After completing the last stage: HomeLab Stage XXXVIII: Dell VRTX is was time to invest a little bit more into my Backup and Desaster Recovery Infrastructure…..
I am a very early user of the amazing Cohesity Virtual Edition. I am running one VE inside each datacenter, one as the active part, replicating to the second site. Cohesity changed the Virtual Edition options, so it is now possible to create a VE Cluster 🙂
I deployed 4 nodes and configured each of them in the following way:
- 8 vCPUs
- 64 GB RAM
- 1 x 62 GB vmdk (Boot Files)
- 1 x 800 GB Cache
- 1 x 4 TB Capacity
- CPU Reservation
- Memory Reservation including Pinned Memory
The Cohesity Cluster is running on top of my Dell VRTX, which has the following datastores configured:
The Boot vmdks are running together with the Capacity vmdks inside the VRTX_SSD_Raid5 datastore. (8 x 3,49 TB SAS Enterprise SSD)
The Cache vmdks are running inside their own dedicated 900 GB Raid0 datastore. (4 x 900 GB SAS Enterprise Write Intensive SSD)
The Cohesity Virtual Edition where the main cluster is replicating to, is running on my Supermicro Cluster.
The main Cohesity Cluster is replicating data to the secondary site. This can be configured per Backup Protection Job.
My Data is protected inside Datacenter I, replicated to datacenter II and also transfered to other areas…..
I have several sources configured for the main cluster, the replication site has no sources defined. (It is only used for data replication)
All of my VMs (which needs backup) are configured inside the Cohesity within different Protection Jobs / Groups:
I am using my Cohesity Environment not only for backups (the platform has so much more feautes). There are several different dashboard available:
As you can see all my HomeLab / HomeDC data is totally safe, using the absolute outstanding solution from Cohesity. I really like their product, because it is so easy to use but extremly powerful.
Check out my next episode: HomeLab Stage XL: Asset Management