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Local and Cloud Backup Recommendations for Files, Exchange, SQL

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I work as an IT consultant and have various customers using different local backup software (windows, Genie, BackupAssist, NovaBackup) and various cloud backups (SOS Online, Mozy, Vembu StoragGrid, Zoolz).

I like to keep local backups and offsite backups, but managing all of the different backup software is getting to be a bit much.

Would anyone recommend a best practice for services and software to backup files, exchange, sql, etc for Disaster Recovery?

Is there one product can do it all, or will I have to keep maintaining things separately.

Exchange, SQL, and System State tend to give me the most problems, just regular file backups don't cause much trouble.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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The backup products you mentioned don't sound like any Corporate level software that I've heard of before so I'm assuming you're dealing with smaller companies.

The products that can do what you want cost quite a bit of money.

Have a look at what is considered the leading products for this:
http://www.storagenewsletter.com/rubriques/market-reportsresearch/gartner-magic-quadrant-for-enterprise-backuprecovery-software/

P.S. Exchange, SQL and AD system state backups are the BEST ways to recover those systems so don't knock them...just make sure that they get done. Smaller products don't really offer anything more than file level backups.
Cost will always be the biggest factor in you backup solution...
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I've found the most effective method for smaller companies are Windows Backup (Server 2008-2012 inc SBS) onto an External Drive.  This is manly because smaller companies don't have the funds for corporate level backup software.

My smaller customers would normally have 2-5 backup drives and rotate them - Drives that are not being used are taken off site.

Simple and cost effective.
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