"Backups remain one of the most mundane tasks in the systems
administrator's list of duties. For the most part, there's nothing
exciting about the process and the excitement that does
occasionally follow (restoring that lost file) is something we
would all like to avoid. Nevertheless, backups are an absolute
necessity. Having a reliable process that makes it easy to recover
lost information is the only way to make friends when the
inevitable happens. After all, it isn't a question of whether you
backed up, but whether you can restore.
"With this view of the backup and restore life, I decided to
look at Arkeia Corporation (formerly Knox Software) flagship
product, Arkeia (version 5.0.16). With an ultra-modern graphical
user interface, Arkeia looks like it is capable of far more than
mere backups, but that is indeed its job.
"Before I share my Arkeia experience with you, I'd like to say
that Arkeia makes it relatively easy to take their product out for
a test drive. For starters, a full-featured download is available
from the Web site, which should work fine on your single SCSI tape
drive system. Why, you might wonder, have I emphasized single SCSI
tape drives? Well, Arkeia also supports robotic tape libraries or
jukeboxes as they are sometimes called. Should you wish to try
Arkeia with one of these units, you will need to contact Arkeia for
a special evaluation license..."
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