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  Asked By: Adriane    Date: Nov 21    Category: MOSS    Views: 1931

I'm going to be moving from WSS 3 to MOSS with SQL 2008 soon. It's going
to be a small environment with a single SharePoint server. I want to
budget additional backup costs and I'm wondering what all of you use for
backing up SharePoint. Can you make recommendations and include
approximate costs if you have them?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Nidhi Tiwary     Answered On: Nov 21

We are currently going through this ourselves. I strongly suggest you give
yourself plenty of time to work with the demo software of the vendors you are
looking at. Also, it was easier once we decided what we were trying to backup.
There is a difference between full disaster and recover of the platform vs. an
element of our SP FARM [to the document level].

Here are things that we looked for in our selection [beyond cost]:

- meta data backup
- full platform restore
- creates own backup  store vs. uses our existing SQL backups
- does a restore of a document reset the creation and owner meta data?
- does a restore keep versioning intact?
- clean interface? can added functionality be added later?
- is the annual maintenance fees based on retail cost or purchase cost? %
amounts different?

That said here are the vendors [in no particular order]:

- CommVault
- Quest
- AvePoint
- DPM/Microsoft
- Idera [currently running a TECHed special]
- Metalogix

The one lesson I have learned so far is to install the demo tool then see how
well and fast a representative calls you back to get you up and running. This
goes a long way in showing how they will support you down the road. Do this even
if you have it fully installed and working. Play dumb.

Answer #2    Answered By: Mark Klinchin     Answered On: May 29

In case you will evaluate 3rd party backup solutions please take a look at our MetaVis Backup for SharePoint tool. It backs up SharePoint content, structure, metadata and versions to the local drive without the need to install any agents or components on the server side. This way it can back up hosted SharePoints (Office 365) as well.


Thank you,

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