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Veeam Backup & Replication Server and Dell Data Domain

Today I will share a successful case of using Veeam Backup & Replication Server and Dell Data Domain Appliance. The customer just upgraded Veeam Backup & Replication Server to v11. The Figure 1 is the high level of physical diagram. This is a great Veeam scenario for reference.

Figure 1 – Physical diagram

Environment

Preferred Site:

  • vSAN Stretched Cluster (preferred vSAN nodes)
  • Veeam Backup & Replication Server v11 (VM)
  • Veeam Primary Storage Repository
  • vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3 and vSphere 7.0 Update 3
  • VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.5 and vSphere Replication 8.5
  • Dell Data Domain Appliance (Primary)

Secondary Site:

  • vSAN Stretched Cluster (non-preferred vSAN nodes)
  • VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 3

Remote Site:

  • vSAN Standard Cluster
  • vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3 and vSphere 7.0 Update 3
  • VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.5 and vSphere Replication 8.5
  • Dell Data Domain Appliance (Secondary)

Logical Diagram

Figure 2 is the logical diagram of this solution.

Figure 2 – Logical diagram

The Purpose of the Physical Veeam Server as a Primary Storage

  • Veeam recommends 3rd party Deduplication Appliances (e.g. Dell Data Domain) to be used as Secondary Storage due to rehydration performance.
  • Rehydration for restore will be faster when restoring from a Veeam Server’s local Primary Storage Repository.
  • Avoid rehydration process that happens during DD-to-DD replication.
  • Future option to Tape-Out from physical Veeam server. VM based Veeam server does not support Tape-Out.
  • Lower VM processing resource requirement for the VM Veeam Server.
  • Lower VM storage resource requirement for the VM Veeam Server.
  • VMware SRM can be utilized for Veeam’s own disaster recovery due to the VM Veeam Server not being used as a Primary Storage Repository.

Categories: Dell Technologies Veeam VMware vSAN

Victor Wu

Senior Solutions Architect, Storage & Virtualization, Author at Dell EMC Knowledge Sharing & Packt

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