Modernise backup solution
I've had half term off (unpaid) which has provided opportunity to think of hare-brained schemes while away from day to day hassles - very dangerous and most are probably best forgotten!
For a while I have been convinced that we can do better for our backup and DR solution. Currently we have backup exec running on our only server to a set of 10 Seagate Go-flex USB disks which have to be swapped every day and are then stored in a fireproof safe on site.
We have a separate building on site with a fibre link. My thoughts are to put a(n old?) PC (or an HP Microserver?) in the cupboard where the fibre terminates on a switch, with the daily (and maybe weekly) backup disks permanently connected. Then I could mount them individually as network shares and schedule backup exec to use each one in turn. For monthly backups, I was thinking of using the free Crashplan service to take a backup to an HDD stored in a local school. I would start with a seeded disk and then do incremental backups over the weekend.
Background info: All MIS (SIMS etc) is on a data farm and is accessed by rdp to a hosted server which is not our responsibility to backup. I therefore just need to keep system state and day to day data backed up. The on-site server currently has about 1.4TB of data - although most of it is ancient and the daily changes are in the realm of 10s of MB at most.
Advice sought in two parts: Does the physical part sound logical and sufficiently robust? Does the software sound suitable - I'm not convinced that backup exec is necessary - mostly just suggested it 'cos it's what we already use. I have thought about using Crashplan for the local backups too, or robocopy in backup mode or Windows backup...
Thanks in advance... Long question because I've had too much time to think :p