Carbonite doesn't seem as though it is going to be suitable...
A brief sysnopsis of the details.
Have 2 servers, neither serve the role of PDC, both use Server 2003 and either or both servers are running Quick Books, SQL Server 2005, and a couple of proprietary applications related to the Freight industry. Users do not have accounts on the machines, they do however have shared folders on either or both servers.
Each machine has aproximately 25G each in total drive usage for System and Data. This usually equates to approximately 16 to 18G of backup files per full backup to per machine.
I have been working on trying to implement a reasonably efficient Offsite backup solution. Have tried Carbonite. Here is the stumbling block with online backup services. We have T1 access to the Internet. The size of my pipe to the net severely limits that which I perceive to be an acceptable backup policy using Online services. All of the above inspires several questions.
1.) Given the total of almost 50G total uncompressed data to backup between the 2 machines, I have my doubts about our ability successfully upload the entire weekly backup within the time constraints of the weekend. My reservations regarding the actual implementation of a total system recovery via an online service are multiplied even greater. Am I missing something here? Does anyone else see a viable solution within my limitations?
2.) Does anyone know of a relatively trouble-free methodology of maintaining an offsite backup?
3.) And finally, for efficiency, I have pursued this objective with the idea in mind of implementing it by utilizing the same backup policy in use locally. Should I perhaps create an entirely different backup job to more efficiently preserve the amount of data necessary to upload to such a service?
A couple of last minute bits of background information regarding our current backup policy. Each machine currently runs a full backup policy nightly to its own dedicated external 500G drive, deleting older jobs as necessary to create free space. One machine uses NT Backup via a front end package. (Backup Assist) and the other uses Backup Exec.
Thanks in advance for your time and help.
Use external drives for say weekly offsite backups and then use Carbonite for say daily differential backups. That should greatly reduce the amount of data being backed up and make it more realistic.
11th Oct 2010
Send physical backup to service
The better services allow you to send them an initial backup on some sort of physical media (External HD I believe). From that point on they do a differential and use that to build a new full backup. As long as you don't have too much data that changes every day then you should be able to complete a differential over the T1 every night which will give you a full backup. The issue comes if you need to do a full restore in that it could take several day to do. I don't know if any of the service will put the restore on to a hard drive and ship it back to you.
11th Oct 2010
Local Backup then pick up the most critical files for offsite. T1 should be fine, most of the offsite backup like MozyPro should do incremental, so the first time will take long(But again it can run in the background, you can specify bandwidth throttling as well) but after the full copy made, the future backup will only pick up the changes.
14th Oct 2010