Ohhh soo that's how I should be doing it, still using back up copy job with WAN acceleration. That def sounds exactly what I'm trying to do.
We currently have backup copy jobs enable on rotated USB drives, which are placed in a bank vault. Looking to replace this offsite step with a cold site where we at least have space, hardware, and connectivity already available to reduce RTO. Where is right now if anything were to happen to the primary DC we'd have to get a place and hardware before we could even start to think about recovering VM's or anything.
Here's the sad part Foggy. I already configured the connection to our Cold site with our firewalls (IPsec using sha256 and AES256) over a 5mbps connection. It's a slow connection with a decent amount of encap overhead on it... so I don't expect it to be fast, but it should have a good window where that connection isn't used by production traffic (A single web site we host for external users to submit reports).
So my guess is have to do the following.
1) Since its a cold site, I figured setup a single host ESXi server (DL380 G6, dual CPU, 72 gigs of RAM) with (8 x 500 gig, RAID 5+ hot spare =~ 3 TB) (Total production space is about 1.3 TB) Install one VM (Veeam on Win 2008 R2, Or do I only need storage VM that provides either iSCSI, or NFS, or SMB over to this storage?)
2) Seed the Cold site storage, I'm assuming at this point create the backup Repo and seed by creating the actual backup copy job, and run them locally? (I couldn't find a good Veeam video that described exactly how one seeds)
3) Configure the http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/wan_accelerators.html
(Since this requires a WAN accelerator at both sites, I assume I do need a Veeam server at my cold site? Looking at the topology under how WAN Acceleration works I see only one Veeam sever and a WAN Accelerator at both Source n target locations. Am I to assume these Linux based servers of some kind?)
I really applicate your time in answering my questions. I just couldn't seem to find documentation or demos that show exactly how WAN acceleration works, and by that I mean set up with examples of actual servers, moving actual data and seeing it all work inside an actual lab of some sort. I could only find theoretical webinars.