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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

Connecting the backup dots: Editorial

Connecting the backup dots Connect the dots, they say, and a clear picture will emerge. I've been trying to connect the dots related to the state of backup and, I have to admit, the picture is still a little hazy. Our research has revealed some interesting data points, but some of them seem to defy connecting. Everyone knows disk has become an integral part of pretty much every enterprise backup environment, but the "disk revolution" has also moved down the ladder to smaller businesses. Gone are the days when SMBs skipped backups entirely in favor of fervent prayer, hoping against hope that nothing bad would happen. Even the days of doing occasional backups to rudimentary tape devices are history. In the most recent Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards survey on backup and recovery software (see the September 2008 issue of Storage), we found that more than 60% of users of midrange backup apps (ostensibly smaller outfits) back up to disk. In addition, overall use of tape appears to be dwindling. In our Spring 2008 ...

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Features in this issue

  • Ask the Experts: RTOs and RPOs

    Is there a standard ratio between RTOs and RPOs, or are they independent of each other?

  • CDP in depth

    Continuous data protection (CDP) technology is now a viable alternative to traditional backup software and storage system-based replication software. But CDP products can vary significantly, especially in the context of different storage architectures. Depending on specific environments, companies may have to evaluate very different criteria before settling on a CDP product.

  • The lure of open-source backup programs

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