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May 2013 Vol. 12 No. 3

Today's data backup appliance is ready for the enterprise

A data backup appliance combines software and hardware in a single box, configured and ready to go. Once considered just an SMB option, these products are ready for the enterprise. Backup appliances were originally designed for small companies or departmental backup environments. They provided an all-in-one backup solution that was easy to install and run, but they didn't offer the features, functionality or scalability required for midsize or larger environments. But with improvements to both hardware and software, data backup appliances have become viable solutions for companies of almost any size, even some in the enterprise space. Data backup appliance defined For our discussion, we'll define a data backup appliance as a complete backup system that includes hardware to store backed up data and software that controls the process of copying data from client servers and computers to the storage system. Many of these products can write data to direct-attached storage (DAS) or networked storage (NAS or SAN), but we won't consider...

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