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Data backup, data archive and disaster recovery are the three most important components of the data management system for every organization. Generally, companies opt for separate units for these different function and then attempts to integrate them. However, this paper seeks to study the features of StorServer, which is a backup appliance. It has been fashioned as a single stop data management solution, where the businesses do not build their system from the scratch. This system includes all the features required for comprehensive data management. The paper proceeds to examine the peculiar qualities of the product. A backup appliance is required to be efficient as well as economical. An effective backup appliance should be capable of catering to all the three segments of the data management architecture. It should also be easy to use and install. The paper also attempts to lay down the clear definitions for all the three parts of data management system. Backup is the process of creating online copy of the all the documents identified for this purpose, whereas archiving involves on-site point-in-time capturing of files. Disaster recovery deals with copies of online and on site data. The paper then enumerates various other characteristics to be possessed by an effective backup system. It then evaluates the efficacy of StorServer for all these parameters.
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