Recommend my backup software...

Spartan2's picture

I have a 58TB Xsan volume and a 54TB direct-attached backup volume, (I know... it just worked out that way). Both volumes are mounted to a dedicated computer, (Dual G5) and all I need is software that can keep the backup volume a direct mirror of the Xsan. My original thought was to use Time Machine just to get things going quickly, but it doesn't like the setup I have for whatever reason, and refuses to copy even when I test it on a small amount of data.

Straight Finder copies happen very quickly, (200-400MBps) and I would like something that gets close to that at least. I tried BRU first and it managed about 60-70MBps. Rsync got me about 20-30MBps. Carbon Copy Cloner refuses to work with Xsan volumes. I've even tried the cvcpsync script floating around and it hard freezes the computer 100% of the time.

So that's where I'm at. I would like a free solution, but if there is a good commercial one I'm open to it. I just need to get something going pretty soon.

Thanks in advance,

Mario

abstractrude's picture

Try PresSTORE syncronize

-Trevor Carlson
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Spartan2's picture

I gave PresSTORE a try and it hovered around 100MBps which is better than anything so far, but still not as good as it could be. Plus it seems to have about 100 times more complexity than I really need. It's a good option, but I'd like to get some more suggestions...

Thanks,

Mario

abstractrude's picture

how much change are you looking at a day. i dont know if you will be able to do what you want. you can try bakbone netvault. they have this need dedupe tech thats cool.

http://www.bakbone.com/netvault_smartdisk.php

we are talking serious enterprise prices though...

-Trevor Carlson
THUMBWAR

Spartan2's picture

I found something called ChronoSync:

http://www.econtechnologies.com/pages/cs/chrono_overview.html

I'm giving the demo a try...

The interface is really easy to use while not hiding all the advanced features. It still only manages around 120MBps, but thats faster than everything else I've tried and the price is very reasonable.

abstractrude's picture

why dont you sync multiple instances at once. like sync folders within the volume.?

-Trevor Carlson
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Skelly's picture

I am also looking for a simple backup software that will do it automatically. Does anyone use one that works well? Currently I have 3 RAID'd 2TB drives and am copying everything over by hand and it's a pain in the ass.

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daveklee's picture

I've been very happy with ChronoSync for simple backups - both for Xsan and HFS+ volumes. Just make sure any Xsan backup destinations are formatted as case-sensitive. Good luck!

daveklee's picture

I've been very happy with ChronoSync for simple backups - both for Xsan and HFS+ volumes. Just make sure any Xsan backup destinations are formatted as case-sensitive. Good luck!

abstractrude's picture

i use netvault, its old arcane and overly retarded. but you can do complex and large backups with it. it also has dedupe and replication and enterprise kind of stuff and this new feature called smart disk which is pretty neato.

-Trevor Carlson
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Julius's picture

I use synchronize pro x!

It's kinda like rsync/carboncopy but a bit faster and has a nice ui.

matx's picture

Spartan2 wrote:
I have a 58TB Xsan volume and a 54TB direct-attached backup volume…

if there is a good commercial one I'm open to it. I just need to get something going pretty soon.
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I use my own simple rsync scripts with newer rsync (compiled by hand, ports or other ways).

I also use PresSTORE sync.

Rsync is free. Use newer rsync 3.0.9 and not built-in 2.6.9 rsync.

Netvault works, but it's old and retarted (I agree with abstract rude)

Bru is … ick.

Go with rsync.

Or try a newer multi-threaded rsync written by Riley Shott:

In short, running rsync in a serial fashion is painfully slow for large transfers as the initial "receiving file list" process can take a while for transfers with a lot of small files. To counter this I've written prsync_transfer which will copy the contents of one folder into another directory (not to be used for the transfer of individual files).

http://rileyshott.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/maclinux-parallel-rsync-utili...
https://github.com/Ginja/Admin_Scripts/blob/master/prsync_transfer