I am looking at switching from Symantec Backup Exec 2012 to StorageCraft ShadowProtect. I like the idea of faster recovery situations and a more cost effective, simpler solution. Our Symantec maintenance renewal is due soon so that is what prompted the looking.
All servers are Dell PowerEdge running hardware RAID5 and Windows Server 2003 or 2008. We run one file server,three application servers and a terminal server.
The applications run on SQL Express and Sybase 9. How well does StorageCraft work with backing up Sybase 9 databases? Does it work at all reliably? Currently we run Pre and Post commands to shutdown and startup the Sybase database with BackupExec as per the application vendors recommendation. We also have BackupExec remote agents and SQL agents. I don't see Storagecraft working well with pre/post commands as it seems designed to take more frequent backups then once per night as we currently do. I would love to have the 15 min incremental image backups, but I am not sure if this is possible with Sybase. Also, we have a Symantec Media server and StorageCraft does not seem to follow the same plan. You install the agent and then tell it a shared drive to dump the image. I am not sure if a network connection can keep up without drowning the network with traffic.
I like the imaging aspect as that should allow fast recovery booting up the Dell servers in a VM and simple access to restore files since the image can just be booted up. Correct me if I am wrong. I believe our Symantec 2012 has this feature, but I have never used it.