I'm a developer that occasionally has to stick my head in the server room so forgive me if this is a simple question:
We have 4 servers One of which is a Microsoft Storage Server that houses our backup drives(Shared ESata Drives)
We due nightly full backups (150gigs per machine) which take about 14 hours to complete (Long story but they have to be full backups)
Servers are all connected via gigabit Ethernet to a managed switch(SRW2008) that is also connected to 4 other managed switches (Linksys SRW2024) that support desktops and IP phones. All servers are dual NIC'd (Currently using only 1) Our switches do support VLANS.
When backups are running the network slows to about 50% normal speed. Servers are not under heavy CPU utilization during backup.
I'm looking for the best way to be able to perform the above backup procedure without affecting other traffic and ideally speeding up the process so that it came complete during off hours.