Another option is to use Sun's Jumpstart if a third party product is not wanted. Jumpstart is typically used for...
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image installs of new systems but with some configuration, it can be used to restore an existing system starting from a network boot. There a few interesting write-ups on the subject available on the Web.
Lastly, there is an appliance like solution called DPQ+ Series from Data Storage Depot. This product offers a multiple OS "ghosting" feature that allows for bare metal restore of systems while interfacing with a tape library for storage. It even offers a vaulting feature for offsite storage.
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