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Vol. 10 Num. 5 July 2011

Is traditional backup past its prime?

We’ve been backing up our data the same way for decades, but proliferating applications and massive amounts of data are forcing a change. For a long time now, people have been predicting the death of backup, but with Rasputin-like tenacity, it just won’t die. Stab it, poison it, shoot it and then drown it -- it’s still a dominant and pervasive technology throughout the known universe. And while some may want to believe that backup has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel, the rumors of the death of backup have been greatly exaggerated. All the ingredients to kill it off exist right now, but IT tends to move at a leisurely pace, so it will take years for those elements to become mainstream. Backup is still one of the areas of IT that’s the least innovative, causes some of the biggest issues, and costs users time and money. The most exciting thing to happen to backup in a long time was Data Domain, which attacked the universal challenges created by using tape as a backup medium. Tape is unreliable and hard to ...

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