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Published: 20 Oct 2012

There are plenty of good options for protecting remote-office data, but some careful analysis is required up front. Protecting data locked inside data centers has always been a central focus for IT, but we seem to be repeatedly reminded of just how porous the data center has become. Lost backup tapes and misplaced laptops demonstrate that even the most rigorous data protection practices are no longer sufficient. An important part of the "beyond the data center" challenge is remote-office or branch-office (ROBO) data protection. In the past, companies either ignored remote-site backup or dealt with it half-heartedly as effective and reasonably affordable solutions simply didn't exist. During the lax pre-regulatory era, "out of sight, out of mind" might have worked, but today's emphasis on corporate governance has made it clear remote data can no longer be ignored. Along with this higher visibility, the number of potential solutions for remote data protection has multiplied. Despite the many technology options, implementing a successful remote-protection ... Access >>>

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    • Editorial: Backing up garbage

    • Storage Bin: Who ate the backup?

      It's astounding that in this age of technological advancements we still talk about things like backup, let alone agonize over it.

    • Best Practices: Sorting out remote-office backup

      Remote-office data has always been something of a corporate orphan when it came to backup. Once upon a time, "out of sight, out of mind" might have worked, but times have changed. Regulatory compliance, legal liability issues and the cost of producing data for ediscovery make it clear remote data can no longer be ignored.

    • Hot Spots: VMware opens door for next-gen backup apps by Lauren Whitehouse

      Virtualizing servers is becoming standard operating procedure in large and small companies. VMware and similar platforms are transforming data center management through server consolidation and business continuity improvements, but they're "breaking" a few things along the way, including data protection strategies.

    • Storage Bin: Shining the green spotlight on storage

      There's been a lot of hubbub lately about the greening of IT, and it's only going to get worse. Unlike most buzz/noise fronts that come and go, this one didn't start in the marketing department.

    • Editorial: Scramble that data!

    • Best Practices: Pull the plug on high energy costs by Dianne McAdam, Data Mobility Group

      Spiraling energy costs are taking an increasingly big chunk of the data center budget. Data centers are grappling with rising electrical bills and, in some locations, limitations on the amount of available power are forcing IT anagers to rethink their basic processes.

    • Hot Spots: Managing storage in a virtual server world

      Server virtualization is the big data center story, and storage managers need to design their storage systems to take advantage of a virtualized server environment. There are steps you can take now to ensure that your storage systems are up to the task.

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