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Proper Backup Configuration for an enterprise enviroment

Created: 26 Dec 2013 • Updated: 26 Dec 2013 | 3 comments

What would be the proper backup configuration for an enterprise size environment with approximately 4TB worth of data and growing at a rate of 500GB a year.

Currently they have Backup Exec 2012.

This would need to include some sort of disaster recovery and data retension for 6 months.

Any thoughts on this?

Thank You

Nathan Berger


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Jaydeep S's picture

Nathan, with the amount of data you are backing up you need to look at a standard GFS policy. This would have a Monthly Full, Weekly Full and Daily Incremental/Differential.

Adonis Manansala's picture


You can also review Best Practice Guide for BE2012, please see link below

teiva-boy's picture

Problem is that BackupExec is far from "enterprise class," and 4TB with a 12% YoY growth is still SMB levels of data.

You may want to look at Netbackup if you want enterprise class, as its faster to backup in every way via multistreaming, multiplexing, and via tuning buffers. None of which are available on BackupExec. But its also about 10x the cost...

That said, BE will work providing you're backing up to disk or an OST device(ideal) The moment you introduce tape, be prepared to be disappointed with the performance. Unless its a duplicate job that is a low priority like a weekly set or monthly set.

There is an online portal, save yourself the long hold times. Create ticket online, then call in with ticket # in hand :-) "We backup data to restore, we don't backup data just to back it up."