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Enhance Tape Backup Systems To Keep Pace

Written by  David J. Demlow

These are realities for data backup:For business generations, tape backup was sufficient; Tape backup capabilities have not kept pace as 24x7 demand for data access has soared and the overhead burden of backing up higher-capacity servers has multiplied; Continuous-replication technologies that enhance tape backup now offer efficient solutions to this dilemma.Enhancing the backup process by continuously replicating critical data to centralized servers means tape backup systems can back-up the disk-based replicas, rather than obliging administrators to go through the effort of backing up from production servers, a system-clogging, bandwidth-hogging process. Meantime, tape backup retains its priority function as an archival medium, retaining its investment value. IT professionals found their corporate voice during the Y2K run-up, earning a seat at the strategy table in enterprises around the globe. From that elevated perspective, they now should help those business-unit peers snap out of an apparently widespread post-Y2K complacency about this looming backup quandary. Corporate executives