When I say great fit the UCS 3160 offers compute function where Windows 2012R2 can be installed and can be used as a Veeam Backup & Replication server as well as a proxy, along with the high capacity direct attached storage it offers for a potential large backup repository. Whether the end user is looking to integrate into their existing Cisco UCS environment or just that high density backup solution, It Just Works.
Along with the UCS 3160 there is also a UCS 240 which I will also touch on in this post, the way I will position both of these products is one is aimed at the enterprise and one at the SMB arena, however it comes down to what compute and storage requirements the end user requirements are.
· Single Server – Dual CPU socket per server (2U)
· 24 slots for registered or unbuffered ECC DIMMs
· 5 PCIe slots
· 24 2.5 inch SAS, SATA or SSD hot pluggable drive bays
· Supports up to two internal 32GB Cisco Flexible Flash Drives (SD)
Up to 240TB (4TB HDD) and 360TB (6TB HDD), dense storage in a compact 4U form factor. That’s a lot of storage in a small space.
· Single Server – Dual CPU socket per server
· Up to 4GB RAID Cache – Enterprise Storage Features
· Up to 512GB Memory – 8 DIMMs per socket
· Dual Modular LOM (mLOM) – Multiple Connectivity Options
· Up to 62 Drive Bays – 60 LFF plus 2 SFF
· Up to 14 SSD – 400GB
Veeam Availability Suite
• High-Speed Recovery: Rapid recovery of what you want, the way you want it
• Data Loss Avoidance: Near-continuous data protection and streamlined disaster recovery
• Verified Protection: Guaranteed recovery of every file, application or virtual server, every time
• Leveraged Data: Low-risk deployment with a production-like test environment
• Complete Visibility: Proactive monitoring and alerting of issues before operational impact
Why Veeam & Cisco C Class Compute and Storage
Benefits of Veeam & Cisco C Class Compute and Storage
· Granular recovery of virtual machines and files, including Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint application items.
· Automatically verify every backup, Virtual Machine and replica.
· Self-service recovery of virtual machines and guest files.
· Instant VM recovery to recover a failed VM in less than two minutes.
· Leverage Veeam deduplication and compression.
*The below table has since been updated and there are now 4 available options on the Cisco Marketplace
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Amongst all of this this offering of both Veeam and Cisco UCS C class storage server is a validated, easy to deploy solution for Veeam backups. More agile and less complex is that way everything should be going in our industry.
With the scale out architecture from both Veeam and Cisco UCS this really does move with the enterprise future requirements.
This system uses the same chassis as the C3160 however you can only have a total of 56 drives to accommodate the second server node.
From a Veeam Backup configuration point of view the following should be adhered to gain the best performance and throughput.
• 3 Backup Jobs per 13-14 disks (max. 12 concurrent jobs)
• Enable Parallel Processing
• Limit the concurrent tasks at repository and proxy level
• Start all Backup Jobs at the same time
• Enable Veeam Deduplication and Compression