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    chuck_perilli_nospam@navyfederal.org NNTP User

    To compress or not compress...

    We have an old HP NW 5.1 server (vintage 1998) we are planning to migrate
    to a new Dell 2850 running NW 6.5. This server is a repository for
    200,000+ transaction files that are all .MDB files. The files are kept
    strictly for audit and historical purposes and are only accessed on
    occasion. Three years of data are kept on the server and we have archive
    backups for 7 years. The old server has compression enabled on a "legacy"
    volume. The MDB files compress at about a 10 to 1 ratio which has allowed
    us to keep almost 400GB of data on a 50GB volume. The other benefit of
    compression is much shorter backup and restore times since our backup
    software retains compression on its backups.

    The new server has about 600GB of disk space so we could get by without
    compression. However, we would need to retain at least one volume (a few
    GB in size) with compression to allow restores of any old compressed files
    from archive backups.

    So the decision is whether or not to use compression on the new NW 6.5 NSS
    volumes. One thought I had was to create multiple volumes on the new
    server. The primary volume would be uncompressed and hold all
    transactions for the current year. Another compressed volume would hold
    the prior two or three year's data and would permit restores of any files
    from the compressed archive backups.

    Anyone here had any bad (or good) experiences with NSS compression? We
    have never had any problems on legacy volumes. I know disk space is cheap
    (relatively) these days but 10 to 1 space savings is rather attractive.

    Comments? Suggestions?

    Thanks,

    -Chuck


  2. #2
    Andrew C Taubman NNTP User

    Re: To compress or not compress...

    With NW65SP3 and later NSS code compression seems to work fine, I see no
    reason not to use it in your situation.
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    Andrew C Taubman
    Novell Support Forums Volunteer SysOp
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  3. #3
    chuck_perilli_nospam@navyfederal.org NNTP User

    Re: To compress or not compress...

    I've also noted the NSS Compression screen is actually decipherable by a
    human being!

    Thanks,

    -Chuck


    > With NW65SP3 and later NSS code compression seems to work fine, I see no
    > reason not to use it in your situation.
    > --
    > Andrew C Taubman
    > Novell Support Forums Volunteer SysOp
    > http://support.novell.com/forums
    > (Sorry, support is not provided via e-mail)
    >
    > Opinions expressed above are not
    > necessarily those of Novell Inc.



  4. #4
    Andrew C Taubman NNTP User

    Re: To compress or not compress...

    Thanks for letting us know, we'll get right to work to fix that.
    --
    Andrew C Taubman
    Novell Support Forums Volunteer SysOp
    http://support.novell.com/forums
    (Sorry, support is not provided via e-mail)

    Opinions expressed above are not
    necessarily those of Novell Inc.

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