Where do you store your OVF/OVA Exports of VMWare ESXi
I have six virtual machines on a server running VMWare ESXi 6.7 located in my own home. I had exported them a couple of months ago to OVF or OVA images. The images add up to about 1 Terabyte. I suspect, in part, because the four Linux ones are encrypted. I don't actually have 1 Terabyte of data inside. But, whenever I exported an encrypted Linux VM with 100GB of disk space allocated to it, the OVF or OVA image takes 100 GB of disk space.
And I plan to add more virtual machines, including an OwnCloud and UniTrends which are likely to be one Terabyte each. Total: 3 terabytes. Plus future exports. I want to keep a couple of export versions of each VM so that, if I discover something broken that I cannot fix, I have a shot at backing up to an earliest exported version.
Let's say you need to store 10 Terabytes total? Where do you (or would you) store it? Please specify whether it's already something you are doing or something you would do. I am currently leaning towards Google Coldline or Archive. Is that cheaper or more expensive than the 13.59 euro a month for 8 TB V1000 L deal advertised a couple of day ago on LET by PulseMedia?
PulseMedia mentioned "Be mindfull of RAID0 and being a shared server". All my VMs, except two, are in Linux, with the hard drive encrypted during installation. So, whatever this RAID0 thing is, I am not worried about. However, my two Windows VMs are not encrypted. Is it more economical, without compromising safety, to store my Linux VMs with PulseMedia and my Windows one on Google (Coldline or Archive)?
Does "Be mindfull of RAID0 and being a shared server" mean that it's not safe to install OwnCloud on V1000 L itself. If I could safely install OwnCloud on V1000 L without risk of this RAID0 raiding my data from me, then I wouldn't have to create an OwnCloud VM on my home based server.
Any other option that is better than both Google Storage and PulseMedia?
- Google Storage Coldline11 votes
- Google Storage Archive27.27%
- Under A Mattress18.18%
- PulseMedia V1000 L (8TB for 13.59 euros/month)  9.09%
- An 8TB Portable Hard Drive from Costco at $15027.27%
- Other (Specify In Comments)18.18%