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Poll: Need input on future of backup

By d.jones092 ·
Hello.

We have been spinning our wheels trying to find a solution that would work with our SCSI tape drive. We've tried EVERYTHING. Nothing suits us. My question is, should we move away from tape? What is the status of tape today? Are people moving towards CDRW towers? Or some other type of media? What about a dedicated, mirrored backup server, where everything gets dumped?

Thanks for any info.

Dennis Jones

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by w2ktechman In reply to Poll: Need input on futur ...

I beleive that tape is still being used extensively. CD's do not hold enough info and tapes are reuseable. A mirrored backup server is still local so no offsite storage there!

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by granite2 In reply to Poll: Need input on futur ...

I am not sure of your operating system, but you can try TSM (Tivoli Storage Manager) to see if it can access the SCSI tape drive, as it has many good SCSI drivers. Veritas is another option. What I have found is that most companies are combining their backups, first backup to a dedicated backup server (mirrored drives, etc), this gives speed for user recovery. Then from the backup server backup the data to tape drives. Good luck, hope this helps. Grant

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by pierrejamme In reply to Poll: Need input on futur ...

Tapes are still the way to go for the long haul. CDRs have a tendency to lose data, even after a short period of time.

Paying for Internet storage seems silly to me, just personal.

We are using BackupExec from Veritas have no issues. Make sure to take a tape offsite routinely to bank deposit box.

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by carlos.nino In reply to Poll: Need input on futur ...

I think tapes are going to stay for a while. Unless, of course, someone comes up with some other type of media that can hold as much info, and it's cheap.
We've been using Arcserve with SCSI tapes without any problems for quite a while now.
Maybe we can be of some help if you give us some info on your OS, machines, tapes, SCSI type, etc.

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by ewgny In reply to Poll: Need input on futur ...

Tape is here to stay. Take a look at www.ultrium.com
Ultrium generation 2 is out now with transfer speeds of 40 - 80 MB per second.
Generation 4 drives are going to have transfer rates up to 320MBps with capacities of 1.6 TB !
That transfer rate is 2.6 Gigabits per second !
CD's Will never touch those speeds.
I have an Ultrium Generation 1 that I am very pleased with. It has been extremely reliable, and fast enough for me to do a full backup w/verify of all of my servers each night, on a single tape.

Also backing up to another Server, won't give you the option of rotating your backups off-site in the event of a fire, other disaster or theft.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Poll: Need input on futur ...

Another pro tape vote here!

Yes, tape is good. Tape is your friend. Tape is your buddy!

Seriously, I use TSM with Ultrium 2 drives, getting 200 GB per tape! It is a wonder. It writes 90 GB in an hour and 20 minutes! I love it! Now, TSM is really complicated and somewhat obscure, but it really does work well with SCSI tape drives.

CD drives take to damn many CDs to get near the capacity of a single tape. Plus, tapes are hardy and tough.

Stick with tape.

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