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vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VDPA) Offsite Replication Providers

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Can anyone recommend providers for offsite replication of vSphere Data Protection Advanced backups? i.e. someone providing Avamar services or running VDPA appliances.

Also does anyone have an idea of rough monthly costs for doing so? We have 1-2TB of data.
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There are several issues with offsite provisions.

#1 bandwidth
#2 cost
#3 insurance
#4 recover ability via DRP of some sort
#5 how soon can you get your data

For us our insurance company had a requirement of off site data, but the data had to stay inside Canada due to rules and regulations, but we were spending about 28,000 a year cdn on off site services over 6 companies.
With that kind of costs, I was able to bring all my services in house, with a second data store, install fiber and fire suppression in a secondary server closet on the other side of my building, this satisfied my insurance requirements.

With such a small volume of data your biggest issue will be transmission of said data from A to B
I use this to give me a rough guess:
http://www.ibeast.com/content/tools/band-calc.asp

2048 gb (2TB) will take about 31 hours to transmit on a OC3 line (156Mbit line)
If you have some great compression it might be ok, but in most cases its not a viable option.

I am unsure if you can pre-load your VPDA appliance and then ship it to say a hosing location, then do block replication from there.
You might want to look at setting up a small hosted solution with say 2 hosts on the other end, have your vpda replicate to the DR site.

You might want to look at VEEAM as well.

Good luck
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