Data Backup School: the backup basics

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Data Backup School: the backup basics


Data is generally regarded as a company's first or second most valuable asset -- right on par with people. So, losing any of that data is a borderline disaster. One of the most important storage functions you need to know is how to properly backup and recover. What is Data Backup School? Data Backup School is dedicated to exposing you to all of the aspects of backup and how to optimize your backup environments.

If this is the first time you are asking yourself, "What do I need to backup?" -- Backup School is for you. If you are implementing your first backup software or hardware and need implementation or migration help -- Backup School is for you. If you need to know what the benefits are of disc-based backup, tape or how to cost-justify your backup plans to your boss -- Data Backup School is for you.

Dorian Cougias is your Backup School professor. In each of these 15-minute lessons he'll walk you through what a backup is, all the way through reading that last tape for optimal recovery. Data Backup School is in session -- enjoy!


Part I: Data backup basics

Lesson 1: What is a backup?
Are you new to storage and backup? Lesson one of SearchStorage.com's "Data Backup School" explains the fundamentals of backup, the components of a backup and what kinds of backups are out there. Professor Dorian Cougias also explains full backups, incremental backups and which of these choices may be the best fit into your environment.
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Lesson 2: Data backup media
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different backup media? Lesson two of SearchStorage.com's "Backup school" explores the different types of backup media. This lesson also offers a concise breakdown of how much you'll be spending to implement and maintain each of these options.
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Lesson 3: Cost justifying your data backup plan
Before starting any backup project or implementing any type of backup operation you need to consider the impact lost data has on your company's bottom line. Lesson three of SearchStorage.com's "Backup School" focuses on creating a backup plan that not only jibes with the CTO but the CEO.
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Lesson 4: Database backup
Making a functional backup of a database while it's running is a difficult task. Since many companies are living in a world where the database is open 24/7, backing it up is a bit more of a challenge. This chapter looks at the different methodologies of backing up a database (SQL Server/Oracle) and it also covers the basics of replication.
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***TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF PART 1 -- TAKE OUR QUIZ***
Once you've viewed lessons 1-4, test your skills by taking the Backup School Quiz

Part II: Data Recovery

Lesson 5: Recovering from OS and application loss
Application or OS loss or corruption can have a serious impact on data. Lesson five of SearchStorage.com's Data Backup School covers ways to prevent and recover from the loss of applications or an OS. Professor Dorian Cougias shows you what the best methods of restoring both are, the basics of disc imaging and how to set up a solid network architecture to protect against losses.
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Lesson 6: Protection from hardware loss
What if your primary storage device fails? Lesson six of SearchStorage.com's Backup School is devoted to answering this question. Covered here: RAID levels, setting up a RAID system and SAN/NAS backup.
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***TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF PART 2 -- TAKE OUR QUIZ***
Once you've viewed lessons 5 & 6, test your skills by taking the Backup School Quiz

Part III: Advanced data backups

Lesson 7: Data replication
Lesson seven of SearchStorage.com's "Data Backup School" explains replication and why it's important to know where data is coming from and how often it's moved. Also in this lesson, professor Dorian Cougias dissects synchronous vs. asynchronous data transfer, latency issues and IP-based replication.
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Lesson 8: Setting up multiple data backup servers
Why do you need multiple backup servers? In a word, restore. Using more than one backup server creates a simultaneous restore environment and allows for multiple backup windows. Lesson eight of SearchStorage.com's "Data Backup School" covers setting up and optimizing multiple backup servers, multipathing and remote management.
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Lesson 9: Compliant data backups
There is a new beast in storage -- compliance. One of the most critical components of compliance is making sure your data is properly backed up and ready to be recovered should there be a writ of discovery. This final lesson of SearchStorage.com "Data Backup School" covers everything you need to make your backups compliant and tells you who should be responsible for making sure they stay that way.
Listen to Lesson nine right now.
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***TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF PART THREE -- TAKE OUR QUIZ***
Once you've viewed lessons 7-9, test your skills by taking the Data Backup School Quiz three

Data Backup School Final Exam

Congratulations! You've made your way through SearchStorage.com's Data Backup School. Now test what you've learned with our 10-question Data Backup School final exam.

Be sure to include your contact information in question 12 in order to enter our iPod sweepstakes and receive your Data Backup School graduation certificate. Good Luck!

Take the Data Backup School Final Exam right now.

Want more in-depth Backup information? Purchase The Backup book today .


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This was first published in June 2007

 

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