Backup Exec (V-Ray Edition?) in this scenario
For a new project we will be hosting our corporate website in-house.
We have two identical physical servers (1proc/6cores) using (at this moment) local storage. Currently we will be using these servers in an active/passive scenario (i.e. the second server will only be used for disaster scenarios, failure of the primary server).
On the main server we will have 2 VMs (probably VMWare vSphere 5 Essentials). VM1 will be running the IIS and CMS system - essentially our website. VM2 will be running MS SQL server (SQL express at this stage).
We wish to regularly back these VMs up and provide the ability to restore them either back onto the active server or in a disaster onto the backup server. This should be a very fast turnaround with minimal downtime - although we don't need v-motion levels of turnaround at this time, smilarly we don't want several hours of restore.
Our supplier has recommended Backup Exec V-ray (BE V-R) edition.
I have read the licensing guides and many other docs on this site, but they don't seem to explain best practices for this.
My questions are:
- Is BE V-R edition the best choice in this scenario?
- Do we need to licence 2 copies of BE V-R - one for each server?
- Do we need to licence any additional agents or products?
- Would BE V-R be installed onto VM1 or should it be installed on a separate VM (new VM3) or a separate Server entirely (would this affect licensing)
- If we later decide to run both servers with either a VM on each or load balanced with the 2 VMs on each in a cluster type scenario does this affect the licensing/set up?
- Any other helpful advice?
- Is there a pre-sales e-mail (UK/EMEA pref) who can answer this and any other questions if I can't get the answer here.
Thanks in advance.