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Local backup question - Small Virtual environment Veeam

Just reviewing backups, because going to have to upgrade current environment from Two Dell Poweredge 730s EOL servers with local storage (RAID 10), to most likely a SAN.

Currently running all VMs on Host A, Host B is being used for replicated VMs via Veeam, and the Veeam VM Server which has an RDX external disk cartridge drive physically connected via USB 3.0 for air-gapped backups to Host B.

We will be backing up to the cloud as well, but really like the idea of air-gapped local backups.

Currently have under 4TB of Data.

Just trying to get an idea of trends/what others are doing in similar situations regarding backups/local backups/air-gapped etc.  Everyone still doing local for faster restores?

Someone suggested going back to LTO – but that could prevent using vmotion for the Veeam VM should I need to move it from one host to another for maintenance  of the host etc.

What are you guys generally doing?  Thoughts/ideas?

Thanks so much!

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You can use Backblaze and Veeam for Immutable Backups (air-gapped) cannot be written to or changed!

and latest versions of Veeam can restore direct from Cloud.

When you have a SAN and shared storage, things change, because you can then use HA, DRS, vMotion etc

VMs always available, but you still need backups, maybe consider vSAN.

Just trying to get an idea of trends/what others are doing in similar situations regarding backups/local backups/air-gapped etc.


we use an rdx unit for offsite monthly and air-gapped weekly as well as to an AWS bucket which is part of an SBR with immutability on the performance tier

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HeyBeen using Veeam using an RDX device connected to one host now, but if you go with a SAN, and you have the backup server on one host, you can’t just vmotion it over to the other because of the connectivity of the backup device whether it be RDX or Tape.  So generally, how are you guys handling that?

Are most just backing up to the cloud?  What are your thoughts on hanging an RDX or tape drive off one host where the backup VM generally resides, so that gives us the ability to backup to RDX and have a cloud based backup running as well?  So in the event of having to bring down the host with the backup VM at least it will get daily backups to the cloud – that may be the way to go.

I have used Tape for years, but never with Veeam – we are looking at  currently less than 4 TB of data which of course will go.  Do you lean towards tape still with Veeam?  

Are air gapped backups something you are doing, or are you using an immutable data store which is not air-gapped?

I can't thank you enough for taking the time to respond and share your expertise.  


Thanks so much!

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Guys thanks so VERY much for your help and direction!!!