Storage network backup: General conditions for backup

Storage network backup can help businesses manage ever-expanding data in ever-changing business environments where the data needs to be available 24/7. Learn more about system administrator backup headaches in this excerpt from Storage Networks Explained.

Back-up is always a headache for system administrators. Increasing amounts of data have to be backed up in ever shorter periods of time. Although modern operating systems come with their own back-up tools, these tools only represent isolated solutions, which are completely inadequate in the face of the increasing number and heterogeneity of systems to be backed up. For example, there may be no option for monitoring centrally whether all back-ups have been successfully completed overnight or there may be a lack of overall management of the back-up media.

Changing preconditions represent an additional hindrance to data protection. There are three main reasons for this:

  1. As discussed in Chapter 1, installed storage capacity doubles every four to twelve months depending upon the company in question. The data set is thus often growing more quickly than the infrastructure in general (personnel, network capacity). Nevertheless, the ever-increasing quantities of data still have to be backed up.
  2. Nowadays, business processes have to be adapted to changing requirements all the time. As business processes change, so the IT systems that support them also have to be adapted. As a result, the daily back-up routine must be continuously adapted to the ever-changing IT infrastructure.
  3. As a result of globalization, the Internet and e-business, more and more data has to be available around the clock: it is no longer feasible to block user access to applications and data for hours whilst data is backed up. The time window for back-ups is becoming ever smaller.

Network backup can help us to get to grips with these problems.

Use the following table of contents to navigate to chapter excerpts or click here to view Network Backup in its entirety.

Storage Networks Explained
  Home: Introduction
  1: Storage network backup: General conditions for backup
  2: Storage network backup services
  3: Storage network backup: Server components
  4: Storage network back-up clients
  5: Storage network back-up performance gains
  6: Storage network backup performance bottlenecks
  7: Storage network backup: Limited opportunities for increasing performance
  8: Storage network backup: Next generation
  9: Storage network backup of file servers
  10: Storage network backup of databases
  11: Storage network backup: Organizational aspects
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Authors Ulf Troppens and Rainer Erkens are both employed at IBM TotalStorage Interoperability Center in Mainz, Germany a testing, development and demonstration laboratory for storage products and storage networks. Both authors work at the interface between technology and customers. Wolfgang Müller is currently working as a software architect in the Storage Software Development Department at IBM in Mainz, Germany, where the focus is on software development projects supporting open standards such as SMI-S/CIM/WBEM and IEEE 1244.

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