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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

What's scarier--not being able to recover your data or recovering a smoking gun or two?

Backup fears: Success or failure? Doing the right thing--like recovering backed up data--can get you into hot water if your company isn't on the up and up. What are you most afraid of? Not being able to successfully recover your data or finding out that you can get it all back--but that you also recovered a smoking gun or two? Depending on your position within the company, you might be afraid of both scenarios. And therein lies the dilemma. How do we succeed if success on one front means failure on another? You can't. Our motivations for backup and recovery are no longer synchronized throughout the organization. In fact, sometimes they're at direct odds with each other. You, my storage friend, are trying to do the right thing. You're trying to create process from chaos, master tools that can't be mastered and respond to every request of "Get my data back." You're a hero, despite the absurd amount of capacity creation, the crippled tools and the lack of support. And while your odds of success are about the same as me beating ...

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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.