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Regan Wai
backup solutions for gfx area
on Feb 15, 2011 at 11:52:03 am

Hi guys,

I'm looking at putting into place a solution that designers can push files/ projects (ranging from 1-5gb) to and from at the end of the day for backing up purposes and it needs to be raided

needs 4 mac computers connected to it

i'm new to this, so even if you can tell me what you are using would be helpful.... thanks


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Walter Soyka
Re: backup solutions for gfx area
on Feb 16, 2011 at 9:11:06 pm

[Regan Wai] "I'm looking at putting into place a solution that designers can push files/ projects (ranging from 1-5gb) to and from at the end of the day for backing up purposes and it needs to be raided"

So this is for backup only? The designers won't be working off this storage?

How much total storage do you think you'll need?

Do you realize that this will protect you from the failure of an individual designer's machine, but not from larger threats like fire, flood, theft, etc.?

Walter Soyka
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Regan Wai
Re: backup solutions for gfx area
on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:30:04 am

yeah i know, I'm looking around 20tb maybe be more

at the moment just as a backup solution only for now


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Bob Zelin
Re: backup solutions for gfx area
on Feb 21, 2011 at 1:50:10 pm

Hi Regan -

do you understand that a simple network (simple ethernet switch) with any MAC connected to a large RAID array will not only act as your backup solution , but as something you can work from. Normally, backups are cheap firewire or SATA drives, or LTO tape drives. The large RAID array is for active production - but you can certainly plug in a 16 - 32 TB RAID array to any MAC, connect it to your network, and do exactly what you want.

Of course a professional 16 - 32 TB drive array is not going to cost $1500.

Bob Zelin



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