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Vol. 5 No. 8 October 2006

Snapshot: Reducing tape use in backup

Storage readers have spoken: Tape isn't going away. Although some survey respondents say they don't use tape at all or have removed it from their backup strategy, 69% have no intention of taking tape out of the mix. An overwhelming 90% say they have tape somewhere in their backup infrastructure--either backing up only to tape (40%) or backing up first to disk and then to tape (50%). Only 10% of readers back up only to disk, while none of our respondents uses an outsourced backup provider. Fifty-seven percent of readers prefer tape to disk for long-term and offsite backup, the reason most frequently given by those continuing to use tape. Almost a third also indicate that they have well-established tape backup procedures in place, and 25% report that their tape infrastructure is relatively new and performing well. Overall, respondents' comments focused on a single theme: While disk beats tape for recovering online data, tape's the better bet when it comes to offsite storage. "Disk backups alone could be used for business ...

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Features in this issue

  • Survey Says: Users name their 10GbE price

  • The right way to provision storage

    Provisioning storage is still mostly a manual job, but solid planning, including the right interested parties and some improved tools, can help ease the chore. Follow these provisioning best practices to gain greater performance and higher disk utilization.

  • Long-term archiving

    With some legislative requirements mandating data be kept for as long as 70 years, your organization needs an archiving plan that defines what data needs to be kept and why. But don't overlook how you'll restore old data when it needs to be accessed.

  • How to manage encryption keys

    Encryption is an effective way to secure data. But managing encryption keys can be a major undertaking. While there are no encompassing key management tools available yet, some apps can help you keep track of proliferating encryption keys.

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