Backup is no longer the only data protection game in town. Where once the tape drive reigned supreme, there's now a sometimes confusing mass of different technologies jostling for recognition. Replication, snapshots, deduplication, continuous data protection (CDP) and more are all technologies that storage managers need to investigate and choose from when creating data backup strategies. Check out this three-part UK Special Report on Data Backup and Protection to learn more.
Does Doctor Who keep backups in the Tardis? The concept certainly wouldn't be strange to him because data protection is a journey in time. At one end there's the archive view of how your data looked years ago, in the middle is the backup of the system from last weekend, and at the other end is a copy of how it is right now.
With replication, snapshots, deduplication, continuous data protection (CDP) and more, few areas of information technology have changed as much as data protection. Where once the tape drive reigned supreme, there's now a sometimes confusing mass of different technologies jostling for recognition.
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The purpose of this guide is to give readers an overview of backup and other data protection products. While not a comprehensive survey of specific backup and data protection products, it does provide an overview of the types of utility available and their features so prospective buyers can decide what combination of products suits their needs.
This overview of data protection products looks at the technologies behind backup, replication, mirroring, CDP and snapshots; how they can be used; and their benefits.
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What are the latest trends in data backup software and protection? SearchStorage.co.uk Bureau Chief Antony Adshead speaks with Simon Johnson, GlassHouse data recovery practice lead, to get the latest tips and trends
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This was first published in January 2009