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  • A lesson in flash caching

    Solid-state storage is proliferating as a replacement for hard disk drives, where it offers a quick shift into the fast lane of storage processing. But flash can also be used with hard disks for a low-cost solution that delivers nearly equivalent ... 

  • Examining today's data protection solutions

    Exponential data growth, the need for more frequent data protection, the rise of server virtualization and a variety of other challenges have emerged over the past few years, and backup vendors have begun to offer alternatives to traditional nightly ... 

  • Identify and conquer today's backup challenges

    The last several years have brought about changes and challenges for backup administrators. Many have relied upon the same approach to data backups for decades, but the tried-and-true approach of nightly backups is becoming impractical. Exponential d... 

  • The backup target today

    There are many backup target options available with a wide range of price points. They include everything from tape drives and tape libraries to virtual tape libraries, deduplication arrays, integrated backup appliances and cloud backups.

  • What is data protection?

    Data backups have evolved to the point that they are hardly recognizable. For many organizations, the days of producing a nightly backup to tape are over. Exponential data growth and the need for near real-time data protection have driven organizatio... 

  • Plugging into the data backup appliance

    IT pros continue to move away from tape for backup, opting instead for backup to disk. And users performing disk-based backup have a number of options to choose from. There are a variety of disk backup-specific appliances, each offering differing cap... 

  • Goodbye, old backup app

    There’s hope for storage shops straining to back up ever-growing data stores, but it might mean using a modern backup alternative instead of a traditional backup app. The usual scenario of weekly fulls/daily incrementals can break down as data ove... 

  • Rethinking the way storage architectures are packaged and presented

    Cloud storage, virtualization and the growth of unstructured data have contributed to the way storage architectures are built and used. Virtual storage appliances and server-based shared storage are two concepts that have emerged as viable product... 

  • Implementing data replication: Balancing cost vs. convenience

    Access this exclusive disaster recovery handbook about data replication for insight from industry pros such as Brien Posey and Paul Kirvan, and learn about replication tools today, asynchronous vs. synchronous replication, and replication for virtual... 

  • EMC NetWorker

    EMC NetWorker is a backup software platform for the enterprise. 

  • backup utility (BU)

    A backup utility is a program that is designed to create a copy of data in a secondary location for safekeeping. 

  • Symantec NetBackup

    Symantec NetBackup is a backup and recovery product designed for enterprise users. 

  • IBM TSM (IBM Tivoli Storage Manager)

    IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) is an enterprise class backup and archiving application. IBM TSM, like all enterprise backup software products, is designed to make copies of an organization's data to protect against data loss. 

  • Symantec Backup Exec

    Symantec Backup Exec is a small- to medium-sized business (SMB) data protection product.   

  • VSS-based backup

    Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is a Windows service for capturing and creating snapshots called shadow copies.  VSS, which operates at the block level of the file system, provides a backup infrastructure for Microsoft operating sytems.  

  • differential backup

    A differential backup is a type of backup that copies all data changed since the previous full backup. 

  • asynchronous replication

    Asynchronous replication is a "store and foreward" approach to data backup. 

  • image-based backup

    Image-based backup is a backup process for a computer or virtual machine (VM) that creates a copy of the operating system and all the data associated with it, including the system state, and application configurations and saves it as a single file. 

  • incremental backup

    An incremental backup is a type of backup that only copies files that have changed since the last backup. 

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About Backup and recovery software

Traditionally, backup and recovery software products had one purpose -- to make a copy of your data. But over the past few years, backup software products have evolved to include a whole host of functionality. Technologies such as continuous data protection (CDP), snapshot, data deduplication, replication, backup reporting tools and even data archiving have become features of, or are tightly integrated with, enterprise-class backup software applications. This section offers news and expert advice on data backup applications and tools such as CommVault Simpana, EMC NetWorker, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Symantec Backup Exec and NetBackup and more. Check our backup software page frequently for tips and tutorials on using backup software, backup software product news, and columns and podcasts from backup expert W. Curtis Preston.