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Looking for sites with successful EDM SymmPath Installations

Looking for sites with successful EDM SymmPath Installations

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Considering switching from EDM to another product but don't want to give up what has been invested in EDM to date if it is still possible to make it work. I'm interested in hearing from successful sites or those sites who have moved on from EDM to another product and your reasons for doing so.

RE: Looking for sites with successful EDM SymmPath Installations

I currently support a site where EDM is critical for hitting tight backup window times.  They needed to hit the 25 GB/H backup times rather than dealing with the 5-10 GB/H through their switched 100 MBps network.  This product especially shines if you use TimeFinder to do offhost backups.  I am currently backing up 75 GB of Exchange Information Store in about 3 1/2 hours with only 2 minutes of exchange downtime each night as the script shuts down the services to commit the logs.  I currently have 10 server running through SymmPath, and I am about to extend the SAN with Brocade Silkworm 2800s and config some more STGs to accomdate other backups.  Having centralize backups has made backup and restore a breeze (especially in an mixed platform environment).  

The drawbacks are that the skill sets are extremely rare in today job market to find someone who can installs the Fibre HBA in the server, configure zones in the Fabric Switched SAN, configure LUN masking, install the EDM backup client, and properly setup SymmPath.  EMC also play a big role because if you have a poorly configured Symm that wasn't prepared for growth, you can get STG with high LUN numbers with leads to a lot of reconfiguration and communication problems as storage is added to the servers (especially NT!).  I believe that EDM is an excellent product if setup and managed correctly.  But if you don't have the skills to support it, it can be a nightmare.  Look into some Veritas products --> definitely the with the SSO....

If you have any questions more questions, please write me at c_j_campbell@hotmail.com

RE: Looking for sites with successful EDM SymmPath Installations

(OP)
Since my posting regarding Symmpath we have installed private gigabit network for backup purposes. Symmpath was disasterous for us but we have always had success with EDM running network backups. So we simply employed a faster network and made it private. We couldn't be happier! We are getting better throughput than what Symmpath was giving us, without any of the Symmpath socket problems. It seems our configurations are quite different, however. Our EDM server is backing up 9 HP9000 clients. Our NT servers use a network-based Veritas solution. The intent it to get the HP's working, then migrate the NT enviroment to EDM at the beginning of next year. Glad to hear you are having success with NT.

Have you performed a Disaster Recovery test yet using EDM to recover your environment? We did one for our Unix environment a couple of months ago. It came off pretty well overall. If you have not yet done one and want a list of things to watch out for, let me know and I'll be happy to send it.

Thanks for responding to my posting. I'll keep your e-mail address. I'm sure there will be some things we can chat about before and during our NT conversion.

Ron

RE: Looking for sites with successful EDM SymmPath Installations

When you move your MSFT environment to EDM I highly recommend you revisit Symm Path. With multiple STG's allocated to an NT server you can achieve from 30-120GB/Hr. depending on the file sizes etc. EMC will work with you to establish a proper Symm Path configuration.

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