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This article is part of the Vol. 9 Num. 4 June 2010 issue of The business case for solid state vs. disk storage
Backup software does a lot these days, including frustrating the hell out of users. I was going to refrain from writing about backup this month because we have the subject pretty well covered in this issue with W. Curtis Preston's article on backing up SharePoint and the results of the latest Quality Awards survey on backup applications. But while digging through that survey's data and compiling the results, I was struck by the comments made by some of the respondents. Approximately 65 of the 350-plus survey respondents took an extra minute or two to add a little narrative to their response, and of those 65, I counted fewer than 10 that were unqualified endorsements of a product. The rest were either flat-out pans of the app ("A royal pain in the __ to use" and "Never seems to work right") or tempered praise ("Good product; however, it requires more staff to manage well than I have on the team"). There's no question that backup keeps getting tougher for storage managers, with most companies adding tens of terabytes (or more) of data each year and changes to ... Access >>>
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Backing up SharePoint
by W. Curtis Preston
Microsoft SharePoint is gaining in popularity as a corporate collaboration tool—it's great for office efficiency, but tough on backups.
Making the case for solid-state storage
by Dennis Martin
With a variety of solid-state implementations available, it's time to take a serious look at how the technology could enhance your storage environment.
- Backing up SharePoint by W. Curtis Preston
CommVault wins best enterprise storage array, Acronis takes midrange honor
CommVault returns to the winner's circle for the fourth time in our fifth Quality Awards for Backup and Recovery Software; Acronis emerges as a new winner among midrange backup applications.
Companies are better prepared for disasters
More than 50% of the respondents to our disaster recovery (DR) survey are very confident that their DR plans will save their company from disaster. But one-third don't even test their plans.
- CommVault wins best enterprise storage array, Acronis takes midrange honor
Backup is too hard
Storage environments are getting more complex, which makes data protection even tougher. While backup software does more these days, it's still frustrating the hell out of users.
Are more Symantec OST-like APIs needed?
by Lauren Whitehouse
One of the by-products of Symantec's OpenStorage interface is a performance improvement in backup and recovery operations.
NFS a good match for VMware
by Tony Asaro
With server virtualization proliferating, most companies are hooking those virtualized environments into Fibre Channel SANs; but there may be a better alternative.
Virtual servers and their impact on data storage
Taneja Group senior analyst and consultant Jeff Byrne opines on how almost every IT shop has virtualized at least some of its servers, shifting much of the burden of server consolidation onto data storage systems.
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