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Brad LaMar
Large Volume Backup Solution?
on Aug 8, 2012 at 5:50:34 am


I'm investigating some solutions to backing up a large and extensive digital film library. We are a online movie distributor and looking to build a backup solution to our library.

We primarily work off a 12TB Array connected with FW800 shared on WIFI through Apple's File Sharing ability. We use this as our scratch disk to convert, compress, catalog and archive a vast number of movies. We are limited in a long term solution and I'm afraid of what might happen if this primary scratch disk fails, gets damaged from fire or water, or gets stolen, without a backup.

Our scenario:

  • We are currently at 5TB of space.
  • Files formats include: MOV, MP4, M4V, JPG, PDF, PSD, PNG
  • We expect to be using 10TB of space by the end of the year.
  • We expect to be filling 1-2TB of space every month starting in 2013.

We're considering all options. Backing up to a Cloud or to an offsite NAS. Some questions regarding this:

  • Any recommended Apple compatible software that can manage a scheduled back up of the above to either a cloud or external networked NAS?
  • Any recommendations on a expandable NAS?
  • Any cheap cloud storage solutions that can manage dozens of TB of storage in a year?

We're also considering just building a NAS in the office and after backing up, storing the drives at a location off-site. Seems the most cost efficient solution. What recommendations are there for a reliable NAS with expandable capability and hot-swappable drives?

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