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Develop copy management systems for streamlined production

While copy data management seems like a slam dunk, there are many considerations needed to implement the right system. Read about the technology behind the process and explore valuable tips and opinions.

Introduction

With so much data out there, businesses are looking for ways to cut down on sprawl. Copy data management, which reduces storage consumption by eliminating the unnecessary duplication of production data, might be just what your environment needs. For organizations looking to set up copy management systems or learn more about the process, this essential guide provides valuable information.

Redundant copies of the same data can waste storage space, slow performance, and cause problems in accessing and restoring mission-critical data. CDM software can help eliminate those issues by reducing the number of full copies. It also reduces the chance of server sprawl and can lower costs, as precious storage space is not used up with excessive data copies.

Actifio helped make the phrase and technology popular and has continued to make advancements with its CDM products over the years. Several other vendors have come up with their own copy data management products in recent years. You'll read about some of those companies in this guide and see how copy data management systems exploded as a key approach to data protection.

But is the technology a replacement for backup? CDM can perform many important tasks, but it's essential to understand what it can't do. You'll find video, tips and expert answers about how copy management systems work as well as what you shouldn't expect from them. While a number of CDM offerings certainly have value, there can be complications with applying the technology. As analyst Randy Kerns notes, "CDM represents a new tool and embracing a new tool is sometimes difficult."

Take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the key concepts and phrases associated with copy data management. There are many elements involved in a proper CDM implementation, and this guide will set you off on the right track.

1Implementation-

Execute your copy management system

The following articles and videos provide information on using copy data management and what it can do for your organization.

Tip

Be disciplined with copy data storage

With copies making up an estimated 50% of the data stored in an organization, the amount of space they occupy can be overwhelming. Check out these tips for copy data management. Continue Reading

Video

A valuable way to reduce copies

Analyst Mike Matchett explains the different methods for effectively using copy management systems. Continue Reading

Tip

Big data can cause big problems

It's important for a data center team to be organized to fight data sprawl. Companies must be smart in their approach to data management. Continue Reading

Blog Post

Copy data and how to manage it

Making copies of data for IT applications is fundamental, but organizations need to be careful with CDM. Continue Reading

Answer

Can a copy management system replace backup?

Expert Brien Posey explains that copy data management is really more about storage efficiency than data protection. With CDM, everyone can work from a common copy of a data source. Continue Reading

Video

A copy management software demo

Watch this video to see how Enterprise Copy Data Management can find multiple versions of a file across separate storage systems. Continue Reading

2In the spotlight-

The rise of copy management systems

Copy data management has come into its own as a sleek data protection method. Explore the technology's ability to control multiple versions and how vendors are contributing to CDM.

Opinion

Copy management can make a difference

Find out how it's possible to change the economics of managing a data protection infrastructure with copy data management. Continue Reading

News

Q&A: 'The next wave in data protection'

Learn why Catalogic ECX, already one of the leading copy management systems, is set up for continued success. Continue Reading

News

Vendors evolve to address CDM

EMC's copy management product takes on copy sprawl. The eCDM offering becomes a feature of EMC's data protection portfolio. Continue Reading

Blog Post

Customers seek simpler way to manage data

Actifio, a trendsetter in copy data management, offers a central interface for the process. Continue Reading

News

Software manages live data copies

Discover how Commvault's platform makes for quick recovery and faster restores. Continue Reading

3Problem solve-

Tips and considerations for your copy management system

Your organization can use a copy management method to keep up with ever-increasing amounts of data -- but be aware of misconceptions.

Answer

Server virtualization exacerbates image creation issue

Check out five approaches that can make copy management systems more effective, such as assigning time limits for copies and using software tools. Continue Reading

Answer

Copy management vs. traditional data backup

The CDM approach to data protection reduces storage consumption while making data easier to use. Continue Reading

Answer

CDM and backups can complement each other

Find out how a copy management system can help you eliminate or reduce redundant data. Continue Reading

Tip

Copy management is easily misunderstood

Discover four major misnomers about copy management systems, from performance issues to number of copies. Continue Reading

Blog Post

Every organization has a copy data problem

Identify how many data copies you have in your environment, and then ease your pain with products. Continue Reading

News

Teachable moment: Stabilizing copy sprawl

One school system's 300 virtual machines and 100 million files needed copy data management aid. Find out how it handled the problem. Continue Reading

4Glossary-

A list of essential definitions

Learn some key copy management system terms.

5Test yourself-

How well do you know copy management systems?

Try these five trivia questions about the copy data management process, systems and products.

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