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Vol. 9 Num. 4 June 2010

Backup is too hard

Backup software does a lot these days, including frustrating the hell out of users. I was going to refrain from writing about backup this month because we have the subject pretty well covered in this issue with W. Curtis Preston's article on backing up SharePoint and the results of the latest Quality Awards survey on backup applications. But while digging through that survey's data and compiling the results, I was struck by the comments made by some of the respondents. Approximately 65 of the 350-plus survey respondents took an extra minute or two to add a little narrative to their response, and of those 65, I counted fewer than 10 that were unqualified endorsements of a product. The rest were either flat-out pans of the app ("A royal pain in the __ to use" and "Never seems to work right") or tempered praise ("Good product; however, it requires more staff to manage well than I have on the team"). There's no question that backup keeps getting tougher for storage managers, with most companies adding tens of terabytes (or more) of ...

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Features in this issue

  • Companies are better prepared for disasters

    More than 50% of the respondents to our disaster recovery (DR) survey are very confident that their DR plans will save their company from disaster. But one-third don't even test their plans.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup is too hard

    Storage environments are getting more complex, which makes data protection even tougher. While backup software does more these days, it's still frustrating the hell out of users.

  • Are more Symantec OST-like APIs needed?

    One of the by-products of Symantec's OpenStorage interface is a performance improvement in backup and recovery operations.

  • NFS a good match for VMware

    by  Tony Asaro

    With server virtualization proliferating, most companies are hooking those virtualized environments into Fibre Channel SANs; but there may be a better alternative.

  • Virtual servers and their impact on data storage

    Taneja Group senior analyst and consultant Jeff Byrne opines on how almost every IT shop has virtualized at least some of its servers, shifting much of the burden of server consolidation onto data storage systems.