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May 2014 Vol. 13 No. 3

Mend traditional data protection methods with new technology

Getting the redundancy out of data protection methods may require most storage shops to find the right parts and then cobble them together to make them work. Not too long ago, if you peeked into a data center in the wee hours of the morning, you would likely see sweaty backup admins shoveling coal into fire-breathing furnaces powering tape libraries, and struggling to keep up with obstinate backup apps while watching the backup window slowly close. With that bit of hyperbole I might end up getting my poetic license revoked, but my point is serious: A lot has changed in data protection methods in a relatively short period of time, and thankfully so. But, as usual when we talk about storage, it's a good news/bad news story. The good news is that while most of the old and familiar methods and processes of protecting data just can't cut it anymore -- at least not consistently enough to rely upon -- and new technologies have arrived to help. Virtualized servers and desktops, save-everything-forever retention policies, mobility, big ...

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