At the high school where our bigest user base is, we have a server for
students, a server for non students and a server dedicated to the
imaging lab. We don't back up the imaging lab server but it is raid 5.
It has about 200 GB on it. Those workstations and server are on their
own wiring segment and switch. We are getting more and more demand for
storage space for video files. We are looking at replicating the image
lab setup in other areas that work with large files. We also have one
server dedicated to images. We will back it up occasionally and then
only specific images that we need to protect from disk failure.
The next step in our plan is to purchase a SAN which will:
Give us more storage space
Allow backups to disk, then to tape
Allow clustering of services
With the price of disk space as low as it is, we are buying servers for
those schools with big disks and larger backup capacity as well as
additional deive slots. We hope to stay ahead of the curve at those
As far a backup, we are doing full backups on the weekends and
differential during the week at the high school. We are using a Quantum
Hope this is helpful. I would like to hear from others about what they
are doing. Is anyone using a SAN? If so, what has your experience
Jack W. Barnes, CNE
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I just browsed the IT archives and it appears that there hasn't been a
thread on network storage for a few years. There was certainly a good
discussion at the pizza conference a few years ago on this topic, along
with a presentation on network storage. Perhaps its time to revisit the
In the days of increased technology use (by students and teachers),
larger multimedia files, electronic portfolios, etc, I'm sure we are
the only ones who have outgrown your current storage capacity on our
networks. Our school population is about 900 students.
What types of storage capacity do folks have in their schools for
and student files? Do you have a differentiated backup plan for
storage needs (i.e. critical mission data vs. sandbox type projects)
If you've gone through the process of upgrading your storage and backup
solutions, what advice do you have for someone trying to design a
that will accomodate current and future needs.
St. Albans City School
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