Sun Java System Messaging Server 6.3 Administration Guide Parallel or Serial Backups

When user data is stored on multiple disks, you can back up user groups in parallel if you wish. Depending on system resources, parallel backups can speed up the overall backup procedure. However, you might want to use serial backups if you want to reduce backup impact on the server’s performance. Whether to use parallel or serial backups can depend on many factors, including system load, hardware configuration, how many tape drives are available, and so on.