I need to price and spec up an apple mac server. Space wise it needs to store around 2TB and have its own tape backup system.
I was thinking of the Xserve and preferably the Intel version when it is released which is rumoured for sometime next month I believe.
I dont suppose there are any leaked specs about? :)
The current Xserve can support only 1TB (if using RAID 5) so I guess we will need the X-serve RAID and I might aswell spec the 3TB (7*500GB) enclosure as the lower one is only 750GB (4*250GB).
If I use the raid enclosure I will need a fibre channel interface in one of the slots.
I assume I wont also need a RAID card aswell?
I am guessing this is to do hardware raid with internal drives only?
Next comes the tape backup system. Originally I saw the Exabyte VXA-2 (http://www.clubmac.com/clubmac/shop/detail~dpno~432846.asp
) but this wont be big enough now. So perhaps the VXA-320 (http://www.clubmac.com/clubmac/shop/detail~dpno~627773.asp
) which will give 1.6TB of native capacity which should be fine. This appears to be SCSI only so I will need the other PCI slot fitted with a SCSI card.
This means that there is no spare slot to fit a video card. I know these servers are designed to be run with no video cards but the IT deaprtment does not use macs so it makes it a bit more of a pain to manage. Perhaps we can get a mac mini for it management.
What would you recomend for use as backup software?
Any alternative suggestions?