Sorry for the delay.
Here is what people use for backups (from most used to least used):
Home made scripts
Exabyte 8500 (xl,c, other flavours)
A type a tape drive called Digital Linear Tape (from DEC) seems to
be becoming popular. I am told it is the fastest tape drive I can find
on the market right now and it stores 20GB worth of data on a tape. I do not
know if this is compressed.
Speed: Here is a list of the various combination of software and hardware
and the speed these people get.
Legato + Exabyte 8500C (jukebox): 10 GB in 7-8 hours with short peeks at 700K/sec
tape drive is local.
Legato + Exabyte 8500 (stacker): compressed data at 500k/sec when no net probs
and fast clients.
Legato + mirrored Exabyte: 10GB in ten hours over ethernet.
Home made scripts + Exabyte 8505: 2GB in 1.5 hour, half of it over ethernet.
Home made scripts + Exabyte 8500: 3GB in 2:18 hours. The tape seems to be local.
Home made C soft. + Exabyte 8500: 370K/sec (average) over network.
Home made perl + Exabyte 8500C : 25GB in 28 hours over network.
EpochBackup + HP optical library + Exabyte jukebox: performance was not a
criteria. Users can recover
their own files.
Home made C++ + Exabyte 8200 + Exabyte 8500 : 1.5GB in 2 hours. 63K record size.
Unknown software + Auspex + 2 Exabyte 8500c : 720K/sec. I assume drive is local
to the Auspex.
Legato + 4 Exabyte 8500st : 100GB in 24 hours.
Backup server is on cddi. 90% is
over ethernet. Data is compressed
by the client before it is sent.
EpochBackup + Exabyte 8505xl : 2GB in one hour.
Home made scripts + Exabyte 8500 : 1GB in one hour over ethernet.
Unknown soft. + DAT : 1.5GB in 40 minutes. Drive is local
Home made scripts + Exabyte 8200 : 1.8GB in 2:20 over ethernet.
So it seems that the most limiting factor is the network and then the speed
of the tape. So the solution would be get a faster network and get faster
tapes or write to multiple tapes in parallel.
Legato and EpochBackup do multi-platform backups.
My next step will be to go and see how a Digital Linear Tape (DLT) works, I was
able to find a site here that has one. I'll be evaluating Legato and EpochBackup.
I'll also try an evaluate the possibility of having a backup server on the
backbone (cddi) with tapes connected to it.
I would like to thank the following people for their answers:
Henry Katz <email@example.com>
Nate Mann AP35-1008 x4774 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jan van Doorn <email@example.com>
William Charles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Richard Davis <email@example.com>
firstname.lastname@example.org (Don Lewis)
"Kevin A. Noll" <email@example.com>
firstname.lastname@example.org (Donald McLachlan)
email@example.com (Rick Pluta)
"A. Bryan Curnutt" <curnutt@Stoner.COM>
Pat Max <firstname.lastname@example.org>
email@example.com (Nishan Sandhar)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Andy Feldt)
Nate Itkin <Nate-Itkin@ptdcs2.al.intel.com>
pamela@Legato.COM (Pamela Pledger)
email@example.com (Dan Frenette)
firstname.lastname@example.org (rocky gould)
Daniel Quinlan <danq@spot.Colorado.EDU>
epl@Kodak.COM (Gene Loriot (email@example.com))
firstname.lastname@example.org (Glenn Satchell - Uniq Professional Services)
email@example.com (Suzanne Bryant)
Robert Velthuizen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The original question was:
>I would like to know what is the maximum backup rate you can achieve and what
>setup you use to do the backups. The case that is of interest to me is doing
>backups of our unix machines. In a not too far future, this could also
>extend to DOS, NT, and Mac machines.
>Here we use home made csh scripts with an exabyte 8200 tapedrive. The backups
>are done via our network which is local ethers and an FDDI/CDDI backbone.
>The rate we are able to achieve is 1.5 gig in 3 hours, which is to me
>a worse than awful performance.
>I'm in the process of trying to solve the backup performance problem
>forever. I would just like to know how did you people solve it?
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