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Author: Ben Maas

Five Features Backup Software Must Offer to Protect and Recover Microsoft Exchange and/or SQL Server

Over the years both Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server have gotten the reputation (well-earned, I might add) of being difficult to backup and recover. Yet with the vast majority of all size companies running one if not both of these applications in their environments, using backup software that can effectively protect and recover these applications is no longer optional – it is a prerequisite. To ensure a company is effectively performing these tasks, here are five features backup software must offer to protect and recover Microsoft Exchange and/or SQL Server.

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Preview of the 2013 DCIG Private Cloud Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

Around two years ago the DCIG 2011 Enterprise Scale-Out Storage Buyer’s Guide was released. At the time we mentioned that scale-out systems were being used to store “Big Data” and create private storage clouds. Since then scale-out storage systems have become the foundation for building out private storage clouds which prompted DCIG to change the name of our refreshed Buyer’s Guide to better reflect the intended use case for these storage arrays.

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Eversync Puts Key Backup Appliance Differentiators into Its New Line of Data Protection Appliances

Backup appliances are HOT right now with organizations of all sizes loving the flexibility and ease with which these appliances enable them to get backup up and running in their environment. But as DCIG’s research into backup appliances uncovers, they are not all created equal with features like deduplication, SSD support and application integration emerging as key differentiators. It is these features and more that Eversync bundles in its new, recently announced line of data protection appliances.

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Achieving Virtual Backup Success without Becoming a Real Backup Expert; Rethinking Backup Strategies for Virtualization Part III

Few IT administrators willingly want to refer to themselves as “backup gurus” under the best of circumstances. But as organizations virtualize their environments, even grizzled veterans who were previously comfortable with their backups are now unsure of the best way to proceed so their backups are completed quickly, easily and within designated backup windows.

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‘C’ Fusion-io Run; Interview with Fusion-io Sr Director of Product Mgt Brent Compton Part IV

Fusion-io has taken some very impressive steps to lure developers to adopt their ioMemory platform with some impressive features in the SDK kit. As we have revealed in prior blog entries, its new APIs for block IO and key value stores grant developers access to flash in ways that its competitors simply do not. In this final blog entry in my interview series with Brent Compton, Senior Director of Product Management at Fusion-io, he describes new memory-access semantics exposed in the SDK.

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DirectFS Expedites File System Access to Fusion ioMemory; Interview with Fusion-io Sr Director of Product Mgt Brent Compton Part III

Fusion-io is in the process of luring developers to its ioMemory platform with some impressive new features. Already we have looked at the new APIs the Fusion-io ioMemory SDK kit offers for block IO and key value stores. In today’s conversation, Brent Compton, Fusion-io’s Senior Director of Product Management, describes new native filesystem service that Fusion-io exposes in its ioMemory SDK kit and some of the technical aspects as to how it works.

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Boosting Transactional Performance with the Fusion-io SDK Kit; Interview with Fusion-io Sr Director Product Mgt Brent Compton Part II

The deployment of flash memory storage as either storage or memory almost inevitably results in increases in application performance. However to get the real ‘kick’ in performance that today’s transactional applications need and which flash can provide, a more elegant approach to flash’s deployment is needed. Today I continue my discussion with Fusion-io Senior Director of Product Management, Brent Compton, who elaborates on the APIs that the Fusion ioMemory SDK exposes that make this boost in transactional performance possible.

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The Coming Identity Based Network Management Revolution; Interview with Blackridge Technology CTO John Hayes, Part III

Since the advent of the TCP/IP protocol, network administrators have had a major blind spot: the ability to reliably determine the identity of an individual device or user. BlackRidge’s new Eclipse™ solution, built on BlackRidge’s patented Transport Access Control (TAC), uses client drivers or gateway appliances to insert unique identity information to every TCP packet. In this third and final post in our blog interview series, BlackRidge Technology CTO John Hayes and I discuss where BlackRidge is heading and the challenge of managing infrastructures from the perspective of devices rather than networks.

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The Five Primary Features that SMBs Should Look for in a Backup Solution for their Virtualized Environments: Rethinking Backup Strategies for Virtualization Part II

As small and midsize businesses (SMBs) virtualize their servers at an increasing pace, many fail to consider the impact this change has on how they do backups – or that it impacts their backups at all. However since many IT administrators who are responsible for backups in these environments would freely admit to not being backup gurus, here are some tips on what features to look for in backup software in order to properly protect and recover your newly virtualized environment.

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Rethinking Backup Strategies for Virtualization Part I: The Five Major Ways Server Virtualization Negatively Impacts Backup

As small and midsize businesses (SMBs) virtualize their servers at an increasing pace, many fail to consider the impact this change has on how they do backups – or that it impacts their backups at all. However since many IT administrators who are responsible for backups in these environments would freely admit to not being backup gurus, here is some insight into how server virtualization changes backup and what SMBs need to know about backup as they implement virtualization in their environment.

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