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  • What are the latest Windows Server disaster recovery capabilities?

    Microsoft Windows Server 2016 offers more advanced disaster recovery resources than the 2012 R2 edition. Features include deduplication, replication and availability. Continue Reading

  • Navigate backup, disaster recovery and archive convergence

    There is now considerable overlap in storage among data backup, disaster recovery and archive. This e-book discusses the advantages and issues that come from a convergence of data backup, disaster recovery and archiving. Organizations should consider convergence as a potential financial and storage space benefit.

    The first chapter of this e-book provides tools for how to make backup and primary storage convergence work for your organization. These tools include continuous data protection, also known as continuous backup. CDP's biggest advantage is that it keeps a record of every transaction in the enterprise.

    As another example of the ongoing merger of data backup, disaster recovery and archive, while backup and disaster recovery largely used to be considered separate functions, they are converging. The second chapter of this e-book explains how and why this is occurring, and what it could mean for you. Indeed, much of this backup-disaster recovery convergence is the result of snapshot, replication and virtualization making it possible for disaster recovery without data restoration.

    Yet another example of convergence is occurring with backup and archiving, thanks to software and hardware advancements. The third chapter of this e-book explains the benefits and challenges of converging the two disciplines. You'll learn how much data you should retain and for how long you need to keep it, as well as the products that make it all possible.

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  • What are some Office 365 disaster recovery best practices?

    Microsoft's guidelines for Office 365 disaster recovery and backup can be vague at times. Expert Brien Posey discusses the vendor's policies and what users need to be aware of. Continue Reading

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  • Instant recovery converges backup, DR

    Data protection has evolved at such a rapid pace over the last few years that today's backup and disaster recovery systems barely resemble those from a decade ago. One of the ways this evolution has occurred is through the convergence of backup and disaster recovery and the emergence of instant recovery.

    In the past, data backup and DR were primarily treated separately. Backup was about making a recoverable copy of data or entire servers, while DR was concerned with continuity of business -- the idea of moving workloads to new hardware and remote locations in the event of a major disaster.

    A great deal of the convergence can be attributed to server virtualization. Most organizations are heavily virtualized, and server virtualization provides a degree of flexibility that simply was not possible until somewhat recently. Not only does the hypervisor deliver new capabilities, but many backup vendors have design features that exploit the portability of virtual machines.

    The convergence of backup and disaster recovery technologies, and the rise of instant recovery, has occurred largely because snapshot, replication and virtualization have made it possible to recover from a disaster without the need for a traditional data restoration. The methods involved in this convergence seek to minimize storage cost, while also allowing for instant recovery.

    In this e-book chapter, explore these methods and how the convergence of backup and disaster recovery and emergence of instant recovery could apply to your organization.

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  • Backup of mobile data: What is a good testing strategy?

    Working remotely can cause a backup and recovery issue for your organization. For improved security of mobile data, test its backup and restore capabilities. Continue Reading

  • Windows container portability can affect your DR strategy

    Windows containers can be easily moved, thus providing a solid disaster recovery opportunity, but you should understand details about when and how to use them first. Continue Reading

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