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    Hello,

    I am looking at improving our backup solution. All of our servers are currently physical, however we are hoping to move towards virtualisation in the future. In our current backup solution we backup to disc and then to tape weekly. I am looking at replacing the B2D storage as this hardware is quite old, unreliable and is running out of space. It is a HP storageworks disc array connected to our file server so its purely just a storage devise. These seem to be reasonably priced and we could buy a new similar one with greater storage however I have noticed there are dedicated backup storage devices available such as EMC Data domain, which allows for de-duplication and could be beneficial as we currently have just below 2 TB of data in a full backup.

    Could anybody recommend any solutions or technologies for me to look further into?

    Thanks

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    My advice is to forget tapes, that's old technology.

    Personally we have a single backup server in a different physical location in the school. All backups are done to Disk drive using Veeam. It de duplicates things and only uses about 10gb a night for our 18 servers. Takes about 20mins in total but we do use SSD drives as well so its a lot quicker with them.

    If you really need to take data offsite or lock it in safes, then just use external or hot swapable hard disks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    My advice is to forget tapes, that's old technology.

    Personally we have a single backup server in a different physical location in the school. All backups are done to Disk drive using Veeam. It de duplicates things and only uses about 10gb a night for our 18 servers. Takes about 20mins in total but we do use SSD drives as well so its a lot quicker with them.

    If you really need to take data offsite or lock it in safes, then just use external or hot swapable hard disks.
    Does Veeam backup physical aswell as Virtual enviornments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Does Veeam backup physical aswell as Virtual enviornments?
    Nope sorry I missed he was on physical servers.

    Backupexec 2010 is probably your best bet with the same hardware as above.

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    EMC kit is fantastic and would fit the description perfectly. They have de-duplication and replication functionality built into the boxes as standard.

    Feel free to get in touch if you need any help/quotes etc

    Luke

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Nope sorry I missed he was on physical servers.

    Backupexec 2010 is probably your best bet with the same hardware as above.
    We currently use backupexec 12.5. Would 2010 be worth upgrading to and could I considering 2012 is out? I have heard 2012 has had mixed reviews.

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    Microsoft DPM will do disk to disk, can't say it's my favoutite thing in the world but you may find it's cheaper than BE.

    We do cross site backups between our two sites 5M appart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lafleur1977 View Post
    We currently use backupexec 12.5. Would 2010 be worth upgrading to and could I considering 2012 is out? I have heard 2012 has had mixed reviews.

    Thanks
    2010 is much better than 2012 in my experience.
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