How do I decide what is the best NAS for my situation?

Hi experts,

Again, one of those questions without a perfect answer. So, my guess is the points will be fairly evenly distributed.

I am setting up a server using a Dell T430 server with Windows Server 2016 Standard as the host and two VMs. I believe the OS and a few small databases will be on one VM and the domain controller and Active Directory on the other. The total amount of data is hard to estimate, but the current server has a total of 600 GBs being used. I will be using Veeam to make G/F/S backups or at the most a full daily with incrementals of each along with a weekly backup of the host. It's backing up data for a small office with five users and eight clients, so I don't expect to need tons of storage.

So, I do have some external 3TB USB drives to be able to rotate and take home. I am backing up the data only online. But, I want one large storage area that my ongoing backups go to. I am considering using an NAS, but I had a bad experience with two Buffalo rack NASs, but that was years ago. I am looking at NASs made by Synology, QNAP and Drobo. There are quite a few of them, but I was looking in the $500 to $1,0000 range. Of course, some do not come with the drives, so I would have that expensve as well. So, then do I go with WD Reds, etc.

Another option would be to purchase another server which was good but not nearly as expensive as the one I have. I could set it up with the same amount of memory and use another Hyper-V using Windows Server 2016 Standard with a RAID 1 with large TB drives. This would give me the option to back up to the server but also use it as a temporary server if I needed to restore a VM to it or replicate.

Any ideas would be appreciated. I know there isn't a best solution. But, the pros and cons of each would be helpful.

Thank yoiu.

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Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions ConsultingCommented:
Remember there are multiple ways to lose data and your various choices will protect against them with different rto/rpo
1. Hardware failure. A second server with hyperv replica does this nicely. If you only have a NAS you will have to restore those backups to something
2. Accidental deletion/virus/crypto. This needs way more retention than a replica will give you, veeam does this well. You can alternatively do an image periodically and file based more often to save space
3. Site failure. Sprinklers, fire, etc. none of your solutions have an offsite component.

Adding something like azure backup for file data won’t be fast to restore from a site failure but it’s a great safety net.
Bert2005Author Commented:
Thanks Aaron,

Still testing two backup programs. Veeam and Acronis. Acronis has a very nice backup program with most of the features you are talking about. I was planning on using your methods. With most, you can run from the backup for a bit until you finalize it to the location you have. I guess restoring it to the production server, while safe, could possibly cause issues. It's interesting, because Veeam actually has two servers they recommend which is already configured with Veeam. I am testing currently with both, and I have the benefit of testing while my server is not yet in production so when screwing up the two VMs that will be in use, I can just rebuild them. And, Hyper-V is somewhat new to me (I have a very good professional IT helping) that is beneficial.

Haven't decided exactly how to fit in the external USBs to take home. These are a little tricky. Even though they will be encrypted, I am a doctor, and they will contain medical information. Some doctors have been fined by the government prices that make ransomware look like pocket change. I always worry a little bit about keeping something in the car even for a small amount of time.

I will say that I believe the difference between Acronis' method of keeping your backups safe from ransomware and others including Veeam is that I believe Veeam using a technology where previous backups can't even be accessed by ransomware, where Acronis uses technology like Malwarebytes to note ransomware and stop it.

ShadowProtect was interesting, but their sales and support is THE WORST I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED FROM ANY TECH/SOFTWARE COMPANY. EVER!. I mean horrible.

Anyway, would you mind weighing in on what NAS products you find to be the best for my solution? When I look at Drobo, they have at least 30 products. Of course, some are crazy expensive, and I wouldn't need that level.

What is rto/rpo?

Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions ConsultingCommented:
If it's important, I'd go with a service like Datto, you can get them through an MSP or run a veeam server with offsite like

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Bert2005Author Commented:
Thanks Aaron. Sorry for the delay.
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