We have a client that is an architectural firm that is backing up a total of 1TB of data for the entire enterprise.
The data is broken into the following:
- SBS Server - Domain Controller
- IBM Storage Array (eight 10k Drives) (total of 700GB of project files) - iSCSI connection.
- Dell PowerEdge 2900 server (Clients Exchange Server 2007 running on windows 2008)(Joined to domain as a member)
We installed a brand new Exabyte Magnum 224 autoloader (LT04-10 tapes loaded) which is connected directly to the new Dell PowerEdge 2900 Exchange server.
THE ISSUE WE NEED RESOLVED:
At present, the client wishes to do a daily backup, but to do so would take 18 hours for 1TB of data. Client would like the entire daily backup done in less than 7-8 hours. So we are currently doing incremental monday-thursday and full on Friday.
We believe that the IBM Storage array with it's 10k drives and iSCSI connection is slowing down the process of the backup, in addition to the large CAD Drawing project files that hardly compress. The IBM Storage array connects to a Gigabit 3COM switch and then back to the SBS Domain Controller.
We are proposing replacing the Small Business Server domain controller with a new Dell PowerEdge 2900 with about 2TB of data, installing Backup Exec 12 (with appropriate agents) and doing a metal to metal backup from all sources and then doing a secondary backup from the new 2900 server to the Magnum 224 autoloader.
We are looking for some high-level assistance here. This has been quite a challenging setup and current technology seems not to be up to the task.