I hate Backup Exec&
Im seriously thinking of downloading Microsofts Data Protection Manager 2007 and giving it a whirl, they now offer Exchange, SQL and Sharepoint Agents all for under $1000! What are your thoughts?
We are currently in the process of moving away from tape in our backup scheme, Ive looked into the 7 Bay Rackmount, eSATA High-Rely Disk to Disk backup solution which Ive been quoted at $6191 for the Rackmount and 10-1TB HDs and media trays. My idea is to have multiple backups on each hard drive. Drive 1-5 (1-Mon, 2-Tues, etc) would have Mon-Fri and should hold about 3-4 backups totaling about 4 weeks of full (not byte level) backups. And the 6th and 7th drives would be used for one time, quarterly backups, and offsite backups. The advantage to this is that there will be full backups on HDs& not differential, incremental, and or bit/byte level backups (ala VSS) that require the first snapshot that may get corrupted.
This is what Ive come up with instead of something like the SonicWall CDP or the Axcient Uptiva which are single/mirror drives that backup using VSS. My thinking is that if the SonicWall/Uptiva goes defective on us or the HDs fail, there go all of our backups. Where as with the High-Rely well have multiple HDs plus offsite HDs as backup.
What are your thoughts?