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June 17, 2014 5:52:19 PM

Hey all, I do not have much experience with storage options. From my research I found the following:

Drobo (or similar) Advantages
Faster transfer speeds
Much cheaper when storing several TB
Redundant
Good option for video editors, architects etc

Cloud Advantages
Invisibility, saves space
More secure - encrypted
Recovery – In the event of catastrophic data loss, you’ll have backups of all your original files so you can restore them with zero downtime.

Can anyone with experience in this matter shed light on the subject and validate/disprove my research?

Thanks

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a c 2059 G Storage
June 17, 2014 6:10:01 PM

A Drobo is a little box that sits on the other side of the room, connected to your LAN. Exactly the same as a NAS, or even just a spare PC with a couple of shared hard drives that you save stuff on.
The Drobo is a pseudo RAID, when it actually works right.

If your house burns down...poof.

Cloud storage lives on someone elses drive, 'out there' somewhere. You are limited by your ISP connection, and the reliability/stability of whoever runs that 'cloud'.
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a c 1306 G Storage
June 17, 2014 6:21:07 PM

Any home Nas would have the advantages listed under Drobo.

Neither option is a valid backup. You should always have important files backed up. The same lightning strike that destroys your pc will probably destroy your Nas/drobo too. (for example)

The cloud has an advantage of being off-site storage (both typically offer access to your files from anywhere on the net if configured for it) but should never be used to hold your only copy of important files.
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June 18, 2014 11:16:09 AM

Well I guess you could put Drobo and NAS in the same category.

So, perhaps the SAFEST, disaster proof solution is cloud? This I can understand, but if you need to access files frequently and are constantly transferring files to and from the cloud doesn't the speed become a problem? Is this not a big plus for the Drobo and others with transfer speeds of around 200-300 MB/s?
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a c 2059 G Storage
June 18, 2014 2:02:09 PM

HeyItsMeTH said:
Well I guess you could put Drobo and NAS in the same category.

So, perhaps the SAFEST, disaster proof solution is cloud? This I can understand, but if you need to access files frequently and are constantly transferring files to and from the cloud doesn't the speed become a problem? Is this not a big plus for the Drobo and others with transfer speeds of around 200-300 MB/s?


No it is not!
Read this tale of woe: http://it.slashdot.org/story/14/06/18/1513252/code-spac...

Basically, a 'cloud hosting service' was under a DDOS attack. They attempted to contact the perps. Said perps then, via login credentials they created, proceeded to wipe out the hosted data, and the (stupidly connected) backups.
The hosting service, Code Spaces, then shut down, presumably never to return. All their clients stuff is gone.

You really need defense in depth. 1 layer, be it local or cloud, is subject to being 'gone'.
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a c 1306 G Storage
June 18, 2014 4:22:31 PM

As pointed out, neither are a true backup since both remain online and therefore can fall prey to hacking, ESD damage, drive failure...

I was burned by a cloud service losing my files too (not once, but twice) so I lost any faith in them and and now they fall into the 'convenience' category. Seems to me they dont backup your backups. LoL

I agree with USAFRet in that a good backup strategy involves multiple levels/numerous backups to different devices. The cheapest route is external harddrives. Buy two. keep one at your place and the other other offsite ( i use my sisters house, they use mine as their offsite location) when its time to backup, first backup tot he one in your house, then drive over and swap it with the other one, and then come right back and do another backup to this one you just picked up. Both drives being stored unconnected. ie - no power, no usb cables, no network cables... As soon as a drive shows problems, you buy another one (or two if its a good time to upgrade both (bigger) drives). You avoid only having 1 backup copy like the black plague.

This is the minimum good backup strategy IMO.
There are others though. the more copies of your important files there are the less the odds are of you losing them all at the same time.
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June 18, 2014 4:33:25 PM

Uhm. I am actually more confused now...so what is the preferred solution? What would you recommend for a small business?
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a c 2059 G Storage
June 18, 2014 4:38:11 PM

HeyItsMeTH said:
Uhm. I am actually more confused now...so what is the preferred solution? What would you recommend for a small business?


Multiple backups, in multiple locations, under multiple control.

If your only backup lives in 'the cloud', and that cloud provider goes away, you're out.
If your only backup lives in a Drobo or NAS attached to your PC, and your building burns down, you're out.

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a c 1306 G Storage
June 18, 2014 4:54:59 PM

Alot depends on the business (hours, staff, equipement...) but Pretty much the same if the need to keep costs down is high. Using two externals, perform 2 backups every night and then the person doing the backup brings the second drive home with him while storing the first one onsite. preferably in a safe that cant be stolen and definitely in a room with fire suppression. this is the two drive method which is most economical but possibly the most time consuming. Another method is the weekly full plus daily incrementals but would require 5 to 8 drives

If the business can afford a tape drive, thats also a good investment. Tapes last a long time with less issues than external drives. Its the drive that usually develops problems.

This assumes that the data to be backed up is already centrally located on a nas or server. If not that would be step 1. Everyone backs up to the nas/server then all you have to to is back up the nas/server instead of running around to 8 pcs & doing backups individually.
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a c 106 G Storage
June 18, 2014 6:15:27 PM

HeyItsMeTH said:
Hey all, I do not have much experience with storage options. From my research I found the following:

Drobo (or similar) Advantages
Faster transfer speeds
Much cheaper when storing several TB
Redundant
Good option for video editors, architects etc

Cloud Advantages
Invisibility, saves space
More secure - encrypted
Recovery – In the event of catastrophic data loss, you’ll have backups of all your original files so you can restore them with zero downtime.

Can anyone with experience in this matter shed light on the subject and validate/disprove my research?

Thanks



What size of your IMPORTANT data... those are need to backup
Up to 4TB is easily back up with external drives

Dont be like IRS, it appears they do not have back up of their email.. LMAO
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/380576/irs-has-los...
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