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Improving Data Protection with Data Virtualization – Actifio Briefing Note


Anyone in IT these days is painfully aware of the challenge organizations face dealing with ever-increasing amounts of data they need to properly store and protect. The irony is that the majority of data growth is not just the new

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DR Ready Storage should Complement Backup

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A popular trend is to have data protection begin where the data begins – in primary storage. But the questions are: Should protecting your data be the responsibility of your primary storage product, or should there be a separation between

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The Role of Snapshots in a Backup System

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Snapshots are moving to the forefront of many data centers when it comes to data protection. Therefore, it’s important to have a solid understanding of how they work and what to use them for. It’s also very important to understand

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Backup, Replication and Snapshot – When to Use Which?


“Backups.” It’s the universal term used to describe a much broader set of tools that make up the entire data protection process. There are varying degrees of data protection offered as features of RAID, backup, replication and snapshots. And each

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Is RAID/Replication/Erasure Coding Backup?

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One of the things that makes a backup person’s head spin around is when they hear someone say, “my data is on RAID, so I don’t need to back it up.” The same would be true of erasure coding and

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What is Backup?


Defining backup is both simple and complex. Google says a backup is “the procedure for making extra copies of data in case the original is lost or damaged.” This definition describes the action (extra copies) and the purpose (in case

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Should Backups and DR be separate Systems?

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Backup and DR can be separate systems, but do not have to be. Modern advances in backup and DR technology make it possible to have a single integrated system to satisfy the needs of both, and I can think of

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