I have 5 esx 4.1 hosts, and about 80 vms residing on them. I have used Backup Exec to do machine backups to tape for a while, and i have been using vranger for weekly images as well.
I am looking to finally get away from using the tapes altogether, at least for daily, and just use vranger and save those. We are using the new vranger, 5.2
The only problem i have is that my company is big on DR (or BCP) testing, and practices, so we need to have data leave the building each night. with BE, we have too much at this point to go in the window we have, so we were looking at doing the ranger backups, and then putting that repository to tape, only problem is that it takes over 26 hours to back it up to tape, which again kills that idea.
so for storage, we have 1 Western Digital portable with 6 TB of storage. We have another with 4 TB of storage (both were 4, I just upgraded one with new drives) I also have another JBOD from dell that has about 3TB also.
I have the 4TB and the dell thing set as repositories, and I can keep about 3 days total before they run out of space. I was working on trying to do a backup of the repository to the other portable drive each day, but it is not working, for there is not enough time.
I had an idea of using 2 backup jobs, one nightly for MWF, and one for TTH. 2 different repositoies that relate to the day of the backup. this way I can take drives offsite each night, and still have backups running.
unfortunately BE is not running fast enough for me to get a copy on tape, that would solve all of my issues. :)
Anyone have any thoughts as to how I could make this a little more manageable?