Data Protection and Management

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Introduction to Data Protection:  Backup to Tape, Disk and Beyond
Michael Fishman

Extending the enterprise backup paradigm with disk-based technologies allow users to significantly shrink or eliminate the backup time window.  This tutorial focuses on various methodologies that can deliver an efficient andcost effective disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) solution.  This includes approaches to storage pooling inside of modernbackup applications, using disk and file systems within these pools, as well as how and when to utilize deduplication and virtual tape libraries (VTL) within these infrastructures.

Learning Objectives

  • Get a basic grounding in backup and restore technology including tape, disk, snapshots, deduplication, virtual tape, and replication technologies. 
  • Compare and contrast backup and restore alternatives to achieve data protection and data recovery. 
  • Identify and define backup and restore operations and terms.

Long-term Preservation of Digital Information
Mary Baker and Roger Cummings

Many organizations now have a requirement to preserve large volumes of digital content indefinitely into the future, and to maintain access for reasons such as medical treatment decisions, retention of intellectual property, and appreciation of cultural and scientific history. Frequent news stories cover organizations' failures to be able to do this, such as the near loss of original video/data of the first Moon landing, eventually recovered from a set of 14-inch tape reels found in a dusty Australian basement.    This session will focus on the most important questions in long-term digital preservation and will demonstrate why it is still so difficult. We will propose how the storage industry can help its customers preserve and use their digital content over the lifetimes that they expect from past experience with physical and analog assets, lifetimes that can greatly exceed those of any singledigital storage device or storage technology.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the growing need in the storage industry to address long-term (> 15 years) digital preservation solutions, and why optimal solutions must be defined for different levels of available time, money and effort. 
  • Understand the threats to long-term digital content and how these threats differ from those associated with analog content and short-term digital assets. 
  • Identify current Best Practices, developed within SNIA and other organizations, for addressing these threats. List some of the unsolved problems in long-term digital preservation and identify opportunities for further progress.

Trends in Data Protection and Restoration Technologies
Jason Iehl

Many disk technologies, both old and new, are being used to augment tried and true backup and data protection methodologies to deliver better information and application restoration performance.  These technologies work in parallel with the existing backup paradigm.  This session will discuss many of these technologies in detail. Important considerations of data protection include performance, scale, regulatory compliance, recovery objectives and cost. Technologies include contemporary backup, disk-based backups, snapshots, continuous data protection and capacity optimized storage (deduplication).

Learning Objectives

  • Understand legacy and contemporary storage technologies that provide advanced data protection 
  • Compare and contrast advanced data protection alternatives 
  • Gain insight in how these various technologies can impact the performance of an environment

Archiving for Data Protection and Storage Management
Molly Rector and Tony Walker

Backup has long been thought of as the key technology for data protection.  However, in today's modern data centers, the fastest moving and most fundamental changes in data protection are actually in archive.  Today's archive solutions enable affordable, online, long-term data retention.  Case studies will be presented to illustrate how active archives are being utilized in healthcare, broadcast, finance, education and oil/gas environments for affordable, power efficient, near-line access to the entire data archive.  Join us to learn about the software applications available to manage data archives and enable online search and access to the entire archive, and which storage platforms are designed to support the needs of the archive.  This session will also focus on developments in tape-based storage platforms accessible through a file system interface, and the preferred storage medium for the archive. 

Learning objectives 

  • The definition of active archive and its benefits in the modern data center 
  • Where is active archive being used today? See several real-world case studies  
  • The evolution of tape-based storage and the role tape will continue to play in 2010 and beyond. 

Deduplication's Role in Disaster Recovery
Thomas Rivera

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