The Last Resort: Streamer Technolgy Overview

Test Scenario: Backing Up 28.4 GB Of Usage Data

We poured about 30 GB of mixed data onto the test computer’s hard drive. Essentially, this is our pool of benchmarks and test programs, which total about 52,000 files.

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ProcessorIntel Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz 256 kB L2 Cache (Willamette)
MotherboarrdAOpen AX4PE Max, 845PE chipset
Memory512 MB DDR400/PC3200, Buffalo Tech.
Controlleri845E UltraDMA/100-Controller (ICH4) Adaptec 39320-R, Ultra320 SCSI
Hard DriveIBM IC35L060AVVA07
Graphics CardATI Radeon SDRAM, 32 MB
Network3Com 3C905TX, PCI, 100 MBit/s
OSWindows XP Pro 5.10.2600 Service Pack 1
Software & Drivers
Backup SoftwareDantz Retrospect 6.0
Graphics Driver5.1.2001.0 (Windows XP Standard)
IDE DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility
DirectX Version9.0a
Resolution1024x768, 16 Bit, 85 Hz

Arkeia, BrightStor, Dantz or Veritas can combine most streamers with the established backup solutions. For the purposes of our short test, we used the software Retrospect from Dantz.