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Vol. 5 No. 3 May 2006

Snapshot: How do you get backups offsite?

Kudos to Storage readers for consistently getting their backup data offsite, as required by any good disaster recovery plan. But while 92% of readers store data backups offsite, not all of them are overly rigorous in how the data gets there. Seventy-eight percent of readers ship backups physically rather than electronically (10%), while 7% create backups from offsite, replicated data sets. Backup tapes are shipped using a third-party service 66% of the time, while 30% of respondents transport backup tapes themselves. A little more than half of the respondents (56%) do the right thing and move backups offsite at least once a day, while the rest move data as infrequently as once a month. Eighty-one percent do backups to a media vaulting center or collocation facility, but 8% of respondents store backups at home or in their cars! Storage readers are beginning to doubt the wisdom of shipping physical backup tapes. In three years, 12% of readers say they'll definitely still be shipping tapes, but 11% say they definitely will not be. ...

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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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