back up xserve

I am buying a new Xserve hopefully with 4 tb of data storage.  I have an old xserve raid with 500 gb drives in it.    I am told in total that the raid has 2.7 tb of data storage.    I would like to use the old raid to back up the new xserve.   What software / hardware will I need to get this going?   Im guessing I would have to replace the 500 gb Hard drives with 1 tb drives.  What software would be necessary to start an automatic backup schedule?
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
I would recommend that you look to Retrospect http://www.retrospect.com/products/software/retroformac/systemrequirements/

At the same time, while backing up to another Drive is good, it would be better if you cold implement a removable tape system for moving backups off site for protection of your backups.
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ForLoop5Author Commented:
I reading reviews of retrospect here http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1584640,00.asp


The users of the product have very negative reviews.  
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Keep in mind, that article is 6 years old :)

take it for a 30 day spin and you be the judge.

I have used retrospect and would have to disagree with some of the comments.  It works and does exactly what is need for backup.  There are not may native enterprise leve backup options for OS X and I don't consider Time machine one of them either.

Another option is Prosoft Eng Data Backup X
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ForLoop5Author Commented:
What do you think of this?   http://www.tolisgroup.com/products/bruapp/
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Looks interesting..Give one of the other two options a try for 30 days.  It seems pricey.
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cenocreCommented:

An essential piece of software in my group of Xserves used by my hosting company is free Carbon Copy Cloner. It s the favorite of many especially if you need to create FULL copies that are bootable and include all the invisible files. Been using it for years.

http://www.bombich.com/index.html

"Carbon Copy Cloner is uncrippled  'donationware', the developer suggests a $10 (USD) contribution.

DESCRIPTION
Carbon Copy Cloner... Clone, synchronize,  backup. Schedule and forget it. Try it 'til you trust it.
 In its simplest form, CCC will clone one hard drive to another, copying  every single block or file to create an exact replica of your source  hard drive. This is very useful if, for example, your laptop is damaged  and you must send it in for repair.
CCC can also be used to perform regular backups of your data. When  you select a source disk in CCC, you are presented with the contents of  that disk (hidden items too). Simply uncheck the items that you do not  want to backup, and CCC will provide ample indication what will and will  not be copied. Select a target disk to which you would like to backup,  then press the clone button.
The key to a successful backup plan is to actually do the backups  regularly. When left to a human, the task often gets tacked on to the  end of a very long list of other things to do. When you eventually have a  catastrophe, the data is simply gone. You know that feeling -- you just  lost six years of family photos. Your kids being born, their first  birthdays, their first everything. The answer to this is consistent and  regular backups, placed on a schedule and handled automatically by your  computer. CCC includes that functionality, and takes it even further."
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Hi, any updates from the choices provided?
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ForLoop5Author Commented:
I did not know CCC was so useful.  Retrospect looked good also.  I have decided to go with the Bru solution.  Another network admin in my district said we should keep it uniform.  Hes more senior than I so I will go with his plan.  Thank you!
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