budget archiving and backup with NAS
Posted on 2011-04-29
I have a windows 2003 file server, Exchange 2003 server, SQL Servers all being backed up on tape.
The 500gb file server has reached its max. 4 Gen HP hardware, so there is no room to improve.
I also have a very limited buget.
I was thinking of adding a 8TB Iomega StorCenter Pro ix4-200d NAS to the network in the premise of archiving as much as possible from the file server and keep the file server for day to day operations.
I also have a problem of tape backups as they are currently taking two days, as they require two tapes. So I was also planning to back up the exchange server and sql servers onto that NAS too.
So i then have the problem of backing up the NAS itself . I have a premises about 500metres away which i am going to link to our main office network and I was going to add a 2nd 8TB NAS box for business continuity.
Is this a feasible scenario? Has anyone done anything similar?
How would I rsync the two NAS boxes? Is there a best practice?
Thanks for any guidance.