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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Regardless of the backup application you use, there are fundamentals that need to be in place to ensure better backup operations. 10 basic steps for better backup In the newspaper business, bad news sells. When it comes to backup, it's easy to focus on the bad news. There's simply so much of it: nightly failures, lost tapes and unrecoverable data. But the news isn't all bad. There are shops where backups are completed successfully, where data is restored and backup operations run smoothly. The most evident common denominator in well-functioning backup infrastructures is effective process and control. Well-run environments have a clear understanding of the tasks to be performed and a consistent way to accomplish them. How does your organization measure up in regard to the basics of backup operations? Here's a checklist of 10 areas you should focus on to build a more effective backup practice. 1. Plan ahead. Backup is one strategic component of data protection; others include mirrors, snapshots and replication. In most environments, traditional backup serves ... 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

      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.

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