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Quetysis
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I have one windows 2003 small business server and another server housing about 3 terabytes of data.  What backup solutions are available?  Right now we have many external hard drives that we are backing up to, but I'm hoping to find a solution to simplify and automate the backup process, if possible.  Any input is greatly appreciated.  Thanks
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

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3TB is a LOT of data.  Does it change often?  If it does, then you should probably go with a tape library device.  For LARGE amounts of data, tape is the most cost effective method.
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Also, I may be posting this in part just to christen it as I just got it "presentable" recently.  But you might want to review my overview of backup technologies and strategies, available here:
http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/backup.asp
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Hopefully the 3TB pf data reside on a HW RAID of some sort.  Depending on what makes this 3GB, you might want to add another set and mirror the data if that is an option.

I agee with leew, tape Library would be the economical way to go.

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the hp msl tape library's are great. go for lto2 and divide the tape capacity (uncompressed) by your total storage requirement and ensure oyu have a tape library that handles that mamny tapes.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

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If we're going to recommend hardware without knowing full details, I'll recommend overland storage.  I've used several of their systems and they were REALLY good - reliable and expandable.  It's been a long while since I used Dell tape equipment (which is almost certainly oem'd from someone else) but I was VERY dissatified with their equipment ~4-5 years ago.  Had 6 of 7 or so Dell tape units fail on me within a year of their purchase.

Also used one HP DLT drive which was quite good and lasted years.