Tips

  • How to destroy data on backup tapes

    This tip offers guidelines for destroying data on backup tapes, with information about degaussing, tape cartridge destruction, tape reuse and record keeping.

  • Implementing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager

    This four-part series of tips offers information that can help you decide if IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager is right for your environment and what you need to know before deploying the software.

  • CAS and data deduplication: Partners in archiving

    This tip explores CAS and data deduplication, discusses the uses for each and outlines the technologies' strengths and weaknesses.

  • Estimate the lifespan of LTO tapes

    This tip outlines what you need to consider when estimating the lifespan of LTO tape. It's not as black and white as LTO tape manufacturers would like you to believe.

  • Making the most of media pools

    Learn what media pools are and the benefits of using them for managing removable storage.

  • Best practices using IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager

    This is the second in a four-part series on IBM's TSM backup software. This segment outlines some of the best practices when designing and implementing a TSM backup environment.

  • In-band vs. out-of-band deduplication

    This tip compares and contrasts in-band and out-of-band deduplication and offers some pros and cons of each approach

  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager vs. traditional backup

    Learn about the architectural concepts behind IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager backup software and the main differences with what are often referred to as "traditional" backup products. This piece is t...

  • Remote backup: Five tips in five minutes

    SearchStorage.com readers frequently ask questions about remote backup. This article offers a collection of expert responses to recent reader questions.

  • Long-term archiving dos and don'ts

    Restoring data from long-term archives can be difficult (or impossible) if your archive isn't in a readable format. This tip outlines some ways that you can ensure access to your data over time.

  • Get ready for agentless backup

    This tip offers information on how this agentless backup works, its pros and cons and what to consider before adopting this technology.

  • Shedding storage pounds with data reduction technology

    This tip discusses various approaches to "shed storage pounds," backup less data and make recovery easier.

  • Beyond tape backups

    Most agree that tape backups are no longer suitable for all data protection needs. Organizations are now presented with numerous backup options to choose from. This tip will help you rationalize so...

  • Use disk as a primary backup target and overcome shoesh

    Today's high-speed tape drives can outrun a network, causing the drive to have to wait for a data stream. Learn how to overcome this shoeshining effect.

  • Email retention policy: A step-by-step approach

    Bill Tolson outlines the steps you should take to create an effective records retention policy for your organization's email.

  • Best practices for long-term tape archives

    The advantages of using tape to store long-term archival and compliance data include low cost per gigabyte and relative ease of transportability, assuming the tapes do not get lost in transit. Lear...

  • Effective data backups: Seven rules to follow

    If you're responsible for data backups on multiple systems, a strong policy. is highly recommended This tip gives you seven rules to follow for effective data backups.

  • Data backup failure: Five tips for prevention

    Learn what you can do to prevent data backups from failing. Media failure, human error and hardware failure are among the most common reasons backups fail.

  • Archive or backup?

    How long does a backup object have to be retained before it is considered an archive? Or, is it actually not just a simple matter of time? This tip presents information that will help draw your own...

  • Agent-based vs. agentless backup: Pros and cons

    Backup expert W. Curtis Preston discusses the pros and cons of agent-based backup software, such as TSM or Netvault, compared to an agentless backup product like Asigra.