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Vol. 10 Num. 2 April 2011

Backing up to the cloud requires new approach to bandwidth

Can you use cloud storage for backup? Sure, but beware the bandwidth and transfer issues that can arise, and take note of the progress several key vendors have made in this space. As data growth and the costs associated with it keep rising, leveraging storage infrastructure hosted by a service provider and made available to subscribers over a network is gaining in popularity. That means cloud storage resources are frequently being combined with existing, on-premises backup technologies to provide off-site copies for long-term retention and, in some cases, for just-in-case-of-a-disaster copies. In addition, a few vendors are attacking the issue of bandwidth and optimizing cloud backup storage to ensure the implementation is up to the task and, importantly, makes fiscal sense. Interest in cloud storage ESG polled 611 IT professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing and/or operating corporate IT and data centers in North America and Western Europe and found 61% were using or interested in using infrastructure as a service (...

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Features in this issue

  • Thin provisioning in depth

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Thin provisioning can help you use your disk capacity much more efficiently, but you need to get under the hood to understand how the technology might work in your environment.

  • Exchange 2010 and storage systems

    by  Brien Posey

    With Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft made some significant changes to the email app's database structure, and those changes may also affect the storage it resides on.

  • Virtual disaster recovery

    by  Lauren Whitehouse

    Whether used singly or combined, server virtualization and storage virtualization are making an impact on IT's ability to deliver disaster recovery, and to do so cost effectively.

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