Article

Data backup special report

Stephen J. Bigelow, WinIT
Data backups can guard against data loss, support compliance and retention needs and protect the business from disaster. But good data backups need much more than a new tape

Requires Free Membership to View

library or the latest software release -- data backups need a clear plan that meets the objectives of your specific business. Data backup windows and recovery point objectives (RPOs) must be met, and the backups must be recoverable within established recovery time objectives (RTOs). To accomplish these objectives and others, storage administrators must develop and maintain a solid data backup strategy that protects relevant data in a timely manner using the appropriate backup platform.

Data backup strategies are important for any organization regardless of size, so the very worst course of action is to ignore the issue. But sound strategies can be challenging to formulate and maintain, often drawing on insights from numerous corporate disciplines. Even after strategies are implemented, they must evolve over time to ensure that data remains recoverable as the organization evolves. "The data continues to grow, the data continues to change in terms of size and structure and type," says W. Curtis Preston, vice president of data protection at GlassHouse Technologies Inc. "If they're not planning for that change, then they can find themselves, overnight, unable to meet their recovery requirements."

The following article outlines the advantages and drawbacks of various data backup strategies, offers vendor and user insights into the most effective (and ineffective) strategies and examines the future direction of backup practices.

Go to the next part of this article: Backup strategies: An overview

Or skip to the section of interest:

  • Introduction
  • Backup strategies: An overview
  • Backup strategies: Strengths and weaknesses
  • Backup strategies: The vendors
  • Backup strategies: User perspectives
  • Backup strategies: Future directions


  • There are Comments. Add yours.

     
    TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

    REGISTER or login:

    Forgot Password?
    By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
    Sort by: OldestNewest

    Forgot Password?

    No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

    Your password has been sent to: