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Improve data storage efficiency with archiving technology
Data archiving technology moves inactive data from primary storage to more suitable media. It may be used for compliance, governance or storage efficiency. By moving data to less-expensive media, an archiving strategy can help avoid new capacity purchases and reduce the amount of management required. Archiving is a mature technology with specialized products for various apps.
Converged systems -- preconfigured bundles of storage, server and networking resources -- are popular as they can be deployed quickly and easily. Some vendors can tap their own product lines to assemble converged systems, while storage vendors partner with server and networking vendors.
Finally, our Quality Awards program collects user responses related to the service and reliability of storage products. We review the results of the eighth Quality Awards survey for enterprise and midrange backup and recovery software.
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A core best practice for effective storage management is archiving technology that frees up storage resources, improves performance and protects data that must be retained.
Storage vendors are packaging their products with servers and networking gear to create ready-to-run converged systems. Could this be the end of best-of-breed deployments?
CommVault returns to the top spot among enterprise backup applications, while Dell AppAssure prevails over seven midrange finalists.
Fifty-seven percent of our survey respondents say they're implementing backup data deduplication using a variety of means. And they're seeing an average data reduction of 27:1.
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All this talk about storage being a commodity might make storage professionals feel inferior. But if you look at storage pay, those gloom-and-doom prophecies just don't add up.
What criteria are you basing your data storage equipment purchases on: a prestigious label or real-world requirements?
Doing a selective mobile device backup that separates work data and personal data can't be done, but perhaps not for the reasons you think.
The solid-state storage market is still a work in progress. A prudent approach will ensure that a flash deployment fits well with an overall storage strategy.