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The best options for setting up a centralized backup system

We're new to NAS and SAN and need to setup a centralized backup using one of them, possibly with Veritas' BackupExec.

What are the differences and best options for setting them up to backup about 10 servers in one location (city hall) and three in another (police department)? Also, we're implementing Fiber for all locations.

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That's a reasonably small environment assuming that none of the servers are too big. If the police department machines can be backed up remotely to city hall, then you could just do a basic network-based backup. If the police department machines are too big to go across the pipe, then you will need to install a separate backup server or a media server.

If you want to have a centralized system with a remote media server, you'll need to use a more enterprise-level product. If you want to stay with BackupExec, then you would have to have two separate backup servers and tape drive setups for each location.

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This was first published in May 2003

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