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Vol. 3 No. 6 August 2004

End-user file recovery: bonus or bust?

Pros and cons of end-user file recovery Pros: Reduces IT workload Speeds file restoration Users appreciate the empowerment Cons: Requires investment in snapshot technology and disk capacity Users may try to do things they shouldn't IT loses touch with what's happening unless it monitors restoration activity The growing adoption of snapshot technology is making end-user file recovery possible. End-user file recovery occurs when a user accesses recent file snapshots to recover personal files that may have been inadvertently deleted or damaged. Some IT managers are discovering that this capability allows users to recover their own files, a chore some are eager to relinquish. This, however, raises the question: Is end-user file recovery a godsend or a potential disaster? End-user file recovery is the byproduct of storage snapshot capabilities combined with low-cost ATA disk. In a typical scenario, the storage group schedules automatic, point-in-time snapshots every few hours or every day and stores them on online or nearline ...

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  • Big Mac attack for storage

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  • First look: iStora 4000 from Breece Hill

    by  Lawrence Disbury

    The iStora 4000 offers idiot-proof disk-to-disk-to-tape backup that smaller customers can afford.

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