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Vol. 6 No. 3 May 2007

Best Practices: Protecting SharePoint data

As Microsoft's collaboration app gains popularity, it will hold more and more corporate data; however, protecting that data isn't so easy. In my last column (see "Are backups a waste of time?," Storage, March 2007), I suggested that, given the range of data protection options available today, it's necessary to develop a more unified view of how various data protection components are deployed in an environment. To accomplish that, one must adopt a view of data protection from the application perspective. This generally involves sitting down with a team, including members from applications, database, storage and backup, to piece together the various data protection activities each group performs. From there, one might hope to identify duplicate or overlapping activities to improve efficiency or identify/fix holes in the data protection plan. Less common is the opportunity to design a comprehensive data protection strategy from scratch for a new app. Rarer still is the opportunity to do that for a new class of application. With the...

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Features in this issue

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    Over a period of just a few years, the amount you spend on support contracts could equal or even exceed the price of the product itself. But storage support contracts are usually optional, and both the extent of coverage and its cost are definitely negotiable. A little hard bargaining and creativity, along with the leverage of seeking maintenance from a third-party support company, can go a long way toward knocking down your support costs.

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Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: Protecting SharePoint data

    SharePoint's collaboration framework is gaining in popularity, but it has a number of data protection challenges that can result in significant levels of complexity rather quickly. Storage and data protection groups must work with application teams to plan an effective data protection strategy.