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Published: 20 Oct 2012

It's the 21st century, but backup is still in the dark ages. It's simply astounding that in this age of technological advancements we still talk about things like backup, let alone agonize over it. We sent people to the moon 38 years ago using less computer power and data than what's inside a Game Boy, but we haven't figured out how to reliably recover information lost to the Pepsi syndrome. To this very day, a recovery operation strikes more terror in the hearts of people than all of the chainsaw movies combined. A five-year-old in Connecticut can chat with his cousin in Guam while his sister plays real-time Doom with kids in China and Toronto, and none of them seems concerned with arcane concepts such as backup. Why are all of us old folks still losing whatever hair we have left over this subject? I have several theories: The conspiracy theory Backup represents one of the most consistently budgeted line items in IT for many, many years. We spend more than $4 billion annually on backup stuff and have spent more than $55 billion over the last 25 years on the... 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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