We currently have a virtual cloud setup with a number of ESXi servers and SAN storage.
We have moved all of our physical server infrastructre into the environment, consisting mainly of webservers and sql servers hosting client shopfronts.
The charges are quite high per month as we have a managed solution.
I am investigating ways to reduce running costs, the only issue is our data needs to stay on UK servers which is why we use our current managed provider and not Amazon/MS etc.
Can anyone provide any recommended best practices, or optimal setups for a typical webserver and sql server in a virtual environment.
In particular we seem to be burning through our stoarage at an alarming rate running nightly SQL backups.
-Any tips on optimizing sql backup.
-Document file backup
-general VM management recommendations
-storage best practices.