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    Backup advice needed!

    We currently use a sony tape drive that holds 8 tapes. We have now come to a point where we are using 8 tapes to do a full backup.

    What are peoples ideas on getting around this problem? And the pro's and cons?

    So far I've thought of:
    1) Backing up to disc
    2) Getting another tape drive that takes more tapes
    3) Reducing the amount of data (this would only be a temporary measure though obviously)

    Thanks in advance guys and girls!! Appreciated!

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    how much data do you have? Do you store the tapes off site? Do you NEED to be able to store the backups offsite?

    oh, and what's your max budget?

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    SunTzu;6078322

    how much data do you have? Do you store the tapes off site? Do you NEED … how much data do you have? Do you store the tapes off site? Do you NEED to be able to store the backups offsite?oh, and what's your max budget?



    Well we have 8 tapes that hold 260gb, so just over 2tb, and thats growing by 1-2gb per week, possibly more. We store the tapes offsite.

    I suppose we do need to store them offsite otherwise if the building went "BOOM" they wouldn't be much use. We have a data centre thats offsite as well that holds all our backup servers in case of a disaster, so potentially we could backup to there, it's 100mb link from here to there btw.

    Don't know on the budget, I've basically been tasked with thinking up a solution and putting all the possibilities to them, they can then decide which they are willing to go for.

    Thanks

    Well either I'd invest in something like this which can backup 12TB over the network to LT03 tapes or I'd look at getting a dedicated faster pipe into your offsite datacentre.

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    SunTzu;6078554

    Well either I'd invest in something like this which can backup 12TB over … Well either I'd invest in something like this which can backup 12TB over the network to LT03 tapes or I'd look at getting a dedicated faster pipe into your offsite datacentre.



    Was there suppose to be a link in there?

    You want a docking station and then use hdd for your backups. That way you just plug in the relevant drive and away you go. They can be kept in a case and transported to where ever and drives are easily encrypted.

    You still use tapes? Man. Why don't you just migrate to harddisks for all the masses of advantages that that would bring you?

    hitchinboy;6078933

    Was there suppose to be a link in there?



    oops, yes, sorry, here it is scan.co.uk/Pro…der

    059;6080207

    You want a docking station and then use hdd for your backups. That way … You want a docking station and then use hdd for your backups. That way you just plug in the relevant drive and away you go. They can be kept in a case and transported to where ever and drives are easily encrypted.



    but fragile :shock::o

    Depending what your budget is, we've just put in an HP MSL2024 library. LTO4 tape drive 800GB native and 1.6TB compressed per tape. Get about 900mb per min backup speed over SCSI.

    Library was about 6k including the drive (1840), you could put in 2 x 1760 drives and run parralel jobs.
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