I have a question. We are introducing two new components to our Veeam infrastructure, the Scale Out Backup Repository (SOBR), and the Veeam tape server. Initially, I had originally planned a physical server for the tape server, and a virtual server for the SOBR. The back end storage for the SOBR is going to be 2 iSCSI targets (two Drobo b1200i arrays). The tape library is directly connected to the tape server.
However, I want to avoid propagating the iSCSI networking to our virtual infrastructure. So I am thinking about having the tape server serve as the SOBR as well. I plan on installing two dual port 10GB NICs. I would aggregate 2 ports for the iSCSI traffic to the Drobos, and aggregate 2 ports for the backup traffic between the SOBR and Veeam proxies. This would give 20GB throughput for both front-end, and back-end storage.
Does anyone know of a reason why the tape server could not server as the SOBR? Is there any disadvantage to making the SOBR a physical box, rather than virtual? Has anyone done something similar, and be willing to share your experience?