Backup software Definitions

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  • A

    Acronis

    Acronis is a data protection software vendor that spun off as a separate company from Parallels in Singapore and became an independent company in 2003.

  • Arcserve UDP (Arcserve Unified Data Protection)

    Arcserve Unified Data Protection is a data backup and recovery software product. The software combines features such as high availability, global source-side deduplication and disaster recovery testing in one product interface.

  • asynchronous replication

    Asynchronous replication is an approach to data backup in which data is written to primary storage and then replicated to a replication target.

  • B

    backup storage device

    A data storage device for backup makes copies of data actively in use. Should the storage medium fail, the original data is recovered from copies on the backup hardware.

  • backup utility (BU)

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

  • C

    cold backup (offline backup)

    Cold backups are ideal for disaster recovery because they protect important data. But the process requires downtime, so it should be conducted during quiet periods.

  • converged secondary storage

    Converged secondary storage is a combination of common data protection elements and non-primary storage tasks into one platform.

  • CrashPlan

    Code42 Software's CrashPlan data protection software comes in home, small business and enterprise versions. CrashPlan runs in the background of a device and provides an organization with constant backup of all new and changed files.

  • D

    data archiving

    Data archiving migrates infrequently used data to low-cost, high-capacity archive storage for long-term retention.

  • data backup software

    Backup software makes a duplicate copy of data to protect it and enable recovery if the data is lost or corrupted due to equipment failure or some other catastrophic event.

  • data protection management (DPM)

    Data protection management (DPM) is the administration of backup processes to ensure that tasks run on schedule, and that data is securely backed up and recoverable. Good data protection management means having effective processes and methodologies in place to maintain data integrity.

  • data restore

    Data restore is the process of copying backup data from secondary storage and restoring it to its original location or a new location.

  • deduplication software

    Dedupe software eliminates unnecessary copies of data by redirecting new iterations of the data back to the original.

  • Dell EMC Avamar

    Dell EMC Avamar is a hardware and software data backup product.

  • Differential Backup

    A differential backup is a type of data backup method that copies all of the files that have changed since the last full backup was performed.

  • E

    Dell EMC NetWorker

    Dell EMC NetWorker is a backup software platform for the enterprise.

  • F

    flat backup

    Flat backup uses snapshots to protect data without traditional backup software. Storage snapshots are replicated to another location, where they are a backup to the originals. Flat backup can be cheaper than a traditional backup, but not all storage vendors support the process.

  • G

    ghost imaging

    Ghost imaging, often called cloning, is a software-driven data backup process that copies the contents of a computer hard disk in a single compressed file or set of files, referred to as an image.

  • I

    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.

  • 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 data that has been changed or created since the previous backup activity was conducted.

  • L

    LAN-free backup

    LAN-free backup is the process of backing up server data to a centralized storage device rather than moving it across a local-area network (LAN).

  • S

    storage snapshot

    A storage snapshot is a set of reference markers for data at a particular point in time. A snapshot acts like a detailed table of contents, providing the user with accessible copies of data that they can roll back to.

  • T

    Tower of Hanoi backups

    Tower of Hanoi is a complex tape backup strategy that's useful for archiving data for an extended period of time in an economical manner by using a cycle of exponential retention periods instead of a large number of tapes.

  • V

    Veeam Backup & Replication

    Veeam Backup & Replication is a software product developed by Veeam Software to back up, restore and replicate data on virtual machines (VMs).

  • Veritas Backup Exec (Symantec Backup Exec)

    Veritas Backup Exec is a data protection software product that supports virtual, physical and cloud platforms.

  • Veritas NetBackup (Symantec NetBackup)

    Veritas NetBackup -- known as Symantec NetBackup from 2005 to 2016 -- is a backup and recovery software suite designed for enterprise users.

  • Volume Shadow Copy Service-based backup

    A Volume Shadow Copy Service-based backup operates at the block level of the file system to create application-consistent backups through a VSS writer and VSS requestor.

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