Best Tape drive / backup device for new server
Posted on 2008-10-02
I'm looking for some advice on the best backup drive solution for our new SBS 2003 R2 server.
I have compared the options and the best seem to be either an LTO 200GB internal drive, or the new Iomega REV 120GB USB drive.
Currently we have an SBS 2000 server with a Sony AIT-1 35GB drive that has been very good, but the AIT drives and tapes are very expensive for the level of storage they provide.
What are others opinions? I am looking to spend no more than about £600 on the drive and tapes.
Would like around 100-250GB capacity and a really good speed is also important, for both backup and also restoration.
It would also be nice to have the option of an external drive that in an emergency we could transport to a PC and restore the data.
Otherwise it would depend on the server 100% in case of disaster.
Is USB not a good choice? I was warned that the REV drive is better in the SATA version.
We currently do a very extreme backup of 5 tapes (daily) and 3 monthly. Also a seperate one every 3 months for the O.S drive.
Are there any recommendations on the backup schedule also? I believe as SBS 2003 has a new feature "Shadow Copy" that our backup
may be overkill and we could get away with 5 tapes (daily) and just 1 monthly tape. Is this reasonable?
Thanks a lot,