Designing a Backup strategy
Posted on 2013-12-02
I wanted to get opinions on a best-practices backup solution for my work environment. We are a medium sized business that is growing, and I am trying to modernize us, put us on sounds security policies and get us on a disaster-recovery plan that makes sense and isn't going to kill us on cost. Currently I would say we are doing 'okay' on backups but I feel if something goes wrong we would be screwed.
The most important considerations are 1.) Reasonable price 2.) enabling offsite storage of backups to allow for disaster recovery 3.) ease of restores.
What I am thinking about is implementing is some sort of Azure (or other cloud based backup solution, suggestions welcome) backup solution to replace our current non working tape backups.
Environment: 3 servers - 1 file server, a couple AD servers, a DHCP server/DNS etc. Total backup footprint now is about 350 gig, but I don't have any information on how to judge what our daily incremental backup size would be.
Here is the current setup: We have a pretty nice Dell LTO tape library with an old no longer supported version of backup exec. It barely works --it's constantly losing the tape drive and giving errors about can't find media set etc. I priced getting new version of BuE and it's in the thousands of dollars. Insane. We are doing full daily backups to a SMB type NAS device, but since it's connected to the server and is not offsite, this could pose issues if we have a disaster at the building and/or virus problem that can attack the drive itself.
My thought is a cloud backup would be the way to go for some of the backups, but to keep costs low, not all of the data all the time.
So what would you suggest in terms of what would be an ideal setup given my resources? I am thinking 2-500 a month would be ok for management -- this equals on the outside, about 1 TB of data stored on the cloud. However the less money spent, the better.
Full monthly to NAS, daily incremental to NAS and weekly incremental to Azure? Or something else?
Thanks for your help!!!
*edited for spelling