I might accept a position with a company that has very large video files on Drobo units (not sure if ip or usb) and as far as I know none on tape or any other local disk. One user advised me (in my job interview) he has 16 TB on a Drobo at his workstation. (This may also be total storage and not total space used.)
Sine these are large video files I do not believe they have any server room storage to duplicate the files. I have not seen the size of the files.
Since most of these files would not need to be restored often my thoughts were to have some kind of agent running locally that could back them up to a place such as Amazon, Iron Mountain, etc... (Just to get them safely backed up off site.)
I do not know their data circuit speed, but they may have 400mb up and down next month.
I had a few concerns such as which provider may be best, and if the files are eventually centralized on a server with attached storage would we lose any from our initial backups. Some places have "lifetime storage" and some delete your file in the cloud 30 days after it is removed from your original (local) backup location.
In the future I would also like to be able to restore folders and keep folder permissions in tact. Restores may also pose problems since there may not be much space unless overwriting the original path. I think if it is just a few files the local hard drive will be fine until they verify to use the recovered file.
My initial thought was local disk (server) ---> cloud (deduped) (But I don't think they will be buying the server, backup software, or storage.)
As a safety net I thought we could go to cloud and then move the Drobo files to local disk once that solution is in place.
My guess is this will be one of my first projects and I want some opinions. At the time they do not have any IT staff.
Thanks in advance