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Modern backup alternatives
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of October 2013 Vol. 12 No. 8
With more data to protect, storage administrators need to look at backup alternatives to supplement or replace their standard process of weekly fulls and nightly incrementals. Plenty of IT shops still perform nightly incremental backups along with weekly full backups, but many organizations are increasingly finding that their data -- and the recovery requirements for that data -- are breaking the backup models they've relied on for so long. For storage managers addressing inadequate backup operations, this may mean confronting the difficult but critical task of backup modernization. Backup modernization can be a somewhat painful process; you not only need to choose a backup technology, you need to consider the impact the transition will have on key business processes and requirements. Backup alternatives to consider When it comes to modernizing your backups, there are many solutions available ranging from the mundane and utilitarian to the exotic. Even so, there are three main flavors of data protection in use today: Continuous ...
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With more data to protect, weekly fulls and nightly incrementals may not be enough. It's time to look at alternatives to traditional backup processes.
Direct-attached or server-based storage is gaining renewed attention as emerging techs offer ways to pool and share this scalable storage resource.
Learn how to avoid boot storms, antivirus scans and other events that can bring your storage to its knees when deploying virtual desktops.
Our latest survey finds the biggest problem with file storage and management is backup. Learn how respondents are managing file storage.
Columns in this issue
Flash technologies are cool, crazy fast and they're going to remake our data centers; but they can be pretty confusing, too.
A storage hypervisor comes to the rescue, as the elements wreak havoc in my test lab.
Disk is great for backups and speedy recoveries, but tape is still the best choice for data protection and retention.
In a virtual server world, the concept of LUN technology and the amount of attention LUNs require from storage admins will be a thing of the past.