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Rapid adoption of virtual server technology and the challenges associated with the backup and recovery of ever-growing stores of information located within branch and remote offices is causing a number of IT managers to reevaluate their data protection strategies. New backup and recovery methods which use data de-duplication technology to reduce capacity and network bandwidth requirements are being deployed to keep up with explosive data growth, shrinking backup windows, compliance initiatives and security concerns.
This ESG Lab report presents the results of hands-on testing of EMC Avamar backup and recovery software with integrated global, source data de-duplication technology. Avamar identifies redundant sub-file data segments at the source (client), reducing the size of backup data before it is sent over the network and stored on disk. Areas of focus include fast and secure backup and recovery of remote office data, resource efficient backup and recovery of VMware virtual server environments and integration with EMC NetWorker. Features designed to solve data center problems--including system scalability, high availability, reliability and secure encryption--are also explored.
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