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Published: 17 Oct 2012

The traditional, tape-based backup system is becoming rarer every day, and its old friend--regularly recurring full backups--just might be next. You can blame it on cheap ATA disks. At first, people started using disk to solve a few problems with their backups, and ended up completely changing how they're protecting their data. Today, the most common backup design is a tape-based system that's been enhanced with disk. But those who are willing to rethink things from scratch are examining other ways to improve their backup environment such as replication, object-based storage, real-time protection of data, protection of data in its native format and using systems that perform incremental backups forever. Cutting the tie to tape Many of the challenges with most backups stem from reliance on tape. Granted, tape drives are faster and more reliable than ever before, but tape is still a sequential-access medium that offers access times in seconds, instead of the nanosecond access times disk delivers. Tape is also an open system easily infiltrated by contaminants, ... Access >>>

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