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Vol. 2 No. 7 September 2003

Centralizing remote-office data backup

Eight key questions Here's what you need to know to begin your assessment of remote office backup: How many remote sites are there? How many servers? How much storage? Which backup software is used at each site? What kind of tape drive technology? How many tapes are used annually per site? What are the maintenance agreements on hardware and software? Who actually runs the backup operations at each remote office and what kind of training and skills do they have? Close your eyes for a second and think about storage. Do images of racks of sophisticated IT equipment in a raised-floor data center come to mind? Maybe you're visualizing large boxes such as EMC Symmetrix, Hitachi Data System Freedom Array or IBM Shark. Of course, thoughts of enterprise storage wouldn't be complete without large tape drives from companies such as StorageTek, and high-end data movement software like EMC's Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) for disaster recovery protection. Those are accurate pictures of data center storage requirements, but what about ...

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  • Where tape belongs

    by  David Braue

    Ignore the industry babble about whether tape is dead or not: Tape is here to stay. But with the advantages of new low-cost disk systems--especially for fast restoration--tape's role in backup will likely change. The upshot: You'll likely be using your libraries differently.

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