Looking for Server backup hardware

  I am interested in the hardware only. It has been a while since I searched. RDX came out a while back but it doesn't seem to have flown well. Tape drives seem expensive, slow and low capacity. Is there anything new out there?

   I have about 500GB to back up. Would like some kind of removable media that a user can swap easily and take off-site.
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Modern Tapes / Drives aren't necessarily slow. Anyway, today many do backups to externally attached HD's. HD's are cheap and have large capacities. I'd get an external dock, the Link below has some examples:


You will have to decide on what connection type to use. USB 2.0 is rather slow, but it may suffice. Alternatively you could add a USB 3.0 adapter to your server (make sure the external dock supports USB 3.0 too), or use eSATA (also for that you'd probably need an additional adapter for the server), then get a couple of retail HD's and use those for your backups.

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Thomas RushCommented:
There are advantages to RDX... and even if they stopped new development tomorrow, you still will have availability of the cartridges (up to 1TB) for a long time to come.

HP is the one I know -- their cartridges have great shock resistance, they automatically perform the backup, they set a system restore point every 4-6 hours, and individual files are backed up as they change, giving you a much finer granularity for restores... plus, the backups are differences only, so they are very space efficient.   The process is fully automatic -- just plug the next cartridge in and it works throughout the day.  You never need to wait while the backup finishes.

USB drives usually require the user to do something to start the backup, they're not very shock resistent, and each copy of a file takes up the full space.  That said, they're cheaper than RDX cartridges.

Tape drive acquisition cost will be high, and it's not automatic, but they are very power efficient and do last for years on the shelf, which RDX and USB drives probably won't.   Nothing is better for archive than tape.  Plus, newer tapes (DAT320, LTO-4 and LTO-5) provide built-in hardware encryption, so you can encrypt the data and  not have to worry about a tape being lost or stolen.

Whatever scheme you use, especially if it's a disk scheme (USB or RDX), use three cartridges, label your them Rock, Paper, and Scissors.  Start with one getting backed up.  Then the other two go to the offsite location (or second best, in a fire safe), and on the next day look at the two, the 'winner' (rock breaks scissors, etc) stays, and the loser goes.  So rock stays in the vault, and scissors goes to the server.   When you get there, you have scissors and paper; scissors cuts paper, so you put scissors in the RDX for backup, and paper goes back to the vault.  Repeat.
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