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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Tricky backup for SharePoint

Forget file servers. In some companies, Microsoft SharePoint is emerging as the de facto collaboration tool for helping users to not only share files, but hold discussions, post blogs, share contacts and manage projects, to name a few SharePoint-enabled activities. And while it's proving to be an effective collaborative tool, SharePoint is causing some headaches for backup administrators. Currently in its third version, SharePoint comes in two flavors: a free version that ships with Windows Server and Office SharePoint Server, which the company will update by the end of this year, says Tom Rizzo, Microsoft's director for Office SharePoint Server. The latter version has an installed base of 75 million users, says Rizzo. In organizations that have implemented SharePoint, its growth has been impressive. Storage array manufacturer Xiotech has been using SharePoint Portal Server for about three years for its internal communications, as well as for collaboration with partners and consultants. With 400 employees, Xiotech hosts more ...

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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.