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Message Posted: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 @ 14:10:03 GMT

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Subj:   Re: BAR Poll
From:   Christopher Platt


I thought we were the only crazy people left with the same story as you...! We had a poorly performing Silo and went back to mainframe backups with magstars. One positive note is that if you do Disaster Recovery with NCR they have magstar drives only in San Diego... so you do not have to go to Ohio in the winter...!

We have stayed away from the NCR Silo software - offerings because they have limited error handling/notification. Error notification is critical to our site if a backup fails. We have one shot only at our weekly backups and a limited time frame to get them done in. Right now our mainframe operators and schedulers call us for media/hardware failure, bad return codes, jobs running too long, jobs that seem to being doing nothing... and stuff like that.

Do you use the nonempty feature in your backups...? None of our users have permspace so this feature saves us alot of time ... Have you tried cluster backups? if you are doing database level clusters could save you time... there is alittle more work with clusters but if the time savings outweighs the work then it is the way to go...

good luck in your choice.... we are staying with mainframe until we see some improvements in the net - suite of products... actually we want NCR to work harder at disk or split mirror backups... like SAP

Christopher Platt
Teradata Systems Administration

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