>Has anyone had any experience on how well Sun's Solstice/Legato
>systems backup solution works on the Mac.
>It claims it supports up to Mac OS 8.5. Our sys admin is looking at
>trashing retrospect and switching over to Solstice adn I need to
>know how that is going to affect our Macs.
>Any fodder I can use to keep retrospect would be appreciated.
We use Legato Networker to backup our Solaris workstations and use
Retrospect to backup our Macs and PCs. I administer both systems, so
I know what it is really like to use both. Both have distinct
strengths and weaknesses, but in my humble opinion I favor Retrospect
for desktop systems.
A year ago we gave up using Networker to backup the Macs because the
client software was, at best, an afterthought. The backups so
consumed the processor that it rendered the Macs useless if you tried
to back up during the day and quite often could not complete the back
up at night due to various reasons.
Pros: UNIX based, can handle multiple streams, extremely customizable
and flexible, client can initiate file recover sessions
Cons: Steep learning curve, poor support for Mac OS, expensive, tech
support slow to respond, difficult to configure, no easy way to
Pros: Mac OS and Windows well supported, easy to configure and
maintain, relatively inexpensive
Cons: No multiple streaming capabilities, no remote administration,
no client side recovery capabilities
Overall we are very satisfied with Retrospect as a backup solution
for desktop systems. Unless Legato has completely changed its
attitude towards the Mac OS, I would advise you stay with Retrospect.
I can understand your sysadmins position, it would be great for one
solution for all platforms. Are you listening Dantz!
Computer Resource Specialist
Magnetic Resonance Science Center
University of California, San Francisco
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