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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Users eye snapshot to cut back on tape

As the push for better recovery times intensifies, snapshots are quickly becoming a critical alternative technology to tape-based recovery. But while the advantages of snapshots may seem apparent, there are some management issues related to the technology that should be considered. "Backups are not going away; but how people are doing backups, and the frequency of backing up to tape, is changing," says Patrick Rogers, VP of products and partners at Network Appliance (NetApp). User demand led Symantec and NetApp last year to begin integrating Veritas NetBackup 6.0 with NetApp's NearStore appliance. And this summer, CommVault announced RecoveryDirector 6.1--a management layer added to its QiNetix 6.1 Unified Data Management Suite--which lets users perform backup and snapshot-related tasks through a single interface regardless of where the snapshot tools reside. This movement toward deeper integration clearly reflects concerns about how to better bring backup and recovery closer together, while reducing or possibly eliminating tape...

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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.