I have an Exchange server with a store that is close to 100GB in size. When backing it up, coupled with each individual mailbox "brick layer" backup, the job calculates to well over 200gb+ in size, and takes well over 30 hours to backup with the current backup solution that I have.
Along with this email server, I have a file server that is storing about 150gb+ of data, and growing every day.
I antipate the email store and the data file storage to double their size within the next 18 months.
I suppose I should be considering a small SAN solution, but I have absolutely no SAN experience. My questions are:
1) Does it sound like I can use a SAN?
2) I believe along with the SAN I will need a high capacity tape library to backup the SAN, correct?
3) I anticipate migrating the file server data to be easy enough, but my biggest concern is the email store. How easy/difficult is it to move an email store to a SAN? Is it even possible?
Any information that anyone has will be most appreciated. Thank you.