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Vol. 3 No. 2 April 2004

Extreme backup

For most U.S. enterprises, data protection will undergo a complete overhaul in the next 24 months. Simply put, the current data protection environment is at a breaking point and those organizations that must comply with new regulations have no choice but to revamp their backup and restore infrastructure. Backup windows are shrinking as our Web-based economy expands and organizations do business around the clock. A major user study conducted by the Taneja Group, Hopkinton, MA, in conjunction with Storage in September 2003 showed that 67% of the respondents had a backup window of eight hours or less. (See "Plan on disk-based backup") Yet the amount of data to be backed up daily continues to mount. At the same time, businesses have adopted a zero-tolerance policy for data loss and have instituted stringent recovery time objectives. During the past 20 years, there hasn't been much change in the way businesses perform backups and restores. But cheap disk prices, along with the commercialization of content-addressed storage (CAS)--...

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  • IP storage delivers

    by  Johanna Ambrosio

    Despite all the FUD surrounding IP SANs, early users say IP-based storage isn't all that difficult to manage and that performance is sufficient. The key is knowing what applications IP SANs should be used for.

  • Disaster recovery relief

    The cost of disaster recovery tools can be even more than the value of the data that these very tools are supposed to be protecting. Fortunately, newer approaches to DR are restoring sanity to this high-pressure task.

  • Wrestling with regulations

    by  Bill O'Brien

    In the health care industry, complicated regulations such as HIPAA, combined with new technologies that require enormous amounts of storage, are driving storage managers to the emergency room.

  • Extreme backup

    by  Arun Taneja

    Newsflash: Conventional data protection has reached its limits and will be dramatically changing in the next couple of years. But all roads don't lead to the same result. Here's how to analyze which route is best for you.

  • Get control of capacity

    Although storage resource management tools can be complicated to implement, they're a better alternative to breaking the bank and rushing out to purchase more storage. Get precise with your vendors on what you need and you'll wind up with better results.

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