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Several networked and non-networked options for Time Machine backups
Authored by: Makosuke on Apr 12, '11 01:26:03AM

Indeed. Just because Apple doesn't offer a 1U rackmount server doesn't mean that there's no options for networked backups on a moderately large scale. A Mac Pro-based server might not cut it if you need a datacenter with full-height 42U racks stuffed with SAS drives, but if all it's doing is Time Machine serving one could easily support a few dozen TB of RAID1 or RAID5 volumes, which is enough to support a decent-sized workgroup of backups.

Or, if you're only backing up a dozen or two clients, a Mini server with a 2 or 4 drive RAID array connected via FW800 isn't at all a bad solution--cheap and effective. I replaced our G5 XServe with one of these when it died.

OR... if you're a home user, you can do what I do and just run a NON server Mini as a fileserver. Time Machine will gladly back up to volumes mounted from even a client MacOSX box, and that's how my iMac and MBP are backed up--two partitions on an external on a two-generation-old non-server Mini shared over the network.



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