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Vol. 5 No. 9 November 2006

Rough going for Exchange replication

As more users rely on remote replication as the cornerstone of their disaster recovery (DR) procedures, it's becoming clear that replication and database optimization don't always go hand in hand, particularly when it comes to Microsoft Exchange. To reclaim unused space, users must take Exchange databases offline for defragmentation and compaction. Further complications arise in a replication scenario when database changes must be mirrored remotely, which increases traffic. So far, replication vendors can't offer clear remedies. More on storage backup and replication NetApp to acquire Topio   BlackBerrys suck juice out of Exchange storage   Universities lean on each other for better disaster recovery   Remote data replication gets affordable and more robust "From what I've seen, it's across the board," said Bob Roudebush, director of solutions engineering at Double-Take Software. "It's not particular to a specific solution or a type of replication technology." To get around this, some companies are splitting up their archive and...

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Features in this issue

  • Rough going for Exchange replication

    by  Trina MacDonald, Trends associate editor

    Replicating databases for disaster recovery isn't easy, and Microsoft Exchange is no exception.

  • New frameworks give users more choices

  • Automate data migration

    Moving seldom-accessed data from primary storage to less-costly storage not only saves money, but can also improve the performance of applications. Hierarchical storage management (HSM) software can help automate the migration of files, but HSM products vary in the way they approach the task. So it's important to identify the requirements of an HSM product before making a choice.

Columns in this issue

  • Tape encryption strategies

    by  Jon Oltsik

    Companies need to take a more strategic approach to tape encryption by building a services-based architecture that can meet today's needs and scale to accommodate future needs.

  • A new startup promises recordless e-mail

    Storage Bin: A new startup promises recordless e-mail. Is this a stroke of genius that will reward the company with billions of Internet bucks, or is it the end of the world as we know it?

  • How to better connect storage to the business

    We can learn from manufacturing processes and use a supply chain to storage to better align it with strategic business goals. To implement this model, a storage services plan needs to be multidimensional and encompass performance, availability, data protection, data movement and migration, and data retention.

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