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    Database Backup Storage Advice

    I would second the DD systems. They are reliable, have good support, and have worked well when I have used them. The only drawback on them that I have had is that they can be slow for random reads, but that's not really the point of a backup system so it's somewhat moot.
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    Is it an end of the Era for FC SAN?

    My opinion on this is that the FC SAN (and block storage in general) as we know it will begin to fade (or at least not continue to grow at the rate we are currently seeing). The real reason it will fade is not because it's going to be superseded by FCoE, or by NAS, or by iSCSI, but because applications will likely move to an object-storage model. When we start referencing the documents that we save in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the likes as an object on an object store (either in our home or in the cloud) the need for an FC SAN diminishes. There will still be workloads that live on an FC SAN forever due to its isolation, due to its speed, and due to its resiliency. My cat photos, home videos, resume's, and rambling dissertations on life don't need to be stored on an FC SAN in the cloud. They will just as happily live on object storage that has as much (or more) data resiliency as an FC SAN, but a fraction of the speed and price. I see this trend starting now, and I would expect to see a large shift in the next 8-15 years. What does that mean to me? FC SAN has at least two generations of releases before it's relegated to the high-performance workloads that it was originally designed to handle. These workloads will likely include transactional databases, Email servers, and other legacy services consuming block device resources.
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    Veeam Backup And Replication v8 Review

    Which mode was chosen for backup then? Simple full backups every time? I've never used the Exagrid storage units before, and I'm not sure what mode they would work with the best. Currently in my environment I use reversed incremental on V7, but we're looking at moving to forever forward in V8. I'm also going to evaluate the impact of the post-process merge on our backup windows. Right now we have around 600VM's being backed up, and our backup window runs for nearly 14 hours. I'm hoping that forever forward can reduce the impact to production storage, and improve our backup window.
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    Veeam Backup And Replication v8 Review

    I'm curious about the backup mode chosen in the review - it states that the latest version of the data is kept in the landing zone on the Exagrid array, which would seem to indicate a reversed-incremental backup (V6/V7 defaults). I was under the impression that forever-forward incremental was the default backup mode in V8, which would mean that if you are restoring the latest day, you are actually processing through a whole lot of differential backups to get to the latest version of the data.