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NAS storage... Do you use them?

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NAS storage... Do you use them?

tweakerxp
My manager has started looking into a NAS storage device. We have no experience with them. Currently we're using tapes for backup and are looking to get away from them if we can.

We a small to medium size manufacturing company. About 150 emlpoyees and are building a new store in a neighboring town this spring with about 75 to 100 new people.

Do you use a NAS? What are some advantages and disadvantages or them?
Are they worth our time and effort to use for backups? What about storing weekly, monthly backups will they do that?

Thanks
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    colin.hempsey

    I am about to install this in my home office which comprises 1 desktop, 2 laptops and 2 printers. The desktop and printers are wired via a Wifi hub/router combo with a (supposedly) 10Mb internet connection. The 2 laptops connect wirelessly.

    It all seems to be very simple and hopefully it will be. The plan is to connect the NAS device (a 1 TB Packard device) to a free port on the hub.

    I will be using it for backups and do think it is worth the time. What you are talking about though is an a much larger scale to me although as my and presumably your network is ethernet they should both be similar to implement.

    I found some good white papers here on TR try: http://whitepapers.techrepublic.com.com/whitepaper.aspx?docid=27154


    I'll post back here and let you know how I got on and I would be interested in what you decide to do.

    Good luck!

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    Tweaker,
    Regardless of your looking to get away from tape, you still need a way to send your backups away. A NAS or SAN is nice, if you can afford the entry costs, and the associated administrative headaches of setting up all the clients.

    However, there is a major problem with a SAN for an enterprise: Common location physical disaster, almost a (albeit large) single point of failure. If tapes or remote backup or something of that ilk are NOT used, then a fire, building collapse, hurricane, civil society disruption, localized blackout or any number of area covering disasters will take you down entirely. In this case, your backup media will be affected just like your prime site. Tapes, blue-ray dvd's, removable disk packs, *anything* that can go off site to a nice safe cave or such is much to be desired.
    The last company I worked with had their remote replication backup over redundant OC-nn dedicated fiber. The primary site was well out of the flood plain and in a building without windows to the data spaces, and hardened to withstand an old standard rated F4 tornado. (don't want to bother looking it up the new eF scale..)
    The concern that some of raised was the backup site was still within 20 km of the primary business location. A little too close for some DRP types.
    Bottom line: NAS ok for local user recovery, but don't bet yor job or your Disaster Recovery Plan on it.
    The regulatory bottom line is also if HIPPA or SarBox or other such standards apply to your company, then I would not want to justify an onsite NAS to a regulator or auditor.

    FBIG

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    tweakerxp

    One of the main reasons is we have had a rash of tape drive failures and are looking at other solutions. Tape drive aren't cheap. I'm just trying to get some ideas on backup media out there and NAS sounded like a great idea.

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    colin.hempsey

    I am about to install this in my home office which comprises 1 desktop, 2 laptops and 2 printers. The desktop and printers are wired via a Wifi hub/router combo with a (supposedly) 10Mb internet connection. The 2 laptops connect wirelessly.

    It all seems to be very simple and hopefully it will be. The plan is to connect the NAS device (a 1 TB Packard device) to a free port on the hub.

    I will be using it for backups and do think it is worth the time. What you are talking about though is an a much larger scale to me although as my and presumably your network is ethernet they should both be similar to implement.

    I found some good white papers here on TR try: http://whitepapers.techrepublic.com.com/whitepaper.aspx?docid=27154


    I'll post back here and let you know how I got on and I would be interested in what you decide to do.

    Good luck!

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    Tweaker,
    Regardless of your looking to get away from tape, you still need a way to send your backups away. A NAS or SAN is nice, if you can afford the entry costs, and the associated administrative headaches of setting up all the clients.

    However, there is a major problem with a SAN for an enterprise: Common location physical disaster, almost a (albeit large) single point of failure. If tapes or remote backup or something of that ilk are NOT used, then a fire, building collapse, hurricane, civil society disruption, localized blackout or any number of area covering disasters will take you down entirely. In this case, your backup media will be affected just like your prime site. Tapes, blue-ray dvd's, removable disk packs, *anything* that can go off site to a nice safe cave or such is much to be desired.
    The last company I worked with had their remote replication backup over redundant OC-nn dedicated fiber. The primary site was well out of the flood plain and in a building without windows to the data spaces, and hardened to withstand an old standard rated F4 tornado. (don't want to bother looking it up the new eF scale..)
    The concern that some of raised was the backup site was still within 20 km of the primary business location. A little too close for some DRP types.
    Bottom line: NAS ok for local user recovery, but don't bet yor job or your Disaster Recovery Plan on it.
    The regulatory bottom line is also if HIPPA or SarBox or other such standards apply to your company, then I would not want to justify an onsite NAS to a regulator or auditor.

    FBIG

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    tweakerxp

    One of the main reasons is we have had a rash of tape drive failures and are looking at other solutions. Tape drive aren't cheap. I'm just trying to get some ideas on backup media out there and NAS sounded like a great idea.