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Take a hybrid approach to data storage protection
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of February 2013 Vol. 11 No. 12
The old fundamentals of data storage protection that required separate processes for backup, DR and archive can’t keep up with today's data capacities. For years, I've been among those promoting a best-practices approach to data storage protection that made clear distinctions among the processes and data related to backup, archive and disaster recovery (DR). Our articles here in Storage magazine more often than not followed the same track, addressing each of these activities separately much more frequently than as connected processes. I still believe those distinctions are important to maintain. You copy data on a daily (or more frequent) basis to ensure that if a file gets deleted or corrupted you can easily retrieve a copy that's a duplicate or at least a relatively recent version. That's backup. Then there's data you replicate so that if your company's primary systems become unavailable because of a storm, fire or any other system-crippling occurrence, you'll be able to start up at least some of your key applications so ...
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