And to add another suggestion, I would not get rid of the local copy for different reasons:
- still fast backups and restores are only possible using local storage
- snapshots stay open for shorter times using a local backup, on a remote backup the snapshots of VMs will need to stay open for longer time, and maybe create issues on commit
- backup jobs are not designed to be executed over wan, they do not resist to network interruptions like those that can happen sometimes over the Internet
With backup copy jobs, first of all you use a local backup as a source and not the production storage, so there's no VM snapshot involved for a long time. But most importantly, backup copy jobs can survive network interruptions and they can leverage WAN acceleration to optimize bandwidth consumption.
Finally, what if your internet connection is down and you need to do a critical restore? Or if you forgot to renew the credit card and a given service provider disables your account on the remote location? For a series of reasons is better to have at least two copies of each VM, one local and one remote is an ideal design.
EMEA Cloud Architect @ Veeam Software
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