Hi all, I'm looking for some advice/constructive feedback on making some changes to my current Backup/DR strategy.
First here is my current layout:
11 ESXi 5.1 hosts, 1 vCenter 5.5 server, about 300 VMs, 2 physical Veeam 8 servers (one with management console, the other just a proxy) with backend SAN storage for repositories. Also 6 LTO 4 tape drives.
We backup pretty much everything every day, then write to tape every day, and send tapes offsite daily, with 7 days of Veeam retention on local SAN, and 2 weeks of Tape retention offsite.
Here is what we have added:
We have started to rent Hot-Site/Co-Location (whatever you want to call it) space. We have Placed two physical ESXi servers, & SAN Storage at that location.
Here is what I am doing/thinking of doing, and would like advice/pointers/etc.
Current Local set-up remains the same, but eventually we will eliminate tape. To replace tape, I will utilize SAN storage at Hot-Site and push Backup-Copies with increased retention. I have created a Virtual Proxy connected back to our local Veeam servers, and created Repositories specifically for Backup Copies, with a GFS retention scheme.
I am considering ALSO creating another Virtual Veeam server at the Hot-Site but loading the full management GUI (not just a proxy) So that I can restore from the Backup Copy Jobs if necessary, and ALSO create Replicas of Mission-Critical VMs so they can be powered on at a moment’s notice. My thinking is that if I "push" replicas to the Hot-Site from the local Veeam servers, which if a true disaster were to strike my proxy system at the site would not be able to orchestrate/control Replica Power-On. Is that correct?
Currently my Veeam implementation connects to my vCenter server (local) for backups, if that vCenter is down, how will that impact my ability to power on / restore VMs at the Hot-Site, and how do I get around any difficulties presented by this?
Assuming I do need a second full function Veeam server at the Hot-Site, how do I properly license it? I do own enough licenses to cover every ESXi server I own, however they are currently all in one combined license file on the Local Veeam server
Again any suggestions/support are welcomed! I don't want to get this wrong!