Backup software for Windows Server Acronis vs Symantec
I am in the process of looking to replace our MIS server which hosts Facility CMIS and Eportal, as part of this I need to look at some new backup software which can backup to tape. Apparantly its an audit requirement that our MIS data is backed up onto tape as well and kept in a fire proof safe, on top of that we can backup to whatever we like but our MIS data has to be on tape.
I would like to purchase some backup software for our environment. On the current MIS system we use Veritas backup exec 9.0 which is very old and probably not the best in this day and age.
I made my mind up that I want to choose either a Acronis or Symantec solution but I'm not sure which to buy. I am looking at Acronis True Image Server which has function to backup and Symantec backup exec. I'm not sure which product is better.
This software will only backup our MIS data (SQL), I use the inbuilt facility in SQL2005 to backup of the SQL data, so would I need to buy the SQL addon for these products or can i get away with the standard server software?
If anyone has any suggestions please feel free to recommend if there is any software better than these two please recommend these also. I dont want to budget more than £400 for the software.
Also if anyone recommends a good tape hardware solution to compliment with this that would be great.
Running SIMS on an SQL 2005 server and I actually use both. Acronis TrueImage Echo Server takes a snapshot of the C: Partition and the partition with SIMS/SQL on this is then backed up onto tape using BackupExec (11d) with the SQL agent along with a second copy of the data and the rest of the data on that server.
Each of my server backs up the C:drive through Aconis and the rest of the data throuhg BE. Acronis means that I don't have to install Windows and BE if I need to restore a server.
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I would also suggest that you might not going to get BackupExec and the SQL agent for less that £400. The expensive bit is the SQL add on. If you can backup the database to file first or can live with some MIS downtime you won't need it. I personally think it's easier to have the SQL agent back up the DB every day.
Last edited by Stuart_C; 19th February 2009 at 03:17 PM.
We use Acronis extensively in our school, works great for SQL, AD... you name it. Plus if you purchase the 'Universal Restore' option - you can perform bare-metal restores of hardware or even restore backups onto dissimilar hardware.
Acronis is very good, use it exte♠nsivley as often as needed. Just as, if not more importantly, their support is second to none - certainly puts Symantec well in the shade.
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Last edited by synaesthesia; 20th February 2009 at 05:56 PM.
@Ranj - Link2ICT do an offsite backup for MIS servers. I have this at all my sites and they do call if there were any backup problems over night.
I've recently started using BackupAssist which works with 2003/2008 R2 Server and also has an optional SQL add-on. There are big discounts for educational establishments. I personally think backup to tape is not that good, it's slow and expensive. A RAIDed NAS hosted in school outside your server room is the way to do it
Of course you should also have at least RAID1 or RAID5 on your MIS server for redundancy too.
I know it's outdated this post BUT a free solution, no need to purchase, just build a Centos Box and use Rsync it's easy!!!
All you do is mount your server onto a directory (using mount -t cifs) on your centos box then rsync that mapped drive to a folder on your server say "Backup" so for example then thats it your data is backed up you dont even need to install clients on win 7 machines if you where backing up your PC's you just mount the c$ and then rsync it across to your backup folder on your linux box.
We have symantec at our place, (not my choice), its clunky, fails at the slightest thing and the new version needs a reg hack to backup a 300GB data partition onto a storage server. I'm plodding on with it for the time being and am hoping to be able to dump it for vDR when I virtualize our servers in the hopefully not to distant future.
Our company is using easus todo backup advanced server to backup our database, and it supports to backup to tape and other storage devices. Since everything goes well, i would like to recommend it, BTW, it is not expensive, we are a small business and we can afford it. Maybe you can have a look. Goood luck!