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This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008 issue of Using two midrange backup apps at once
Trust is the biggest selling point an online backup service can have, yet some services have proven about as trustworthy as a used car salesman. Amazon S3 has been hit by frequent crashes, prompting questions about whether it meets its SLAs for uptime. HP Upline stumbled coming out of the gate in April. EMC ticked off customers with a sharp price increase after it acquired Mozy, then rescinded it five months later; it still draws complaints about the time it takes to restore files. If you can't trust Amazon, HP and EMC, where does that leave smaller startups that want to host your files? In the case of The Linkup (aka MediaMax), nowhere. The online service went out of business in early August, notifying customers to download their files before they were deleted. AOL is also looking to send Xdrive to the recycle bin, unless it can sell it off first. As with used car salesmen, we're sure there are online backup providers you can trust. Just take care to check them out carefully before signing on. --Dave Raffo Access >>>
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Are full backups a thing of the past?
by Kevin Suttle
In the not-so-distant past, we relied on tape backups for operational recovery, disaster recovery and long-term data retention. But are full nightly backups to tape still needed now that we have new disk-based technologies like snapshots and continuous data protection?
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Small disks, big specs
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- Ballooning storage by the numbers
Ask the Expert: NFS vs. CIFS
What should you consider when choosing between Network File Sharing (NFS) or Common Internet File System (CIFS)?
Centralize virtualization at the switch
There are a number of ways you can virtualize your storage, but because a switch-based virtualization engine works out-of-band, there's no need for server agents, making it the most scalable and highest performing of all virtualization architectures.
- Backup apps' reporting tools become more versatile
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Virtual server backup tips
Virtualized servers yield many benefits, but they can also add complexity to backup operations. There are three main ways to back up a virtual server. Here's how to determine which method is best for your virtualized server environment and storage requirements.
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CDP in depth
Continuous data protection (CDP) technology is now a viable alternative to traditional backup software and storage system-based replication software. But CDP products can vary significantly, especially in the context of different storage architectures. Depending on specific environments, companies may have to evaluate very different criteria before settling on a CDP product.
Disk-to-disk backup enticing in many forms: Survey Says
Disk-to-disk backup enticing in many forms
- No rush to deploy iSCSI
- DAS revs up for a resurgence
- LTO top tape format by far: Survey says
- DC power can cut costs, but conversion isn't easy
- Price of SAS drives dips
- Archiving, DR join backup as online services
- Why are you using a VTL or why have you decided not to use one?
- What storage product would you like to see on the market that isn't now?
Quality Awards IV: On top again: CommVault Galaxy, EMC Retrospect
CommVault's Galaxy solidified its position as the top enterprise backup product by finishing first for the third time in the four years we've conducted the Quality Awards. Among the midrange products, EMC Retrospect retained its crown as group champion.
Gen2 virtual tape libraries: Hot Spots
by Lauren Whitehouse
From disaster recovery to capacity optimization and dedupe, the next phase of VTL products promises change.
Backup by the numbers: Backup Purchasing
Results from Storage magazine's most recent Purchasing Intentions survey reveal that respondents will have to expand or alter their backup systems to protect ever-growing data stores.
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Break those backup bottlenecks: Best Practices
by Jeff Harbert
Backup performance tuning is an art, but identifying infrastructure bottlenecks is more of a strict mathematical exercise once you know the important numbers. And understanding the source of existing and potential bottlenecks makes it easier to find and resolve them.
- Coping with cloud storage: Editorial
Migration projects need automation boost: Hot Spots
by Bob Laliberte
If you have a data migration project in the works, challenge your storage vendor, storage software vendor or third-party consulting firm to deliver a solution that reduces the time, risk and cost of your project.
Don't get stuck with old backup ideas: Best Practices
The time has come to shed your traditional, compartmentalized view of backup and embrace a recovery-centric data management focus.
Keep it simple, stupid: Part deux: Storage Bin 2.0
Are you one of those companies that leaves inactive data on the most expensive architecture and applies stringent (expensive) processes to that same data? If so, wise up!
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