backup and replication for small office (25 users)

i need disaster recovery and backup for my small office of around 25 users
i'm currently running a sql server and dc on hyper v although running out of storage
i also use a nas drive
i would like to have this replicated to my home office
my office and home office has fibre broadband of around 50meg
i'm thinking maybe the following
buy 2 x draytek firewalls for home and office and setup vpn link
buy a new server running hyper v to replicate current servers to
buy something like veeam replication and backup to do the replication and backup
buy 2 x synology drives for home and office which replicate
any help or advice is appreciated
dougdogAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'm approaching this from a cost conscious small business perspective...

buy 2 x draytek firewalls for home and office and setup vpn link
You can do this... Or you can use the free version of Untangle or the free version of pfSense to do the same.  (Untangle, in my opinion is easier and can do more as it has Unified Threat Management (UTM) capabilities.  Setup a test and try it.  I use it for myself and my clients who replicate back to me.  Either way, a VPN would be the easier way and the one I'd recommend given how difficult it was to get the certs installed on a Hyper-V server running 2012 a few years ago.

buy a new server running hyper v to replicate current servers to
Again, you could do that... or you can use any PC that supports virtualization technology. Strictly speaking, yes, send $1000+ on a server. But this is your DR/Backup. The hope is you never need it.  *IF* you ever did, it would be temporary and potentially only for exporting the VM or re-replicating back to a new server... So using an old PC (not THAT old, but 4-6 years) would probably work fine.  And you install the free Hyper-V server (which is command line only).  Hyper-V server supports replication.  You can buy much cheaper 5Nine Manager to manage Hyper-V on the free server.

buy something like veeam replication and backup to do the replication and backup
Again, you could do that... I don't know why you would... Replica works well.

buy 2 x synology drives for home and office which replicate
You gotta expand the storage in your existing Server and get rid of the NAS.  To me, NAS devices like that are only good in workgroup environments.  They complicate matters of recovery and backup.  Whereas, if you just added storage to your server, everything would be centralized and easily done.
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Adam BrownSr Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Hyper-V has native VM replication capabilities since Server 2012 was released, and the controls were improved in 2012 R2. Point to Point VPN from the Firewalls is going to be your best bet for this solution, as you have noted. Realistically, the synology replicating drives wouldn't really be necessary unless they are set up as network share drives.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Why not just go to the Cloud, e.g. Amazon or Azure ?

Cost of electric with your NAS, and mucking around with Draytek VPNs, are you in the UK ?
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dougdogAuthor Commented:
yes in uk
customer likes to control everything and thinks paying up front is less expensive than monthly subscriptions over the long term?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Check your Broadband, it may not be as reliable as you think!
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dougdogAuthor Commented:
has anyone used veeam
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Many people.  I tried it briefly a couple years ago and was not impressed by it's overall complexity.  Replica works great.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, we use Veeam, it works, if your WAN works!
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