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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Backup best practices are always evolving

Backup best practices are always evolving Backup technology doesn't stand still, so the preferred methods for running an efficient backup environment must also adapt. After four years of writing this column, I'm struck by how much has changed--and how much has remained the same--in backup and recovery. The first column I wrote discussed the do's and don'ts of tape library selection, which is still a relevant topic but not necessarily the kind of material a topical publication would focus on. Since then, new technologies have emerged and backup seems to have been examined from every conceivable angle. The foundation for the most important changes in backup technology can be summed up in a single word: disk. Low-cost, high-capacity disk storage has become the enabler for a variety of technologies that are redefining backup operations. Some of these advances, such as virtual tape libraries (VTLs), represent evolutionary enhancements to the traditional backup process, while others like continuous data protection and single-instance ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tricky backup for SharePoint

  • CDP: Look before you leap

    Some pundits have postulated that continuous data protection (CDP) will replace backup. But is that just new technology hyperbole or is CDP a must-have technology?

  • Backup-to-disk performance tuning

    Disk-based backup can lower costs, reduce complexity and add scalability. But to achieve top performance, you'll need to do lots of benchmarking and watch for poorly configured production storage.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup best practices are always evolving

    Some new advances in backup, such as virtual tape libraries, represent evolutionary enhancements to the traditional backup process, while others like continuous data protection and single-instance storage are potentially far more transformational.

  • 10 points to consider before deploying an e-mail archive

    Selecting an e-mail archiving application based solely on features and functions may result in unexpected administration costs. Consider these 10 points before deploying an e-mail archiver.

  • Some small tech upstarts might play big roles

    Storage Bin: The big storage vendors are always trying to steal a piece of each other's pie. But some small tech upstarts might play big parts in determining who comes out on top.

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