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Vol. 7 No. 3 May 2008

Big files create big backup issues

The following tips will help lessen your big file backup problems.   It's a long-standing problem: As data piles up on a server, completing a successful backup becomes harder. Backup apps become bogged down with millions of files to examine, and network and CPU limits can stall throughput when transferring a gigantic file. Even if a backup job is successful, the data in a large file may have changed in the hours it took to create the backup image. Vendors and users are now applying new ideas and technologies to ensure that no data set is too big to back up. The rapid creation and accumulation of stored data has pushed traditional backup approaches to their breaking point. Large amounts of storage capacity and advances in processing power have led users to believe that a virtually unlimited amount of data can be stored and protected, but most backup managers will admit that it's just not so. While tape drives have become larger and faster, and new technologies like LAN-free and disk-based backup have reduced the load, the old ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hard disk drives become more affordable

  • Legal toolkit for storage systems

    Storage managers may be reluctant to admit it, but they and the storage systems they manage are key players in most companies' compliance and legal readiness procedures. While ediscovery is the current buzzword, there's currently no all-encompassing ediscovery tool on the market. But you can assemble an effective toolkit with some of the point products that are available now.

  • Ask the Expert: NFS vs. CIFS

    What should you consider when choosing between Network File Sharing (NFS) or Common Internet File System (CIFS)?

Columns in this issue

  • Hot Spots: Just say 'Yes' to a new IT strategy

    by  Bob Laliberte

    Software will increasingly transcend the self-imposed technology barriers that have evolved in larger data center environments. The ability to create policy-based programs that not only automate processes, but empower others to help themselves, will dramatically improve efficiency.