Tips

  • Securing the tape custody chain

    Backup tapes are priceless and keeping them safe and protected needs to be a top priority. Here are four steps you should take to ensure your tapes reach their destination safely.

  • Compress, then encrypt tapes

    This tip explains when your data should be encrypted, and details some programs that can help you with this process.

  • Virtual tape evolves to survive

    This tip explains how virtual tape libraries (VTLs) work and what they are useful for. It also explores changes currently occuring in the VTL world.

  • Planning a centralized backup system

    This tip will help you decide if centralized backup is appropriate for your needs and offers information about the products available to you.

  • Compliance archiving tools

    This Tech Roundup discusses how compliance archiving tools are used, how they are evolving and what the competitive landscape looks like.

  • Should you archive spam?

    Sure, spam is a waste of storage space, but before you delete it, you better figure out your legal liability.

  • Pros and cons of VTLs

    VTLs aren't perfect, and this tip outlines some caveats about the technology that you need to know before implementing a VTL.

  • Tape libraries across platforms

    This tip offers practical methods that can enable a single enterprise tape environment that spans both open and legacy systems.

  • Replacing tape backup with Avamar

    With many companies looking for alternatives to tape, Ed Holmes' story is is not unique. His company recently switched from tape to Avamar for backup.

  • Troubleshoot multi-volume restores

    Learn to identify and correct the causes of several common error messages when restoring multiple tapes.

  • How to keep stored data safe

    Tapes are especially vulnerable to security breaches because they are inherently portable, often transported off site and contain everything in the enterprise's computers.

  • Big-time data protection

    Need storage that won't quit, on a barely-there budget? Look close to home.

  • The ABCs of CDP

    CDP is a relatively new genre of backup technology, and like all new technologies, it still fosters questions about its merits and pitfalls.

  • The year's best backup software

    If this year's best backup software category is any indication, when it comes to data protection, companies might do well to think small.

  • Product Roundup: Backup software

    In this product roundup, we discuss how backup software is used, how it is evolving and what the competitive landscape looks like.

  • How to architect tiered backup

    Find out how e-mail ASP Silverpop used disk-to-disk-to-tape for reliable data protection.

  • Cheap SATA spurs D2D

    New disk-to-disk (D2D) backup appliances complement -- and in some cases replace -- traditional tape backup.

  • Tape prices are going up

    Maxell Corp. has recently announced that it will be increasing its prices, and most other tape vendors are doing the same.

  • Seven ways to minimize tape failure

    Just like any technology, tape drives, backup tapes and tape backup software can fail. But there are ways to minimize the chances of failure.

  • Making disk-based backup work

    Learn how to improve performance and reduce management problems by incorporating low-cost disk into your data protection plan.