved to AWS S3, Azure Blob or on-premises object storage. It is not separate archiving as the backups are still accessible via metadata references in the local backup store.

ActiveScale is an S3-compatible object storage array. It scales from 500TB to 49PB in one namespace and offers a claimed 19 nines data durability – 99.99999999999999999 per cent. Blocks & Files thinks this equates to a 1 in 9 quintillion chance that a data object will be lost, but our eyes glazed over as we counted the 9s.

ActiveScale P100.

Western Digital has joined the Veeam Alliance Partner Program as part of its arrangement with Veeam.

Three more points:

  • A Unified Data Access feature offers file access protocols as well as object access.
  • ActiveScale use by Cloud Tier requires Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 Update 4.
  • Cloud Tier also supports Western Digital’s IntelliFlash all-flash arrays, the acquired Tegile technology.