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Vol. 10 Num. 4 June 2011

What about the little guy? Data protection for smaller organizations.

Small- and medium-sized businesses should know their options when it comes to backing up and protecting data. Here’s a list of product choices and some vendors who have SMB options worth exploring. The only big difference between the computing environment of a large organization and a small one is scale. The paradox is that any type of disruption to computer systems or loss of access to data for an extended period of time -- while a nuisance in a larger company -- could be detrimental to a small- or medium-sized business (SMB). In either case, it’s imperative to protect system and data assets. But what’s the best approach for smaller organizations? While less likely to be challenged by the “backup window” and recovery time objective (RTO) issues faced by larger counterparts, smaller organizations are characterized by limited IT staff and budgets. Therefore, keeping data protection simple and cost-efficient is crucial. There are a number of solutions and approaches that meet these criteria for smaller firms. A switch to disk ...

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Features in this issue

  • NetBackup, Avamar emerge as top backup apps

    by  Rich Castagna

    In our sixth Quality Awards for backup and recovery software, users picked a relative newcomer and a weathered veteran as service and reliability standard-bearers.

  • Dedupe performance is effective if not remarkable

    by  Rich Castagna, Editorial Director

    Approximately 60% of our survey respondents are using data deduplication in backup. Find out the data reduction rates they’re getting and what non-dedupers say about the technology

  • Pare down primary storage

    by  Jacob Gsoedl

    Data deduplication is moving from backup to primary storage. Dedupe’s great for trimming primary data stores, but there are other technologies that can do the job.

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