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Efficient way to copy / backup millions of small files

sunhux asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-10

Would like to know how people out there are handling this where
you have millions of small files (I've seen this in logfiles, Lotus Notes
email or Outlook files) :

In the past I dread copying or backing up (using Windows Explorer
or Windows or Unix OS copy commands) to copy directories with
million over small files.

Does Veritas Netbackup or HP Dataprotector take very long to backup
such a directory to tape ?  

Would it be faster to use SAN or snapshot technology to just take a
quick snap of the entire SAN disk partition (where such small files
reside) or would it be more efficient to place these millions of small
files on a Solid State Disk (SSD) as SSD do not have seek/rotational
delays of conventional disks (SCSI or IDE) ?
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