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Vol. 9 Num. 1 March 2010

Top new features of backup apps

Backup applications have evolved over the last few years to incorporate features that were previously available only in third-party products. New backup technologies are ready for mass adoption, and they're not just for early adopters. Early adopters helped give these technologies a jumpstart because they were comfortable purchasing products from startups and didn't think twice about being the first company on the block to try something new. But pioneers are typically a small contingent with many more potential users choosing a "wait and see" approach. So, even as some of these newer products achieve technological acclaim, they may barely make a dent in the overall backup market. But recent events have accelerated the adoption -- and perceived maturity -- of some backup technologies. Smaller vendors have been acquired by their bigger brethren, and enabling technologies have emerged that ease the implementation of these products. We'll look at five key backup technology advancements: Data deduplication Data protection management ...

Features in this issue

  • Quality Awards V enterprise arrays: NetApp alone at the top

    In the last Quality Awards for enterprise arrays, NetApp and EMC finished in a dead-heat for first place. This time, NetApp ekes out a narrow victory over archrival EMC.

  • Top new features of backup apps

    We look at some of the key backup technology advancements and describe how four leading backup vendors--CommVault, EMC, IBM and Symantec--have implemented these technologies.

  • Virtualize disaster recovery

    Virtualization can save you money, time and effort, and make the often daunting task of designing and implementing a DR plan easier. But there are related challenges and costs.

  • Beginning of the end for hard drives?

    Enterprise-ready solid-state storage hasn't been around for long, but 33% of our respondents have solid state running. Price is still an issue, but disk's days may be numbered.

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