Backup Project Guide: Introduction

Introduction to the Backup Project Guide by Greg Schulz, author Resilient Storage Networks and founder of the StorageIO Group

As a value-added reseller (VAR), systems integrator or consultant, you're faced with many storage and data management

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challenges and opportunities, but one that often stands out front and center is backup and data protection.

Small to mid-size companies and small enterprise environments serviced via the channel have data protection needs that are similar to yet on another scale from larger enterprise environments. Data protection technologies covering security, backup, business continuance (BC) and disaster recovery (DR), combined with archiving and regulatory compliance, are required by most any business – the main difference being the amount of complexity and level of detail to defend against applicable threats while preserving data integrity.

Channel-based data backup and recovery solutions are a great vehicle for enabling businesses of all sizes, from SOHO to SMB and SME, to realize the benefits of timely, cost effective and easy to manage data protection. Various options and technologies are available to address data backup, including disk to tape, disk to disk, disk to network; CDP, snapshot, remote replication and service based among others others.

The following Backup Project Guide will help you navigate your way to becoming better informed about backup and making more effective backup and recovery decisions. This guide covers buzz words, products and best practices on how to address various backup issues and which technologies to use when.

This was first published in October 2006

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