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    Backup Solution Recommendations

    Hello,

    I am looking into improving our current backup solution as our backups are running painfully slow and we are running out of storage. We currently have a HP Storage works disc array directly connected to our file server and run daily backups to disc on this. These are then duplicated to tape on a weekly and monthly basis. All backups are done using backupexec, just short of 2 TB of data on a full backup (mix of user data, shares, server backups, and exchange DB) and all of our servers are physical.

    As the B2D part of this solution is running very slowly I have been considering alternative solutions, such as a new disc array with more storage, separating our file server and backup server and locating a new backup server in another building for increased redundancy (perhaps then scrapping tapes). The tape part of our backups are running well but we are a using LT03 drive and full backups are using several tapes so I was also considering buying a new tape drive so we could store more on one tape.

    One solution that has caught my attention is the EMC data domain DD160 which offers inline de-duplication and could decrease the size of our backups and increase their speed. I was just wondering if anyone is using this already or what others backup solutions everyone else is using?

    All scenarios and thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Have you thought of running deduplication on FreeNAS or NAS4free? And running a second server for the windows agent and the tape drive LTO6?

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    step 1: find your local Veeam reseller...
    step 2: bask in its glory
    step 3: wonder just why anyone would ever consider anything else

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    Quote Originally Posted by robjduk View Post
    step 1: find your local Veeam reseller...
    step 2: bask in its glory
    step 3: wonder just why anyone would ever consider anything else
    OP states that the servers are physical.

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    well I am fairly drunk so please forgive me and let me revise this....
    step 1: Install Hyper-v
    step 2: install Veeam
    step 3: buy new underwear

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    Quote Originally Posted by robjduk View Post
    well I am fairly drunk so please forgive me and let me revise this....
    step 1: Install Hyper-v
    step 2: install Veeam
    step 3: buy new underwear
    Thankyou, I have heard good things about Veeam and of course about virtualisation but I am not looking to do this currently.

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    We're using System Center Data Protection Manager. It doesn't exactly support de-dup but if you're using a Windows 2012 server with dedup enabled, it's happy enough with that. We do disk to disk to tape, we have a 14TB disk array attached to the server and a 50 tape/2 drive Quantum LTO tape library for more long term storage.

    It's a relatively simple product compared to other backup solutions (We were using Commvault Simpana before, compared to that DPM is ridiculously simple) but powerful enough for what we want from it.

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