Storage Backup Product Buying Guide:

Backup Product Buying Guide

Shopping for backup technologies can be an intimidating process. It's not enough to simply buy a new tape drive or upgrade to a larger disk. Today's data volumes are growing at 60% per year, and more and products are proliferating to meet specific backup needs, so IT organizations must make more informed product choices. This Buying Guide helps you to understand the most important considerations involved in backup product selection, identify specific points of interest for each main backup product category and present a series of basic product specifications that will help you pick the best product for your organization.

  • Enterprise-class disk arrays

    Selecting the right disk array for your enterprise isn't easy. Now that you've reviewed the essential issues involved in any backup acquisition, this chapter focuses on the specific considerations of enterprise-class disk arrays. You'll also find a series of specifications to help make on-the-spot product comparisons between vendors, like 3PARdata Inc., EMC Corp., Hitachi Data Systems Inc. (HDS), Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM and others.

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  • Virtual tape library systems

    Virtual tape libraries provide the benefits of disk storage in a system that emulates a tape library to existing backup software. But VTL selection demands careful consideration. Now that you've reviewed the essential issues involved in any backup acquisition, this Guide outlines specific considerations for VTLs. You'll also find a series of specifications to help make on-the-spot product comparisons between vendors, like Copan Systems Inc., EMC Corp., FalconStor Software Inc., Maxxan Systems Inc., IBM, Sepaton Inc. and more.

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  • WAN optimization and WAFS platforms

    Instead of maintaining ad hoc IT infrastructures at each remote office, consolidation moves the IT resources back to a main data center, allowing centralized applications and data to be accessed remotely across a wide area network (WAN) link. Wide area file services (WAFS) is a key technology for this type of centralization, allowing real-time, read-write data access. Since data demands WAN bandwidth, WAN optimization is often equally important, using a variety of technologies to pass more data in less time, speeding data transfers and saving bandwidth costs. But, WAFS and WAN optimization products should be evaluated very carefully. Now that you've reviewed the essential issues involved in any backup acquisition, this guide focuses on specific considerations for WAFS and WAN optimization products. You'll also find a series of specifications to help make on-the-spot product comparisons between vendors.

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