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Backup and restore environments keep growing, and every one terabyte of production data typically translates into many more terabytes of backup and archive data. While backup environments consume scads of disk capacity, most traditional disk storage systems offer limited scalability. Buying another storage system can be the only recourse for companies that max out disk space. So what do you do when you have a petabyte (PB) of data to back up? If your backup workflow involves a huge volume of data and many servers, doing backup during off hours can turn into rolling backups over multiple days. But if you can infuse your backup system with enough performance, "you can reduce or eliminate the need for rolling backups, and back up your entire environment in one night," says Josh Goldstein, VP of product marketing at DataDirect Networks. The company's Silicon Storage Architecture (S2A) Appliance, a primary storage system, is also used by companies such as AOL for high-speed data backup and restore. Companies are also considering alternative architectures for ... Access >>>
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