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Vol. 4 No. 5 July 2005

Object-based backup

Object-based content management products Click here for a comparison table about object-based content management products (PDF). Reducing backup data and managing it better is an increasing problem. The advent and growing acceptance of technologies such as virtual tape libraries (VTLs), network virtualization, ATA drives and iSCSI storage networks simplify the infrastructure and reduce the cost of housing data, but do little to solve the problem of managing data more intelligently. By storing files as objects, object-based storage (OBS) products manage and protect data more efficiently than traditional backup products. OBS products use Ethernet interfaces and NAS protocols (such as NFS and CIFS) for ease of connectivity and to minimize the amount of data stored and the time required to retrieve it, although the techniques to do so vary among products. Instead of storing entire files, OBS products create data objects and meta data from incoming files. By storing only the object, a company can increase its storage usage capacity ...

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Features in this issue

  • Data classification: Getting started

    by  Karl Langdon and John Merryman

    Classifying data and knowing how its value changes over time will improve service levels, create a better working relationship with business units and reduce costs. (This tip is part of our Storage 101 tip series.)

  • How DBAs view storage

    Storage magazine's exclusive poll gives you the lowdown on how DBAs and storage pros view storage. We detail each group's areas of concern, spotlight their differences and find some common ground.

  • Clustering comes to NAS

    by  Alex Barrett

    Fed up with monolithic NAS boxes that don't scale? Clustering provides a way out of the management headache that's being perpetuated by some industry players.

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