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Old 09-23-2004, 11:44 PM   #1
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2 TB Backup recommendations

Hello Everyone,

I am looking into revamping our current backup system handling a 2 TB server. Currently we are using a little SONY AIT-S200 with a max of 260 GB per tape. As the server is becoming close to 100% full, full backups span 7-8 of these tapes and take about 4 days to complete. This is an unacceptable backup window. I have been looking at the Quantum SDLT-600 as an upgrade option ( ) with a max compressed capacity of 600 GB per tape. Any thoughts on this product. It seems to me that this product will improve my situation but will not put me where I want to be in terms of my backup window. Preferably, I would like to contain full backups of the 2 TB server within a 24 hour period or better. Thank you in advance for your comments.
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Just a quick google search reveals the "Backup monster" by Aberdeen. It can back up 2TB. Sounds like what you're looking for.
The primary benefit of the "Backup Monster" server is it provides a hard disk backup solution, which is exponentially faster and more accurate than the traditional tape backup. By utilizing the disk backup feature, routine progressive or full backups can easily be scheduled. Backup Monster servers are compatible with multiple OS platforms for full interoperability in heterogeneous environments.
According to this, it's under $5000.
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I do not know if tapes drives can be set in RAID 0. If they can, the throughput will be enough to finish in a work day or half a work day depending which model you use.

Using hard drives for backups is ok if you take some precautions handling them.

Soon Seagate will introduce multiple terabyte hard drives and someone will introduce holographic storage to the public. Holographic storage has a theoretical throughput of 2 GB per second and theoretical data capacity of 1 TB per centimeter cube (size of a sugar cube). There is another medium that will replace DVD that uses the same material that is use for anti-static bags and uses either high-voltage or high-current to write/read data.


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