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Published: 20 Oct 2012

It's time to come clean. You've been handling a lot of garbage lately--in fact, you've been increasing the amount of garbage in the environment. And it's an issue that strikes close to home because it's your storage environment. Every company is coping with almost out-of-control data growth, which puts a strain on primary storage resources, but it's usually most profoundly felt in the backup process. Whether you're using disk in your backups or not (and you should be), it's likely taking longer and longer to back up your company's data. And the longer it takes, the more likely it becomes that there's little time to do any restoration testing. If you're not confidant you can restore, your company's data may not be as protected as it needs to be. Along with those contracts, spreadsheets, research reports and so on, there's a vast amount of crud building up in your primary storage systems. This detritus includes the usual suspects: old business files that haven't been useful since Jimmy Carter was president, test data from that 1998 database conversion project,... 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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