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  • Conquer the endpoint backup challenge

    Endpoint backup has typically been left to end users or ignored altogether. However, the increased use of smartphones and tablets is driving interest in the technology. Also, the software is evolving and converging with other technologies aimed at increasing user productivity. One challenge for backing up laptops and mobile devices is that they aren't always connected to a corporate network. They must be backed up over the Internet -- which can be troublesome -- or when they reconnect. Depending on how much time passes between backups, this could leave a good deal of data unprotected.

    This handbook looks at how vendors are addressing the challenges associated with backing up these devices, the convergence of mobile backup with file sharing and security, confusion about the difference between file sync and backup, and how to choose a solution that is right for your organization's needs.

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  • Implement backup data deduplication with deduplicating disk backup targets

    While many companies have embraced backup data deduplication as a key component of their backup operations, others are still evaluating the technology to determine where it will fit within their data protection infrastructures. Initially available from just a few hardware vendors, backup dedupe is now available in hardware and software versions with varying capabilities and capacities. Deduplicating disk backup targets remains a popular way to implement backup data dedupe, and there are alternatives for file-based and virtual tape library devices.

    We describe the key features you'll need to consider when evaluating a deduplicating backup disk system, including ingest rates, deduplication ratios, ease of implementation, compatibility with backup and restore apps, and support of APIs that can improve performance and distribute the dedupe process between hardware and software resources.

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      • Aligning the linear tape file system for enterprise data archiving

        LTFS or Linear Tape File System allows data on LTO-5 and later tapes to be searched as if it were on disk. When LTFS emerged a few years ago, many predicted it would be a boon for long-term data archiving. That hasn't really proven to be true -- at least not for enterprise data archiving. The technology has taken off in the media and entertainment industry, and other industries that require long-term retention of video, but LTFS integration has been slow among tape library and backup software vendors.

        That may be changing, however, with a number of tape library vendors announcing library-wide LTFS support. It is possible that some of the latest developments in this space along with the push to store vast amounts of data for analytics may push LTFS into use for enterprise data archiving, but it is still unclear if the technology will move beyond its current niche.

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      • Take the temperature of tape systems technology

        Tape media, drive and library technology advances with increasing capacity and innovations aimed at making data more accessible. While many shops have moved to disk for backup, tape systems are still the go-to for long term data retention, as tape is still the most cost-effective method for storing massive amounts of data. Tape libraries have become denser, allowing more data to be stored in a given footprint, while advanced robotics allow tapes to be accessed and loaded very rapidly. There are also developments happening on the software side like LTFS that allow data on tape to be read as if it were on disk. However, developments in the tape world happen slowly, and LTFS has not been integrated at the tape library level as quickly.

        This handbook offers information on developments in the tape market including tape media and libraries, LTFS, tape vaulting and using tape for long-term archiving.

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      • Connect to the disconnected world of remote backups

        Remote backup of data on endpoint devices like laptops and smart phones is a challenge for IT staffs. Because these devices are often disconnected from an organization's network, data created and stored on these devices can go unprotected for considerable lengths of time. In a study of 140 IT managers in the U.S., remote laptop backup software vendor Druva Software reported that 89 respondents said their organizations didn't have a laptop backup policy. Endpoint devices can be backed up incrementally over the Internet with deduplication; the backup process can operate in the background while the user is working.

        This Drill Down takes a look at remote backups today, focusing on the challenges and solutions available to address endpoint device backup. You will learn the approaches for backing up laptops today so you can decide which approach is right for your organization's specific needs.

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      • Plugging into the data backup appliance

        IT pros continue to move away from tape for backup, opting instead for backup to disk. And users performing disk-based backup have a number of options to choose from. There are a variety of disk backup-specific appliances, each offering differing capabilities and price points, which can be split into three main categories -- VTLs, deduplicating disk arrays, and integrated backup appliances. This handbook on the state of the backup appliance looks at the variety of disk backup appliances available today, from deduplicating VTLs to integrated backup appliances that offer software, media server and storage bundled together. Understand the pros and cons of each type of device and important developments in the disk backup world and learn how to compare and contrast the disk backup appliance options available today to help you make decisions about upgrading your backup solution.

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      • How snapshot and CDP integrate with an organization's data backup strategy

        Technologies that have traditionally been managed separately are increasingly becoming integrated into the backup process. Two of these technologies, snapshot and continuous data protection (CDP), have been growing in popularity for a number of reasons. Snapshot and CDP have been around for years, but now they are being merged with backup software -- people may have used them in the past for various tasks as part of their data backup strategy, but they have always been managed separately. A number of backup software products now offer CDP and some have the ability to integrate with array-based snapshot technology. This handbook explores why one expert believes replication, CDP and snapshots are keys to a successful data backup strategy; how virtualization gives CDP a big boost; and the many types of snapshots available today.

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      • Best practices: Laptop and mobile backups today

        Laptop and mobile backup are emerging areas for data protection. However, many organizations today do not have a strategy in place for protecting information on laptops and mobile devices. The reason for this is twofold. Many IT teams have assumed that little data is stored on laptops and mobile devices that isn’t stored elsewhere on the network (and thus backed up). Many organizations have policies in place which require laptop users to save any data they want backed up on network drives. This Handbook offers practical advice for organizations that are getting started with laptop/mobile backups with an overview of the technology available today and advice about what should and should not be backed up. Check out an article outlining the state of laptop/mobile backups software today, a tip on cloud backup vs. in-house backup for laptop backup and an expert Q&A on laptop backup.

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      • Implement backup data deduplication with deduplicating disk backup targets

        While many companies have embraced backup data deduplication as a key component of their backup operations, others are still evaluating the technology to determine where it will fit within their data protection infrastructures. Initially available from just a few hardware vendors, backup dedupe is now available in hardware and software versions with varying capabilities and capacities. Deduplicating disk backup targets remains a popular way to implement backup data dedupe, and there are alternatives for file-based and virtual tape library devices.

        We describe the key features you'll need to consider when evaluating a deduplicating backup disk system, including ingest rates, deduplication ratios, ease of implementation, compatibility with backup and restore apps, and support of APIs that can improve performance and distribute the dedupe process between hardware and software resources.

        View E-Handbook
      • How snapshot and CDP integrate with an organization's data backup strategy

        Technologies that have traditionally been managed separately are increasingly becoming integrated into the backup process. Two of these technologies, snapshot and continuous data protection (CDP), have been growing in popularity for a number of reasons. Snapshot and CDP have been around for years, but now they are being merged with backup software -- people may have used them in the past for various tasks as part of their data backup strategy, but they have always been managed separately. A number of backup software products now offer CDP and some have the ability to integrate with array-based snapshot technology. This handbook explores why one expert believes replication, CDP and snapshots are keys to a successful data backup strategy; how virtualization gives CDP a big boost; and the many types of snapshots available today.

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      • Connect to the disconnected world of remote backups

        Remote backup of data on endpoint devices like laptops and smart phones is a challenge for IT staffs. Because these devices are often disconnected from an organization's network, data created and stored on these devices can go unprotected for considerable lengths of time. In a study of 140 IT managers in the U.S., remote laptop backup software vendor Druva Software reported that 89 respondents said their organizations didn't have a laptop backup policy. Endpoint devices can be backed up incrementally over the Internet with deduplication; the backup process can operate in the background while the user is working.

        This Drill Down takes a look at remote backups today, focusing on the challenges and solutions available to address endpoint device backup. You will learn the approaches for backing up laptops today so you can decide which approach is right for your organization's specific needs.

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      • Best practices: Laptop and mobile backups today

        Laptop and mobile backup are emerging areas for data protection. However, many organizations today do not have a strategy in place for protecting information on laptops and mobile devices. The reason for this is twofold. Many IT teams have assumed that little data is stored on laptops and mobile devices that isn’t stored elsewhere on the network (and thus backed up). Many organizations have policies in place which require laptop users to save any data they want backed up on network drives. This Handbook offers practical advice for organizations that are getting started with laptop/mobile backups with an overview of the technology available today and advice about what should and should not be backed up. Check out an article outlining the state of laptop/mobile backups software today, a tip on cloud backup vs. in-house backup for laptop backup and an expert Q&A on laptop backup.

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      • Plugging into the data backup appliance

        IT pros continue to move away from tape for backup, opting instead for backup to disk. And users performing disk-based backup have a number of options to choose from. There are a variety of disk backup-specific appliances, each offering differing capabilities and price points, which can be split into three main categories -- VTLs, deduplicating disk arrays, and integrated backup appliances. This handbook on the state of the backup appliance looks at the variety of disk backup appliances available today, from deduplicating VTLs to integrated backup appliances that offer software, media server and storage bundled together. Understand the pros and cons of each type of device and important developments in the disk backup world and learn how to compare and contrast the disk backup appliance options available today to help you make decisions about upgrading your backup solution.

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      • Conquer the endpoint backup challenge

        Endpoint backup has typically been left to end users or ignored altogether. However, the increased use of smartphones and tablets is driving interest in the technology. Also, the software is evolving and converging with other technologies aimed at increasing user productivity. One challenge for backing up laptops and mobile devices is that they aren't always connected to a corporate network. They must be backed up over the Internet -- which can be troublesome -- or when they reconnect. Depending on how much time passes between backups, this could leave a good deal of data unprotected.

        This handbook looks at how vendors are addressing the challenges associated with backing up these devices, the convergence of mobile backup with file sharing and security, confusion about the difference between file sync and backup, and how to choose a solution that is right for your organization's needs.

        View E-Handbook
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      • Implementing data replication: Balancing cost vs. convenience

        Access this exclusive disaster recovery handbook about data replication for insight from industry pros such as Brien Posey and Paul Kirvan, and learn about replication tools today, asynchronous vs. synchronous replication, and replication for virtual machines. Read on to arm yourself with the replication know-how needed to navigate this space in 2013.

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      • Aligning the linear tape file system for enterprise data archiving

        LTFS or Linear Tape File System allows data on LTO-5 and later tapes to be searched as if it were on disk. When LTFS emerged a few years ago, many predicted it would be a boon for long-term data archiving. That hasn't really proven to be true -- at least not for enterprise data archiving. The technology has taken off in the media and entertainment industry, and other industries that require long-term retention of video, but LTFS integration has been slow among tape library and backup software vendors.

        That may be changing, however, with a number of tape library vendors announcing library-wide LTFS support. It is possible that some of the latest developments in this space along with the push to store vast amounts of data for analytics may push LTFS into use for enterprise data archiving, but it is still unclear if the technology will move beyond its current niche.

        View E-Handbook
      • Take the temperature of tape systems technology

        Tape media, drive and library technology advances with increasing capacity and innovations aimed at making data more accessible. While many shops have moved to disk for backup, tape systems are still the go-to for long term data retention, as tape is still the most cost-effective method for storing massive amounts of data. Tape libraries have become denser, allowing more data to be stored in a given footprint, while advanced robotics allow tapes to be accessed and loaded very rapidly. There are also developments happening on the software side like LTFS that allow data on tape to be read as if it were on disk. However, developments in the tape world happen slowly, and LTFS has not been integrated at the tape library level as quickly.

        This handbook offers information on developments in the tape market including tape media and libraries, LTFS, tape vaulting and using tape for long-term archiving.

        View E-Handbook
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