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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Backup and restore is a game of capacity or volume. You have to protect not only your 5TB back-office Oracle database but the army of multihundred-gigabyte Windows servers scattered throughout the enterprise. High-capacity backup tends to have the most sex appeal, but because every enterprise has dozens to hundreds of Windows servers, backing up this data is just as important--and much more operationally cumbersome. The critical nature of Windows backup is reflected in the way the industry has matured. In the early 1990s, Microsoft LAN Manager was considered a second-tier, departmental file-and-print server that competed with NetWare. At that time, backup of Microsoft (and Novell) servers was done by small, focused companies like Cheyenne and Palindrome. With the introduction and subsequent success of Windows NT, Windows server backup became too significant for storage management leaders to ignore. As a result, Computer Associates (CA) grabbed its Long Island neighbor Cheyenne (the product is now known as ARCserve), while Palindrome was gobbled up by Seagate... Access >>>

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