[olug] Backup solutions

Dan Linder dan at linder.org
Fri Jun 25 02:43:54 UTC 2010

I've seen a Drobo in action and it's really a nice solution if it fits your
bandwidth requirements.  Their smaller "Drobo FS"  ($1000 @ NewEgg) holds 5
drives (up to 2TB each), and their "Drobo Elite" ($3500.00 @ NewEgg) has
support for eight drives.

If you stick with the cheaper 1TB SATA drives ($75/each at NewEgg) in the
"Drobo FS", that gives you just over 6TB of usable space to use, and you can
hot upgrade the drives to 2TB as time and budget permit.

The have an interactive sizing tool:
   Elite: http://drobo.com/calculator/droboelite/index.php
   FS: http://www.drobo.com/calculator/drobo-s/index.php

Disclaimer: I haven't used them in production, but I have heard a lot of
good things about them.


On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 16:30, Obi-Wan <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote:

> Hey folks,
> Since some of you deal with this stuff on a daily basis and I don't,
> I'll shoot you an email before I start digging around.
> If you had to find a backup solution for, say, 2-4 TB spread across a
> handful of linux-based NFS file servers, what would be the cheapest
> workable solution?  Or at least, where should I start looking for
> solutions?
> Our admin at work has convinced the boss that such a solution will cost
> six figures, and therefore won't increase our available disk space
> beyond what we can currently backup.  Some of our data disks routinely
> hover around 98%, and many developers are forced to store data (not
> code) on local desktops that aren't backed up.
> Now I'm off to look this up myself...
> --
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