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Vol. 5 No. 6 August 2006

Automate data recovery

Put policy managers to work to automate various rule-based data recovery functions. Almost all storage hardware or software products support some form of rules-based policy storage management. The benefits of automated policy-based storage management include faster failover to standby and redundant systems, shortened recovery times and less human error. But before heading down the road to automated data protection for business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR), it's crucial to thoroughly understand what types of policies various products support, where the policy manager resides and what it's capable of doing. Automated policy management relies on rules (policies) that describe what actions to take or enforce for different events and conditions. Policies are enforced by policy managers also known as policy engines. It's not uncommon to have multiple and overlapping policy managers found in host-based software, network devices and storage systems. The level of automation will vary depending on the task being addressed, ...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtualization: Tales from the trenches

    We profile five companies that have deployed, or are currently testing, storage virtualization and analyze their implementation experiences. The storage pros behind these efforts tell us how the products they chose are working in their production environments.

  • New CAS players avoid hash lock-in

  • A step-by-step approach to data classification

    The most common shortcoming of a data classification project is the perception that it can be completed through technical analysis at the storage layer without engaging business users. While discovering and analyzing storage is part of the process, good classification requires engaging business users or their IT representatives.

  • Automate data recovery

    Policy-based storage management can automate the data recovery process. But you need to know what types of policies various products support, where the policy manager resides and what it's capable of doing.

  • NetApp spins out Ontap GX

  • Data migration: Proceed with caution

    This first of a three-part series on data migration products focuses on host-level data migration products. Data migration apps can automate, centralize and simplify data migrations while ensuring data integrity.

Columns in this issue

  • Getting started with database archiving

    E-mail archiving gets a lot of the attention these days, but databases shouldn't be overlooked. Database administrators end up managing old and unchanging data within their production databases, so backups are constantly protecting data that hasn't changed.

  • Standards efforts undermined

    Standards efforts undermined

  • More than 50% of the time electronic discovery requests aren't satisfied.

    Storage Bin: In the last year, 91% of large corporations have been through an electronic discovery request. Thirty-three percent of these companies go through one or more requests per month, while 66% of midmarket companies have the same issue. And more than 50% of the time, the requests aren't satisfied.

  • How to count the cost of storage

    by  Stephen Foskett

    The cost of each gigabyte of storage is declining rapidly in every segment of the market. Enterprise storage today costs what desktop storage did less than a decade ago. So why are overall costs increasing?

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