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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

Migration projects need automation boost: Hot Spots

Look for the latest data migration automation before you start any heavy lifting. If you have any data stored digitally, you've probably experienced data migration. At the user level, this might mean transferring data to a new PC, iPod or smart phone. It might be a hassle, but these events can be accomplished without too much pain. Now consider migrating all of the data in an enterprise data center--the sheer volume, as well as the complexity of the environment, makes this a daunting task. IT environments are growing in complexity as companies transform their physical infrastructures to accommodate today's rapidly changing business needs. The goal is to create highly available and dynamic platforms to support service-oriented architectures (SOA), composite applications and virtualization services. As part of that process, server, switch and storage technologies are regularly upgraded to handle increased demands. And those upgrades come with data migrations. Data may move from one storage array to another; individual DAS may move...

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  • 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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