This can be said about a lot of software though. Even Windows itself
must have significant user intervention to be upgraded.
Major issue, but no real solution.
Under WinNT and Win2k you can kill the process and start it back up
again which works fine. It's too bad the software won't do this
automatically for you.
The Mac really cannot handle cleanly killing a process and
relaunching it, which I feel is one of the major drawbacks to the
Mac. Yes, OSX will be able to do this, but OSX is still a ways off
from being ran on most of the systems around here for the simple
reason of we don't have G3's and G4's all over the place.
What is hard to overcome when doing enterprise backups is speed and
time. You can make a backup solution that goes really fast, but you
still are limited to one machine at a time and what ever your network
speed it. Typically it is either 10Mbit or 100Mbit.
Just going by my server stats. I'm averaging about 22 minutes per
workstation on a full backup.
If I wanted to start a full backup on Friday evening at 9:00pm and
have it stop by 6:00am Monday morning, I could do about 150 machines.
And then throughout the week do incremental backups and start with a
fresh backup again on Friday.
As you can see, if I wanted to provide that kind of service to
everyone on the network of 1500 workstations, I would need 10 servers
doing backups. Imagine trying to backup 150,000 machines!
I could probably spend a bunch of money and get a tape library system
that would handle that kind of data and the extra speed out of it and
possibly double the number of workstations that an single server
could backup. I'm just using what I have now as an example.
To think, I used to backup 30 Macs over a LocalTalk network, whopping
1mb/min if I was really cruising! lol. Thank god the hard disk were
160MB and smaller. Now the hard disk are 8GB and larger and the
amount on them is around 2-3GB on a mean average.
>Reality: Enterprise backups of workstations SUCK. There's NO WAY to do it
>well, but Dantz comes closest.
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