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Iomega And Quantum Tackle Backup

Iomega And Quantum Tackle Backup

A business’ data and files are usually backed up on a server on a daily basis where the information is expected to remain safe. Due to hard drive failure rates, IT admins are almost required to rely on RAID arrays and other solutions for redundancy and data protection. Indeed, solid backup strategies are required to safeguard data against disasters, human error, digital vermin, intentional damage or just bad luck. Data loss doesn’t happen often, but when the day comes, you better be prepared.

Reliable backup solutions aren’t expensive, such as those Iomega and Quantum offer for small businesses.

The Importance of Backup is Under-Emphasized

Needless to say, data backups are critical, whether in a business environment or at home, and while it’s obvious that workable copies of your key data are essential, too many people do not consider all the variables that have an impact on backups. Many tend to look at cost and capacity first, although solid backup strategies are based mostly on reliability and the restore process.

Capacity is clearly an issue as increasing amounts of data to store and archive mean more time is required for storage. For example, are regularly-scheduled backups done on a nightly basis sufficient?

Clearly, backup has to start with a solid analysis of your requirements, followed by a forecast of future storage needs. Then you can go ahead and look at solutions that fit your demands and budget.

Iomega and Quantum to the Rescue

We looked around and found two backup solutions that might not be capable of storing huge amounts of data, but they were designed to address backup requirements medium capacities in the small business segment. Iomega introduced its REV drive in 2004, but offers a modernized version today. The Quantum GoVault is based on similar cartridges, reaching slightly higher capacities. Unlike traditional business backup solutions, which are often based on tape technology, Iomega and Quantum rely on hard drives, or at the least very, similar technology.

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    predaking , August 1, 2008 12:38 PM
    over 50 cents a gigabyte?
    sata hard drive dock, with usb2.0 and esata

    then purchase any hard drive of your choice. I think you can get 500 gigs for under 75 now. Thats around 15 cents a gig.

    and you don't need to worry about the back up drive breaking when you need to restore given how easy it is to plug a sata hard drive in.

    just keep the hard drives where you would the tape back ups and remember, don't put all your eggs in one basket. have a live copy, a back up or two, and an offsite back up for critical data.

    heck, buy two 500 gigs hdd and mirror the data across them, so if one goes, you have a second.
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    Arbie , August 1, 2008 3:19 PM
    I just want to chime in about Iomega. I have ten of their external USB2 hard drives, ranging from 320GB to 1TB. I've used several of them very hard - almost like internal drives - for about 18 months. I have never had a single problem. My experience with one drive from another maker (Buffalo) was a disaster. So... Iomega knows how to make good stuff.
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    ctbmike , August 2, 2008 1:22 AM
    I would also like to chime in about Iomega. I used to install 35GB REV drives to backup the SMB servers that I build and sell, and have about a 30% failure rate on the drives in the 12 to 24 month timeframe. Needless to say, Iomega will not make good on the drive, but they will replace the media (the 35GB REV disks). After many disappointing phone calls to them throughout all these drive failures, they finally told me (on this last failure) that I could buy a 3 year extended warranty on the drive! This left such a negative impression on me that I will never buy another Iomega product again.
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    valeadmagnet , August 2, 2008 8:41 PM
    It's all about the software. Hardware is just a commodity.

    Just get the EMC Retrospect Express for $40 and an internal 750GB SATA drive from NewEgg for $100 and you all the power and features of the Iomega product, faster performance, double the storage for less than half the price. If you need it to be external get a $30 enclosure.

    If you want it to be 2.5" portable buy same EMC Retrospect Express software and a $175 500GB Acomdata PD500USE-BL 500GB
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    bobbknight , August 4, 2008 12:17 AM
    I sorry but these companies are in the market to sell their propitiatory media. A much better option for critical data backup management, would be a raid 6 redundant backup and a monthly dual layer DVD of that.
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    Anonymous , August 8, 2008 6:23 PM
    The idea behind both products is removable backup. Storing to an external hdd or raid is fine but is at risk due to disaster or a virus. Offline and offsite is a key component.