I need to purchase backup hardware for the Army (Unix OS/Oracle DB). The database will have only 30,000 users at first and the data will take 5 years to reach 1TB. But we do not know yet how this application will evolve. So, I need advice:
1. Best hardware for scalability.
2. Best hardware for reliability.
3. Best hardware for the price.
4. Best software for reliability.
5. Best software for the price.
6. Best software for ease of use.
7. Drawbacks on automated backup systems.
8. Anything I forgot to mention.
Your advice, thoughts, complaints are all welcome.