VMWare personal cloud - best practices and best value

Hi,

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.
Spikeuk30Asked:
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
Rackspace lets you choose a data center, aws lets you choose a region
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Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field AdministratorCommented:
Veeam One (part of Veeam Availability Suite v8) may solve your concerns:

Read this:

http://www.veeam.com/one-vmware-hyper-v-monitoring-reporting.html

Then download a trial version from Veeam website, install in a Windows based VM and follows the product guides there:

http://www.veeam.com/virtualization-management-one-solution-resources.html

You'll be able to perform capacity report to optimize your VMs and storage resources / provisioning (and pay less)...

Let us know.....
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
have you looked at rackspace? Start at your webservers/load balancers and move back from there. It will probably make sense to keep some of them where you are now, but personally I like to use them for the very "front" of my kit.

As for sql backups, spin up something at your office or somewhere cheap and ftp or replicate to that. No need to leave your backups on fast/expensive san SSDs.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
How are you currently back-ing up your servers ?

Do you use a DeDupe aware product?

Do you use CBT changed based tracking on VMs ?
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Spikeuk30Author Commented:
Thanks for your input I will check over your suggestions...

We use E-Vault  - think its a Dell product? to backup SQL data.  

The trouble is we have to keep our client data specifically on UK servers.

I was looking into AWS the storage solution as I think you can specify regionally where your data can be stored?

What options do I have to be able to link AWS storage to our existing servers hosted by a different supplier?

We would be copying over probably in the region of 800Gb each night.
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