best option for backing up to tape

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Jul 8th, 2009
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Hi all, at present we ,have a backup server running netvault, this connects to a san switch, which then connects through a tapedrive, the connection to the backup server is via the ethernet and I think this is how the traffic flows to backup other boxes to tape, is there any other solution to this, what is the best practice ?

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Michael Brown Wed, 07/08/2009 - 05:26
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Cisco has a solution known as NASB (Network Assisted Serverless Backup). I believe it is designed for a large back up operation, and requires the SSM (Storage Services Module).

Here is a link to a brief on the technology.

There might be other options, but this is only one I can think of at the moment. Hope this helps.

- Mike

steven.langdale Sat, 07/25/2009 - 04:49
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Are these hosts you want to back up over the SAN particularly big?

Are you talking about sending data directly from the host to the tape drive?

I don't use netvault, but I do use TSM, this allows you to backup straight from the host to tape and is called LanFree (for obvious reasons :) ).

Maybe you can explain a little more exactly what you are trying to achieve?



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