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    Server and File backups

    Firstly I don't know if this is the correct area of the forum. I'm sure an admin will put this right.

    I have taken over an IT department with a number of old systems running. One of which is Veritas backup 9.1. This has been running fine until recently and errors have started cropping up. It backs up to a NAS drive on the other end of the building. So geographically its safe from fire in that its in a different building to the server room.

    I want to update the way in which we back up because Veritas 9.1 is becoming too hard to fix all the errors cropping up.

    I wish to know what solutions others have implemented and have had success with.

    We have no tape drive and everything gets backed up to a NAS drive. I have considered a few options;-

    * Update to Veritas backup exec 2012 (to run to NAS (about £250 ish)
    * Cloud backups such as myschoolbackup.co.uk (unlimited data and server backup for £399 per yr)
    * Scheduled task backup to copy to NAS drive

    Pros and Cons for each;-

    Veritas is a one off cost (for the next few years at least) and it will compress Data
    Cloud backup is the most secure and is backed up in loads of locations
    Scheduled task backup is free as we already have the infrastructure but it just copies one for one and I would imagine is more time consuming

    Any ideas people?

    Cheers,

    Ben

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    BackupAssist in our opinion here is far better than BackupExec and at a fraction of the cost. Cloud backup is rather reliant on your internet connection so something to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bencole View Post
    * Cloud backups such as myschoolbackup.co.uk (unlimited data and server backup for £399 per yr)
    Not heard of that company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Jiminy View Post
    Not heard of that company.
    I only found it on Google this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    BackupAssist in our opinion here is far better than BackupExec and at a fraction of the cost. Cloud backup is rather reliant on your internet connection so something to consider.
    Backup Assist is used by NASA!

    The reason I have always used software such as this is because of using it on tape drives, copy protect etc. As its going onto a NAS drive there should be no worries just simply merge files every night then delete the lot every 6 months or so and start again to make sure you don't have old data. This is good for data recovery shared drives and the like. Backup Assist says its a disaster recovery solution. What does this equate to? Can I recover my servers from it if they go mental? I could just take an Image of my server in Fog every now and again.

    Whats your thoughts?

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    Virtualise everything and use VEEAM. BEWS is bobbins and has been for years.

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    mySchoolBackup ? Cloud Backup for Schools looks interesting, especially for primary schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutech4schools View Post
    mySchoolBackup ? Cloud Backup for Schools looks interesting, especially for primary schools.
    £400 a year for unlimited storage..... ¬_¬ I'm skeptical, sounds too good to be true, and the parent company PraTech don't look all that professional or big from how naff their site is. Be interesting to hear from someone using them.
    Last edited by mrbios; 28th April 2014 at 12:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    £400 a year for unlimited storage..... ¬_¬ I'm skeptical, sounds too good to be true, and the parent company PraTech don't look all that professional or big from how naff their site is. Be interesting to hear from someone using them.
    We've just looked Pratech up on Company Check: PRATECH UK LIMITED. Free business summary taken from official Companies House information. Free Alerts.

    And looked up the street view address: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.39...-vmLgAmtHw!2e0

    The data they upload is allegedly encrypted, but I'm not sure I'd like to risk my data...

    Meldrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meldrew View Post
    We've just looked Pratech up on Company Check: PRATECH UK LIMITED. Free business summary taken from official Companies House information. Free Alerts.

    And looked up the street view address: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.39...-vmLgAmtHw!2e0

    The data they upload is allegedly encrypted, but I'm not sure I'd like to risk my data...

    Meldrew
    Someone should send them an email telling them the grass needs cutting.

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    Looks like MySchoolBackup is just a reseller of Livedrive - Livedrive for Resellers - Sell Unlimited Online Backup and Cloud Storage | Livedrive
    You'd be better off becoming a reseller yourself and providing a similar service to your own feeders/clusters.

    JB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbunoomally View Post
    Looks like MySchoolBackup is just a reseller of Livedrive - Livedrive for Resellers - Sell Unlimited Online Backup and Cloud Storage | Livedrive
    You'd be better off becoming a reseller yourself and providing a similar service to your own feeders/clusters.

    JB.
    Seems weird... why would you be a business customer when you can be a reseller and get unlimited storage for half the cost?



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