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Vol. 3 No. 4 June 2004

Hospital Washes Hands of Backup

When should you outsource your backup? When it's not working for your organization, that's when. In 2002, when Karen Graham took the job of CIO at Cooper Health Systems, Camden, NJ, she found herself overseeing a data center of 130 servers being backed up to standalone tape drives, and very poor media management practices. "I was very uncomfortable about our ability to do disaster recovery," Graham recalls. Case in point, it once took the staff three days to recover a Microsoft Exchange server. Since then, Cooper has contracted with IPR International, Conshohocken, PA, for its DataGuardian backup service. DataGuardian runs on 62 servers, for a total of about 1.2TB of data per month--"a relatively small amount of data," Graham admits, "but hugely critical to the organization." IPR's service met Graham's requirements for redundancy, reliability, security and scalability, but she also liked its easy-to-use administration tool, and that it does not require server-side agents. As for Graham, her backup-induced anxiety is cured. "It's...

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Features in this issue

  • NAS on a grand scale

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

  • Down-to-earth HBAs

    Finally, there's an HBA for everyone. Vendors are creating HBAs that are functional and affordable, even for smaller shops.

  • Exchange and NAS On Again

    Microsoft has revised its "No Exchange on NAS" policy to "No Exchange on non-Microsoft NAS."

  • Storage on demand

    Tired of overbuying, overconfiguring or overallocating storage? Utility storage--used in a similiar fashion as electricity or water in your home--may be the answer to your prayers.

  • Continuous protection

    by  James Damoulakis

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

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