I am getting ready to purchase a Dell T320 server for a client. This is a small company that is growing, and are in the market to purchase their first server. This server will house their Sage 50 database and client files. They are happy with their current GMail solution, so an on premise or off-premise email solution is not an issue and managed elsewhere.
I want to know how well Microsoft's native backup solution works in that is it reliable and efficient on the recovery of files, databases, and the OS restore or even bare metal restore.
Will it work with Dell RD1000 removable backup cartridges (two cartridge rotation).
I would also like to know how is scheduling nightly backup as well.
Finally, can it send an email of the backup completion status after each backup.
I am use to Symantec's Backup Exec, but I am having second thoughts making this initial and recurring annual investment.
Essentially, I want the backup to run every weeknight sending the owner and myself an email of the backup status.
I am also trying to convince the owner in purchasing a cloud backup solution that does require a costly on-site appliance. Not a fan of Mozy or Carbonite, and am looking at Axcient's cloud backup solution. I may even look into GFI backup solution if the prices are not ridiculous.