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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Storage apps keep Exchange running 24/7

Microsoft Exchange has some unique requirements and quirks that storage managers will have to grapple with to ensure high availability of the e-mail service. E-mail has shot up through the hierarchy of critical systems, from business critical to mission critical to absolutely essential. "E-mail today is as important as the telephone for business communications," says Mark Levitt, program vice president for collaborative computing and the enterprise workplace at IDC, Framingham, MA. Becky Swails, network engineer at Citgo Petroleum Corp. in Tulsa, OK, agrees: "When it comes to e-mail, we're like crack addicts." In theory, high-availability e-mail is straightforward. "The solution requires redundant storage, redundant servers and automatic failover," says Levitt. From that standpoint, any disaster recovery strategy should do the trick. The catch is the speed of the recovery, as e-mail users have zero tolerance for downtime. When it comes to high-availability e-mail, there are solutions to fit almost every need, budget and IT skill...

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Features in this issue

  • Tricky backup for SharePoint

  • CDP: Look before you leap

    Some pundits have postulated that continuous data protection (CDP) will replace backup. But is that just new technology hyperbole or is CDP a must-have technology?

  • Backup-to-disk performance tuning

    Disk-based backup can lower costs, reduce complexity and add scalability. But to achieve top performance, you'll need to do lots of benchmarking and watch for poorly configured production storage.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup best practices are always evolving

    Some new advances in backup, such as virtual tape libraries, represent evolutionary enhancements to the traditional backup process, while others like continuous data protection and single-instance storage are potentially far more transformational.

  • 10 points to consider before deploying an e-mail archive

    Selecting an e-mail archiving application based solely on features and functions may result in unexpected administration costs. Consider these 10 points before deploying an e-mail archiver.

  • Some small tech upstarts might play big roles

    Storage Bin: The big storage vendors are always trying to steal a piece of each other's pie. But some small tech upstarts might play big parts in determining who comes out on top.