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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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5.3. Backup Classifications

Various types of backup schemes exist, and they can be categorized in different ways. In an actual data center, one typically uses multiple types of backups. In short, the categorization of backups should not be taken to be mutually exclusive. Backups can be classified on the basis of

  • Architecture

  • Functionality

  • Network infrastructure

Sections 5.3.1 through 5.3.3 take a look at each of these types of classification.

5.3.1. Backup Classifications Based on Architecture

One way of classifying backups is based on the architecture. That is, backups are classified in terms of the objects they deal with and the amount of awareness the backup application has of these objects. The available types of architecture-based backups, ...

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