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Many on-site and cloud-based services are available for small to medium-sized business backup. Pay particular attention to the deciding factors for cloud SMB backups.

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  • flat backup

    Flat backup uses snapshots to protect data without traditional backup software. Storage snapshots are replicated to another location, where they are a backup to the originals. Flat backup can be cheaper than a traditional backup, but not all storage vendors support the process.

  • data retention policy

    A data retention policy dictates the types of data to be retained and the duration for which that data must be stored in accordance with operational or regulatory requirements.

  • data reduction

    Data reduction is the process of reducing the amount of capacity required to store data.

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Security

Storage administrators are increasingly relying on encryption and other security technologies to guard sensitive data. Visit this topic section regularly to stay on top of the latest news and resources available.

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  • data loss

    Data loss is the intentional or unintentional destruction of information, caused by people and or processes from within or outside of an organization.

  • encryption

    In computing, encryption is the method by which plaintext or any other type of data is converted from a readable form to an encoded version that can only be decoded by another entity if they have access to a decryption key.

  • Oracle RMAN (Oracle Recovery Manager)

    Oracle RMAN (Oracle Recovery Manager) is a utility built into Oracle databases to automate backup and recovery; it includes features not available in third-party backup tools.

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Data reduction

Data deduplication is one of the most useful data reduction technologies in data backup and recovery today. Learn about file-level vs. block-level dedupe products, and about global vs. source dedupe in this section. Explore resources on data reduction and deduplication here, including tips and advice on choosing a data deduplication solution and about disk-to-disk backup and data dedupe. Read about the benefits of single-instance storage, data compression and other data reduction methods. Learn about how to choose a data deduplication vendor, and find news, trends and information about data reduction products. Find out about data dedupe best practices and listen to podcasts and interviews from enterprise data storage industry experts. Read data deduplication and backup tutorials, and ask our data reduction and deduplication experts your most important questions.

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  • data deduplication

    Data deduplication -- often called intelligent compression or single-instance storage -- is a process that eliminates redundant copies of data and reduces storage overhead.

  • data reduction

    Data reduction is the process of reducing the amount of capacity required to store data.

  • data archiving

    Data archiving migrates infrequently used data to low-cost, high-capacity archive storage for long-term retention.

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Backup tools

Backup tools for enterprise data storage systems include data replication, snapshots, data backup and recovery reporting, backup testing and other backup software. Find the latest information on this topics page. Learn about the latest news on data backup and recovery tools. Listen to podcasts with data storage experts on backup tools and data protection management (DPM) tools. Get the latest tips, tutorials and learning materials on data backup and recovery tools on this page.

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  • flat backup

    Flat backup uses snapshots to protect data without traditional backup software. Storage snapshots are replicated to another location, where they are a backup to the originals. Flat backup can be cheaper than a traditional backup, but not all storage vendors support the process.

  • data retention policy

    A data retention policy dictates the types of data to be retained and the duration for which that data must be stored in accordance with operational or regulatory requirements.

  • data archiving

    Data archiving migrates infrequently used data to low-cost, high-capacity archive storage for long-term retention.

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Disk backup

Disk-based backup technology is popular for data backup and recovery applications, such as disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T), continuous data protection (CDP) software, data deduplication and virtual tape libraries (VTLs). Explore resources on disk backup here, including tips and advice on migrating to disk and putting together a disk-based backup and recovery plan. Read about how disk backup can help you meet your backup recovery time objectives (RTOs) and offer better data protection. Learn about how to choose a disk backup hardware or software vendor, and find news, trends and information about the disk backup and recovery market today. Find out about disk backup best practices and listen to podcasts and interviews from storage industry experts. Read tutorials about disk backup technology strategies to help you in your enterprise data storage job, and ask our disk backup experts your most important questions.

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  • RAID (redundant array of independent disks)

    RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks to protect data in the case of a drive failure.

  • disk array

    A disk array, also called a storage array, is a data storage system used for block-based storage, file-based storage or object storage.

  • optical storage

    Optical storage is any storage type in which data is written and read with a laser. Typically, data is written to optical media, such as compact discs (CDs) and DVDs.

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Remote backup

Remote data protection technologies such as remote replication and mirroring are becoming an increasingly popular part of many companies' backup strategy. Stay on top of the latest information here.

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  • off-site backup

    Off-site backup is a method of backing up data to a remote server or to media that is transported off site.

  • data protection

    Data protection is the process of safeguarding important information from corruption, compromise or loss.

  • online data backup (remote data backup)

    Online data backup (remote data backup) is a method of off-site storage in which data is regularly backed up over a network on a remote server, typically hosted by a provider.

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SMB backup

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) often rely on their data to drive revenue and thrive. Here you can find data protection news and resources focusing on backup for small business, including tips on getting the most out of SMB backup software, data backup devices and strategies.

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  • Datto

    Datto Inc. is a backup, recovery and business continuity vendor with headquarters in Norwalk, Conn.

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Tape backup

Tape backup and tape libraries are essential to providing cost-effective, long-term data storage for all business types and sizes. Explore resources on backup and recovery with tape libraries here, including tutorials on LTO tape technology, recycling backup tapes and caring for your magnetic media. Stay up to date with the latest news about tape encryption and secure tape storage. Compare tape backup systems versus tape autoloaders, and compare tape library vendors. Find out about tape backup best practices and listen to podcasts and interviews from data storage industry experts. Learn how to choose the best library for your enterprise and ask our tape storage experts your most important questions.

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  • magnetic tape storage

    Magnetic tape is one of the oldest technologies for electronic data storage.

  • LTO (Linear Tape-Open) tape

    LTO (Linear Tape-Open) tape is an open-format tape storage technology created by Hewlett-Packard (HP), International Business Machines (IBM) and Seagate Technology.

  • LTO-9 (Linear Tape-Open 9)

    LTO-9 (Linear Tape-Open 9) is a future tape format from the Linear Tape-Open Consortium.

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  • compliance audit

    A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organization's adherence to regulatory guidelines.

  • regulatory compliance

    Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business...

  • Whistleblower Protection Act

    The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from ...

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  • Cybercrime

    Cybercrime is any criminal activity that involves a computer, networked device or a network.

  • data breach

    A data breach is a confirmed incident in which sensitive, confidential or otherwise protected data has been accessed and/or ...

  • zero-day (computer)

    A zero-day vulnerability, also known as a computer zero day, is a flaw in software, hardware or firmware that is unknown to the ...

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  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is any type of financial or data protection obtained by a cloud service provider. 

  • business continuity software

    Business continuity software is an application or suite designed to make business continuity planning/business continuity ...

  • business continuity policy

    Business continuity policy is the set of standards and guidelines an organization enforces to ensure resilience and proper risk ...

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  • business impact analysis (BIA)

    Business impact analysis (BIA) is a systematic process to determine and evaluate the potential effects of an interruption to ...

  • RAID (redundant array of independent disks)

    RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks to ...

  • dedicated cloud

    A dedicated cloud is a single-tenant cloud infrastructure, which essentially acts as an isolated, single-tenant public cloud.

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