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Top 10 data backup and recovery tips of 2009

Read about the top 10 data backup and recovery tips of 2009. Learn about topics from data replication to CDP to data deduplication.

Data backup and recovery is a top priority for any data storage manager, however, there are so many different data backup technologies and data backup tools, that sometimes it can be difficult to decide which is best for your data backup plan. Should you consider using continuous data protection (CDP), data replication, Data deduplication, online data backup, or all of the above? In 2009, many new technologies were introduced, and the bottom line comes down to choosing the data tools and technologies that best fit your organization's needs.

Jeff Boles, a senior analyst at the Taneja Group, noted that you have to be aware of changes in your data backup environment and your surrounding environments in order to decide what's right for you. "I'd say with a number of new options on the market, everyone should be looking at whether or not their data is stored and backed up optimally," said Boles. "If you're not using dedupe, now is the time to take the leap. Meanwhile, if you have data that doesn't often change, and you're backing it up repeatedly, now is the time to look at the cloud, or at least scalable archives, to better archive data and reduce needless backup. Meanwhile, as we move into new computing approaches, like server virtualization, keep an eye on new possibilities, and don't just settle for the same old backup."

To help you learn more about data backup, recovery, protection and storage, we've compiled our 10 best tips on data backup from 2009. Whether you need to learn more about data replication, want to find out how to properly secure your data, or need to gather more information on CDP, data deduplication, VMware Data Recovery Manager (VDR), snapshots, or online data backup, we have all the information here on

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Remote data backup and recovery technology tutorial
Backing up and replicating data in an organization's local site is always important, but it's also important to have plans in place to back up and be able to recover data from remote locations as well. In this tutorial on data backup and recovery for remote sites, learn about options for remote backup including using in-house software, outsourcing to the cloud, WAN optimization, data replication and disaster recovery, and data deduplication and continuous data protection.

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Data storage backup security tutorial: Tape encryption and cloud backup
Organizations may know what to do when it comes to data backup, but what about data security? Properly securing data is a concern for all organizations, big or small. In this tutorial on tape encryption and cloud backup, find out encryption key management standards, how to secure online data backups, the pros and cons of host-based vs. appliance-based tape encryption, data protection for remote offices and where to encrypt your data. Learn everything you need to know about properly securing your data backups in this tutorial.

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Global data deduplication can simplify administration of multiple deduplication devices
Global data deduplication can simplify management by allowing users to deduplicate data across multiple boxes. In this FAQ with W. Curtis Preston, learn about the pros and cons of global data deduplication, what vendors offer these products and what types of organizations should consider using global deduplication in their data backup plans. Read all about Global data deduplication in this FAQ.

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VMware Data Recovery Manager: A guide to installing and using VDR 
VMware released VMware Data Recovery Manager (VDR) this y ear, which is a standalone product that creates hot backups of virtual machines to a virtual disk storage attached to an ESX/ESXi host or a NFS/CIFS network storage server. But understanding how to install VDR into your backup environment and how exactly it works can be difficult. In this guide to installing and using VDR, Eric Seibert explains with step-by-step instructions and illustrates with detailed pictures on how to install VDR,

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Using storage snapshot technologies as part of your data backup strategy
A snapshot is a set of reference markers that point to other stored data in a storage system. Recently they've proved to be an important step in data backup plans and a convenient way of handling tiered data. Since it's so new, many storage administrators are still unsure of how to use it or what types of snapshots they should implement into their environments. Read about the most popular snapshot technologies today, how to time them correctly, common products that use snapshots, and how to use storage snapshots as part of your data backup strategy in this tip.

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Data security concerns with online and cloud backup technology 
Online and cloud data backup technologies are becoming more and more popular in the storage world, especially with the increased use in mobile and portable technology. And although online and cloud data backups are often very convenient for storage administrators, there are some important risks that people need to keep an eye out for. Kevin Beaver lists the most common data security concerns and risks about online and cloud backup technologies in this tip.

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Continuous data protection: Near vs. real CDP
Continuous data protection (CDP) is an important feature in data backups today because it offers continuous protection and instant recovery if a system goes down or fails. However, there are two types of CDP: near CDP and real CDP. What's the difference between the two? Which one should you integrate into your data backup environment? W. Curtis Preston talks about the pros and cons of both real and near CDP and the differences between them in this tip.

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New tools for better data backups: Next-generation backup and recovery tools e-guide
For most data storage managers, data backup is at the top of their priorities, and with that comes figuring out what data backup and recovery tools best fit their needs. Newer technologies like virtual tape libraries (VTLs), data deduplication and continuous data protection are wonderful, but confusion also stems from how to start using them and how to implement them into data backup plans. Download this Next-generation data backup and recovery tools e-guide to learn more about data deduplication, fine-tuning your backups and tips for virtual machine backups and better understand the tools that revolve around them.

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VMware and virtual data backup and recovery technology tutorial
VMware technology is constantly changing and growing in the data backup environment. In our tutorial on VMware and virtual data backup and recovery, catch up with the latest developments in VMware backup and recovery. Learn about new VMware data backup and recovery tools, whether or not VMware Consolidated Backup is right for your organization, how to use VMware Data Recovery Manager and more.

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Cloud backup tutorial: How to leverage cloud backup services
Companies are constantly announcing new online data backup or cloud storage services, so it's becoming increasingly difficult to decide between all of the different cloud backup services out there. In this tutorial on how to leverage cloud backup services, Russ Fellows lays out all the different vendors there are to choose from and cost comparisons between traditional and cloud backup. He also addresses where and when to use cloud storage and how to protect it from security breaches and other potential disasters.

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