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A New Approach to Data Recovery

Written by  FERENC GYURCSAN

For many years, disaster recovery (DR), and specifically data recovery, meant one thing and one thing only to the IT department: recover data and applications from back-up tapes stored offsite. For this purpose, organizations backed up all of their data to magnetic tapes nightly and then shipped the tapes offsite, where they would be safe from any disaster that struck the primary data center. Even today, many companies still rely on this process exclusively to protect their data. While tape has been the back-up medium of choice primarily because it is affordable, it is not ideal -- far from it. In fact, tape suffers from a number of serious drawbacks.The Trouble with TapeRecovery time is the most obvious tape issue. Although tape-drive speeds have increased significantly over the years, tape is still a considerably slower medium than disk. At the same time, the volume of data that enterprises store has mushroomed, often