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Top 10 backup tips 2006

Backup is, well, it's backup. It's pretty self-explanatory. You have to protect your data, and it's pretty obvious how to do it -- you make a copy. Although that concept is simple, unfortunately in practice, the backup process can get complicated quickly. With data growing out of control and regulatory requirements, the industry continues to respond with new technologies designed to cope with the ever-increasing backup needs of enterprises today. Below are the top 10 tips of 2006, based on our readers' interest, covering such topics as CDP, long-term tape archives, disk-based backup, email archiving and more. Get started learning now.

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The ABCs of CDP
How continuous data protection works (and doesn't work). Plus: A few products to check out, if you're in the market for CDP.

2. Best practices for long-term tape archives
Best practices for magnetic tape for data retention and how to store tapes for long duration.

3. Tools for securing mobile drives
Information security expert Kevin Beaver outlines various security tools available for keeping your mobile devices secure when they're lost or stolen, as well as when a user loses data that has to be restored.

4. Use disk as a primary backup target and overcome shoeshining
Today's high-speed tape drives can outrun a network, causing the drive to have to wait for a data stream. This shoeshining effect can be overcome, but only if you make disk your primary backup target.

5. Best practices: Optimizing your backups
Most organizations back up data one way or another nowadays -- but just how many do it well? This tip will show you some of the areas of backup you should consider optimizing.

6, Unreadable magnetic tapes: How to deal with tape errors
Learn what you can do when you are faced with errors when trying to read your magnetic tapes.

7. Archives and data protections: The important differences
The importance of maintaining separate archiving and data protection plans.

8. Cost-effective legacy data protection
Not all of the data you need to back up and save was produced today -- or last week, or even last year. For business, legal, regulatory and compliance reasons, it is often important to protect data that is a decade old or more. Learn what you can do to cut data protection costs on older data.

9. Email archiving implementation: What you need to consider
Selecting an email archiving application based solely on functionality may result in unexpected administration costs. Considering the following 10 points before deploying an email archive can help you hang onto your loot.

10. Backup procedure: Seven rules to follow for effective data backups
Establishing metrics, reducing the possibility of human error and collecting feedback from administrators are a few ways your organization can take better backups. Learn how to refine your backup procedure.

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This was first published in December 2006

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