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Backup Recommendation - Network Share, Incremental, Bit Level

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Hi,

I have a Windows 2008 Server and a RedHat Server in different locations communicating via IPSec VPN.  Each night I backup certain folders on one server and push to the other server vice versa.  Currently I use SecondCopy by Centered systems running on the Windows 2008 Server that will check for any changed or new files, and only transfer those detected changed or new files.  I also have the ability to keep the last 25 iterations of that changed file.

I am looking for a different product.  SecondCopy transfers the entire file not bit level changes and very often the files are very large 300-400 megs each and only partially compressible.  The other issue is SecondCopy is kind of problematic with its Window Service and I have never found it completely reliable.

My requirements are:
Windows 2008 compatible
Windows Service
Differential Backup
Keep / purge up to 5 different file iterations
Bit Level


Jonathan
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by:dexterlab
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I would recommend you to check ARCserve Backup software.

http://arcserve.com/

Helping you meet critical recovery management challenges in tough economic times, CA ARCserve Backups built-in data deduplication reduces storage requirements, delays CAPEX and improves RTO by storing more backups on disk. SRM is now delivered as part of the backup system easing implementation and providing data in a simple report format, enhancing efficiencies in managing your entire environment, not just backups. One-step granular file recovery from a VM image backup saves both time and money by eliminating the need for a staged recovery. Finally, new Media Assure technology significantly reduces risk by validating the recoverability of your backup data in the event of a disaster.

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by:Dextertronic
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Doubletake will do byte level change replication.
I use it between windows servers to replicate exchange databases and directory structures between sites.
They have windows and linux versions.
Great software.
You would only need the Livewire verions of Doubletake as you are just pushing files around.
Livewire is the cut down version of Doubletake.
it's cheaper and doesn't have the high availability failover functionality.

I'm not sure about the previous iterations, I think that's in a different Doubletake product than the Doubletake core or the Doubletake Livewire software.
Try the trial version
www.doubletake.com
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Hi,

Thank you for responding.  II believe Livewire is more for snapshots where I just need to push data around.  I would like to keep the cost down below $500.


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Hi JOn
Doubletake products are all about pushing data around and definitely not about snapshot/imaging techniquest.
I use Doubletake to syncronies entire directory structures over a VPN where as I use Symantec Backup Exec System Reocvery Server for imaging and snapshots.
Doubletake LIvewire is like Second Copy on steroids.
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