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Vol. 4 No. 9 November 2005

Backup outsourcers think small

Looking for a way to improve your backup? One way may be to outsource it, as vendors clamor to earn the backup business of small- to medium-sized organizations. That's in contrast to the early days of outsourcing, when storage service providers like the defunct Storage-Networks offered primary storage to enterprise users. If nothing else, the price of outsourcing your backups has dropped dramatically, says Eran Farajun, executive VP at Asigra, whose Televaulting software is often resold by service providers. Prices used to be approximately $60 per gigabyte per month, he says. Today, expect to pay as little as $9 per GB "or even less for low-quality SLAs." IBM is the latest vendor to throw its hat into the backup outsourcing ring with IBM Express Online Backup for Distributed Servers. Based on technology from LiveVault, the service is a great fit for small businesses, says LiveVault's president and CEO Bob Cramer, because unlike enterprises, "they don't have expensive, top-tier IT staff at the ready."

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Features in this issue

  • Quality Awards: What are the best midrange arrays?

    Midrange array users are a generally satisfied group, according to the latest Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards survey. While all midrange array vendors fared quite well in this third installment of our awards program, the vendor that snared top honors might surprise some people.

  • Easing away from ESCON

    by  Alex Barrett

    ESCON, the protocol that pre-dated FICON as a systems-to-storage connection, is incompatible with the newer FICON-based systems. This tip looks at various ways you can tackle this dilemma.

  • Secure your backups

    The headlines tell the story: Lost tapes can jeopardize the confidentiality of personal information and cause public-relations woes for those companies charged with safeguarding that data. Encryption can solve the problem, but implementing tape encryption isn't so easy, as performance issues could impact backup windows.

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