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Looking for Good Backup Solution that uses USB

Hi All,

I am looking to implement new storage device(s) on a network with 5 physical servers and 2 virtual Hyper V servers.

My client currently has 1 NAS and their Corp office which back's up off-site to a co-location NAS, Both Nas's are 2TB storage devices. They are Buffalo NAS's and are extreamly slow.

One thing I don'y like about a NAS back-up device is that unless you stagger the back-ups, it will slow your internal bandwidth down to a screeching halt.

What I am thinking about doing is having an external USB back-up device for each machine. And possibly backing up the virtual hyper V instances also. I just cant find any USB device that seems to be suitable for commercial use unless they cost an arm and a leg ?  And advise ??

Oh yeah, did I mention my clients budget is not the best... LOL  

Thanks !!
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itguy565Commented:
I would go with Acronis Backup and Recovery 11 server with the Universal Restore option.

http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/


We use it and it works flawless for image backup.

You could also use Symantec's Backup Exec product but I have had the most success with Acronis.
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Chris MillardCommented:
We use the Seagate GoFlex hard drives (we installed a USB 3.0 card into the server, and purchased the GoFlex USB 3.0 adapter)
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itguy565Commented:
Keep in mind you only need to backup the server using this product because you can backup your hyper-V machines extremely easily with already provided software from microsoft.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/7aabf41a-a408-47e7-8bec-d586e01940fe/
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itguy565Commented:
Roy,

The GoFlex Drive is a good drive. I would also recommend a good USB3 Drive. I would probably build my own though. I would get a External USB3 enclosure and purchase my own solid state drive to go into it. Though the goFlex is a good drive I believe it still uses a 5400 RPM drive to cut costs. When with large data storage I would recommend a 7200 or better drive or to go completely solid state
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shahzoorCommented:
You can use storage craft as a solution
http://www.storagecraft.com

As far as the slow NAS are concerned you can have the option of incremental backups, in that case huge data wont travel over your network. Further you can even define the network speed or data transfer speed in the backup software

If budget is not an issue go for acronis backup and recovery. It does cover all those aspects
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PAULADAMSJRAuthor Commented:
All thanks for your input. For the most part, I am getting solutions referencing software. I really need the hardware soltion.

What's a good hardware solution.....? Instead of using the Buffalo NAS to back everything up to, I am thinking of giving each server its own back-up device that uses USB 3x.

thanks !!
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itguy565Commented:
Paul,

The GoFlex Drive is a good drive. I would also recommend a good USB3 Drive. I would probably build my own though. I would get a External USB3 enclosure and purchase my own solid state drive to go into it. Though the goFlex is a good drive I believe it still uses a 5400 RPM drive to cut costs. When with large data storage I would recommend a 7200 or better drive or to go completely solid state
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shahzoorCommented:
The only problem with USB device is that you wont get a RAID. If its a huge network and you want a reliable backup solution you will have to look for a reliable fast speed NAS with RAID preferably with NIC interface, firewire and USB 3.0
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SelfGovernCommented:
For a traditional backup solution that includes archival protection (which a hard drive solution won't), there are USB-connected tape drives.   HP had devices with up to 160GB (native) per cartridge.   See http://www.hp.com/go/dat .  

Or, consider backup-to-disk (your current NAS solution), but using an incremental forever strategy that is very bandwidth-friendly.   You perform one full backup, after that only incremental backups.   Periodically you run a "generate synthetic full" process (preferrably to tape), which generates a backup from those disk files that's exactly is if you'd run a full backup (this works for archiving to tape, as well as quick restores from the disk).   Products like HP Data Protector or IBM TSM will do this for you.
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PAULADAMSJRAuthor Commented:
Between the split, I think I got the exact answer. Thanks to all for your valued input. We will be looking at implimenting these solutions next week. Thanks !! PA -
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