I prefer one file per backup
I don't want to:
- query a backup device to see what is stored there
- copy an entire backup device to get one database
- FTP or otherwise shift more I need around the place
If you have TB size database, partitions, filegroups and want to do partial backups/restores then these problems are multiplied. In a DR situation, I want everything simple and clear.In a DR situation, I want everything simple and clear.
Most (large and small) shops I've been in do this: it is simpler to deal with self describing files.
The "device" concept goes back to Sybase, SQL Server 6.5 and earlier. Here you had disk devices too Separate MDFs and LDFs were introduce with SQL Server 7