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Even with common high-level goals, the final design can vary. For example, consider two firms with requirements for local recovery and offsite data vaulting. One, with multiple storage devices, may choose a local disk-based backup solution that incorporates deduplication and replication, while the other (with a common file server) might choose NAS snapshots and replication assisted by a WAFS appliance.
Ultimately, whether data sits inside or outside the data center is irrelevant, and extending appropriate data protection capabilities is now both required and realizable.
This was first published in September 2007