This is a great thread!!
This is a great thread!!
One of the major parts of our job is to design solutions, taking in requirements, feasibility and resources available. Each case is different, requirements differ, feasibilty differs and resources available differ, therefore there is no 'right way' to do it that covers every case in every organisation. In addition, questioning someone's professionalism for addressing a problem in the correct way is, frankly, offensive.
If anything, acting with such rigid thinking is unprofessional as you are not tailoring the solution to the problem, leading to possible over-speccing of the solution and wasting money and resources needlessly that could be diverted for more useful purposes.
I agree with Seawolf its good practise to have 1 offline backup as I always see online backups as a quick secondary backup. One example is say you have a lighting strike that takes down your server and internet. At least you can rebuild a new server and worry about the internet later with an offline backup. While online only backups means extra headache and longer time to get back online.
The other problem with many types of online backups is they override files and automatically backup. Say a file gets corrupted or deleted and no one notices this can cause most online backup systems to automatically delete files and uploads the corrupted file as it detects a change. We almost got caught out once as no one noticed a very important folder that is rarely used had been deleted. After 3 months I noticed and if I had not noticed for just 1 more week the online system would have cycled out all the backups of the folder. Lucky even before this I keep a monthly offline backup which is off site.
Personally I think a different building does count as long as itís not on the same site. If something takes out both sites thatís what the online backup is for. In our case if something takes out both sites chances are the entire town has been destroyed and no one will care about backups.
TLDR: I guess I am saying good practise is to have both online and offline backup. Never relay on just one backup system and be aware of SSD's that lose data when powered down for months.
I just wouldn't take job if that was the sort of budget I was given. Been there, done that, have the T-shirt and never going to do it again. If it doesn't bother you, then so be it. I would be fighting like a banshee to get more money though. That's just me.Quote:
My last budget here for backup, for 5 years, was £2500. Including all hardware, software, training, etc... You aren't going to be able to fulfil both "quick day to day data recovery" and "tape based archival backup for offsite storage" with those funds.
You're lucky to be able to be picky.Quote:
I just wouldn't take job if that was the sort of budget I was given. Been there, done that, have the T-shirt and never going to do it again. If it doesn't bother you, then so be it. I would be fighting like a banshee to get more money though. That's just me.
In Australia, a "College" is interchangeable with "High School", "Primary School", "Secondary School", or a combined Primary and Secondary school. It does NOT indicate a larger organisation with lots of extra money.Quote:
But then, I don't think of "college" as a school - they are a much larger organisation usually, with lots of extra money. Our budget here is such that if we hadn't built up reserves, we'd be looking at redundancies right now...
You quite often than not get what you ask for. If you ask for it in the right way.Quote:
You're lucky to be able to be picky.
@JMB - My recommendations for backup software are Veeam Backup if you have vSphere/Hyper-V and BackupAssist for backing up Windows servers, file servers, and Hyper-V (BackupAssist does a decent job for Hyper-V backups, but not as good or full-featured as Veeam in that respect).
I agree with those 2 choices. Veeam is superb for virtual machine backup, but if you can't stretch to its pricing, BackupAssist is pretty good (its what we run here). It hasn't let us down yet.
seawolf, I've downloaded BackupAssist now and will give it a go. I think my main issue with Commodo is that once you configure a backup, you can't then see it in a list and configure it. So it's not clear if, when adding a new one, you're not actually just overwriting the settings for the first. Pretty poor. Free, but poor. But I shall try BackupAssist with renewed hope, thanks!