Data protection, backup and archiving

  • September 29, 2008 29 Sep'08

    How to select the proper backup reporting tool

    Backup reporting tools can show a backup administrator how the backup environment is actually performing, rather than relying on perceived performance. But how does one select the proper reporting tool?

  • September 19, 2008 19 Sep'08

    How to avoid a data deduplication fiasco

    If a storage administrator doesn't have a solid understanding of data deduplication, there's a good chance the deployment of this technology will be a wasted one.

  • September 16, 2008 16 Sep'08

    Healthcare trust tackles backup malady with D2D2T

    Wolverhampton PCT bins Symantec Backup Exec and Microsoft NT Backup and opts for Bakbone Netvault: Backup in a D2D2T move that sees it slash backup windows and management time.

  • August 27, 2008 27 Aug'08

    Deduplication helps firm expand data centre into two hot sites

    CMC Markets achieves data reduction averaging 15:1 as part of live replication project using Data Domain deduplication hardware.

  • July 30, 2008 30 Jul'08

    NetApp dedupes data on rivals' primary storage

    NetApp extends its free data deduplication to its V-Series gateways, making it possible for its customers to dedupe their primary storage. But users say what's missing is a GUI and data dedupe for VTLs.

  • July 24, 2008 24 Jul'08

    To manage your backup load, identify your data

    In an ever more pressurised IT world, where data grows exponentially year on year, do we really know what data we are securing every day, week or month? Even more pertinent, do we know what data we are retaining?

  • July 17, 2008 17 Jul'08

    CommVault/Yosemite combo brings order to chaotic backup environment

    To deal with a diverse backup environment, IT services group Tribal Consulting implements a combination of CommVault's Simpana software suite to carry out its main backup duties, and FileKeeper from Yosemite Software for the laptops of its remote ...

  • July 14, 2008 14 Jul'08

    What are the costs of changing your backup application?

    Come budget time, every manager is forced to look at where the capital siphons are and decide how to decrease those costs for the next year. More times than not, the team responsible for maintaining the backup infrastructure is one of the biggest ...

  • June 26, 2008 26 Jun'08

    UK storage admins eye data deduplication to shrink backup windows, but remain wary

    Users need to speed up backups and are eyeing data deduplication to shrink their backup windows, but some wonder if dedupe fits their data profile.

  • June 16, 2008 16 Jun'08

    How server virtualisation reduces the need for backups

    Server virtualisation is not only changing the role of backup in the enterprise, it is also responsible for the traditional backup function moving down the priority order for IT organisations.

  • June 16, 2008 16 Jun'08

    Unified NAS storage plugs business continuity leaks for water company

    A utility overhauls its storage infrastructure as part of a disaster recovery initiative, and by deploying NetApp NAS filers in lieu of tape backup, reduces data recovery times from a week to just minutes.

  • June 04, 2008 04 Jun'08

    How much data protection do mirror copies provide?

    Do mirror copies of data and snapshots provide all the data protection offered by backup products?

  • May 28, 2008 28 May'08

    Only one way to know how restores will perform: Complete them

    Backups are only done for recovery, but when we are targeted against a backup success rate, it's easy to lose sight of that. Most backup environments are designed to place as much data to tape as possible in as short a time as possible. But will a ...

  • May 20, 2008 20 May'08

    Old tape libraries never die -- someone needs the data

    Bertha was my first big tape library. I had complete authority over the backup system that sent her little tasks, and total responsibility for correcting her numerous fibre card problems.

  • May 14, 2008 14 May'08

    Partial backups are a success. . .aren't they?

    We've been led to believe that a backup that completes with a partial success is a success. And in terms of the backup application it is. But in real terms it is not. A partial success is a backup which is in fact not 100% successful, meaning that ...

  • May 12, 2008 12 May'08

    D2D2T plan helps council slash backup window

    When Shepway council's legacy backup software could not scale to protect a growing number of servers, the council implented Bakbone software as part of a D2D2T strategy that also allowed it to slash the duration of its backup window.

  • May 08, 2008 08 May'08

    O'Neill rides data deduplication wave with Data Domain storage arrays

    Surfwear manufacturer cuts backup times from 14 hours to two and slashes restores as it implements D2D2T with Data Domain appliances across European sites.

  • May 07, 2008 07 May'08

    Why cross charging for backup can be tricky

    Disk storage is a good starting point for cross charging, but cross charging for backup carries risks. Finding the right balance between too little chargeback or too much is critical.

  • May 06, 2008 06 May'08

    The State of Continuous Data Protection

    Continuous data protection is one of the latest backup tools, yet few understand how it fits in with other products ... until they read this guide!

  • May 06, 2008 06 May'08

    Bulky backups spur Council to consolidate, centralise

    Local authority's move to centralised backups and a mixed NAS/SAN storage infrastructure results in faster, more efficient backups because less backup traffic goes over the network than before.

  • April 30, 2008 30 Apr'08

    Encryption and off-site tape storage

    Glasshouse Technologies (UK) consultant Brian Sakovitch says it makes more fiscal sense to encrypt tape than to eliminate tape. But encryption is not as easy as vendors would have you believe. There are cost implications, performance issues and ...

  • April 28, 2008 28 Apr'08

    Tape vs. disk: how to calculate the cheapest option

    Tape vs. disk is about more than dollars. Here's how to make your choice based on the value of your data, rather than the value of equipment.

  • April 18, 2008 18 Apr'08

    FalconStor CDR thrashes IBM at fee-paying school

    Bradford Grammar School implements real-time protection of vital data, choosing FalconStor continuous data replication over competing products from IBM and Neverfail.

  • April 16, 2008 16 Apr'08

    Backup window traps

    Backup windows are getting longer and longer as companies generate more data to be backed up. Add in maintenance work and there's a good chance your environment will not be ready by start of business.

  • April 14, 2008 14 Apr'08

    Fire service replaces Windows backup with more reliable tool

    South Yorkshire fire service replaced its WIndows backup environment with a more reliable product from Yosemite, but it's missing support for Oracle.

  • April 11, 2008 11 Apr'08

    Tape has soul

    In the cupboard under the stairs is my VHS machine. It chewed up the last two cassettes I attempted to play on it (about 6 years ago). So with an odd assortment of tapes it remains there gathering dust. But for some nostalgic reason I haven't thrown...

  • April 11, 2008 11 Apr'08

    Xiotech and Atrato forge self-healing storage market

    New disk array designs use sealed components, resulting in storage systems that may not need servicing for five years or more.

  • April 08, 2008 08 Apr'08

    SNW Roundup: Sun adds data deduplication to VTL

    Sun comes out with VTL Prime, a virtual tape library with FalconStor's data deduplication; Attune gets into file archiving; and SGI, Fujitsu and Dot Hill launch storage systems.

  • April 03, 2008 03 Apr'08

    UK debut for storage compression appliance

    Ocarina claims a tenfold reduction of file data on primary storage. Alpha-testing UK photo sharing site set to put appliance into production

  • March 19, 2008 19 Mar'08

    Archiving can complicate backups if you're not careful

    Adding an archiving system to your storage environment helps reduce costs long term, but if you're not careful it can throw a wrench into the backup environment.

  • March 13, 2008 13 Mar'08

    Is your data too fat for your backup window?

    Glasshouse Technologies (UK) consultant David Boyd looks at how to fit ever-increasing data volumes into acceptable backup windows.

  • March 11, 2008 11 Mar'08

    Almost a third of businesses unprepared for disaster

    IDC survey shows large number of businesses without business continuity plans. Concrete assessment of likely threats and best possible response is the key say analysts.

  • March 11, 2008 11 Mar'08

    Cancer Research picks Bakbone for Mac backup

    Medical research organisation chooses Apple-native software over buggy and hard-to-use rivals in a meagre Mac backup marketplace

  • March 07, 2008 07 Mar'08

    Mergers happen quickly but backup fallout can last years

    When organisations merge the question of what to do with back ups acquired needs a serious strategic approach to minimise management headaches

  • February 27, 2008 27 Feb'08

    Animal charity opts for clustered NAS over iSCSI SAN

    Animal charity The Blue Cross has deployed an 11-site clustered NAS product over an EMC Clariion iSCSI SAN in an £18,000 project, reflecting the appeal of NAS to SMEs.

  • February 25, 2008 25 Feb'08

    Quantum's Riverbed suit dismissed

    Quantum's suit against Riverbed for de-dupe patent infringement has been dismissed due to a rights assignment technicality - Quantum did not own the patent in question.

  • February 20, 2008 20 Feb'08

    The importance of backup training

    Lack of knowledge about backup results in backups missing their window. Training, whether in-house or supplied by official programmes, can be beneficial.

  • February 19, 2008 19 Feb'08

    City financial player guarded on deduplication

    CMC markets is evaluating data deduplication but it's not just the technical characteristics of particular solutions it needs to look at but the spin-off effects on its processes.

  • February 13, 2008 13 Feb'08

    Effective backup performance tuning and moving bottlenecks in the backup path in the backup path

    Tuning throughput is considered an important part of running a successful backup operation.

  • February 11, 2008 11 Feb'08

    8 steps to better data security

    Here are eight steps to consider when building a data security strategy.

  • February 11, 2008 11 Feb'08

    Rugby club puts backup in safe hands after data loss

    Backup as a service is an option for all sizes of business and for different reasons but how do you decide whether your firm should outsource or not?

  • February 07, 2008 07 Feb'08

    Continuity Software turns disaster recovery into a service

    Continuity Software enters the services game by offering disaster recovery management software.

  • February 06, 2008 06 Feb'08

    Law firm plans to ditch tape

    Irwin Mitchell plans to do away with tape, implement information lifecycle management and achieve BS25999 business continuity certification this year.

  • January 25, 2008 25 Jan'08

    Ever increasing tape speeds are technical suicide

    Managing the end of life of LTO2 and SDLT 600, to be succeeded by LTO3, LTO4, DLT-S4, the StorageTek T10000, or IBM TS1120, is a real pain in the brain!

  • January 24, 2008 24 Jan'08

    Vista Service Pack One to boost new drive type

    The forthcoming update to Windows Vista will give prominence to a new, hybrid, hard drive that mixes flash and electromagnetic recording in a single device.

  • January 24, 2008 24 Jan'08

    Policy and technology: the belt and braces of data protection

    The flurry of recent high-profile data security breaches highlights how easy it is to hit the headlines for the wrong reasons. But avoiding infamy is not that difficult.

  • January 10, 2008 10 Jan'08

    UK mapping agency ducks tape in 08

    Ordnance Survey, Great Britain's mapping agency aims to avoid backing up to tape whenever possible in 2008 and has allocated more of its storage budget for data deduplication.

  • January 10, 2008 10 Jan'08

    Disclosure becomes a fact of life in leaky Britain

    There's still no law in Britain that forces companies to disclose a data security breach. But few organisations would now be reckless enough to try to hide the fact.

  • January 10, 2008 10 Jan'08

    Copan's MAID takes games developer up a level

    Constrictions on space, power and cooling led a video-hungry London-based operation to opt for a densely-packed Copan box for its online storage needs.

  • January 10, 2008 10 Jan'08

    Why we love backup administration

    First and foremost, a company is nothing without its data. This puts the people who protect that data at the top of the food chain.

  • January 10, 2008 10 Jan'08

    Data deduplication: The real benefits

    With the exploding volumes of data, technologies that offer better utilisation of resources are always attractive. Data deduplication is one such technology that enables better utilisation of both storage devices and network bandwidth.

  • January 10, 2008 10 Jan'08

    Data Protection Act compliance moves up security agenda

    Companies ignoring Data Protection Act compliance will have to strengthen their security and auditing procedures after a recent spate of high-profile data breaches. New push for data privacy involves Sarbanes-Oxley Act and PCI DSS.

  • October 14, 2007 14 Oct'07

    How to back up Microsoft Exchange Part Five

    We wind up our look at protecting Exchange with a list of products to help you get the job done.

  • October 11, 2007 11 Oct'07

    How to back up Microsoft Exchange Part Four

    Everyone knows that lawyers can demand to see old emails years after they were sent. Best be able to archive Exchange data then...

  • October 10, 2007 10 Oct'07

    How to back up Microsoft Exchange Part Three

    Can you live without email? Thought not! That's why part three of our Exchange protection guide considers continuous availability.

  • October 09, 2007 09 Oct'07

    How to back up Microsoft Exchange Part Two

    Part two of our guide to protecting Exchange considers backing up older versions of Exchange.

  • October 08, 2007 08 Oct'07

    How to back up Microsoft Exchange Part One

    Need storage software for Microsoft Exchange? This week we explain how to protect the vital emails the server contains and list the software to do the job.

  • August 01, 2007 01 Aug'07

    Kent Police pick San for back-up, explore virtualisation

    Kent Police have bought a £120,000 EqualLogic storage area network from Infrasys to manage "exponential growth" of the force's data storage needs. Not only is it saving incremental costs now, but the force expects the system to pay for itself within...

  • June 28, 2007 28 Jun'07

    WA Newspapers upgrades to virtual tape

    West Australian Newspapers needs to backup two terabytes of data each week, a task it finds much easier thanks to a new virtual tape library.

  • February 26, 2007 26 Feb'07

    How to buy continuous data protection

    Continuous data protection is a new and powerful concept, expressed in more and more products each day. This exclusive guide offers advice on how to shop for those products.

  • February 21, 2007 21 Feb'07

    Queensland school recovers in real time

    Ferny Grove High School in Queensland has adopted recovery solutions from StorageCraft, with impressive results.

  • February 18, 2007 18 Feb'07

    CDP platform purchase considerations

    Busy IT organizations are employing continuous data protection (CDP) technologies to guard data on the fly, essentially eliminating the backup window and allowing granular file and system restoration -- sometimes down to the individual disk write ...

  • February 18, 2007 18 Feb'07

    CDP platform specifications

    Continuous data protection (CDP) products track changes to files and data -- typically in real time -- recording activity and allowing recovery to an extremely granular level. This effectively reduces backup windows and restore points, allowing busy...

  • November 30, 2006 30 Nov'06

    Gartner: Existing business continuity plans will fail in a pandemic

    Existing business continuity plans will not protect a company during an avian flu pandemic, says a Gartner analyst. Business continuity plans assume a geographically specific disaster, while a pandemic will strike everywhere nearly simultaneously.

  • November 05, 2006 05 Nov'06

    Backup apps -- How newer storage backup products compare, page 3

    Newer and not-so-familiar backup products may offer some functional and operational advantages over the big three backup programs.

  • June 07, 2006 07 Jun'06

    CDP overview

    Storage volumes are growing at an alarming pace, and tape-based backups are not always possible within an available backup window. Today's businesses are increasingly focused on tighter RTO and RPO. Faster restorations and more recent recovery ...

  • March 17, 2005 17 Mar'05

    Pros and cons of remote mirroring for DR

    Remote mirroring takes place over MAN or WAN distances. It's usually between storage arrays or storage appliances, and can be synchronous or asynchronous.