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This article is part of the Vol. 6 No. 7 September 2007 issue of New rules change data retention game
Now that you've optimized your physical servers, shouldn't you optimize your VMware backup? The popularity of server virtualization--and VMware specifically--remains unabated. Not only is the VMware platform transforming data center management through server consolidation and improvements in business continuity, but it's "breaking" a few things along the way, including data protection strategies. Many of the incumbent data protection solutions for physical environments are being applied to new virtual infrastructures. However, as pervasive as traditional backup/recovery solutions are in the physical world, IT groups contemplating what constitutes a platform shift to VMware may be ready to consider displacing traditional backup solutions in favor of next-generation data protection technologies, i.e., software that employs capacity-reduction techniques, such as deduplication, in the server-side backup process. Having already demonstrated a willingness to leave behind the traditional environment for a virtualized one, could the door be open for next-generation ... Access >>>
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- Backup and archiving get closer together
- Virtualization breathes new life into old arrays, but at a cost
- Let your fingers do the walking
CommVault Galaxy, EMC Retrospect best of the backup apps
In general, product ratings for the third annual Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award for backup and recovery software increased over last year's scores. CommVault's Galaxy, this year's enterprise-class winner, returned to the winner's circle after losing its crown to BakBone NetVault: Backup last year. In the SMB area, EMC's Retrospect also returned to the top spot after a one-year hiatus.
New rules, new game for compliance and ediscovery
by Jay Brudz, Marilyn Bota and Alan Radding
The updated Federal Rules of Civil Procedure set new standards for electronically stored information, and may have a significant bearing on how your company manages its digital documents. Some of the country's top legal experts weigh-in with suggestions on how to create retention policies that can keep your company on the right side of the law.
- Midrange arrays pack in more features
New role for tape libraries
by Jerome Wendt
Tape libraries are finally assuming the role they were designed for: longterm protection and preservation of data. But as disk assumes its new role as the initial target for backups and the source for restores, tape library vendors need to shore up their abilities to interact with disk libraries and provide users with some definitive answers on encryption.
Snapshot: Capacity growth still the biggest backup pain point
Capacity growth still the biggest backup pain point.
- Fast CAS facts
How SANs aid backup
by Bradley W. Hughey
The primary motivation for building a SAN is often to meet a pressing need for performance, scalability or both. But today's new SAN buyers are looking for more than performance and scalability; they're interested in better ways of protecting their data, using such techniques as snapshots of SAN volumes and sometimes even relying on newer technologies to replace traditional backups.
Stamp out NAS threats
NAS is open to many of the exploits (viruses, worms, unauthorized access, data tampering, snooping and IP spoofing) that have plagued Windows-based systems. But even though NAS runs on ubiquitous Ethernet and TCP/IP transport protocols, it's fairly easy to protect. The hard part is selecting the right level of protection.
- Array vendors broaden their toolsets
Snapshot: Interest in SAS disks growing
Interest in SAS disks growing
- XenSource eyes enterprise storage
Protect Exchange data
by Jerome Wendt
Email is now firmly established as a critical application, with more than 60% of enterprises using Microsoft Exchange for their corporate email, according to Gartner. This widespread adoption of Microsoft Exchange, and growing electronic discovery requirements, make protecting it a more complicated proposition than just performing simple backups and recoveries.
- Understanding dedupe ratios by Jerome Wendt
- Snapshot: Capacity growth still the biggest backup pain point
- 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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