Hi, We have 5 Windows 2003 Servers I want to have backed up with a sector/image based solution + the ability to restore to dissimilar hardware + future feature of P2V conversion for a VMWare brand solution.
We currently use http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/retrospect/retrospect-win/default.html
and everything is great- we perform two file backsups of the 5 servers everyday (on/off site) and ahve tested DR restore to same hardware and eveything works good.
Since the hardware is getting to be 3-4 years old, I'm wanting change the bkup solution to image based in-case of hardware failure to have options to move to dissimilar hardware if needed + laying the ground work to virturalize the machines in needed in the next few years.
I'm leaning towards http://www.acronis.com/backup-recovery/server-windows/
since we use this for a couple standalone desktops and it's so easy to use. With universal restore feature that's $1218 per server for $6090 not including an onsite NAS or something to store the backup data.
I've looked at http://www.paragon-software.com/business/db-server/eshop.html
which has a business started kit for $3295 which has a whole bunch of licenses that I think would meet the above project needs plus a whole bunch of other needs.
1. Who would pay the premium for Acronis over Paragon biz pack if they both do the same thing?
2. Any recommendations for inexpensive storage device (data is under 4TB of HDs deployed for one copy of servers. I can hook something up to the Restrospect WIN2003 server (external SATA or something), but was wonder if standalone NAS would be a good starter idea.