Backup Strategy Review - Need Advice!!
Posted on 2009-04-13
Our company currently has about 40 users.
+ 1x 2003 SBS Main Server (exchange, web, intranet, backup, sharepoint, AD, etc)
+ 1x 2008 STD Terminal Server (Accounting Software)
-The main server has [1x internal raid drive] with all the system file + [1x external raid drive] with all the company data and exchange server data + [2x 80GB tape drives]
-The terminal server has [1 internal raid drive] + 1 [extrnal usb drive]
-The main server is backed up every night to the tapes drives that rotate daily (w Backup Exec) + to the internal raid drive on the terminal server via network (w Backup Exec System Recovery)
-The terminal server is backed up every night to the external usb drive.
The company also has a remote site with 3 users. Remote files are stored locally and synchronized every night back to the server and then to the tapes.
I am currently reviewing the backup strategy for serveral reasons :
- The tapes run out of space almost every month (has to constantly try archiving bits and pieces to gain a bit of space on tapes)
- I can't even convert the backup from System Recovery to a vmware virtual disk to properly test it in a virtual environment as I don't have enough space
-The company is constantly growing and is expected to grow even more soon with the acquisition of another company.
Now I've seen a lot of storage and backup solutions - NASs, Dell PowerVault, Disk backups, tape backups, etc
But I don't really know how would be best to reorganize everything so it allows growth and takes less time and effort to manage and of course is recovery efficient..
Any tips and suggestions on how to reorganize the whole storage and backup are very welcome!!!!!