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Backup Repositories: VMware Backup Best Practices – Part 3

Backup Repositories: VMware Backup Best Practices – Part 3

I’m enjoying this series of blogs! This is a great way to share information about the best practices for the VMware backup experience. This post will now vary slightly from the other two and talk about the backup repository. This was another breakout session at VeeamON 2015 (those who attended were lucky to get the live experience) and will surely be a great one to catch in 2017 in New Orleans. This will be written in mind of Veeam Backup & Replication v9, but can be a starting point to making good changes in your environment.

Backup Repository General Considerations

There isn’t a single choice that is the best for all situations such as change rates, sizes, expectations, budgets, etc. Don’t underestimate the importance of a performant backup repository, it’s one of the most commonly reported sources of slow backup performance. This will also be an issue on the restore job, so RTOs could be impacted. I’ve written a long time ago on “The Ultimate VM Backup Storage Architecture” with Veeam, and many of those principles apply. Here’s a look at the latest view of the Ultimate VM Backup Storage Architecture:

There are few key characteristics of this architecture that are important, regardless of the pieces and parts in your environment and source data profiles:

  • There is fast, reliable primary-class storage for the fastest backups and restores (and it has low latency to the source data)
  • You can control the number of restore points on the primary backup storage resource (say 2 or 3 restore points and no synthetic full backups on disk)
  • Must have at least one copy of the backups elsewhere, such as on a deduplication appliance
  • Then selectively put the data on tape, in a DR (disaster recovery) site or in a cloud

Key things to avoid

Read the entire article here, Backup repositories: VMware backup best practices (Part 3)

via the fine folks at Veeam Software

Veeam Veeam Software, a VMware Technology Alliance Premier partner, helps organizations safeguard their investment in virtual infrastructure by providing innovative systems management software designed to reduce costs, increase productivity and mitigate risk. Veeam is an international company with U.S. headquarters in Columbus, Ohio and European headquarters in London, UK. The company was founded in 2006 by the team previously behind Aelita Software, well known for its award-winning Windows Server management solutions. In 2008, Veeam acquired nworks, adding enterprise management connectors that bridge the gap between VMware virtual infrastructure and enterprise systems management tools from Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. Veeam is rapidly expanding its presence and its partner network around the world, and will continue to offer innovative and practical solutions to help IT professionals better manage their virtual infrastructure. Today the company focuses on managing VMware servers, but as customer requirements grow, Veeam will support other virtual environments. With its drive for innovation, strong investment in R&D, and extensive product line, Veeam is well positioned for continued success.

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