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  • October 25, 2007 25 Oct'07

    Advanced data storage backup and protection overview

    It takes more than blank tapes or cheap disks to handle enterprise data backups. Administrators must protect the business while meeting the compliance standards that are appropriate for their industry. Although faster tape drives can speed a ...

  • October 18, 2007 18 Oct'07

    Iron Mountain loses backup tapes containing student data

    Less than a month after announcing a new chain-of-custody program meant to prevent data losses, Iron Mountain drops the ball again.

  • October 02, 2007 02 Oct'07

    Iron Mountain acquires RMS Services for records management

    Iron Mountain picks up healthcare records management firm to continue its diversification into digital records.

  • September 19, 2007 19 Sep'07

    Backup data security overview

    News of a lost tape or hacked data center storage can easily make the front page of The Wall Street Journal or USA Today, often leading to lost customers, regulatory scrutiny and a rash of litigation that can damage a company for years. Today, ...

  • August 22, 2007 22 Aug'07

    CDP overview

    Storage volumes are growing at an alarming pace, and tape-based backups are not always possible within an available backup window. Today's businesses are increasingly focused on tighter RTO and RPO. Faster restorations and more recent recovery ...

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  • July 09, 2007 09 Jul'07

    CommVault revamps data backup software

    CommVault's Galaxy Version 7.0 data backup software adds performance improvements, file-level single-instancing, data classification and support for end-user restores.

  • June 22, 2007 22 Jun'07

    EVault backs up VMware

    Online backup service provider EVault announced a plug-in for VMware to offer better disaster recovery protection and backup of VMware virtual machines.

  • June 12, 2007 12 Jun'07

    Symantec improves disk support in NetBackup

    Long-awaited disk-based backup options are coming to NetBackup 6.5, encompassing VTL and data deduplication features.

  • June 08, 2007 08 Jun'07

    How data backup strategies are changing

    Learn how backup professionals are leveraging disk, tape, snapshot and CDP technologies to adopt new backup strategies.

  • May 15, 2007 15 May'07

    NetApp adds data deduplication for primary storage

    NetApp adds block-level deduplication within its WAFL file system, though it's still not offered on its VTL.

  • May 08, 2007 08 May'07

    Data deduplication supplier pushes performance

    Data Domain boosts performance of its data deduplication product, but users are looking for a change in design for better single-stream throughput.

  • March 27, 2007 27 Mar'07

    Storage newcomers fight uphill battle

    Gresham is newly marketing its VTL product to mixed U.S. reviews, and Australian file management player Moonwalk is inching its way onto U.S. radar screens.

  • March 07, 2007 07 Mar'07

    Symantec tightens NetBackup, PureDisk integration

    The beginning of a "massive integration" between NetBackup and PureDisk began this week with the announcement of new capabilities for PureDisk 6.1.

  • January 30, 2007 30 Jan'07

    Symantec adds reporting to backup software

    Symantec has finally released a reporting tool for NetBackup and Backup Exec. In the meantime, less expensive third-party tools have been vacuuming up the market share.

  • January 09, 2007 09 Jan'07

    Double-Take adds bare-metal restore to backup

    New product options will add recovery of system settings and introduce a cheaper, easier version of clustering for users of Windows Small Business Server.

  • December 06, 2006 06 Dec'06

    Data Domain pushes on with data deduplication

    Since EMC gobbled up Avamar, Data Domain might look second best in the data deduplication market, but its users beg to differ.

  • November 21, 2006 21 Nov'06

    Backup software: BakBone upsets in Quality Awards

    This year's Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards for backup software had a come-from-behind winner: BakBone's NetVault.

  • November 01, 2006 01 Nov'06

    EMC drops $165M on data deduplication firm Avamar

    EMC announced plans to acquire data deduplication backup vendor Avamar, another acquisition within a week of CEO Joe Tucci promising a slowdown in the company's buying spree.

  • September 20, 2006 20 Sep'06

    EMC buys virtual tape library company

    EMC scrapes up the assets of struggling VTL provider NearTek, raising questions over the future of its own Clariion Disk Library.

  • May 08, 2006 08 May'06

    D2D2D -- Disaster recovery for the rest of your data

    Disk-to-disk backup has been widely adopted and the next step is to use it to perform remote replication to another site for disaster recovery (DR). This is a smart and economical way to perform DR augmenting what you currently have, rather than ...

  • April 06, 2006 06 Apr'06

    Backup strategies: Strengths and weaknesses

    Backups can guard against data loss, support compliance and retention needs and protect the business from disaster. But good backups need much more than a new tape library or the latest software release. Backups need a clear plan that meets the ...

  • April 06, 2006 06 Apr'06

    Backup strategies: An overview

    Backups can guard against data loss, support compliance and retention needs and protect the business from disaster. But good backups need much more than a new tape library or the latest software release. Backups need a clear plan that meets the ...

  • April 05, 2006 05 Apr'06

    Tape libraries

    Midrange tape libraries have added sophisticated features such as partitioning to fend off the challenge of disk-based backup systems. With these new capabilities, tape libraries are finally assuming the role they were originally designed for: the ...

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    Symantec rethinks remote office backup

    Symantec announces PureDisk, a disk-based remote office backup product that eliminates the need for tape at branch offices.

  • March 24, 2006 24 Mar'06

    VTLs: What's the big deal?

    Nearly every leading storage vendor now has a virtual tape library product, and nearly every customer I talk to is interested in VTL or has already implemented it. Okay, so a VTL system emulates a tape library… but what else does it do? Is ...

  • March 16, 2006 16 Mar'06

    ADIC snaps up dedupe patent king, Rocksoft

    ADIC has forked out $63M for data deduplication software firm Rocksoft, which has no customers but has several key patents around this emerging technology.

  • March 16, 2006 16 Mar'06

    Tape and disk encryption product roundup

    With tape and disk encryption products becoming more popular, storage administrators have more options in how to protect sensitive information at rest in the data center and in flight across public networks.

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    Bank gives up on EMC replication

    First Independent Bank struggled for eight months to get EMC's MirrorView to work over a low-bandwidth connection, eventually giving up and using Kashya instead.

  • March 06, 2006 06 Mar'06

    Macy's struggles with Mac backup

    Macy's Northwest division tried backup products from EMC and Software Generation before settling on BakBone's NetVault product to back up its Macintosh and Apple XRaid data.

  • February 16, 2006 16 Feb'06

    User ditches Iron Mountain for EVault

    After Iron Mountain failed to deliver its tapes during a power outage, a Canadian mattress manufacturer turned to EVault to back up its critical data.

  • February 08, 2006 08 Feb'06

    HP snaps up OuterBay for database archiving

    HP beats out the competition to acquire database archiving software maker OuterBay, helping users improve database performance.

  • February 06, 2006 06 Feb'06

    NetApp goes after EMC with new VTL

    NetApp came out with its own version of a VTL targeting offerings from FalconStor and EMC.

  • January 17, 2006 17 Jan'06

    Top tape libraries revealed

    Users cite a high level of satisfaction for these backup mainstays, citing StorageTek and Spectra Logic as the top libraries, in the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards.

  • December 29, 2005 29 Dec'05

    Marriott timeshare unit reports lost tapes

    A division of hotel and travel company Marriott International Inc. divulged this week that it lost tapes containing data on 206,000 customers.

  • December 15, 2005 15 Dec'05

    Flaws reported in Trend Micro ServerProtect

    Storage and security managers should be wary of vulnerabilities in the AV product that could enable a denial-of-service and malicious code execution. Workarounds are available.

  • December 08, 2005 08 Dec'05

    Hot Technologies for 2006, part 2

    Storage's editors considered a wide range of technologies before settling on the five that we feel will be the hottest storage technologies for 2006. Among the many technologies available to storage shops, we see e-mail archiving, midrange ...

  • December 08, 2005 08 Dec'05

    Hot Technologies for 2006

    Storage's editors considered a wide range of technologies before settling on the five that we feel will be the hottest storage technologies for 2006. Among the many technologies available to storage shops, we see e-mail archiving, midrange ...

  • December 01, 2005 01 Dec'05

    Iron Mountain swallows LiveVault

    Records management giant, Iron Mountain has acquired online service backup company LiveVault for $42M.

  • November 21, 2005 21 Nov'05

    Practical guide to buying and implementing backup software

    Backups are an essential tier of enterprise storage, ensuring that valuable business data is protected against accidental loss and natural disasters. Backups must offer superior performance with shorter recovery specifications (RPO and RTO), and ...

  • November 15, 2005 15 Nov'05

    FalconStor VTL snags on writes to tape

    Users claim that FalconStor's VTL does not allow their backup application to control writes to tape and, some are choosing alternative products.

  • October 20, 2005 20 Oct'05

    Users flag flaw in integrated VTLs

    This has been the year of the VTL in the storage industry -- but if you want to keep tapes in an archive behind the VTL, there may be a problem.

  • October 19, 2005 19 Oct'05

    Fast Guide: Advanced backup

    Trying to make your backups run more smoothly, or thinking about swapping out your existing system for something more current? Our Fast Guide to advanced backup is the place to get started. We'll give you tips on strategy, help you compare your ...

  • October 11, 2005 11 Oct'05

    IBM late to open systems VTL party

    IBM has finally introduced a VTL for open systems, but declined to name its OEM partner.

  • September 29, 2005 29 Sep'05

    Imation readies disk inside tape

    Tape maker Imation has built a SATA drive into a tape cartridge to enable disk-based restores from a regular tape library, seemingly without any fuss, or much expense.

  • September 28, 2005 28 Sep'05

    Symantec demos bare-metal restore that works

    Symantec unveils LiveState Recovery 6.0, a Windows server restoration technology that improves considerably on the basic bare-metal features in Veritas' backup products.

  • September 27, 2005 27 Sep'05

    Microsoft Data Protection Manager: Pros and cons

    Now that Data Protection Manager (DPM) is available, what can it do and what are its limitations? SearchStorage.com talked with a Microsoft DPM official to get some answers.

  • September 26, 2005 26 Sep'05

    CDP: The vendors

    Downtime to recover terabytes of data can cost a company dearly in terms of income (and customer satisfaction). Continuous data protection (CDP) is emerging as an attractive supplement to traditional backup schemes when downtime isn't an option. ...

  • September 06, 2005 06 Sep'05

    What's the best enterprise data backup and recovery software solution?

    Data backup is critical to any company. Read this review of data backup and recovery software solutions to find out which is the best for enterprises based on a survey of storage professionals.

  • September 02, 2005 02 Sep'05

    Overstock saves millions on database replication tool

    Users with structured data can expect to see significant savings with specialized replication products like GoldenGate's software.

  • September 01, 2005 01 Sep'05

    Storage Clips: EMC OEMs backup reporting software

    EMC has signed an OEM agreement that will see it sell startup WysDM's backup reporting software as EMC Backup Advisor.

  • June 17, 2005 17 Jun'05

    Users downplay storage encryption

    NetApp forked out $272M for Decru, almost nine times the startup's current revenue. A hefty price tag when many users say it's doubtful they will deploy storage encryption.

  • June 08, 2005 08 Jun'05

    StorageTek serves up half-baked CAS system

    StorageTek unveiled its CAS system, but important features like tape support, broad application integration and encryption are not available in the first release.

  • May 16, 2005 16 May'05

    Real-World DR

    Storage administrators often ask what their peers are doing to solve DR problems. However, information of this type is usually difficult to make public. These case studies have a central theme: Increasing data levels and stricter compliance ...

  • May 13, 2005 13 May'05

    Data protection quiz

    There isn't one right way to protect your data -- it depends on what you're trying to protect. Take our quiz on data protection and see how much you know about data protection.

  • April 13, 2005 13 Apr'05

    Disk to disk to tape quiz

    Think you know all of the different disk to disk to tape (D2D2T) backup terms? Take our quick quiz and see how you measure up on our disk backup geek-o-meter. How many can you guess without peeking?

  • April 12, 2005 12 Apr'05

    Tech Roundup: D2D backup

    With data growing every day, and most IT budgets and staffs at a standstill, users are looking at disk, and its dropping price, as a way to shrink backup windows.

  • April 07, 2005 07 Apr'05

    NetApp buys VTL provider Alacritus

    Network Appliance forks out $11 million for virtual tape and continuous data protection software maker Alacritus.

  • April 07, 2005 07 Apr'05

    Storage Clips: HDS to rebrand CommVault software

    HDS gets in backup with CommVault; Iron Mountain partners with ImageTag; StorageTek Canada to resell BlueArc.

  • March 16, 2005 16 Mar'05

    IBM retools for backup and recovery services

    IBM Global Services picks partners for a series of managed data recovery services that use disk-based backup technology to replace tape. Tivoli is nowhere to be found.

  • March 02, 2005 02 Mar'05

    Users protect laptops by outsourcing backups

    With more data residing outside the data center on remote laptops and desktops, companies are handing backup duties to service providers such as EVault and Iron Mountain.

  • February 18, 2005 18 Feb'05

    Open source storage apps get a boost

    GFS, rsync and Xen catch some air at LinuxWorld, but look at the names behind these open source applications.

  • February 08, 2005 08 Feb'05

    EMC Centera scalability hampers large e-mail archives

    Centera's limited object count forces e-mail applications to "containerize" groups of e-mail that can be treated as a single object, but this has its downsides.

  • January 31, 2005 31 Jan'05

    EMC integrates backup products

    EMC fuses together Legato and Dantz products bridging the gap between its enterprise and SMB portfolio while taking direct aim at Veritas' Backup Exec.

  • January 21, 2005 21 Jan'05

    StorageTek joins fixed content archiving fray

    StorageTek launches archiving appliance for fixed content and compliance. But can it compete with established players EMC, NetApp and IBM?

  • January 18, 2005 18 Jan'05

    Veritas fixes Backup Exec scalability problems

    Backup Exec Version 10.0 includes a central control server that allows users to manage and administer multiple instances of the software instead of discrete servers.

  • December 14, 2004 14 Dec'04

    Strategic Storage: Backup starts to inch forward

    Backup has been a problem at companies for a long time and continues to be one. There are some signs that backup is moving in the right direction with smarter strategies.

  • November 16, 2004 16 Nov'04

    Hospital keeps data alive with snapshots

    Unable to find a major software vendor that could adequately restore its data, a Long Island hospital found a snapshot solution from a startup.

  • November 04, 2004 04 Nov'04

    Tech Report: Nonstop data protection

    This tech report helps you define continuous data protection (CDP) and select the right CDP product for your environment.

  • October 19, 2004 19 Oct'04

    Nonstop data protection

    The latest CDP products promise administrators the ability to recover from a point in time on a range of platforms.

  • October 18, 2004 18 Oct'04

    Tech Report: Virtual tape libraries

    This Tech Report gives you everything you need to know about virtual tape libraries.

  • August 31, 2004 31 Aug'04

    Veritas snaps up e-mail archiving player KVS

    Veritas is forking out $225 million for KVS and will kill its own e-mail archiving product.

  • August 19, 2004 19 Aug'04

    First look: iStora 4000 from Breece Hill

    The iStora 4000 offers idiot-proof disk-to-disk-to-tape backup that smaller customers can afford.

  • August 12, 2004 12 Aug'04

    Archiving firm to acquire litigation software vendor

    E-mail archiving firm Zantaz has agreed to buy Steelpoint Technologies, a maker of litigation support software and discovery services.

  • July 27, 2004 27 Jul'04

    LTO-3 licenses on the loose

    The specification for the next generation of LTO tape technology is available now, but the format will not include native WORM support as expected

  • July 19, 2004 19 Jul'04

    Ten simple rules for better backup

    Backup is a bothersome task, but we all have to do it. How does your organization stand in regard to the basics of backup operations? Here's a checklist of 10 areas you should focus on in order to build a more effective backup practice.

  • June 10, 2004 10 Jun'04

    EMC signs tape deal, reorganizes software business

    EMC has signed a reseller deal with ADIC to fill out its ILM strategy and has moved all its software divisions, except VMWare, under one roof.

  • June 10, 2004 10 Jun'04

    StorageTek ships PowderHorn replacement

    The PowderHorn tape library dies later this year, but can StorageTek's latest library fill the void?

  • June 07, 2004 07 Jun'04

    EMC dodges question on Centera performance

    The devil appears to be in the details around the performance numbers of Centera, but EMC is keeping these under lock and key

  • May 17, 2004 17 May'04

    EMC and StorageTek get friendly?

    EMC has been posturing for months about beefing up its tape strategy. Analysts say it sounds like there's a deal in the works with StorageTek

  • April 28, 2004 28 Apr'04

    Backup school: Quiz two

    Now that you've listened to Backup school webcasts 5 and 6, take a quiz and test your expertise on backup. Good luck!

  • April 15, 2004 15 Apr'04

    Airline cuts sky high costs with VTL

    JetBlue Airways is keeping IT costs down by using a virtual tape library for disk-based backups.

  • April 04, 2004 04 Apr'04

    EMC Clariion retooled for virtual tape

    EMC says its first disk-based backup product -- a retooled version of Clariion -- is a "functional replacement for a tape library."

  • April 01, 2004 01 Apr'04

    LTO leads tape library rebound

    Despite increasing competition from low-cost disk technology, a new report shows that tape libraries are making a comeback, with LTO systems leading the charge.

  • March 26, 2004 26 Mar'04

    Appliance grades backup successes and failures

    This week: Network Engines and Bocada launch an appliance that reports the good, the bad and the ugly in the backup process. Also this week, Legato tweaks software for disk-based backup and Fujitsu sells VXA-2 tape.

  • March 09, 2004 09 Mar'04

    The ultimate backup equation

    SearchStorage.com caught up with experts W. Curtis Preston and Brendan Reilly for their take on disk-to-disk-to-tape technology. Is disk-to-disk-to-tape technology the ultimate backup solution? Find out who is most likely to employ D2D2T and if it ...

  • March 04, 2004 04 Mar'04

    Tech roundup: DR planning, LUN zoning, ATA vs. SATA

    In case you've missed anything, here's a roundup of some of the best original technical content that appeared on SearchStorage.com the week of March 1-5. Tips, Ask the Expert Q&A's cover SAN/TAN vaulting solutions, LUNs, and choosing a DR team.

  • March 01, 2004 01 Mar'04

    Eight guidelines to Windows-based snapshots

    Snapshots can play an important role in backing up data, disaster recovery and populating a secondary server with live data. In this tip, Dilip Naik offers eight important guidelines to consider when implementing Microsoft's version of snapshots -- ...

  • March 01, 2004 01 Mar'04

    Virtual tape offers first step toward disk-based backup

    Maxxan Systems wants to make disk-based virtual tape libraries the de facto standard for backup and recovery -- and they're not alone. A growing number of storage vendors and industry experts believe that tape's days are numbered and that VTL ...

  • February 23, 2004 23 Feb'04

    Veritas upgrades Foundation Suite software

    Veritas beefed up its Storage Foundation 4.0 product suite on Monday by adding a laundry list of new features and functions to the software.

  • February 19, 2004 19 Feb'04

    Nine rules for better backups

    Included here are nine basic backup guidelines. By keeping them in mind as you design your backup environment, you will make the best advantage of your backups, and they will serve you best when you need them.

  • January 25, 2004 25 Jan'04

    CA adds Windows support to latest version of ARCserve Backup

    With one eye on the Windows user base, Computer Associates launched a new version of BrightStor ARCserve Backup Monday. CA's ARCserve release 11 for Windows is aimed at storing and managing data on Windows, NetWare, Linux, UNIX, and MAC OS X servers...

  • December 30, 2003 30 Dec'03

    2003 GOLD: Data Domain DD200 Recovery Appliance

    Review of 2003 backup hardware gold medal winner Data Domain DD200 Recovery Appliance.

  • July 22, 2003 22 Jul'03

    CA offers new version of ARCserve

    CA knocks out new version of ARCserve; TeraCloud offers free Fibre Channel ping utility; and Finisar introduced a new family of SAN and LAN performance monitoring tools.

  • June 10, 2003 10 Jun'03

    Gartner: By 2008, tape to be 'unsuitable' as a restore media

    Tape isn't dead, but some analysts contend that, as a restore media, tape just doesn't have the longevity of disk.

  • June 10, 2003 10 Jun'03

    StorageTek targets zSeries users with FICON tape library

    StorageTek announced availability of the "fast access" T9840B tape drive with a native FICON interface for the latest high-throughput IBM zSeries servers.

  • May 06, 2003 06 May'03

    Veritas announces NetBackup, Backup Exec roadmap

    Veritas unloaded its product arsenal Tuesday at its annual user conference by announcing several software upgrades for its NetBackup and Backup Exec products planned for 2003.

  • March 14, 2003 14 Mar'03

    Ham radio group tunes in disk-to-disk backup

    A group representing ham radio operators now uses disk-to-disk backup. Not only is the new system more efficient, the organization's IT manager, a self-proclaimed "paranoid," sleeps a little easier at night.

  • March 05, 2003 05 Mar'03

    Pick the right ATA array for backup

    Pick the right ATA array for backup

  • December 20, 2002 20 Dec'02

    Quick Takes: New backup tool for IBM DB2

    Atempo has a new tool for backing up IBM databases; ships PartitionExpert 2003, a dual mode disk partitioning utility; and ADIC has been named a "Preferred Supplier" to Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

  • July 23, 2002 23 Jul'02

    Quick Takes: The week in tape

    Tape maker Qualstar buys power supply design company and StorageTek adds ESCON connectivity to tape libraries.

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