SUMMARY: Online: Backup in Solaris 2.3

From: Mike Jipping (
Date: Thu Oct 14 1993 - 07:00:40 CDT

A couple of days ago, I posted

>Just as we are starting to cast about for a better backup solution than
>we have (e.g., better than homegrown Perl scripts), I read in the "New
>Features" stuff for Solaris 2.3 that Backup: Online 2.1 will be bundled
>with that release.
>My question: Is Online: Backup worth anything? I'm looking for a few
>comments pro or con -- Solaris 2.3 is several months away for us and I
>want to know if I need to look for some evaluation software from other
>vendors of backup software.

In summary of the responses, two main points have come out:

  (1) Online: Backup appears to be a good package. All responders who
      used it thought it was very good (although the documentation left
      room for improvement...).

  (2) Online: Backup will *NOT* be bundled with Solaris 2.3. I had an
      Early Release document from Sun -- dated May, 1993 -- and this
      package was apparently yanked from the distribution sometime
      around August. Oh, well...

Thanks to those who responded. Current SunExpress price for Online:
Backup is $600 for single user, but note that you need it on all machines
that you intend to backup.

      Mike Jipping
      Hope College Department of Computer Science (BITNET: JIPPING@HOPE)

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