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Integration should make all the parts mesh better, and easier to use and maintain, but it does nothing to guarantee you're running the app that's best suited to solve your problem. Best of breed might not be an option.
But the alternatives are even less attractive. You can continue to squeeze the most functionality out your backup app and copying software, or you can build your own best-of-breed data protection package by cobbling together the pieces as best you can. If you opt for the latter, you're likely to experience more than a little frustration; interoperability standards are nearly nonexistent.
In the absence of standards that let you buy the apps that best suit your needs/budget and then plug them together, maybe the emerging integrated data protection options aren't such a bad idea.
This was first published in June 2007