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How and Why to Develop a Robust File Retention Strategy

Backup applications, generally speaking, store the data they protect for a given amount of time. Increasingly, the default setting for most organizations is forever. While we are not opposed to a forever retention strategy, long term retention should not be

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Purpose-Built Backup is Not Just About Look and Feel

Purpose-built backup is backup software designed to protect a specific application, environment, or data set. An example of a purpose-built backup solution is HYCU Software’s Backup and Recovery, which initially focused on protecting Nutanix Acropolis, expanded to cover VMware ESX,

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Purpose-Built versus Consolidated Backup

The number of data protection applications designed to back up a specific application or environment is increasing dramatically. These purpose-built backup applications have an almost unfair advantage over legacy solutions and customers seem more than willing to deal with the

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SlideShare: Are You Treating Unstructured Data as a Second Class Citizen?

Unstructured data is the fastest-growing segment of data within most enterprises today. This data set contains the creative output of the organization’s employees as well as unique data captured by sensors and machines. Unstructured data is large in terms of

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Is it Time to Bring Back File by File Backup for Unstructured Data?

Unstructured data, more because of the sheer number of individual files than the capacity it consumes, creates challenges for IT professionals looking to protect it. To get around the problem of massive file growth many data protection software solutions have

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The Problem with Image Backup for Unstructured Data

Unstructured data presents two challenges to the typical backup process. First, the overall volume of the data set can be the largest data set in terms of capacity that the backup application needs to protect. Second, and potentially more problematic,

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Getting the Most Out of Cloud Storage for Backups

Most IT professionals want to use cloud storage in hopes of reducing on-premises backup infrastructure costs. While most on-premises backup software solutions claim cloud support, how they implement that support can vary significantly from vendor to vendor. Many backup software

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Why Office files are More Important than Ever

Files created through Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) are often the result of many of an organization’s employees’ creative energy. If ransomware infects an organization’s data center, these are the files an organization struggles to recover. The typical reason given

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Are You Storing Data in the Cloud? Where do You Store Metadata?

Metadata is data about data. In the case of files, metadata includes information like the last access date and last modified date. An archive or backup solution may use metadata to track the location of the file, or it may

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Should You Use Image-Based Backups on Unstructured Data?

Most data protection applications are not backing up unstructured data correctly. The massive increase not only in the capacity of unstructured data but also in the number of files represented within the data set makes protecting it difficult. The large

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