backup systems and storage systems

Posted on 2006-06-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
I'm starting a project where by I need to look at my current backup process and storages systems to see if we are getting the most out of them.  We do a typical daily (incremental), weekly (full), monthly (full).  Our current backups run extreemly slow and are manual, we currently are backing up 600-700Gb of files.  My thoughts were redoing the file server, currently it is a server with RAID, I was looking at upgrading the server and rather then having the RAID on the same box to do a NAS solution, and backup could be done via an autoloader, or maybe have a redundant NAS system down in our other office backing up over the network.  Only draw back there would be were connected via VPN they have a DSL connection.  

Does anyone have thoughts, done something similar, any suggestions?
Question by:iceman19330
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    What are you using for a current backup solution? What software? What hardware? What type of files are you backing up? What is your budget? Let's get some info then we can start making some suggestions!

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    Back Device Detail:
    Manufacture: HP
    Name: VS Tape
    Model No: 7503B
    No of Tapes: 14
    Software: TapeWare Version 6.30
    from Yosemite Technologies Inc.

    Prod No: C7503-69201
    Sr No: PHD2E05458

    Backup Detail:
    Frequency: Daily at 5:00 pm
    Type: Incremental
    Week End: Friday
    Week Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wedenesday, Thursday
    Data on the Backup: Around 400GB
    Daily Addition: Around 2000-2500 Files
    Server Config:
    Intel Xeo 2.40 GHz
    1 GB Ram
    Windows 2000 Server with SP4
    Supermicro - Super Server 7043P-8R
    Softwares installed:
    .net framework 1.1
    Media Player
    Windows updates

    Avg file size:  850k - 1MB

    We are backing up digital print files, these files can be large we are writting software to compress what we have to save space.  The digitial print files are our business we lose them we are screwed!  People work from these files off the server, and save to the server.  The files are never saved to their PCs.

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    Forgot budget, its unknown.

    Author Comment

    My starting thought is a plain file server with NAS or SAN for storage.  Backup I am looking
    at some sort of tape system, LTO/Autoloader.

    Author Comment

    What about if we start with Autoloader.  We're currently backing up 600-700GB of data with adding 200-250GB a year.  Looking for a fast system in the $4500 or less range.  Most of the ones I have seen are $3500+/-.
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    I will recommend storevault as storage solution. Storevault recently announced by NETAPP (NETAPP one of the largest NAS/SAN storage companies in the world). This product addressed to small and medium business only.

    and then you can take your backup online by utilizing the Snapshot, technology which provides point-in-time images of the entire file system that can be recorded instantly with no disruption of applications or performance. These images enable instantaneous recovery of individual files, directories or even the entire file system.

    Storevault comes with most of the great feature of NetApp storage such as:

    RAID-DP, (double parity) technology prevents data loss in the event of a second drive failure without excessive redundancy costs.

    FlexVol, which allows capacity to be allocated on the fly without disrupting users or applications. Volumes can also be easily resized on the fly, both up and down, also without disruption to users or applications. FlexVol also enables a technique called thin provisioning, where the total storage allocated can exceed the physical storage.
    Hardware specs of The StoreVault S500:
    •      Scales to 6TB but can start at 1TB – grow only as you need it
    •      Consolidates file and block-level storage for better storage utilization
    •      Simple on-the-fly provisioning from a central pool to applications, groups or users
    •      Protects against concurrent disk drive failures without paying for massive redundancy
    •      Dual hot-swap redundant power and cooling
    •      Eliminates the backup window

    Check the following URL for more information about storevault
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