We have 2 servers, one running 2003 SBS, the other 2003 Standard (member server on the domain). The SBS box performs backups nightly via Backup Exec and pulls ~200GB of data per night from the 2003 Std box. The problem is, due to the bottleneck in the speed of the network connection between the 2 servers, the backups are taking WAY too long to run.
The obvious solution is to switch from FULL backup sets to INCREMENTAL, but I have had bad luck with that in the past, and REALLY want to keep my FULL nightly backup sets.
We upgraded the NICs on both servers and the ports on our switch to Gig-E, thinking that it would speed up the backup process - we really noticed maybe a 20-30% increase in data transfer rates... Not good enough.
The next obvious choice is Fiber. However, we do not have a fiber switch and fiber modules for our switch are $$$. How much of a realistic performance gain will I gain from Fiber Vs. Gig-E? Also, with Fiber, is there any way to just link the 2 servers together without having to use the switch - kindda like using a cross-over ethernet cable - does fiber do that?
Another option is to throw another pair of Gig-E cards into each box. However, I am not sure how to make 2 cards work on the same network together. I know that there is got to be a way - Network Load Balancing Service maybe? Never used it - a short how-to might be helpful. If adding a second Gig-E interface will double our transfer rates, it would be a sufficient solution to our problem for at least a year.
What do you guys think?