I am currently coming up with the future replacement for our current backup solution. At the moment we have a 3.5 year old Fujitsu Siemens FibreCat system with 1TB of space - which is starting to creek under the strain.
So, my replacement idea is that due to the way our data storage needs are growing exponentially, the backup solution should be expandable.
My first idea is to look at an Overland Storage Snap Server 620 with an empty JBOD, ready for expansion. Initial storage would be 3TB, expandable within that JBOD to 15TB and upto 88TB if we go crazy at some point through further JBODS. This comes in at around £4 -£4.5k.
Has anyone got any other suggestions?
localzuk (10th February 2010)
Ok, need to clarify - we don't build our own servers here for critical systems, as we have to have someone to shout at should it break, rather than it entirely being our fault.
That Drobo looks brilliant. Ideal actually!!
We have had our box for 3 years and touch wood not had a single hard ware issue with it, I can't say that on the software side though but to be fair to overland their support is very good, I think they are based somewhere in Europe.
Anyone used a Drobo unit?
Am I right that it could act as a standalone unit (e.g. CIFS shares) or I could hang one off the back of a Windows server attach it via USB or iSCSI then use FSRM to manage file exts and so on?
I think this page answers my question. I could connect it via iSCSI to several servers. Very handy looking box
I wonder what sort of price... (crosses fingers)
Last edited by cookie_monster; 10th February 2010 at 01:28 PM.
im still wating on the 1st 1.2 PB Drive.. on some BB might be with us 2011.. lol Yeh Right..
any how.. Some maths.. remember do it the old fashion way.. abacus at the ready..
How long will it take to fill it?
i make it ...
(1.2 * 1024 * 1024 * 1024) / 45
= 28633115 seconds to fill it
= 477218 minutes
= 7953 hours
= 331 days
current hds store data @ +/- 40-45MB/s
I use a DroboPro with 5.4Tb of available space and room for 4 more drives when I need it. It can only be accessed through a server no matter how you connect it (iSCSI/Firewire/USB). Using iSCSI you can plug it into a switch (should be a dedicated one really) but still have to "attach" it to a server for access. It handles the raid setup all you have to do is decide if you want 1 or 2 drive redundancy (tick box) and how you want to format the available space (dependent on host operating system). I have it attached to a Windows 2003 server and use BackupExec 12.5 to perform backups. Works really well and could even be considered as a cheap main storage solution if the performance is acceptable for your setup. It cost me approx £850 for the chassis then approx £600 for 4 drives (2Tb Western Digital), so a grand total of £1500. The drives do not have to be the same size or make / model but you get more immediate space available if they are similar sizes.
cookie_monster (11th February 2010)
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