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Vol. 2 No. 7 September 2003

Avoiding backup nightmares with data backup reports

Efficiency Controlling cost is a huge concern in backup environments, and media is one area that's of particular concern. This chart helps gauge efficient usage of tape media. Source: GlassHouse Technologies Acommon IT manager's nightmare: A critical production database has become corrupt and must be recovered. You turn to your first line of defense--your business continuance mirrored volumes, but alas, the corruption predates the split times. You swallow hard, and your pulse quickens. You must now turn to your fail-safe solution--your nightly backup. You launch the client recovery GUI for your backup application, and begin searching for the volume to restore. Beads of sweat form on your forehead. Your heart begins to pound. You can't find this volume in last night's backup list. You search through the backup history, only to discover that the most recent backup of this volume is more than two months old. You seriously consider your resignation as you ponder explaining this to executive management tomorrow. In our backup ...

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  • Where tape belongs

    by  David Braue

    Ignore the industry babble about whether tape is dead or not: Tape is here to stay. But with the advantages of new low-cost disk systems--especially for fast restoration--tape's role in backup will likely change. The upshot: You'll likely be using your libraries differently.

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