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Backup recommendation

deesloop asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-07
We have 2 sites
One site has 7 servers
ISA/Websense, Exchange 30Gb, File 200Gb, Print, SQL 25Gb, Backup storage server and Terminal services

One has 4 servers
Exchange 20Gb, File 100Gb, Print, Backup Storage server

I want to get backup software which will let me backup these to disk - say 2 full backups (1 per month) and the associated incremental/diffs
I also want to backup once a month to tape and store the tapes offsite for a couple of years
And I also want 1 monthly backup and assocated omcremental to be stored at the remote site (10Mb link)
I want the monthly backups to run over a weekend and the incrementals run once a day after 6pm.
I also want the product to archive emails older than x months to the storage server and have it incorporated in backup.

I used to use Backup Exec when it was Veritas but got an outside comapny to provide new backup for us last year.
They chose Commvault 7 and without ranting, cant say it's been a good choice.

What products should I be looking at? And a reasonable explanation fow why too please.
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We use EMC Networker to backup our data to an ADICi2k Robotic Tape Library housing both LTO2 and LTO4 tape drives.  We also back up to disk.


Have had success using this software for 10 years.  Also has the ability to create "Clones" of backups taken.  These clones are for offsite tape storage and used in part during our Disaster Recovery Tests.  A scan can be executed for the tape recreating indexes of the data stored on the specific media.  

The GUI is java based now, and provides an easy navigation to setting up an organized backup structure optimizing our backup strategy and maximizing our productive use of a small backup window.

If you have any specific inquiries, let me know.

Hope you find this useful - Cheers
EirmanChief Operations Manager

With regards to storage media, I wouldn't bother with tapes for large volumes of data
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We leverage backup as a service using a product called Asigra.
It performs an initial backup and uses an incremental forever model for all subsequent backups. With each backup it saves a copy locally and also sends the data off-site. You can configure how many generations you want it to store local and remote.
The off-site backup capabilities allow you to do away with having to worry about rotating tapes off-site. You can have policies set that will allow you to keep the data protected off-site for however long you need it.
Incrementals can run once a day, the data is encrypted and compressed and over a 10mbps link it should be no problem based on the capacities you listed but how quickly it gets the data off-site is dependent on change rate and other factors.
Email archive is different from backup but suffice it to say that once the email archive exists it could be incorporated with the backup.
Also... now that you have a backup of all your servers and data off-site, you can also easily develop and execute a disaster recovery plan. All your servers and data can be restored off-site. We've used this strategy before for many and it never dissappoints.
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