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."
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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.
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