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Cisco + Veeam
Better Together

“The IT world is changing
fundamentally at the moment.
New technologies like the Internet
of Things and modern industry are
resulting in massive data growth
in data centers. It is becoming
more important to guarantee the
Availability of the critical data that
companies depend on to power
their business. Therefore, it is
imperative customer partner with
industry-proven technologies like
Veeam with Cisco to meet their
strategic IT goals. These tests show
that the combination of Veeam and
Cisco delivers a joint solution that
maximizes the performance and
efficiency of backups in customers’
data centers.”
Stefan Renner,
EMEA Alliance Systems Engineer,
Veeam

Thrive in the era of data growth
Maximize backup performance with
Veeam Backup & Replication and Cisco
C3x60 storage server
Summary
In lab performance testing at Cisco labs in Copenhagen, Veeam® Backup & Replication™
and the Cisco C3160 high-density storage server proved to be a robust solution that
meets the performance needs of today’s modern data center. The testing objective
was to determine the best RAID and job configuration for Veeam Backup & Replication
in combination with Cisco C3x60 servers in a real-world environment. Test results
determined that a single C3160 server node achieves 1,100 MB/s throughput while
leveraging Veeam deduplication and compression. Test results also showed linear
scaling as we added addition jobs and concurrent tasks until reaching the 10 Gbit/s
backend Ethernet configuration limit.

Testing Environment and Setup

The performance test involved the following components
VMware ESXi 5.5
60 VMs, each with > 60 GB used disk space
1 Cisco C3160 storage server with Windows Server 2012R2

RAID controller with 4 GB BBWC

12 cores and 256 GB RAM

2x 480 GB local SSD in RAID1 for OS, 28x NL-SAS disks for a backup repository

Veeam Backup & Replication v8, Update 2
Veeam proxy and repository servers in combination
Different backup target tests included:

One RAID60 target (2x 11+2): One large Veeam repository with all available
disks and two spare disks, built with RAID60 on the internal RAID controller
of the C3160 server. Configured as a single backup repository to simulate
an environment requiring much space Note: One failed disk will influence
all jobs and remaining disks and rebuild will take more time.

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customers get a validated. setup that very easy and quick to deploy and configure. IT administrators must invest heavily in both time and money to determine an optimal setup for a backup and recovery solution. utilize a RAID60 configuration.” Bjarne Madsen. When a single large repository is preferable. 1x 12+2 Disks) 1 Global HotSpare 1x RAID 60 (2x 11+2) 2 Global HotSpare Comment When starting with a C3x60 and the minimum amount of disks. optimized for excellent performance. Cisco Systems Multiple RAID6 targets (1x 12 + 2. The tests used RAID60 and RAID6 configurations to observe the performance behavior during disk failures and to record performance differences between each configuration. even with networkbased backup mode. Results: The tests showed that the best job-to-disk ratio is three concurrent jobs per 13 – 14 disks. Too often. While performing the different tests. All rights reserved. Our jointly-tested. Best practice with the best balance of performance/protection is to use the RAID6 configuration.1+1=3 Cisco + Veeam Better Together • “The need for backup will always be necessary for most of the customers’ data. In the environment. However. CPU cores and/or concurrent tasks. validated design is documented in a publicly available Reference Architecture to ensure a valid. With Veeam and Cisco UCS c3x60 hardware. With this ratio. we saw a linear increase of the throughput when adding more disks. 1x 11+2): Two RAID6 Veeam repositories with different multiple disks to maintain one disk as the global hot spare. this joint solution reached throughput of 1. Note: This delivered better performance than RAID60 with two different Veeam repositories. we performed a series of tests that took a deep look into the C3160 RAID configurations. The tests used all available CPU cores for parallel processing tasks.100 MB/s on a single 3160 node. Configured as independent RAIDs. and the server node had more than 60% of CPU and RAM resources remaining. 12112015 . and scalable. Consulting Systems Engineer. The tests concluded that the RAID6 configurations performed better compared to the RAID60 groups. Veeam delivers a backup and recovery with integrated disaster recovery. keep in mind that RAID60 choice will impact performance. tested solution. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. the test reached the limit of the 10 Gbit/s Ethernet backend. The following table shows the tested RAID configurations for the C3x60 with Veeam: Disk Count 14 28 RAID Layout 1x RAID6 (11+2 Disks) 1 Global HotSpare 2x RAID6 (1x 11+2 Disks. In this simulated environment. A fully loaded C3x60 server © 2015 Veeam Software. Cisco delivers the UCS C3x60 platform for backup repositories with an UCS Server configured for high-performance backup—all based on standard x86 hardware with up to 56 disk drives in a 4U rack space.

built-in storage. but also thrive. produced much higher throughput results. storage. Veeam and Cisco recommends a 40 Gbit/s and direct SAN backup configuration. It is an excellent option to power Veeam’s low recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) with fast backups and granular.1+1=3 Cisco + Veeam Better Together About Veeam Veeam® provides Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ by leveraging virtualization. when fully loaded with the maximum of available CPU cores and a properly configured 40GBit/s Ethernet and storage backend. and cloud technologies to deliver recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all data and applications. With Cisco UCS and Veeam working together. Based on our test results.5 GB/s per C3x60 server. with 24 cores. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. We also expect to reach throughput up to 2. © 2015 Veeam Software. The C3x60 delivers a great. customers will not only survive. in this era of data growth to deliver the Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™. high-performance server that solves the problem of data growth with high-density. item-level recovery capabilities. 12112015 . * Expected in a best case configuration with C3260 Conclusion The test proved that Veeam Backup & Replication and Cisco C3x60 servers are a well-matched combination to deliver outstanding performance for today’s modern data center.