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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

Break those backup bottlenecks: Best Practices

Identify and destroy bottlenecks with the right speeds and feeds. Do you cringe every time your office phone rings? Are you worried that the caller will be another angry user complaining that server response time is terrible because the backups you configured are still running? Even if you're not fielding loads of complaints, missing target backup windows is enough to ruin a day. Before you start throwing hardware or software at a problem, a crucial first step is identifying the potential bottlenecks. Doesn't that sound simple? Maybe, but identifying and removing bottlenecks requires a deep understanding of how data flows through a backup environment, and there exist numerous opportunities for the backup process to slow to a crawl. Your mission is to identify and eliminate bottlenecks from your environment. Consider the following company struggling with slow backup performance. Despite having a virtual tape library (a dual-headed VTL unit with aggregate performance up to 800MB/sec), multiple tape drives (25 drives with a native ...

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  • Ask the Experts: RTOs and RPOs

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  • The lure of open-source backup programs

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