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Data storage and backup? Fuggedaboutit!
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of May 2013 Vol. 12 No. 3
Many storage shops are fighting a losing battle when it comes to data storage and backup protection, with too much data and not enough time. Maybe it's time to rethink the process. It's 2013 and we're still doing backup. I know things tend to toddle along kind of slowly in IT, but the way we protect our data has barely changed at all in my lifetime, and I'm hardly a kid. Backup keeps getting better, of course, with techs like data deduplication and bigger, faster storage targets to send all that backup data to. But today's data storage and backup process requires essentially the same oversight and administration it did 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Few things stagnate like that in the tech universe without a reason, and there are plenty of reasons why backup has been lingering in a time warp for so long. Along with everything else in this world, if you follow the money things start to fall into place and a lot of the mystery disappears. Backup is a complex process involving software, hardware, manpower and special expertise. That ...
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