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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Snapshot: Do you outsource your backups?

An overwhelming majority of Storage readers agree that outsourced backup isn't the best solution for them. Eighty-one percent of survey respondents currently don't use a backup service provider, and 65% wouldn't consider using one in the future. The top two reasons for not using a service are readers' confidence in their own infrastructures (61%) and concerns about data security (48%). Readers who've experienced backup outsourcing weren't pleased with the results. "We had outsourced backup in my previous company and the experience was not good," writes one reader. "Turnaround time for change requests was huge." Another found outsourcing unreliable: "After working for a company that did outsource, we found there were many hidden costs, and our backup processes did not receive the proper attention when it came to meeting scheduled runs and recovery needs." --Trina MacDonald

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Features in this issue

  • Tricky backup for SharePoint

  • CDP: Look before you leap

    Some pundits have postulated that continuous data protection (CDP) will replace backup. But is that just new technology hyperbole or is CDP a must-have technology?

  • Backup-to-disk performance tuning

    Disk-based backup can lower costs, reduce complexity and add scalability. But to achieve top performance, you'll need to do lots of benchmarking and watch for poorly configured production storage.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup best practices are always evolving

    Some new advances in backup, such as virtual tape libraries, represent evolutionary enhancements to the traditional backup process, while others like continuous data protection and single-instance storage are potentially far more transformational.

  • 10 points to consider before deploying an e-mail archive

    Selecting an e-mail archiving application based solely on features and functions may result in unexpected administration costs. Consider these 10 points before deploying an e-mail archiver.

  • Some small tech upstarts might play big roles

    Storage Bin: The big storage vendors are always trying to steal a piece of each other's pie. But some small tech upstarts might play big parts in determining who comes out on top.