Need your recommendations on Enterprise-level backup solution
Posted on 2007-04-09
I have a VERY large medical practice client who has outgrown their single tape drive and Arcserv backup solution. I'm putting together several options for them and two options I'll be costing out are an offsite, over-the-internet backup solution like datapreserve, as well as an on-site software implementation with robust-enough features like Backup Exec.
It's been a while since I've implemented a fresh backup solution for a corporate infrastructure and, as most of you corporate IT types know, you don't have a need to know what the "latest and greatest" is until you are tasked with a problem that needs a solution. The last implementation I drove several years ago was Backup Exec 10-ish with a two drive, 24 slot IBM Ultrium tape library.
I can Google "backup software", but that doesn't really find me what people are using in the enterprise these days.
My questions is:
What's the latest-and-greatest for both over-the-Internet and locally driven enterprise back-up solutions.
I have experience with Backup Exec and fairly sizable hardware, but am looking for other solutions that require less daily "tweaking" and troubleshooting as BE does. (You BE administrators know exactly what I'm talking about here) I've recently been introduced to Convault with a newly implemented Dell SAN, but had no usable exposure to it. As for an over-the-Internet solution, my only immediate experience has been Data Preserve, but this solution is not even close to enterprise-level yet. Initial backup will be in the range of 600 - 1,000 Gb. Daily changes will be in the range of 200 to 400 Gb. Yes, there are many, many other considerations for my solution, but I just don't know what's out there that everyone is using. Local software will be installed and run from a Windows box.
Sadly, I believe the EE system here will only allow me to split points between two responses and I suspect I'll get more than a few recommendations. I hope you understand, but I'd really like your suggestions.