Our current backup system involves a 1.1TB LTO-1 external tape autoloader and Veritas Backup Exec 9.0. We have outgrown the storage capacity of the tape system and would like to move to eSATA disk backup as inexpensively as possible. Ideally, this would mean purchasing new hardware only, as BE 9.0 natively supports disk backup. I would prefer to purchase bare SATA drives (4 x 500GB will cover our needs for a few years) and install them in a RAID-capable multi-bay eSATA enclosure.
From discussions with our IT consulting firm, the trick is apparently finding an eSATA enclosure that will play nice with BE 9.0. They have not tested any multi-bay eSATA enclosures yet, so I need some recommendations on external enclosures/systems known to work with BE 9.0. Hotswap is not necessary. To this point, the only one I have found that specifically mentions BE 9.0 support is FirstRAID from Highly Reliable Systems, but I am less than impressed by their URL and Web site:
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance!