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Published: 20 Oct 2012

New technologies tend to bring some new baggage even as they solve old problems. Many of the newest storage technologies target backup, the perennial pain point for storage managers. Data protection techniques have made great strides in addressing this most troublesome part of storage administration, but with the cures come some side effects. Applying a new backup technology is often more akin to plugging holes in a leaky dike than actually improving the process. And that's not surprising given the runaway data growth experienced by nearly all companies. Fixing something that's broken is--as Martha Stewart would say--a good thing. But it's an even better thing to adjust the rest of the environment to the new technology. Vendors have been churning out new stuff designed to fix backup. Virtual tape libraries (VTLs), continuous data protection, wide-area file systems (WAFS) and single-instance storage are just a few examples. Disk-based backup technologies have already become an $8 billion market, according to a recent IDC study. With each new technology ... Access >>>

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