I should perhaps preface this by saying that I am not a sysadmin but rather a user. The reason I'm asking this question is because I and other users at my company have experienced accidental deletion of files on our network drive, for a variety of reasons. While we do have nightly backups (so that if a file exists for more than one day, it is recoverable if accidentally deleted), we don't have an "undelete" function for files created the same day, like the functionality available for Windows desktop. So, we asked our tech folks to see if this could be implemented for network drives. The response that came back is that yes, it could be done by implementing shadowing, but the cost to do so would be in the mid five figures. Not much detail was provided, but apparently the costs were for the licensing of additional software and the purchase of an additional storage unit. From what I understand, we currently have a 2 TB unit for all user files, which is close to capacity and so can't currently accommodate shadowing.
While I love our tech folks, the figure came as a bit of surprise. The question I wanted to ask is whether that figure seems right and, additionally, if there are cheaper or less complicated ways to achieve this functionality.