Replication-based Backup Software

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  1. AzzKikr

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    The folks I work for have a bunch of servers in out of the way places that are either unmanned, or unreliably manned (read: changing tapes is too much effort :lol:).

    In the past, we've backed these up using Veritas Replication Exec, which trickles the changed files over the WAN back to a central server. This worked great, until we upgraded to Server 2008 R2 and found that it's not compatible!

    So the race is on to find an alternatives, and I'm hoping there's someone out there doing something similar. I've found PeerSync - which looks promising, however their licensing model is a little odd and seems to sting you any which way you turn.

    Recommendations of alternate software are welcomed. :)

    -A.
     
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    Why not use DFS ?
     
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    In 4 out of 7 cases, the servers aren't on the AD domain. These machines sit on the far end of very slow, very high latency, very high loss Sat links, and as a result we've had issues in the past when they've been on the domain.

    Ta, will have a look.

    -A.
     
  5. Gecko

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    I had a rep in my office the other day pushing Seagate EVault - he reckons it will run over almost any WAN.

    Haven't tested it myself though, so can't really comment.

    Rsync always works as a poor-mans solution as well.
     
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    No problems then, sometimes the obvious solution is forgotten about was all :thumbup:
     
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    No worries :)

    I'm assuming that's this eVault? Might have to see if I can find a Seagate rep to ask about it....

    Cheers,
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    Offtopic but tt might be worth checking out Riverbed steelhead for these sites. I believe they can do very good things on satellite links
     
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    Yup - I've already got them everywhere that's commercially feasible, and I love them to bits. :leet::leet::leet:

    -A.
     
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    Arcserve XOsoft? Does everything need to be shared throughout the enterprise? You might need to look at something like SharePoint.
     
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    Commvault has it, but it's probably a bit expensive if that's all you're going to use it for.
     
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    Lets start with what requires backing up, if its just files and files and files and more files, use rsync.

    If you need to backup something funky, back it up to a file and rsync.
     
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    Commvault is not so good in a situation like this. Currently I use Peersync for remote sites to a central storage SAN then use Commvault to backup to tape along with Commvaults usual load of exchange, vms, SQL, major sites etc.

    One thing about peersync is it lies like a persian rug. If you decide to use it be on top of double checking the the backup's are happy. It's simple to install and setup but after years of using it I do not 100% trust it, but I am quite synical to all things backup these days. :)
     
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    I might have misunderstood the requirements then, what does Peersync do that Commvault ROBO doesn't?
     
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    file replication pro

    www.filereplicationpro.com

    looks like it supports exchange, sql and 2008

    it's java based and runs on almost anything that has java and a network card
     
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    That's the one - I know a rep in Sydney - hit me with a PM if you want his details.

    Not sure of the tech itself - would like to look into it some more when I have some time.
     
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    vembu storegrid is quite good - http://www.vembu.com/

    we use this for our entire citrix farm / infrastructure, to a few different colo places and its been great so far.
     
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    The ImageManager Enterprise addon for ShadowProtect has replication...
     
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    why not install a small nas like a mirror drived nas in each location, setup rsync or most nas come with emc backup sofware (netgear ones) and away you go then each nas run rsync back to your office if you must have a local copy there as well

    this is what we did before and worked really well
     
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