Backup and Recovery
by Amin Marts
Novell Connection Magazine – March 2008
Here’s an excerpt:
Novell Open Enterprise Server, now in its second generation, has a deeper, richer and more capable ecosystem of support encompassing it. A major facet of that ecosystem is backup and recovery. As with any platform that serves as a foundational component of enterprise computing and collaboration, having compatible tools to recover lost files is not a luxury—it’s a must have.
The world of backup and recovery is chock full of technologies that offer much greater capabilities today than they did a few short years ago. No longer is backing up data incrementally or differentially a standard best practice. Nor is it the only way to approach the task. Technologies such as synthetic backup, capacity-optimized storage/data deduplication and continuous data protection are a few of the newer capabilities vendors are offering in this space.
These technologies are especially compelling when paired with Open Enterprise Server. Unlike many technologies focused directly on the knowledge worker, implementing Open Enterprise Server lays the foundation for a comprehensive backup and data recovery plan.
This article provides an overview of the latest backup and recovery technologies available for Open Enterprise Server 2, with particular focus on the new and often misunderstood offerings in the space.
One of the newest and most important technologies in the backup and recovery space is synthetic backup; however, in the strictest sense, the term ‘newest’ is misleading. Synthetic backup has been on the scene for close to three years. It was introduced by a number of niche data management startups and has most recently been added to the portfolio of tier-one vendors such as Symantec and CommVault.