[CentOS] Tape drive recommendations

Tue Mar 27 15:39:11 UTC 2007
John Plemons <john at mavin.com>

Backup also would need to include an off site push.  One thing I've 
learned is never depend on one method, I have the main nightly backup to 
disk and then also have a secondary and tertiary backup pushing off site 
to machines in a different part of the country.

I had such a crash 6 months ago, and had my company up and running 
within 3 hours remotely using a secondary server.  They were in 
California, the server was in Tennessee, it took several days to repair 
and rebuild the primary server, but down time was kept to a minimum and 
when we went live on the primary just a simple restore from the 
secondary server.

So nasty it wasn't, having gone through the same thing with tape it was 
a lot worse, we would be down for days instead of a few hours.

john plemons

John R Pierce wrote:
> John Plemons wrote:
>> Skip the tape route, install a network backup machine using a raid 
>> setup instead.  It is quicker and cleaner.Also it can be done in 
>> either Windows, or Centos without any big tricks..
> That works great for 'nearline' short term backups, but it doesn't 
> play real well with many emergency recovery plan requirements, such as 
> offsite backups, long term archive retention, etc.    One nasty crash 
> on that archive filesystem and a  few dozen terabytes of backups could 
> become junk.
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