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Vol. 5 No. 4 June 2006

Time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection

Introducing 3DR Let's simplify how we think about storage and the data we save. THERE ARE TWO types of storage/data: primary, which is created and actively used; and protected, which is a copy or migration of primary data placed into the "data protection continuum." Concepts such as information lifecycle management haven't had much uptake yet. The concept is sound, but there's too much perceived and actual risk when we do things with it on the primary side of the equation. However, it makes sense to talk about it on the protected side. And that's where Disk-to-Disk-to-Disaster Recovery (3DR) enters the picture. When you think about your protected data, 3DR is the construct to consider. Forget all of your assumptions and what you do today. It doesn't work anyway, so bear with me for a moment. First answer these simple questions: How many identical copies of the same data set do you need for the worst-case scenario, i.e., losing your primary and secondary sites? I'd say you need four copies on four different tapes in four ...

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Features in this issue

  • Deduplication extends to archives

  • Lock up data with fixed-content storage

    For most companies, fixed-content storage requirements are simple: Store the data securely, do it cheaply and provide fast access. With more data subject to external and internal audits, content-addressed storage products are becoming the preferred storage medium for long-term protection of fixed content.

  • Storage growth drives buying plans

    The results from our exclusive semi-annual Purchasing Intentions Survey are in. Storage growth is a key concern for storage managers, as additional capacity has a ripple effect that touches many other components in the storage environment.

  • Is encryption enough?

    Encrypting data at rest is definitely a reliable security measure, but it should be considered only one component of an effective storage security plan.

Columns in this issue

  • Time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection

    Storage Bin: The concept of "That's the way we've always done it" isn't going to work anymore, and it sure won't help you build an efficient disaster recovery plan. It's time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection.

  • The rise of the ultra-dense array

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Disk drives are getting smaller and smaller even as their capacities rise. Now storage vendors are packing more disks than ever into smaller spaces, which saves costly data center real estate. But the denser arrays also have a downside--higher power consumption and more heat.

  • A look at data classification products for e-discovery

    New technology products that look inside data can help you classify and manage that data more effectively. But these tools can also be leveraged for e-discovery, allowing specific data to be found and acted upon quickly to satisfy legal requirements.