[Fwd: Re: [OpenAFS] OpenAFS Backups]

Gary Buhrmaster gary.buhrmaster@gmail.com
Thu, 17 Mar 2011 06:31:48 -0700

> Not sure why anyone would want to use anything other than Teradactyl.

As with all else, it depends on your requirements.

Teradactyl is clearly a solution targeting the enterprise
space with enterprise capability, support, overheads,
and pricing.  TSM and NetBackup target the same
space (although AFS support varies)

For those who either want, need, or are required to
have solid disaster recovery and business continuity
plans (demonstrable to competent auditors, not those
who want a "backup?, yes" check mark), enterprise
solutions (including their costs) are usually the only
ones that provide comfort to the C level execs, and
they are the ones who have to decide if they can
"risk the business" by not having a solid plan.

As with much else, it is possible for organizations to
build an enterprise class solution in house.  These
tend to be very house specific though (because of
the long term built-in presumptions).  They are often
better at solving the point needs of that particular
house than a generic solution.

At the other extreme, not everyone needs to be able
to recover their data in the event of a major disaster,
or even a bus event (the key system admin got run
over by a bus).