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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Rethinking data protection strategies

Time to change your thinking about data protection If you're adding disk to your backup mix, try this step-by-step approach for faster backups and recoveries. For years, IT administrators approached data protection the same way: They backed up data to tape, crossed their fingers that the backup process worked and was complete (that everything that needed to be backed up was actually backed up), and then prayed they'd never be asked to do a restore. It wasn't pretty, but it was all administrators had available to them at the time, so it became the accepted practice. Everyone knew about the potential problems of backing up to tape, but no one said much about it. Backup had become "IT's dirty little secret." And, more importantly, no one did anything differently. Today, we're more aware of the need to find and recover data quickly. The reason for our heightened awareness may be due to growing governmental and corporate scrutiny; the maturing of disk-based backup; the availability of higher density, lower cost disk drives in storage...

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Features in this issue

  • Tricky backup for SharePoint

  • CDP: Look before you leap

    Some pundits have postulated that continuous data protection (CDP) will replace backup. But is that just new technology hyperbole or is CDP a must-have technology?

  • Backup-to-disk performance tuning

    Disk-based backup can lower costs, reduce complexity and add scalability. But to achieve top performance, you'll need to do lots of benchmarking and watch for poorly configured production storage.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup best practices are always evolving

    Some new advances in backup, such as virtual tape libraries, represent evolutionary enhancements to the traditional backup process, while others like continuous data protection and single-instance storage are potentially far more transformational.

  • 10 points to consider before deploying an e-mail archive

    Selecting an e-mail archiving application based solely on features and functions may result in unexpected administration costs. Consider these 10 points before deploying an e-mail archiver.

  • Some small tech upstarts might play big roles

    Storage Bin: The big storage vendors are always trying to steal a piece of each other's pie. But some small tech upstarts might play big parts in determining who comes out on top.