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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Backup storage tiers offer business units choices regarding how their data will be protected and how much that protection will cost. Defining, ranking and implementing storage tiers for backup services is tough. Part of the challenge stems from the fact that there are no tools that make it easy to carve storage technologies into tiers of service. The problem is compounded by storage staffs that don't think in terms of delivering, monitoring and charging for different levels of backup service. During the past decade, storage managers have been aggressively upgrading their backup capabilities by incorporating advancements in hard disk, tape drive, virtualization and software management technologies. Those efforts have improved backup performance by accommodating shrinking backup windows and the need for better system recovery times. Storage admins are being asked to rebundle backup capabilities in terms of gold, silver and bronze levels with corresponding prices. For example, within months of taking the helm at MoneyGram International, senior capacity planner ... Access >>>

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