Storage Decisions

Storage Decisions Session Downloads: Backup Technologies Track (New York 2008)

Data protection continues to be Job #1 for most storage managers -- a job that only gets more complex as each year companies add up to 50% more storage capacity. The good news is that newer technologies can help in this uphill battle, but you still have to determine the right tools for the job, how they will work within the context of you storage environment and whether they provide the level of protection that your company requires.

Among the topics covered in this track are data deduplication, virtual tape libraries, the newly integrated backup suites, matching data protection levels to business needs and how archiving fits into a data protection scenario.

Downloads included in this track: (click title to download slides)

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Testing... One, Two, Three...
Speaker: Jeff Harbert, Storage Consultant, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: It would be nice if backup was a "set it and forget it" operation, but the reality is that it's a complex operation with dependencies and enough possible points of failure to keep a storage manager up at night. This session will delve into a range of issues related to backup testing, highlight some of the most common testing oversights, and provide a template for testing that attendees can adapt or tweak for use in their own shops.

Stand and Deliver Data Protection SLA's: Strategies for developing Data Protection Service Level Agreements
Speaker: Brian Greenberg, Data Protection Services Manager and Architect
Description: Storage environments are increasing complex, with multiple tiers of storage often the norm. With a variety of storage delivery services supported by different types of hardware, a one-size-fits-all backup strategy is likely to be inadequate. A system of data protection service level agreements is an effective approach to tailor backup appropriately to the needs of the company's business units.

Making Virtual Backups Real
Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, VP Data Protection Services, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: Virtualized server environments are enormously efficient, make managing larger server installations far easier and can save big bucks on hardware and power costs. But they don't necessarily help backup admins. This session will look at the major server virtualization products and describe the pros and cons of the various ways to back up and restore their data. While many of the commercial solutions are VMware specific, the session will also explain what to do if you are using something other than VMware.

Deduplication: The perfect solution to the perfect storm
Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, VP Data Protection Services, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: Although disk systems are cheaper than ever before, the use of disk in backup systems, including VTLs, has been very limited due to its cost. However, thousands of deduplication-based disk systems have now been deployed, and customers the world over are seeing that they can indeed take the place of tape for onsite backup storage. While many companies still copy these backups to tape for offsite storage, some companies have figured out ways to either stop shipping tapes or to stop using them altogether. This session will explore all of these possiblities.

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This was first published in October 2008

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