[CentOS-virt] LTO tape drives and Bacula for Backups?

Benjamin Franz jfranz at freerun.com
Wed Feb 10 22:03:41 UTC 2010

Christopher G. Stach II wrote:
> ----- "compdoc" <compdoc at hotrodpc.com> wrote:
>> Combined with disk based network storage, tapes have a place
>> in IT.
> Yes, archival storage.

Concur. You can buy 1TB RAID rated SATA drives (with a 7 year warranty) 
for $150 US from Newegg.

The strategy I use is build two machines, one on-site and one off-site, 
and use an rsync over ssh network back up strategy. Using nothing except 
off the shelf you can have a complete RAID6 multi-terabyte on and 
offsite backup system with 'deep' retention going back a year ( 7 x 
daily, 5 x weekly, 3 x monthly, 2 x quarterly, 2 x semiannual) for only 
two or three thousand dollars net and no consumables or manual 
intervention except when a new machine is added to the to be backed up 
or if a drive fails.

Benjamin Franz

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