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Vol. 3 No. 9 November 2004

Synthetic Full Backup Catching On

Besides movie-star looks and a winning lotto ticket, what do storage managers want? W. Curtis Preston, VP of service development at GlassHouse Technologies, thinks better backup is next on the list: "Everybody wants to stop doing fulls for no reason," he says. "It's silly that we're going back out to the clients to get data we already have." That's the motivation for synthetic full backup, which, with the introduction of Veritas' NetBackup 5.0 last year, is now a core feature of all the major enterprise backup packages in some form or another. Those include CommVault's Galaxy, EMC's Legato NetWorker with Saveset Consolidation and IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) with the notion of Backup Sets. And now Sepaton, a startup that sells the S2100 virtual tape library (VTL) appliance, has announced a new approach to synthetic fulls that borrows from the idea of a point-in-time snapshot. Thanks to its "content-aware architecture," which understands the Veritas NetBackup data format, Sepaton can scan an incremental backup stored on the...

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  • The search for cost-effective disaster recovery

    Creating an efficient DR strategy starts with determining the value of your company's applications and data. You can find the right mix of DR technologies to protect your data without breaking the bank.

  • Accommodating arrays

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Modern storage arrays offer disk types to meet any need -- costly Fibre Channel (FC) disks for high-end applications requiring superior performance and availability, and lower-priced SATA disks for less-critical data. The arrays also come with mixed RAID configurations. But selecting the right mix of disks and RAID levels requires understanding the impact of those decisions.

  • Cheap SANs--Hype or Hot?

    Low-cost SANs still looking for a market

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