My business has grown to the point where I need to implement a robust storage solution. I’m not an IT techie so I want it to be easy to set up and maintain, and for that reason I’m obviously attracted to the Drobo product range. But before I jump in, I’d be really grateful if somebody could help make sure I’m choosing the right solution.
The basic setup is that I have 5 Windows-based PCs in the office. The volume of user data isn’t particularly large - probably no more than 1-2 TB. Here’s what I want to do:
(1) Make files accessible from all the PCs in the office.
(2) Ensure that a single hard disk failure doesn’t cause me any grief.
(3) Automatically back up the contents of each PC’s hard disk (programs, configuration, etc. - not user data which is covered by (1)) so that if a PC dies I can configure a replacement with the minimum of hassle.
(4) Back up or replicate everything off site.
The Drobo product selector suggests that I want a 5N. Fair enough. But I’m not sure about whether - and if so how - that will enable me to achieve (3) and (4). I would consider the next model up - the 800FS - if that offered extra functionality in this respect.
So I guess my key questions are:
How do I achieve (3), backing up the office PCs? Is there software to do this built into the Drobo machines? Or do I need to use an external utility like Acronis on each PC, with the images and backups stored on the Drobo?
How do I achieve (4), offsite backup? It occurs to me that, rather than use a cloud-based solution, it might be more cost-effective if I could have a second Drobo at home and backup / sync with that. Is that possible? If I used the home Drobo to provide storage and backup for my home network (2 PCs), could I then get each Drobo to sync with or back up the other?
Any advice welcome. Thanks in advance for your help.