I’ve wanted to replace EMC Retrospect 8 as my home backup application for some time. Seven months after its release, Retrospect 8.0/8.1 still has atrocious performance, buggy behavior, and no user manual.
I’ve decided on a simple solution. The primary backups will be Time Machine to a Drobo USB disk hanging off my Airport Extreme. The secondary (off-site) backups will use a online backup service, such as Jungle Disk.
My current backup target is a 2TB RAIDed LinkStation Pro Duo NAS. Although ostensibly a Gigabit Ethernet device, it’s very slow. It’s an OK file dumpster, but is annoyingly slow for large files, and doesn’t work well for digital media.
Drobos are slick. I’ll start with two 1TB 5400rpm SATA II drives. After I set it up as the backup target, I’ll find other uses for it. A fast, reliable, upgradable NAS (which is what it effectively is) will come in handy.
I’m not thrilled by having backups driven from each Mac. But I need to get off the dime and set up trustworthy backups. And as for EMC’s Mac product group: You clowns are the B Team.