Best Windows server backup solutions

Hi I am trying to determine what is the best backup solution for our 2003 and 2008 Windows servers. We used to just use Symantec Backup exec to tape drives. It has been years though and am wondering if there is a better more efficient way to do this such as Acronis with some NAS space instead of tape drives?
Thomas NSystems Analyst - Windows System AdministratorAsked:
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joshbulaCommented:
USB external hard drives work really well, and are very inexpensive. Symantec Backup Exec 2010 lets you have a main backup drive, and then two rotating off-site drives to swap back-and-forth between.  It will also let you use FTP for off-site backup.  
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
While there's not much wrong with Windows Backup, we also use Symantec Backup Exec for its bare metal capability.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Acronis is a great piece of software I have used it many times. I still like Symantec BackupExec though. Really depends both are really good softwares but I really like to stick with Symantec on the servers for backups
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Thomas NSystems Analyst - Windows System AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thanks regarding the software but does everyone just backup to tape? Or what media do you guys use?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
I most of the time backup to tape easier to manage. '

We have done the USB drive as well which worked well but always afraid of damage to the hard drive itself. Tapes are more durable. Solid state USB drives cost more but are durable but most sites stick with the tape drives
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
Tapes are fine, but you have to keep careful track of them, make sure you log their rotation, make sure you replace them, etc.  And these days with drive space and Internet bandwidth both cheap, it's just easier to back up straight-to-hard-drive and be done with it.  It's faster and no more bother to move off site.

We back up to two separate machines on site, then nightly parse those backups off site to two different machines in two different locations.  We do this with a combination of Windows Backup and homegrown software, but there are commercial products that work similarly.
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joshbulaCommented:
We use a 2-drive Raid NAS as the main backup drive and regular USB hard drives for the alternating off-site backups. It seems to be enough redundancy to be just as reliable as tapes, but we also have an iDrive account for cloud backup just in case.
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