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Overview

The SEP Cloud RDS method enables you to continuously replicate block-based data from a local SEP Si3 deduplication store to a remote (offsite) Si3 deduplication store. However, this data can still be immediately used due to the SEP sesam RDS (in this case SEP Cloud RDS Server) configured in the offsite location. For details on replication, see SEP Si3 Replication.

The dedicated connection between the SEP sesam Server and RDS ensures that data is kept separate between the individual connected clients and is end-to-end encrypted. The SEP Cloud RDS solution supports automated migration of data to tape, reducing the cost of tape drives and loaders for the customer.

This article describes different implementation scenarios for replicating to SEP Cloud RDS Server. Compliance requirements can thus be implemented with little effort and without the need to build up local infrastructure.

Requirements

  • A secure VPN connection is required to connect to the remote location.
  • SEP sesam replication to SEP Cloud RDS Server requires additional licenses: for example, in the classic license model with the Si3R license, you need to enable the required number of nodes for Si3 replication; also required are RDS licenses and the Si3 TB for the original and the replication Si3 data store. (This licensing does not apply if the configuration is running in an MSP environment.) For details, see Licensing or contact SEP support.

Implementation examples

The following examples describe four different implementation scenarios for replicating to SEP Cloud RDS Server.

Scenario 1: Simple data replication

Selected data is continuously replicated to the remote (offsite) location and can be restored locally or at the remote location if required. The block-based data can be migrated to tape as native file data.

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Scenario 2: Replicating backed up virtual machines (VMs)

SEP sesam supports replicating backed up VMs for all supported hypervisors. The same concept as shown in the below examples for VMware and Citrix can therefore be applied to any supported hypervisor.

VMware

Selected VMs are continuously replicated to the remote location and available again to the local ESX DataStore by using automated restores. The block-based data can be migrated to tape as native file data. For more details on VMware, see SEP sesam VMware documentation.

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Citrix Hypervisor (XenServer)

Selected VMs are continuously replicated to the remote location and available again via the local Citrix Xen pool. The block-based data can be migrated to tape as native file data. For more details on Citrix, see SEP sesam Citrix Hypervisor documentation.

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Scenario 3: Replicating selected solutions, platforms and databases

Chosen applications, such as databases (e.g., Exchange), can be continuously replicated to the remote location, where they can be accessed by mounting the local Si3 deduplication store thus eliminating the need for restore. The block-based data can be migrated to tape as native file data.

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SEP sesam supports different applications, solutions, and databases be accessed directly on the Si3 DedupStore without prior restore of the data. For the Si3 deduplication store requirements and configuration, see Configuring Si3 Deduplication Store.

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Scenario 4: BaaS (Backup as a Service)

SEP Backup as a Service (BaaS) is used by managed service providers (MSP) to enable their customers to have their data backed up while MSP takes over the complete administration of the data backup. A central SEP sesam Server is used in the data center, which performs a local backup (on-site) via distributed cloud RDS servers located at the customer's location. In the data center, the data is then replicated to a dedicated Cloud RDS Server. The RDS servers are deployed in the data center as virtual machines designed to deliver the required performance. This ensures data is kept separate for each customer served in this configuration.

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See also

About ReplicationSEP Si3 ReplicationConfiguring Migration