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Recommended disk for Veeam backup storage?

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We are implementing a virtual infrastructure with Cisco UCS blade servers and an EMC VNX SAN.  I would like to use Veeam as our backup software, but don't want to backup to the disk (EMC VNX SAN) where our virtual data resides to begin with.  We currently have a second Dell SAN however it has only 1.4 TB of free space remaining and I'd like to retain 30 days of backups with compression and dedup so figure I'll need more.

Another SAN would be rather expensive just for holding backups so I'm wondering what others are using that may be redundant, reliable and highly recommended by those who have been doing this longer?
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I'm a big fan of vRanger Pro from Quest software. It is comparable to Veeam and easy to use. It offers dedup and compression (only backups up the actual data and not the white space.) You can download a fully functional version for 30 evaluation.

Here is a link to the product page: http://www.quest.com/vranger/

You will need to create an account on their site in order to access the download.


Regarding your need to keep 30 days of backup, what is the current amount of data that you need to backup? Are you wanting to backup entire vm's or just files? For entire vm's then Veeam or vRanger Pro are great solutions. However, if you only need simple file backups, then the traditional Backup Exec has worked well for my environment. So in short, I use a mix of backup technology: vRanger Pro for remote snapshot for entire vm backup and Backup Exec for file level backup.
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I will look at that as well as I'm trialing Veeam right now.

I do need to backup entire VMs, but mainly want to know what others are using for disk given we currently use Symantec to tape in our standalone server farm, but will need to backup to disk with Veeam or other VM vendor.  I have a SAN with 2TB, but I have 2TB in my datastore now so would need to expand my existing SAN.  Thus I'm wondering if that is the best scenario for disk (redundancy and reliability) or if there is soemthing others are using to backup to that is redundant but maybe not as expensive given this is disk solely for backups (though I understand the importance which is why I am looking for redundancy and reliability)
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I would recommend backing up the data to another SAN, possibly remotely located or at least located in another part of your building if possible.

I currently use a combination SAS and SATA drives to place my backup to disk data. Mostly this is due to transitioning backup SANs. SATA is the least expensive of the two options since the drives spin at 7200 RPM.

I use backup-to-disk for both Backup Exec and my snapshots of virtual machines. Should you find it necessary, you can then run a backup-to-tape job from the data already residing on the disks.

Also, I backup to a different SAN than where my vm's are located.

I've used several vendors for backup-to-disk technology over the past 7 years. I recommend either HP LeftHand P4300 (http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06a/12169-304616-3930449-3930449-3930449-4118659.html?dnr=1) or a new player to the market named Tegile (www.tegile.com) and their product Zebi. Either offer scalable systems with cheaper drives for storage than fibre channel drives.

By the way the HP LeftHand and the Tegile Zebi have also worked great as primary storage at a much lower price point than fibre channel drives. I currently use both devices. My preference is Tegile since they offer fiber connectivity while the LeftHand is only iSCSI. Also Tegile offers dedup and compression nativey on the primary storage with a significant amount of flash SSD, much like your system probably offers, however expansion may be less expensive. And finally, with Tegile there's no expensive licensing model. They offer straightforward pricing and support.
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