We are currently testing to use Riverbed (Wan optimization http://www.riverbed.com
) together with Veeam Backup & Replication.
I have setup a complete new installation offiste for this testing. and location is Singapore & Norway with a 2Mb/s connection. (Running 12 MB/s on increamental jobs)
What I have done is to install the Veeam server as a virtual machine down in Singapore, mapping a local drive from a server in Norway to backup our VMWare Virtual Machines directly to it. So this is plain CIFS traffic going from Singapore to Norway, becouse of the WAN optimizing unit Riverbed.
The backup job in veeam is setup with Vitual Applicance, Incremental with performance of active full backup jobs periodically. On storage is setup with inline data depuplication, Best compression level, and WAN target.
When looking at the logs for Riverbed, we only gain 8% compression, but since veeam is setup with best compressions, this is likely to be expected.
Question is, should I skip the compression level in Veeam, and let the Riverbed handle this job? As my understanding (I`m not a network specialist, so riverbed setup is not performed by me), cifs is the best compression level for Riverbed to use?
Any maybe to setup the Veeam software in Norway would be the best option, and let it map directly to the storage in Singapore VMWare hosts?
Our end setup will have 13 sites around the world setup with Riverbed, and hopefully Veeam. Most sites will have 2Mb/s connection, or better.
Anyone else have experience to share with Riverbed and Veeam?
Thanks in advance