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Using Veeam in a VM on VMware host, with the host dedicated to backup and DR only

This is a server we aren't using, but it has lots of disks. 12 that are SSD and 8 are SAS.  One of my associates proposed we install VMware, add a VM with Veeam, and create a datastore with the SSD disks and another with the SAS disks.  In each datastore there would be a large vmdk and he would store the Veeam backup files there. What he likes is that we would be able to virtualize the Veeam backup files on this same server if the main production environment failed at some level.  Any reasons to avoid this approach or advice about the best way to go about implementing it?
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Veeam likes Storage Spaces with a 64KB interleave and ReFS.

You could set up Hyper-V and a VM with Veeam that then has access to the Storage Spaces Pool that you can set up with the disks.
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It is always great to be able to check with experts that have already implemented something one is considering.  I got great feedback from two experts in this case.
For the SOBR cloud layer I suggest going with BackBlaze B2 over any of the others.

Their business model is solid. They've been around for a long time with no "investment" requirements/announcements. Their price per TB is excellent ... and you can set up an immutable bucket too.