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Vol. 3 No. 5 July 2004

10 simple rules for better backup

In the newspaper business, bad news sells. When it comes to backup, it's easy to focus on the bad news. There is simply so much of it: nightly failures, lost tapes and unrecoverable data. But the news isn't all bad. There are shops where backups are completed successfully, where data is restored and backup operations actually run smoothly. The most evident common denominator in well-functioning backup infrastructures is effective process and control. Well-run environments have a clear understanding of the tasks to be performed and a consistent way to accomplish them. 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. @exb The backup operations lifecycle Daily: Validate backup activities Weekly: Validate backup system Monthly: Validate backup process Quarterly/Annual: Validate backup solution @exe 1. Plan ahead. Backup is one strategic component of data protection; others include mirrors, snapshots ...

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Features in this issue

  • Technology Report: WORM Tape

    WORM tape is increasingly being used for long-term archival purposes. Why? Because it's cheap, portable and satisfies today's demanding regulations.

  • First Look: Copan Systems Revolution 200T

    by  Lawrence Didsbury

    Can the Revolution 200T, which uses a new technology called MAID, straighten up your messy backup situation?

  • Tune down costs

    by  Marc Farley

    To save money and get the best performance, match the right type of storage with the application it's best suited for. We list several practical ways to optimize your storage.

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