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Vol. 5 No. 5 July 2006

Backup apps: More choices beyond the big three

Newer and not-so-familiar backup products may offer some functional and operational advantages over the big three backup programs. Free at last. As backup software breaks away from its historically tight integration with tape, less well-known backup products are addressing new priorities, such as closer application integration, backing up directly to disk and encryption. In doing so, they may be a better fit than the big three enterprise backup programs: EMC Corp.'s NetWorker, IBM Corp.'s Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) and Symantec Corp.'s Veritas NetBackup (see "Big three apps adjust to disk-based backup," Storage, April 2006). Atempo Inc.'s Time Navigator, for example, includes support for heterogeneous SAN and NAS environments, encryption and hierarchical key management. On the small- to medium-sized business (SMB) side, Symantec's Backup Exec 10d can manage disk-based backups by first staging them on disk for a defined period of time before moving the data to tape. Complement or replace? The role of backup software is changing...

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Features in this issue

  • Backup apps: More choices beyond the big three

    With numerous applications and a variety of hardware and software platforms, a single enterprise backup software product may not suffice for many companies. A bevy of backup applications that aren't as well-known as "the big three" may be better architected to handle new requirements.

  • Cut data down to size

    by  Arun Taneja

    With today's extreme data growth rates, adding disk-based protection is no longer an option but a requisite. Data reduction can help ease growth pains by paring down the data that goes to disk. There are many products with data-reduction capabilities available, but the technologies they use vary widely.

  • Survey Says: Users make wish list of VTL features

  • Talk is cheap

  • The best way to expand a SAN

    Building a new SAN or extending an existing SAN requires careful planning to strike the right balance between performance, cost, scalability, high availability and ease of management. Read how to determine what architecture is best for your company's storage access needs.

  • What's holding up ILM?

    While vendors work to fill in the gaps in the information lifecycle management stack and connect the pieces, IT and business units must hammer out a manageable set of policies to drive the ILM process in their organizations.

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