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Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model by Marc Farley

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Chapter 2. Leapfrogging backup with cloud snapshots

When catastrophes strike IT systems, the IT team relies on backup technology to put data and systems back in place. Systems administrators spend many hours managing backup processes and media. Despite all the work that they do to prepare for the worst, most IT team members worry about how things would work out in an actual disaster.

IT professionals are hoping that cloud storage can make things easier and more reliable. The Microsoft hybrid cloud storage (HCS) solution promises to alleviate many of the chronic problems that have plagued backup with a new hybrid cloud technology called cloud snapshots. This chapter discusses existing backup technologies and practices that have been used for years ...

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