Monthly Archives: September 2014

Disaster Recovery Can Be A Breeze

datdtrTo most corporate systems administrators, disaster can be spelled many ways: fire, flood, hurricane, espionage, and human error, for instance.

To prepare for such events, managers are turning to a variety of disaster-recovery solutions, ranging from contracting a hot site to the real-time transmission of data to a remote site.

In a typical disaster-recovery scenario, systems operations move to a contracted hot site using data restored from backup tapes. But what if the data on those tapes is a week or even a day old? Newer, crucial information may be lost.

Information managers with time-sensitive data are finding that new solutions, such as electronic vaulting and server mirroring, can provide the missing link in a disaster-recovery situation.

At Transamerica Life Companies, in Los Angeles, for example, Rimage Corp.’s Televaulting service is used to back up changed and new files from …

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Columbia’s SnapBack Set The Stage For Solid LAN Backups

lanbdThere are three main reasons that network administrators back up LAN-based data: to conserve disk space through migration, to aid users who mistakenly delete crucial files (invariably the CEO, according to backup vendors), and to prepare for disaster recovery.

The first two reasons dictate choosing a backup package that ensures highly reliable data tracking, with query tools that support multiple search methods for rapid file location and retrieval.

However, when attempting to prepare for recovery from such catastrophes as total server failure or a natural disaster, the real push for swift restoration comes from the dollars ticked off on the lost-productivity clock.

This is where the simplicity and strength of Columbia Data Products Inc.’s SnapBack can pay off in spades. Instead of conventional file-by-file backups, SnapBack creates an image backup of an entire disk drive.

The recovery process …

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