Need options for continued easy access to data
Posted on 2006-11-28
Our company is moving most functions from one local office to another remote office. There will still be a handful of staff at the downsized (local) location still remaining. There will no longer be any onsite IT support, so the plan is to remove the need for backups of any type locally. We currently have a Fractional (512 Kb/s) T1/MPLS connection to our head office 2,000 mi away - which is then connected by another 512 Kb/s connection to the remote office in question (another 2,000 mi away). We have trusted domains, so we can access each others files, but it takes literally up to 100 x longer to save a file opened remotely than locally.
My options so far are:
1. Have local users open all files on remote servers and suffer under the pain of slow performance.
2. Upgrade our bandwith, but incurr the many $1000's of extra dollars to upgrade (the local office is not near a major exchange, so higher costs are incurred for WAN connections).
3. Keep files locally on a file server, but have a script run each night to copy data over the WAN to the remote location so they can backup the data on their system.
4. Pay an online backup provider for backup services.
I would like to go with option #3 - HOWEVER - I did an iperf test between the local and remote locations, and the best response time I got was 447 Kbps - with a daily incremental backup of at least 7 GB, it would take over 30 hours every day to backup one day's modified files! So I'm thinking that option is a no show - especially for the full backups.
Does anyone have any other ideas that would work well for a situtation like this? The main concern is data availability for the local location in case of lost data - but also speed and integration.