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Centralized backup solution

By jbeale ·
Our company is currently using Livevault for our backups. They have marked their product as end of life, so we're having to find a new company to use for our backups. We have about 30 Win2k servers that currently back up to it, (which include 2 Exchange 2000 servers and many SQL 7 and SQL 2000 servers) and we have 10 SCO UNIX servers that we will be adding to the new system, that do not currently use a centralized backup strategy. (Tape drives in every server, it's lots of fun every morning) So far we've considered Veritas' NetBackup, and Galaxy's Commvault. However, I'd liek to broaden our horizons a bit and see what else is out there. I'm just looking for thoughts, concerns, praises and of course, what products have given the most headaches, so I can steer clear of those. thanks for all your input,


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Not sure if this helps you

by LordInfidel In reply to Centralized backup soluti ...

I don't know what your budget is, And I know that you said you have tape drives in every machine.

What I have, as well as other companies, is a tape library.

It is basically a vault full of DLT tapes (mine is a dell powervault 130T that holds 30 tapes and 3 drives).

I then use Backup Exec to manage the vault and the backup jobs. I'm able to back up all of my servers from 1 location, to the same type of media.

This way I only have to change the tapes 1 time a month. Obviously thismay not be the case for everyone. When the vault was here locally and backing up both my production and lan servers, I changed tapes weekly.

I use the same basic method here for my lan, except that I use 4 DDS drives in a central server that in turn backs up my local lan servers.
Still using backup exec.

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