[unisog] Tape backup solutions

Patrick Darden darden at armc.org
Mon Jun 17 17:21:32 GMT 2002

That is what I was originally suggesting.  40GB tape, 40GB disk, if you
worked it right the media doesn't matter.  Hot swappable disks with each
disk being a filesystem, swapping hard drives just like tapes.

--Patrick Darden                Internetworking Manager             
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On Mon, 17 Jun 2002, Selden E Ball Jr wrote:

> Stan Horwitz recently posted
> > On Mon, 17 Jun 2002, Patrick Darden wrote:
> > >
> > > I think hard drives are cheap enough so you could just use NAS to mirror
> > > your stuff.  HDs are beginning to get competitive with tapes:
> > There's still no substitute like a tape backup. Mirroring
> > works great for real time backups, but if the mirror breaks
> > due to a software or hardware error, you may have a problem
> > on your hands when it comes time to restore your filesystem.
> I think Patrick was suggesting managing the backup disks in much the
> same way you manage tapes: Use your favorite backup programs to write
> to the backup disks, rather than using RAID mirroring.
> In quantity, just for the media, I've seen prices about half what 
> Patrick mentioned, for tape, IDE magnetic disk and writable DVD blanks.
> (i.e. current prices seem to be somewhat less than $1/GB)
> Unfortunately, DVD discs take up significantly more space than tape,
> magnetic disk drives tend to be much more fragile, and
> hot-swap connectors aren't designed for as many insertions as 
> would be desirable.
> Selden

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