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Backup Dilema

Hi, we are looking for a solution where we can backup large amount of data located on network SAN. This SAN does not have any native backup capability and Apple OS10.5 server is the only thing thats connected to it and mounts it as volumes. Apple is connected to it via Fiber. We have about 12 TB of data right now to backup. Obviously USB hard drives, NAS devices will not work. Tape drive Autoloader will, but I'm not exited about using them, as single tape failure in initial full set will corrupt the backup. Trying to find a solution of backing up to some other SAN on network (over fiber). Any experience with this? And what software do you recomend using. Because of the size we need an ability to run Full jobs, Incrementals. Also email notification or print out would be great.
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8/22/2022 - Mon

What SAN do you have?

Here's a product I've used to replicate data:


also there is Double-Take, which is pretty popular:

Maksim Avrukin

Its Facilis SAN. I'm familiar with Double Take. Problem is volumes are MAC based. All files are Mac based. Solution needs to be 100% Mac compatible.

Any block-level replication will work.  Block-level replication doesn't care if its Mac, PC, Linux, or whatever.

Does Facilis not have a replication tool?  I'm not familiar with them.
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Maksim Avrukin

No replication tool. I can only mound its volumes in read only. (multiple read only, one write). Currently Apple server has access to it. All data on it is Apple based. If I use Double take I have to use Windows equipment and OS. Then there might be an issue with different OS and partitions.

There is no issue if the software does block-based replication.  Doesn't matter what OS does the replication at that point.

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