My ISP has a data cap so I had to rent server and they have ESXi 6.5 and I have 4 VMs mostly for testing and 1 that is hosting 1 website and community forum. I would like to setup backup just in case something goes wrong I can restore and Backblaze B2 offers the most affordable solution $0.005/GByte/Month (half of one penny).
In my research I found that Vertical Backup has integrated option but since the server is out of my home it would not be considered Personal License but Commercial because they would think I'm running a business.
My question is are there any other options out there? I came across another one XSIBackup @ $115 for what it seems a one time fee and its out of what I was planning to spend but it does not mention anything about Backblaze B2.
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XSIBackup-Pro (https://33hops.com/xsibackup-pro-vmware-esxi-backup.html) does not support any commercial cloud backup system. It uses open standards to copy and migrate data.
In any case, if you are interested in using any cloud storage service like Blackblaze B2, just backup your VMs to a Synology NAS device and from there use the Blackblaze Synology App to upload your files to the cloud. QNap devices are equally recommendable, but there isn't a Blackblaze App for QNap.
Saving a copy to the cloud can be a good idea, but not as the main and only backup place. It is very recommendable, not to say essential, to first backup locally, and then copy over a WAN. Should your primary backup device (a Synology NAS per instance) become unusable, you could then go to the cloud and restore your files. It will be a painfully slow process, but at least you'll have an offsite copy. Can you imagine what would be to restore a 500 gb. VM from a cloud backup service?. Even if you have a 200 mbps FO connection, it would take about 15 h. to restore such VM, 6 h. to restore a 200 Gb. one., and that assuming that the connection is perfectly stable during that period of time.
A backup repository that is integrated into a disaster recovery set up, cannot be in the cloud, maybe in some years, when bandwith is not a concern, but by now VM cloud backups will remain as a great off site storage option to protect us from thefts, fires and all sort of dangers that may compromise our first backup device.
I am sure that many cloud backup advocates will try to dismiss this opinion, starting by cloud backup enterpreneurs. There are lots of audacious IT admins out there using the cloud as their primary and only backup storage solution for VMs. I wish them luck; for us, basic arithmetics will still be valid for some years to come as well as control and the fastest possible access to our data, especially in case of a disaster recovery situation.
Note: we have nothing to do with Synology, we just recommended it to you cause they announce a Blackblaze App for this NAS device.