I was wondering what you would suggest in our environment for a centralized backup solution.
As always, your selection criteria should focus on choosing a solution that will first address your business requirements and second, fit within your organization's IT budget. It should be noted that cost is not restricted to software licensing. Supportability and availability of skilled personnel must also be considered. As appealing as it may sometimes seem, choosing the underdog can have its drawbacks from that perspective.
A good consultant would typically stay away from recommending a specific brand name or product. But in this case, the combination of platforms might favor Computer Associates' BrightStor ARCserve, because it supports both Novell Netware and MAC OS and also offers an agent for Groupwise.
This was first published in April 2005