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James Larson

Scalable BackUp Storage for Windows Server 2016

Hi all!

Does anybody know of a good device/platform for Windows Server 2016 Standard backups?  I bought a Drobo 5C (5 drive bays, USB3.0 connection), which is an amazing device, but it technically isn't supported for Windows Server and I've been having some trouble with it.  It has to do some fancy foot work in order to accommodate Windows backup in the first place, which seems to give Windows Server Backup grief.  What I like about it is:

  1. Direct connection to the tower server (USB), which provides faster backups and faster restores (a lot faster than over the network) like you get with a NAS device.
  2. it's scalable & drive are placeable; you can replace drives anytime you want to increase storage or a drive fails without missing a beat (hot-swappable).
  3. It is smart and easy to use.  I've never seen a RAID device ("BeyondRAID" actually) that is so hands off.
I don't really want a NAS device since there is no direct connection, and have avoided external drives (like WD Book Duo) since you can't replace drives (at least not easily).  Does anybody know of something like Drobo for Windows Server?  Or maybe it is a matter of using a different software to do the backups.
 
Thanks in advance!
James

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard
asked12/31/2018 01:25
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  • David Moore
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    James Larson

    Hi David, thanks for the quick reply!

    I like the sound of software that works with Windows Backup; that's great!  However, I already have offsite backup (CrashPlan); do they have a perpetual license you can buy just to run local backups?  I'm not seeing as much on their site.

    Thanks again,
    James


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