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Vol. 5 No. 3 May 2006

Focus on remote-office backup

IN THE PAST couple of years, vendors like Asigra, Avamar and EVault have had some success with backup for often underserved remote offices. But now backup king Symantec wants a piece of the action, and has introduced an adjunct to Veritas NetBackup designed specifically for remote and branch offices. When you consider how much data resides in remote offices, it's no surprise that Symantec would want to be the one to back it up. Citing various analyst groups, Kris Hagerman, senior VP of Symantec's storage and server management group, says that between 30% and 35% of enterprise data sits in remote offices and that it's growing at approximately 50% per year. More to the point, 69% of recently surveyed storage professionals said they were unhappy with their remote-office backup options. Symantec's NetBackup PureDisk Remote Office Edition is designed for organizations with "a significant number of remote offices"--from the tens to hundreds, says Hagerman. PureDisk's provenance supports that; the underlying code comes by way of ...

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Features in this issue

  • Quality Awards: Top NAS products

    In the latest Diogenes Labs-Storage Quality Awards survey, users chose enterprise and midrange NAS winners from more than 20 product lines. A NAS mainstay and a relative newcomer to the category took the top honors.

  • Keep end-user storage in check

    With free e-mail services offering up to 2GB of storage, it's tough to convince corporate e-mail users that mailbox limits are needed. But companies are realizing that user storage quotas are a necessary evil.

  • Windows NAS gets gussied up

  • Single-pane storage management

    Managing a heterogeneous storage environment means juggling a hodgepodge of vendor-specific tools. Some vendors are working toward a consolidated management console, but standards are needed for single-pane storage management to become a reality.

  • Vendor support falls short

    A recent survey from TheInfoPro shows that storage vendors' support of their products is still a sore point among users. The good news is that some vendors are finally paying attention.

  • New tape formats are bigger, faster & safer

    Tape capacities and data transfer rates are growing, but before you get hooked on the speeds and feeds, there are several key points worth considering.

Columns in this issue

  • Disaster Recovery Extra: Editorial

  • ILM isn't just tiered storage

    by  James Damoulakis

    Storage tiers are the first step toward true information lifecycle management. But they're only a small step—the key to ILM success is aligning your data with its business value.

  • Vendors need to create products specifically for SMBs

    Storage Bin: All too often, storage vendors treat small- to medium-sized businesses as second-class citizens. SMBs have the same needs as enterprises, so rather than giving them hand-me-downs, vendors need to create products specifically for this group. Vendors just might find that those products have the features that enterprises want, too.

  • Storage tears

    Storage tears

  • Data storage security trends

    by  Jon Oltsik

    2005 was a big year for storage security, with major vendors doing more than just paying lip service. Vendors are beginning to integrate security into new products or add encryption capabilities. But there's a lot more to do in 2006 to build a secure storage infrastructure.

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