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    Backing up to NAS

    I know backing up to NAS has been covered many times recently but I thought Iíll get your opinions on this situation which happened to us recently.

    For the past 11 months we have used a Lacie 1TB NAS drive which the servers back up to every weekday evening. This situation has worked very well till the NAS died last month. The problem was diagnosed to a faulty PSU so I didnít need to return the NAS drive itself only the PSU. But what if I DID need to return the NAS driveÖ with all that data on it the consequences doesnít bear thinking about . What are other doing about securing data on their NAS drives?

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    As a rule of thumb, if I have to send anything off like that the HDD's come out first. That way if they send a new something I can just slot the HDD's in and away we go.

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    Use backup software that encrypts the backup, like Backup Exec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jobos View Post
    What are other doing about securing data on their NAS drives?
    Build the NAS yourself out of generic parts. That way if a part breaks you can get a new bit from a local computer shop. Also, encrypt the data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    As a rule of thumb, if I have to send anything off like that the HDD's come out first. That way if they send a new something I can just slot the HDD's in and away we go.
    I don't think the HDD can be removed from this model.

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    We use Password Protection on our archives here (using Acronis True Image Server) - prevents unauthorised peekages! it;s great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jobos View Post
    I don't think the HDD can be removed from this model.
    Think "hacksaw".

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    Our Buffalo TeraStations failed miserably after a year, so we just took the drives and built one huge server from standard components (running Openfiler).
    Last edited by webman; 16th November 2008 at 05:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    My 1TB Terastation failed earlier this year - the NIC part of it. It was out of warranty and I couldn't get any spare parts.

    I shan't trust a dedicated NAS box so easily in future.
    to you and webman.....there are terastations and then there are real NAS servers.

    For most school budgets something like a storevault is the most affordable dedicated NAS that is actually fairly reliable.

    Off the shelf these days is defintely worth a punt. The likes of Openfiler look great.....what i like about dedicated NAS is the all-in-one support for hardware and software and redudancy being built into the systems. Which is quite important if you have a NAS/SAN device which forms the core of your storgae infrastructure.

    The downside is cost, not just for initial purchase and hardware parts like disks, but feature licenses. Even with a commercial NAS filer You shouldn't really have to pay for features that are standard with something like Openfiler.



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