We're a relativly small company (about 80 employees), but due to our business model we're rather heavy on the IT side with about 20 servers including file/print servers, Exchange, SQL and Web-servers. We currently use an online backup solutions provider, we do a full backup once a week and incremental backups nightly. This solution tends to work well if we ever have to do small restores such as recovering specific documents for users and the like.
However we recently had a scare where it seemed our entire Exchange database would need to be restored. Due to the size of the database, downloading it was not a viable option (we're limited on bandwidth) and the hosting company could only offer to send the backup overnight. Luckily it turned out a restore was not nescessary, but the realization that if we ever needed a restore of this magnitude again we would be down for 24+ hours caused us to seriously look for a new alternative.
Right now we are looking at some different auto-tape loading units such as the Dell Powervault or HP Storageworks. I was wondering if anyone could share their experience with such systems as opposed to other backup solutions, what the advantages and disadvantages are etc. Neither I nor my Sysadmin colleague have much experience with them so any insight would be appreciated
September 12, 2006 3:51 PM
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