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Vol. 6 No. 4 June 2007

Editorial: Backup will get easier ...

... or it might get more complex. It's one of those "Is the glass half-full or half-empty?" things.The glass half-full contingent will be encouraged by recent events that suggest data protection products are evolving to meet the demands of 21st century data management. Over the last four or five years, a bunch of new data protection technologies have popped up, including easier and more versatile replication and snapshotting, data deduplication, continuous data protection (CDP) and archiving. But even the vendors of some of these products will admit that users aren't exactly breaking down their doors to get at them. Part of the reason might be that companies have been too preoccupied trying to meet runaway capacity demands to find the time and budget to do much else. But what I hear more often is that while something like CDP is a great idea, storage managers are reluctant to toss another app into their mix. Vendors have heard the complaints loud and clear. Because so many new data protection apps were developed by smaller ...

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