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No excuse for lax laptop backup
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 10 Num. 6 August 2011
Too expensive, too much extra work and not enough integration were all legitimate complaints about laptop backup a few years ago. But with so many new products and alternatives, those excuses just don’t cut it anymore. "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow" starts the second sentence of Macbeth’s soliloquy in which he laments Lady M’s untimely demise. And for fans of “Jeopardy,” it’s also the answer to the question “When will your storage shop implement some real data protection for laptop PCs?” That probably just tacked another violation onto my poetic license, but it’s hard to avoid quoting Shakespeare even when you’re talking about something as non-Elizabethan as data storage. And the “tomorrow” reference is pretty accurate if some of the surveys I’ve seen lately are reasonably accurate. The most recent one to catch my eye is from Druva Software, which, as a laptop backup vendor, has just a wee bit of interest in the results. Nonetheless, some interesting numbers turned up in the survey. Among the survey’s 140 respondents, ...
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Features in this issue
Our survey finds more firms are relying on automated processes to back up their remote offices, and more backup data is making it back to the main data center than ever before.
In a relatively short time, data deduplication has revolutionized disk-based backup, but the technology is still evolving with new applications and more choices than ever.
Adoption of storage virtualization picks up as early obstacles to implementation are overcome. Mature products exist to deploy storage virtualization at the array or in the network
Storage technologies may sometimes seem a little stodgy and out of date, but there’s plenty of technical development going on at both the big storage vendors and smaller upstarts.
Columns in this issue
An analysis of the some of the leading vendors in the TCP/IP offload market.
Too expensive, too much extra work and not enough integration were legitimate complaints about laptop backup a few years ago. But those excuses just don’t cut it anymore.
A few notable glitches have soured some users on cloud storage services, but a hybrid approach that integrates public and private storage may ultimately convince cloud skeptics.
Satellite offices and workers are changing the look of companies of all sizes, and backup technology is changing to keep pace.