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The Wikibon Data Protection Information Portal contains data protection industry research, articles, expert opinion, case studies, and data storage company profiles.
Check out these Peer Incite Podcasts related to Data Protection:
1. Dave Vellante summarizes Eric Peterson of SaskEnergy's discussion about the organization's implementation of Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) and an incremental forever backup strategy (8:36)
2. Data De-duplication: Greasing the Rails of the Backup Window. Wikibon summarizes source vs target-based De-dupe and where each makes sense for users. (6:42)
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It will take some years before the market decides what combinations of storage topologies are optimum, as vendors and customers try different approaches to melding file system, disk storage, tape storage and network technologies. Organizations should ensure that experience is gained with multiple storage approaches, including emerging clustered designs for so-called cloud computing (e.g. Google File System, EMC's Hulk/Maui, etc). Such new architectures support an always-on approach and presume failure of components such that traditional backup may not be necessary.
These technologies should be tested at all stages from application design to operational implementation. Storage needs to be organized to encourage different approaches, including outsourcing storage to third parties.
Featured Case Study
A data center within P&H Mining Equipment (P&H) had a problem recovering from a tape library that was too small. Recovery of files and emails was taking up to 72 hours, and IT was increasingly concerned that it would not be possible to recover from a major disaster. Rather than increase the capacity of the tape library from 500 to 1,000 tapes, P&H choose an innovative solution of a ten terabyte data de-duplication system from Data Domain.
Featured How-to Note
Implementing a failproof backup and recovery capability will protect an organization from data loss and downtime as a result of any of the following: hardware or software failure, power failure, natural disaster, or human error. There are two fundamental considerations when implementing a failproof backup and recovery capability: how quickly the organization needs to recover the data and how much data it can afford to lose. The challenge is finding the balance between data protection/recovery and the amount of investment required. This research note will provide guidelines to help make this determination.