Tips

  • How long does tape last?

    Fear of tape degradation has led many storage professionals to rewrite their critical tapes every year to keep data fresh.

  • Dumping old disks safely

    Think you can just chuck those used disks in the garbage? Think again. This tip outlines how to properly dispose of disk to stay within environmental and governmental guidelines.

  • The dirt on WORM tape

    In light of new compliance concerns, tape-based WORM can be an inexpensive alternative optical WORMs. This tip has more on this tape option.

  • Disk's new role in backup

    By inserting a disk staging area between a backup server and a tape library, you're able to back up more servers simultaneously, leading to quicker restores.

  • FAQ: Serverless backup

    Our site experts define serverless backup, explain the difference between LAN-free backups and serverless backups, and tell how to design a server-free backup architecture.

  • Errors in Exchange backups

    In this tip, Rick Cook outlines various dilemmas that could lead to errors while backing up your Microsoft Exchange Server, and shows you what the ultimate fix is.

  • Domino backups getting easier

    Backing up Lotus Domino is a lot easier with the versions R5 and R6. However, there are still a number of challenges to making effective backups of Domino servers, listed here.

  • Think small to avert big disasters

    Jon Toigo says there are several approaches to dealing with the prospect of the loss of a single critical file, and outlines three of them here.

  • All-in-one backup suite right for you?

    With the promise of "LAN-free" backups, improved restore times and an affordable price tag, a backup bundle might just be the way for you to go.

  • Design critical in data compression ba

    Compressing data for tape backup is not only reliable, but can also improve backup performance and produce hardware savings. But if not designed properly, it can cause bottlenecks.

  • Is replication worth it?

    Data replication is a good way of solving backup problems and quick restores. However without some careful forethought, replication can actually cause more problems than it solves.

  • Is switching to BrightStor worth it?

    If you want to switch your backup software to cut costs, Pierre Dorion suggests you consider new costs such as training for new skills since this can overshadow any savings.

  • 30 AS/400 backup tips in 30 minutes

    SearchStorage.com's sister site Search400.com posted these 30 AS/400 backup tips that should take you about 30 minutes to digest.

  • The benefits of e-mail archiving

    This tip details the many benefits of adding an e-mail archive application to your data center. Some of the instant pluses: faster backups and recovery.

  • Cut costs with tiered backups

    For some companies, the time to restore a database is extremely critical. This tip shows how the team at online yellow pages company YP.Net gets their 'down' database back up ASAP.

  • Distance benchmarks for replication

    In this tip, Brendan Reilly outlines the benefits of using asynchronous data replication over traditional synchronous solutions.

  • Maximizing backup performance with SQL

    In this tip, author Rick Cook shares with you some Microsoft tricks of the trade designed to help you maximize performance and minimize your backup times.

  • What to consider when upgrading

    If you're planning to upgrade your backup software, this tip outlines the things you should consider before upgrading, including how well defined your overall backup strategy is.

  • Don't fight your DBA

    Jon Toigo feels DBAs get a bad rap and the "root of the problem" with backing up large-scale databases has alot to do with poor communication between DBAs & data protection folks.

  • The problems backing up big databases

    This tip discusses some issues of database backup and offers insight into what one company plans to do about it through reference data segregation and a pre-staging methodology.