Hevros wrote:However if we can use Veeam to do a file copy to tape for the last physical file server or the last physical SQL server via maintinance plan backups copied to tape by veeam, then we can offer the customer one solution and they will then buy Veeam.
Using SQL maintenance plans to write a dump actually works quite well today even with the existing file level backup. It's generally only when you start backing up many small files that the performance is an issue. And even without that, you can always write the dump to a share on a virtual machine and back that up to Veeam or, as Anton has pointed out, use Cloud Edition to copy files incrementally from a physical machine to a virtual machine and then backup the virtual machine. If you configure a Windows 2012 VM with a dedupe volume, and use the Cloud Edition "Custom" options to sync the files, you actually get good compression/savings as well. You can then backup the system with Veeam and do FLR from the Veeam console for files from the physical server. Not perfect, but it can be quite useful for backing up those 1 or 2 physical machines/NAS server that every client seems to have.