We are looking for workable DR plan for our Virtual Machines. Something that will cost around 5K or less and will get a copy of our VM's off site. In case of a fire etc, we don't have to be up right away, just need to know that we could duplicate what we have once new hardware was purchased and VMSphere, ESX servers set up. We do have data/file backups offsite nightly through an online backup.
First - our current setup
Enterprise version of VMWARE 4. with HA
2 ESX's holding a total of 7 VM's and one SAN device. The SAN device holds about 1.7 TB's of data.
We have 3 buildings on our campus.
Somehow I want/need to get a copy of our VM's off site. Of course I'd love to replicate to at least another building on campus if not a colocation spot, but that isn't possible budget wise right now (I don't think).
Our current thoughts (with the help of our consultant) are to use VRanger and 1 or 2 Lacie 5TB NAS devices to back up our VMDK's. We could do the backups on the weekends and always keep one device off site. I don't know if carrying these 20lb devices will be that easy or if moving them around frequently would make be good for their health. We could also look at a getting a fireproof safe, but we'd still be moving them in and out of the safe.
Am I headed in the right direction? Is there something else I should be looking at? We have about 5K left to spend.