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Vol. 4 No. 9 November 2005

How many backup apps do you have?

Most Storage readers have multiple backup applications in-house, although the largest group (41%) still use only one. The main reason to use multiple backup applications: 37% of the time, it's a consequence of business activities like a merger or an acquisition. The next most common reason is platform support, followed by features. There were no surprises as to which five backup applications are most commonly used, although users who selected "Other" listed an additional 43 separate backup packages! How many backup apps does your company use? Why do you use multiple applications? Which backup application(s) do you use?

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Features in this issue

  • Quality Awards: What are the best midrange arrays?

    Midrange array users are a generally satisfied group, according to the latest Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards survey. While all midrange array vendors fared quite well in this third installment of our awards program, the vendor that snared top honors might surprise some people.

  • Easing away from ESCON

    by  Alex Barrett

    ESCON, the protocol that pre-dated FICON as a systems-to-storage connection, is incompatible with the newer FICON-based systems. This tip looks at various ways you can tackle this dilemma.

  • Secure your backups

    The headlines tell the story: Lost tapes can jeopardize the confidentiality of personal information and cause public-relations woes for those companies charged with safeguarding that data. Encryption can solve the problem, but implementing tape encryption isn't so easy, as performance issues could impact backup windows.

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