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Options for ROBOs: Choose a backup method for the ages
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 10 Num. 6 August 2011
Satellite offices and workers are changing the look of companies of all sizes, and backup technology is changing to keep pace. Learn which strategy is best for your remote office, and whether remote copies and tape are necessary or not. Due to the wide distribution of corporate data across sites, organizations with remote offices/branch offices (ROBOs) are often challenged by the demands associated with backup and recovery. Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) recently surveyed more than 450 IT professionals regarding people, process and technology at ROBO locations (“2011 Remote Office and Branch Office Technology Trends,” June 2011) and found that 59% of firms with fewer than 10 employees at ROBOs function without any local IT staff, even though 71% indicated that on-site storage is leveraged at some point in the backup processes at these locations. Both disk and tape storage systems remain the go-to components of most ROBO data protection strategies, but newer wide-area/remote backup technologies are garnering more serious ...
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Features in this issue
Our survey finds more firms are relying on automated processes to back up their remote offices, and more backup data is making it back to the main data center than ever before.
In a relatively short time, data deduplication has revolutionized disk-based backup, but the technology is still evolving with new applications and more choices than ever.
Adoption of storage virtualization picks up as early obstacles to implementation are overcome. Mature products exist to deploy storage virtualization at the array or in the network
Storage technologies may sometimes seem a little stodgy and out of date, but there’s plenty of technical development going on at both the big storage vendors and smaller upstarts.
Columns in this issue
An analysis of the some of the leading vendors in the TCP/IP offload market.
Too expensive, too much extra work and not enough integration were legitimate complaints about laptop backup a few years ago. But those excuses just don’t cut it anymore.
A few notable glitches have soured some users on cloud storage services, but a hybrid approach that integrates public and private storage may ultimately convince cloud skeptics.
Satellite offices and workers are changing the look of companies of all sizes, and backup technology is changing to keep pace.