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Vol. 3 No. 12 February 2005

Tale of the tape

About the survey: Storage magazine's tape reliability survey was conducted in November 2004. Storage subscribers and SearchStorage.com members were contacted by e-mail and invited to participate. A total of 378 valid surveys were submitted. If backup is painful for storage managers, then tape all too often inflicts that pain. Tape is the final destination of nearly all data--whether it's backed up for data protection or archive purposes--and has become the symbol of the backup process. Despite this, tape is considered the Rodney Dangerfield of storage media. It gets little respect for being part of a successful backup and restore, and more times than not it's blamed for a failure. Storage surveyed its readers and SearchStorage.com members in November 2004 to determine how often unreliable tapes were at the heart of a backup snafu. When asked to describe the tape failure situation in their shops, nearly a third of the respondents (31.2%) said it was either a significant problem that often disrupts backups or a problem that ...

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Features in this issue

  • No-sweat SAN design

    Whether you're planning a new storage area network (SAN) or dealing with the growing pains of an existing one, SAN design tools can ease the process.

  • E-mail archivers keep companies legit

    Storage managers must deal with stricter government regulations and rapidly escalating e-mail stores. There are many e-mail archiving programs available, but finding the one that best meets your company's needs is the key.

  • D2D Backup: Disk's dual role

    In part one of a three-part series on disk-based backup, we describe how SAN disk-as-disk and NAS disk-as-disk work, as well as the pros and cons of each configuration.

  • Backup exec: Time to grow up

    New version of Backup Exec catches up with Windows growth.

  • Scaling SANs

    Horizontal and vertical scaling are two methods of improving a SAN's capacity and performance. We discuss how to choose the appropriate approach for your environment.

Columns in this issue

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