I have been tasked with the project of implementing a non-tape based backup solution for our network backups.
The main goals of this project:
1) Eliminate tape backups
2) Have at least 2 points of failure
3) Quick restore times
4) Low bandwidth usage
5) Inexpensive =)
6) Backups must be encrypted (Either hardware or software based)
Currently, we are using Backup Exec 12 on a Windows 2008 R1 SP2 server that writes our backups to Ultrium III tape. We then take the tape to our offsite location.
I've been looking at several NAS backup solutions such as those offered by Data Domain and HP. However, these solutions are fairly expensive.
We only have a 1.5 Mbps connection to our offsite location. Our full backups are 250 gigs, and we are strictly a Windows shop.
If anyone could make a suggestions are far as whether or not Deduplication or a WAN Accelerator would be a good idea, or what might be another technology to explore I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.