NAS recommendations for Veeam B&R

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NAS recommendations for Veeam B&R

Veeam Logoby omg » Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:06 pm

We are planning to go with Veeam backup & replication software. We use VWWare esxi 5.5 as hypervisor.
We have 2 virtual host machines with around 9 VMs. Initial backup file size is around 600GB . Daily increments
might be around 10-40GB.

To store the veeam backups we are planning to buy some NAS devices. Preferably 2 of them.
One onsite and second one offsite,so they both can sync.

1) Which NAS device do you all recommend ?

2) I guess most of the NAS devices have built in Sync capability. Would you recommend using the NAS
built in sync capability (or) upgrade Veeam software to enterprise plus edition and use the WAN accelerator feature ?

Any other suggestions and recommendations is appreciated.
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Re: NAS recommendations for Veeam B&R

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:35 pm

We do not recommend using NAS as a backup target at all.

We also recommend that you "sync" offsite with Backup Copy jobs, as opposite to storage-based replication (which will sync corrupted data just as well as it syncs good data).

But if you absolutely have to go with a NAS, buy one that is able to run our data mover in a system partition, so that you could add it as a Linux server based backup repository. This requires x86 processor, and preferably 4GB RAM (2GB RAM at the very least).
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Re: NAS recommendations for Veeam B&R

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:33 pm

And in addition, be able to be connected via ssh, and with perl locally available in the system. Many NAS devices are running some linux distribution, so you should be able to run the Veeam datamover on it. Avoid low-end NAS, they run non x86 cpu and have poor performances usually.
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Re: NAS recommendations for Veeam B&R

Veeam Logoby pawel » Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:00 pm

There is a good thread here on using Synology as a Linux target:

veeam-backup-replication-f2/backups-to-synology-nas-t1961.html

I suggest you read through the entire thread as the initial posts become outdated with new Synology updates. I have a DS1815+ which I am currently copying to using iSCSI. Even though Gostev says NAS drives are not recommended I do believe that NAS drives with iSCSI don't fall in to that statement.

On your off-site target you will need to be able to install the agent (Linux or Windows, if using Synology obviously Linux) and have a tunnel to that target. If you are thinking of using the Synology I would highly recommend you try out the steps mentioned in the thread above to get the Linux agent installed on it before buying it for your off-site target. However, running a Linux or Windows server with a nice RAID array might be a better option especially since your costs don't increase all that much and you have hardware that's up-gradable. That's the way I'm leaning. Having a ESXi server offsite which will be replicated to using the WAN accelerator (through a VPN tunnel) and then backup copy jobs running to a VM server under that ESXi host. This way we have our production data, our backup data locally (hosted on the Synology), a production server ready to spin up off-site, and an off-site backup repository that backup copies are sent to (this can be Synology but since we already have a server off-site and our data isn't humongous I am leaning toward setting up a Server 2012 that will host the VPN, the WAN accelerator, and the RAID array for the off-site backups).

Gostev, please correct me if I am incorrect on the statement that iSCSI NAS is perfectly fine (that's my current setup which seems to work well).

Edit: I should add that the CIFS (shared folder) method of moving data to the NAS drive is absolutely horrid. So you don't want to use that.
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Re: NAS recommendations for Veeam B&R

Veeam Logoby pawel » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:16 am 1 person likes this post

One more thing, you mentioned using builtin software on the NAS to do replication. What I have found is unless you have a huge budget for very expensive storage devices most of the software on these NAS drives is not smart enough to transfer extremely large files (the size of your full backup file will be very close to the VM size) over a WAN connection (sometimes not even a LAN connection). They were just not built to do that (they are designed to replicate shared folders where you store documents directly on them). If someone has an affordable option I'd love to learn about it, but from my experience you will be much better off just using the WAN accelerator to move your backups.
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Re: NAS recommendations for Veeam B&R

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:02 pm

Pawel is correct, most of NAS devices use rsync for replication, which does not scale to large file sizes.

Pawel, while block-based protocols (iSCSI and FC) are certainly more reliable than file-based protocols (CIFS and NFS), they are still subject to questionable performance optimizations some NAS software features, which is what impact backup reliability in corner cases. This is why I generally advice against using low end NAS (considering there are much more reliable alternatives present). I cannot comment on specific NAS makes, models and firmware versions though.
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Re: NAS recommendations for Veeam B&R

Veeam Logoby pawel » Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:04 pm

Thanks for clearing that up, makes sense.

In my personal experience I've had good luck on the DS1815+ hooked up to my LAN through iSCSI. I read a lot of complaints about performance while doing my research but I can get between 50-100MB/s which I really can't complain about (I'm only using one 1Gb port for now and the bottleneck is at the source, not the target). For the $1K this unit cost (not including the drives) it's really not a bad deal, a server with a dedicated RAID array would have been similar in cost and taken a lot more time to get going. I don't have the same flexibility I would have had if I built the server myself but the amount of time it saves me in management is worth it in my personal case. For the off-site server I will be running Microsoft Windows Server 2012 essentials with a cheap hardware RAID, I'll see how the performance compares.

What does worry me a bit after reading the linked thread about storage recommendations is corruption issues when using appliances such as the Synolgy, so I'll keep a close eye on that especially since Synology uses a software RAID.
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[MERGED] : Backup to NAS

Veeam Logoby JohnGG » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:56 pm

gday everyone, currently we have 6 terabyte of datastores in total and i have a separate server for replication but we are looking at a NAS box for backups in case the SAN died.
This will be part of the disaster recovery so the next question would be, whats a good NAS box to use for backing up and if needed be able to run exchange, sql and a file server until we purchased a new SAN.

I was looking at this one, https://www.pccasegear.com/products/309 ... otswap-nas wich may be over kill.
I was going to enable iSCI and then format to NTFS in Windows. Is this the way to go?
PS:I also have a smaller Qnap NAS in another branch which i enabled iSCI and formatted NTFS as a storage unit of 4 terabyte.
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Re: NAS recommendations for Veeam B&R

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:53 am

Check the recommendations provided above and ask for additional clarification, if needed. Thanks.
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