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SAN School: Lesson 9

"SAN backup, The killer app"

Join Christopher Poelker, co-author, Storage Area Networks for Dummies, for a lesson on how backup policies, methodology, locating bottlenecks and determining backup windows.

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There are many reasons to implement a SAN. Data availability anywhere at anytime, cost-saving consolidation and easier management. But the killer app for implementing a SAN has been and will continue to be backup. In lesson 9 of's "SAN School", professor Christopher Poelker discusses the merits of backup over the SAN. Chris will discuss the options associated with SAN backup, including backups over a dedicated LAN, tiered backups, LAN-less backup, serverless backup and more. He'll also touch upon snapshots and give you exact formulas to calculate your backup window. This lesson also offers tips and tricks on how to find and rectify backup bottlenecks.

What you'll walk away with:
** Understanding backup
** Determining backup policies
** Choosing the best backup method for you
** Determining how long backup will take

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Now that you've read to SAN School lessons 1-4, take the first SAN School quiz.

Once you've read lessons 5-7, test your skills by taking part two of the SAN School quiz.

Christopher Poelker is a storage architect at Hitachi Data Systems. Prior to Hitachi, Chris was a lead storage architect/senior systems architect for Compaq Computer Inc. in New York. While at Compaq, Chris built the sales/service engagement model for Compaq StorageWorks, and trained most of the company's VAR's, Channel's and Compaq ES/PS contacts on StorageWorks. Chris' certifications include: MCSE, MCT (Microsoft Trainer), MASE (Compaq Master ASE Storage Architect), and A+ certified (PC Technician).

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This was first published in May 2005

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