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Published: 30 Oct 2012

There used to be a nightclub near Washington Square in New York City with a big sign on it that read: "Too much ain't enough." The sign is an apt description of this Special Issue of Storage magazine. We don't think there's such a thing as too much information about backup, but hopefully this issue offers just enough. Having spoken with scores of storage professionals over the last year or so, I'd be hard-pressed to name more than a few who didn't list backup as their No. 1 source of frustration. And if you've been around storage for even a little while, you know the drill: growing data stores, missed backup windows, jammed tapes, orphaned servers, bandwidth bottlenecks, hard-to-hit RTOs and RPOs--the list of woes goes on and on. As you know, backup has indelible links to nearly all data center components. Roman Van Liempt, storage administrator for xwave Solutions in St. John's, Newfoundland, notes that backup "touches everything--servers, networks, database applications--everything." And, a bit ironically, he adds that "backup software will bring to light ... 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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