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Vol. 6 No. 12 February 2008

More Than Just Backup

The major backup software vendors are adding new ways to protect and manage data. Data protection is changing rapidly: Point-in-time recoveries, faster legal discovery response times and near real-time disaster recoveries are becoming new requirements for corporate data protection. To address these and other needs, enterprise backup applications are adding support for continuous data protection (CDP), deduplication, ediscovery, single-instance storage (SIS) and VMware Inc.'s VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) framework to become the focal point for not just integrated data protection but enterprise data management. An integrated, comprehensive data protection suite provides the following benefits over standalone products: Aligns data protection with app requirements Centralizes policy creation and management Leverages CDP and host- or array-based replication for faster recovery options Reduces administration and licensing costs How these new features integrate with backup software and how they're licensed will influence the degree...

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  • More Than Just Backup

    Data protection is changing rapidly, with point-in-time recoveries, fast legal discovery response and near real-time disaster recoveries becoming new requirements. To address these needs, enterprise backup applications are adding support for continuous data protection, deduplication, ediscovery, single-instance storage and the VMware Consolidated Backup framework. These backup suites promise not only integrated data protection, but overall enterprise data management.

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