[SASAG] suggestions for retro-fitting SAN backup software ?
jamesaffeld at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 19 13:24:37 PDT 2007
Due to a minor budgetary windfall, we no longer have to complete a SAN deployment on the cheap. We started out with a fine box from Silicon Mechanics, and had planned to go with the Enterprise ISCSI Target. Backups were to be done via a backup client on each server using the iSCSI SAN.
We'll probably top out around 2-3 terrabytes of user data from NTFS file systems. We'll want to retain attributes. We probably have $15K of .edu dollars (we usually a decent discount). I wouldn't mind using Bacula or another OS package if it will do the trick. I have other things I can spend the dough on.
I'd like to find something that allows single-instance storage, effectively full backup snapshots, and off-site cloning.
Can you get file level restore from a block level backup?
I'm not planning to mirror the SAN - we have RAID 6 and will have an effective backup (assuming I receive good advice...). It seems better to put the money into a better backup than to simply mirror all the software and human errors. We may use disk-disk backup.
Anything else I should think about? Anything I should re-think?
If we didn't already have a SAN server in hand, I might look pretty hard at Equalogic.
We have a little bit of in-house experience with some older offerings of Symantec/Veritas BackupExec. I think their Netbackup product might work - any advice?
I'm reviewing "Using SANS and NAS" as quickly as I can.
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