Recently we had a failure and had to restore, which took us offline for 2 days. Now the boss is ready to throw some money towards a new backup solution.
We have a budget of 5k - 10k, preferably lower.
I've been wondering whether to go a server or NAS.
The way I see it, enterprise drives are sold at extortionist prices. About $300 for 300GB SAS drives in Australia. Which is why I'm attracted to NAS, I could buy some 2Tb drives for $100 a pop. And still have a RAID that can sustain 2 drive failures + keep a hot spare in there.
Perhaps someone can a good reason to go for a server?
I've been looking at Drobo NAS which uses BeyondRAID, which I can upgrade easily, by just simply swapping drives with bigger ones. This sounds really good.
I've also been looking at Qnap and Synology.
I havent been able to track down a cheap NAS with ZFS either, I would kill for this. ZFS snapshot abilities should get any IT guy hard :P
I know there are open source projects, but we want a product with real support (not community based like most distros have).
Have you guys used any?
I'm also after some good backup software, everyone tells me to stay away from Backup Exec, and since Symantec can't even make a good bug free working Antivirus (they flopped on conficker), I'm reluctant to even try it on a Free Trial basis.
So if you can also recommend some software, that would be great.
I'm backing up Data stored on NTFS volumes and Hyper-V, the Operating systems are all Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
Thank you, all opinions and criticism are welcome.