Monday, March 19, 2007

Backup Solutions

As far as backups go, the golden dangling carrot for me has always been Unified enterprise backups. The Windows group can never agree with the Unix group. The corporation will bring in vendors and demo products. The windows guys will settle on one product, the unix guys will settle on another. No decision will ever be made.
On the Unix / Linux side we are pretty happy with our backup solution. We use Netbackup. We haven't bought all the bells and whistles, but we have modified it to fit into our old backup management and reporting solution.
The windows group currently uses BrightStore. My biggest complaint is its slow and it doesn't work well with Unix. when backing up straight to disk, Brightstore has a concurrent thread limit, so no matter how fast the disk is, I could only get 12Mbs to disk. We moved a Critical unix machine over to this solution because, at the time it was the enterprise solution for the DMZ. The backup was going over the allotted window and was running into production. After moving the backup it went over the time window everyday and impacted production.
Finally we have decided to go with Comstore. As a unified backup solution. The software didn't do everything we needed, but it did most. Oh and the primary Selling point it was really cheap. When will people understand. 'If Admin time wasted the solution is ultimately more EXPENSIVE'


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