Insider Tips: Backups


Article from Issue 54/2005

Data always seems to get lost at exactly the wrong moment, but the right backup strategy can help you restore those missing files.

Because the causes and requirements surrounding data loss can be so vastly different, a number of different solutions have emerged over the years. All of these solutions have benefits and drawbacks. In this month’s Admin Workshhop, I’ll describe some common backup tools and techniques. Backup Alternatives Magnetic tape was once the most common backup medium, and tape backups are still popular for networks with large quantities of data. Tapes are fairly cheap despite their high capacity, with speed being the major disadvantage. A tape backup solution in connection with a jukebox is ideal for fully automated backups. This said, tape drives are often too expensive for SOHO environments.

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