Shestakov, thanks for your prompt reply.
Having at least an entry level appliance for roles such as PROXY and REPO Management will definitely add more flexibility and independence to your platform. VEEAM installation is now a layer on top of Microsoft Windows Server versions. There is nothing wrong with this approach but it also limits its implementation for some IT shops. Here are some notes:
- Every VEEAM installation is Windows dependent this can bring overall cost of Licenses for shops.
- VEEAM Appliance while carrying an initial cost will make VEEAM platform-agnostic when it comes to its own backup infrastructure.
- In principle VMWare and other virtual infrastructure providers are more than Windows OS and Servers virtualization, VEEAM is at a position to raise this bar.
- VEEAM VA can bring a significantly smaller foot print and allocate resources more specifically to the role.
- Maintenance cost of this VA can be argued as there is cost associated with Windows server dependencies.
- A VA can open the doors to innovative implementations (e.g. Containerization, think EVO-RAIL, Dockers, etc)... but I would leave this piece to the more versed in this field.
In our case specifically, not having to deploy a whole Windows 2012R2 Server to get a proxy is appealing.