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Top 10 data backup and recovery storage tips for SMBs in 2009

We've compiled our top 10 data backup and recovery storage tips for SMBs from 2009.

In the past, data backup and recovery for small- to midsized businesses (SMBs) was limited to just a few data backup tools and technologies. Many vendors didn't make midrange products for SMBs, and with limited budgets, SMBs often couldn't afford higher-end technologies. However, all of that is changing now.

According to the most recent Storage magazine Purchasing Intentions survey, "Over the past several years, midrange systems have managed to increase their turf by going 'down market' to offer smaller companies enterprise-class features while extending further into enterprises as cost-effective, high-density alternatives." As vendors broaden their markets to encompass companies of all different sizes, SMBs are now adopting technologies such as data deduplication, continuous data protection (CDP) and cloud-based backup into their data backup strategies.

To help you learn more about data backup and recovery for SMBs, we've compiled our top 10 data backup tips for SMBs from 2009. Whether you want to learn more about data deduplication for SMBs, global deduplication, continuous data protection, storage tiering or online data backup, we have the answers here on

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Data deduplication solutions for SMBs
Data deduplication reduces the amount of data that needs to be stored and identified by replacing data files with markers that point to the path of previously stored data. Because of this, data deduplication is becoming an increasingly popular method of backup for SMBs because it reduces costs and saves time. However, there are certain things an SMB needs to know about switching to dedupe, such as how to migrate from tape to dedupe. Learn all about data deduplication solutions for SMBs in this tip.

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Using snapshots, CDP and data deduplication as part of your data backup strategy
Snapshots, continuous data protection (CDP) and data deduplication are technologies that are becoming more prominent in data backup and recovery products. Furthermore, incorporating these technologies in a SMB data backup and recovery plan can help them save both time and money. Learn more about how SMBs can use snapshots, CDP and data deduplication as part of their data backup strategy in this tip.

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Disk-based data backup and recovery for SMBs
Storage needs constantly increase in any storage enterprise, including SMBs. In order to meet storage and backup requirements, many SMBs are turning to disk-based backup and recovery to fulfill those needs. What are the most common disk-based backup technologies from 2009? What are the benefits and cost differentiators of disk-based backup? And how do you increase the speed of disk-based backups? Backup and recovery expert W. Curtis Preston discusses the role of disk-based data backup and recovery in the SMB space in this FAQ.

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Continuous data protection: Pros and cons of CDP for SMBs
Originally, SMBs did not typically implement continuous data protection into their data backup plans due to its cost and complexity. However, vendors are now using Storage-as-a-Service (SaaS) and disk-to-disk data backup to expand their CDP offerings, gearing them specifically toward SMBs. But before any SMB implements CDP into their data backup plan, they must understand how it works, when to use it, when to employ it and how it's deployed. Learn about the pros and cons of continuous data protection for SMBs in this tip.

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Why global deduplication is important in choosing a dedupe product
Before an SMB chooses a data deduplication product, they should consider choosing one with global deduplication because of its ability to dedupe data from multiple deduped sites, targets and vaults, an important feature to have. Learn about why global deduplication matters when choosing a dedupe product in this tip.

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Cloud backup for remote offices and SMBs
Cloud-based data backup and online backup are becoming increasingly popular data backup alternatives for SMBs. And although there are many benefits to cloud-based backups for SMBs, they also need to watch out for the risks involved in using this kind of technology for backups. For example, will bandwidth be an issue, is it cost-effective and is it reliable? Read about the best practices for cloud-based backup for remote offices and SMBs in this tip.

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The pros and cons of disk-based backup: An SMB perspective
Tape backup is still a prominent data backup technology today, but more and more SMBs are adopting disk-based technology to fit their data backup needs. However, SMBs must still remember that although speed and flexibility are alluring characteristics of disk-based technology, there are still many drawbacks to disk, and many advantages to tape. Whether to use disk or tape backup depends entirely on the SMB's needs. Learn about the pros and cons of disk-based data backup from an SMB perspective in this tip.

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Data migration and tiered storage tutorial for SMBs
Storage tiering allows organizations to use lower performance and less expensive equipment to manage their less frequently used data, while they use high-performance equipment to managed their frequently used data. Many SMBs are turning to tiered storage for data storage management, and are using data migration tools within these tiered storage environments. In this tutorial, learn the basics of data migration and tiered storage for SMBs and the best practices to go about implementing them into storage environments.

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Low-cost data storage replication options for SMBs
SMBs often have a hard time deciding which data storage replication option is best for their company: server-based, storage system-based or cloud-based backup and replication. Each type has pros and cons associated with them, but before an SMB can implement a data storage replication option, they must first determine their data protection requirements. Learn about low-cost data storage replication options for SMBs in this tip.

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The benefits and risks of online data backup and cloud services for SMBs
Online data backup allows users to send their data to be backed up to a remote site without the associated cost of setting up and managing a remote data center. This feature is very attractive and fitting for SMBs, but there are risks involved in using cloud services. In this podcast with Lauren Whitehouse, an analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, learn about the benefits and risks of using online data backup and cloud services for SMBs.

To help you stay up to date on data backup for SMBs in 2010, bookmark our special section on data backup for SMBs for the latest news, tips and tutorials on backup for SMBs.

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