Archive virtual machines

We are looking for a archive solution that could be used to archive the data on the virtual machines.  We recently implemented Veeam B&R but it doesn't look like it can archive the backups.  I can set a retention policy but I would like to keep monthly and yearly backups.  Is there a method to archive the retention points within Veeam?
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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
We use System Center Data Protection Manager for VMs. We make snapshots to disk like Veem and monthly backups on LTO5 Tapes.

DPM is for us free because we have MS EA Agreement. It Works fine.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What we do, is use a NFS NAS, or NFS Windows Export, present this to VMware ESXi, MOVE the Virtual Machine to the NAS, and then remove it from the inventory.

It stays there on the NAS/Windows Server for ever, from here, we can copy and paste the files across the network, or Sync to the Cloud.

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Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
you have a two media choice, disk or tape, for archiving.
And then several options I see here with Veeam :

1) You could do a first backup on disk and then duplicate on tape and archive tape. In this case you can do the tape duplication at each backup and archive only monthly and yearly, or you can schedule the duplication job to launch only for archive, so monthly and yearly.

2) also you could do the same with a different target, for example a dedup hardware appliance as Data Domain from EMC, or other similar but less expensive device from other constructor.
Or, if you want you can add a cheaper hardware as a Nas in Veeam targets (repository), as we speak of archiving, so the need is more disk space than disk performance.
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