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Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Selecting Backup Devices and Media

Many different solutions are available for backing up data. Some are fast and expensive. Others are slow but very reliable. The backup solution that is right for your organization depends on many factors, including the following:

  • Capacity. This refers to the amount of data that you need to back up on a routine basis. Can the backup hardware support the required load given your time and resource constraints?

  • Reliability. The reliability of the backup hardware and media determines how useful the backups you create will be when you need them to restore lost data. Can you afford to sacrifice reliability to meet budget or time needs?

  • Extensibility. The extensibility of the backup solution refers to its ability to expand ...

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