I was wondering if someone could help me out with some ideas on some back up solutions for a small business.
The business is wedding photography and the amount of data to back up (currently) is about 6TB and this will obviously continually increase.
My question is what would people recommend as the best back solution for this situation?
I have had a look at some of the online offsite backup services that are around, and they look good but they don't really cater for the amount of data we are talking about here (more for home users rather than businesses) - or if they do they become hugely expensive when you are talking about TB's of data.
Another solution I have been thinking about lately is co locating a server somewhere. One of the benefits of this is that all the data can be transferred on site then the server can be sent to the DC and then incremental back ups can be done to the server after that. A couple of downsides to this are the cost of co locating a server, and the upload speed where the photos will be coming from (ADSL). Each wedding is about 8 to 16 GB so uploading via ADSL connection will take a very very long time.
There are some other benefits which could come into play if co locating at a DC happened such as access to the files from anywhere and we could possibly put a small web server in front of it so the staff can search through the photos and show clients while at meetings - possibly even get to a point where they could be sold online (getting a bit a head of myself here).
The third consideration was setting up a NAS/home server with a raid array, but that doesn’t really protect you if your house catches fire or you get robbed.
I guess what I am really looking for here is for some opinions and possible solutions from people who either work in this industry or have dealt with this issue before. It would be really interesting to hear what solutions other small business owners have in place around back ups and also a rough idea of the costs involved – cost is obviously a big factor here given that this is a relatively new business. As well as the quantity of data, because of the industry data security is also extremely critical, as you can imagine in photography these files are your product and income stream so data loss is not an option.
Thanks in advance.