Good alternative to CA Brightstor Backup

Posted on 2007-10-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-19

I'm running a network (Windows 2003 server based - no workstations, just servers) with around 100 servers and we're currently using CA Brightstor 11.5 to backup these servers. However this software is becoming unreliable in that jobs frequently fail and I'd like to look at some other backup software. Can anyone recommend some enterprise backup software that is reliable and simple to configure. Another gripe I have with the CA software is that it's a pain in the neck to configure jobs and since all data is backed up to disk it's a real nuisance having to create so many backup devices. I've tried BackupExec and wasn't keen on that either.

Question by:jbuk2007
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    Both ar designed for Enterprise backups, and need to be flexible.

    I do not now of anything that will do both, Flexible, and simple.

    Also, both offer such things as Agents to handle special data sets 9 SQL, Exchange, Lots Notes, etc ).

    Do you have multiple servers running the backup software ?

    That is how I would distribute the load if needed.

    I hope this helps !

    Author Comment

    The load is currently being taken by one server. Currently only around 25 servers are being backed up but over the next 12 months I will be bringing the rest into the solution. We're looking at using some higher end NAS storage such as NetApp to provide storage space over the next few years but want the software to scale well as well. No special agents are used.
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    You may need more servers for backup, depending on your backup window, and speed of your backups.

    I would also check out

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    It gives you a menu driven, simple interface, which then scripts the jobs, managing the media library and using the native NTBackup.  You can do almost anything you want to with it!
    Two very good free open source solutions to consider...

    I hope this helps !
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    I would suggest Bakbone Netvault which will also work really well with the Netapp filer. Use their VDL feature to do a proper backup to disk. There is a trial version available at their web.

    Also Tivoli by IBM would do the job nicely but can be pricey in a solution like this.

    And I agree with SysExpert, 25 servers can be quite a job for a single backup server to handle

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the recommendations. With regards to using more servers we will be doing this. Do you guys link to the NetApp (for example) via CIFS or an iSCSI connection?
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    CIFS/NFS will often be faster on big bulky transfers (like backups) than iSCSI connection.

    Also working on a file protocol in backup enviroments allow some more flexibility against a block-protocol. A block protocol can only be accessed by one host at one time where as a file protocol can be accessed by several hosts. This will also make it easier to restore in case of a disaster.

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