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Vol. 9 Num. 4 June 2010

Backing up SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint is gaining in popularity as a corporate collaboration tool; it's great for office efficiency, but tough on backups. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is an interesting suite of applications. I've heard from a number of users who extol its collaboration methods, but from a backup perspective, SharePoint is somewhat analogous to VMware and other server virtualization technologies. SharePoint may be solving the world's problems, but how do you back this thing up? (Interestingly, the backup solutions for SharePoint and VMware are eerily similar; more on that later.) The challenge with backing up SharePoint is that it's not just one application, but a suite of applications that work together. Each SharePoint portal consists of one or more Web servers, application servers, query servers and index servers, all of which store their data in multiple SQL Server databases (at minimum, one content database and one configuration database). In a very small environment these can all be placed on a single physical server, ...

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Features in this issue

  • Companies are better prepared for disasters

    More than 50% of the respondents to our disaster recovery (DR) survey are very confident that their DR plans will save their company from disaster. But one-third don't even test their plans.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup is too hard

    Storage environments are getting more complex, which makes data protection even tougher. While backup software does more these days, it's still frustrating the hell out of users.

  • Are more Symantec OST-like APIs needed?

    One of the by-products of Symantec's OpenStorage interface is a performance improvement in backup and recovery operations.

  • NFS a good match for VMware

    by  Tony Asaro

    With server virtualization proliferating, most companies are hooking those virtualized environments into Fibre Channel SANs; but there may be a better alternative.

  • Virtual servers and their impact on data storage

    Taneja Group senior analyst and consultant Jeff Byrne opines on how almost every IT shop has virtualized at least some of its servers, shifting much of the burden of server consolidation onto data storage systems.