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May 2010, Vol. 22

Top 10 data backup and recovery tips of 2009

Data backup and recovery is a top priority for any data storage manager, however, there are so many different data backup technologies and data backup tools, that sometimes it can be difficult to decide which is best for your data backup plan. Should you consider using continuous data protection (CDP), data replication, data deduplication, online data backup, or all of the above? In 2009, many new technologies were introduced, and the bottom line comes down to choosing the data tools and technologies that best fit your organization's needs. Jeff Boles, a senior analyst at the Taneja Group, noted that you have to be aware of changes in your data backup environment and your surrounding environments in order to decide what's right for you. "I'd say with a number of new options on the market, everyone should be looking at whether or not their data is stored and backed up optimally," said Boles. "If you're not using dedupe, now is the time to take the leap. Meanwhile, if you have data that doesn't often change, and you're backing it ...

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