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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

The pros and cons of portable storage

IT managers who support home users, branch offices or employees who frequently travel may be tempted to equip them with new portable storage devices that are easy to set up and use, and may also increase the chances that users will actually back up their systems. At the same time, these devices can introduce major security holes and could even prevent files from being backed up to an organization's centralized backup systems. Portable storage devices are smaller and have more capacity than ever. They run the gamut from tiny, inexpensive flash drives that store as much as 8GB and USB disk drives that fit inside a shirt pocket, to shoebox-sized NAS devices that provide file and print services for less than $1,000. There are countless examples of these devices. Pexagon Technology's Store-It Drive is typical of small drives; it comes in both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch models, and attaches via USB 2.0. Olixir Technologies' Mobile DataVault 3DX can connect via USB 2.0, FireWire, an external SATA connector or it can be installed in a ...

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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.