I'm interested to hear people's perspectives on backing up the contents of their groups workstations, laptops etc in some kind of co-ordinated way. Hopefully on something that could be applied to a medium sized group. My group is a mix of bioinformatics and wet lab scientists. The work in the lab is backed up on servers - i.e. the raw data. The big analysis stuff is all done on clusters and HPC so that is well backed up as well. But the gap that exists is for the like of group presentations, small analysis and smaller projects. Code is backed up using version control.
I know there is a lot of chat about NGS and the storage requirements there, but this is a different problem -that has probably been solved before however I feel its worth revisiting to see if anyone has found an easier solution. In previous jobs I've just rsync'd /home/ to an offsite computer and forgot about it however in a heterogenous work environment its not possible to do this for the whole group which I would like to be able to do. Like I say the mission critical stuff is pretty recoverable but I would like to increase the recoverability of the rest.
First off the specs - 10-15 users. Each with say 100Gigs of random datasets, code, analysis, presentations, papers, manuscripts etc that may lurk on a mix of Windows, Mac and Linux laptops and desktops. Has anyone any experience setting up a Network Attached Storage (NAS) system for example where all users could read/write to central NAS server? Any pitfalls?
What backup systems have others in place for disaster recovery of their workstations/laptops?
Has anyone successfully implemented a group based strategy for a heterogenous work environment in a uni setting (i.e. without paying through the nose).
Currently looking at buying a NAS and placing it in a building at the other end of campus and filling it with traditional HDs. Synology, Drobo would be examples of what I mean.
I should say I back up my own stuff daily - but this is about having something stable for the group, who aren't as paranoid about data plans. I went to Uni in Southampton when one of the Comp Sci buildings went down: [http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/podcasts/video.php?id=46][BBC]