Issue OverviewStorage magazine - Vol. 4 No. 7 September 2005
KeyCorp's Robert Bellanti has found the tools and the temperament for successful data migrations in a 24/7 operations environment. Also, can serial SCSI replace Fibre Channel? Learn more in this issue. Access >>>
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Use mainframes for backups
You can put that big iron sitting in your data center to better use by using it to back up open-systems data, too. The net effect is a streamlined backup and disaster recovery operation.
10 basic steps for better backup
The most evident common denominator in well-functioning backup infrastructures is effective process and control. This checklist highlights 10 areas you should focus on to build a better backup practice.
Sizing up VTLs
Virtual tape libraries present disk as tape, so backup apps can perform backups as usual, regardless of the physical backup infrastructure. Learn about hardware and software VTLs, the benefits of each and how they might fit into your backup operation.
VTL remedies backup woes
VTLs remedy tape bottlenecks...
Used tape sales on the rise
by Alex Barrett
Pre-used tapes are becoming a popular and inexpensive trend among IT professionals. Become familiar with the possible risks of using used tape in your environment.
Data migration: Preparation equals success
Moving data from one array to another is becoming more commonplace for reasons such as implementing new or upgraded systems, tiering storage or archiving older data. Data migration is a complex and painful process, but these steps can help ease the pain.
Restore and backup Microsoft Exchange mailboxes and messages with ease
Easing Exchange backups
First SAS products arrive
by Alan Radding
With a wave of new SAS products about to be released, some storage vendors are ratcheting up campaigns that promote SAS as the inevitable next step in the evolution of SCSI.
Blades shed disks, boot from SAN
by Alex Barrett, Trends Editor
Users resolve boot issues with diskless blades.
How disk has changed backup
Inexpensive disk has spawned a variety of disk-based backup alternatives. But with more choices comes greater complexity compared to the days when you simply had to choose a backup application and tape library. Backup guru W. Curtis Preston explains the advantages of using disk for backup, including virtual tape libraries and disk-as-disk backup targets, and discusses the pros and cons of alternative disk-based backup methods.
- Use mainframes for backups
by Brad O'Neill
Continuous data protection captures changes at a file- or block-level as they happen, and provides running recovery journals for all historical data states. This shifts data protection to a more flexible any-point-in-time framework.
Make tape libraries work with all platforms
If tape libraries could share IT resources and data across all processing platforms, data center complexity and cost could be dramatically reduced.
Does host-based replication still make sense?
Host-based replication is a mature technology, but it's often not considered an option for architectures that support quick recovery. But there are many cases where a host-based option may fit.
Cisco's switch-based backup
Serverless backup can take the load off servers and ease network traffic. Cisco uses Xcopy on its MDS 9000 switch for serverless backup; see how it compares to other methods and products.
- Definition: Grandfather-father-son
Data migration: Tales from the trenches
Finding the right tools to handle a data migration is no easy task. Here's how several users found the best tool for the job and solved their data migration problems.
Quality Awards: Backup software
The latest Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards has hands-on users rating 14 enterprise and SMB backup products for service and reliability.
Standards watch: Copy services standard in the works
Will SMI-S 1.1 aid copy services?
Encrypted Drives Stymie Data Thieves
Prevent laptop data theft with encryption
- Any-point-in-time backups by Brad O'Neill
Vital steps for creating an effective compliance strategy
Regulatory compliance isn't just about data retention. To ensure your compliance plan can stand up to an audit, consider these vital steps for creating an effective compliance strategy.
How to store huge amounts of data in a smaller box
Storage Bin: We've finally discovered how to store huge amounts of data in a smaller box. Now we just have to figure out how to find it all.
Microsoft gets serious about storage with Data Protection Manager
Data Protection Manager--a new product from Microsoft--proves once again that Microsoft should be taken seriously when it comes to storage.
Nothing but backup
Nothing but backup
Is your job about to change?
by Mark Schlack
Is your job about to change?
Snapshot: Full data backups
How often do you do full backups?
- Vital steps for creating an effective compliance strategy
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