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Your expert guide to data protection strategy: backup, replication, snapshots and virtualisation

Data protection is vital to all organisations. But there are many ways to approach it. From traditional and agent-based to approaches tailored to virtual environments to replication and snapshots. We walk you from the basics of backup methods to the pros and cons of different ways of protecting data and key issues in virtual machine backup.

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    In this e-guide we look at backup fundamentals like choosing incremental or differential backup as well as using snapshots to replace traditional backup. We also provide an overview of strategic considerations for backup in the age of the cloud as well as surveys of the key backup products for SMEs and enterprise deployment.

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    Hyper-converged infrastructure has taken the datacentre by storm.

    At heart it is the marrying of compute and storage in one box, but with a couple of crucial additions.

    These are the ability to combine multiple nodes into a single cluster, with resources shared in grid-like fashion between them. And, at the same time, that is usually accompanied by a built-in virtualisation hypervisor.

    Those characteristics make hyper-converged infrastructure simple to roll out and manage, and well-suited to use cases that range from SME deployments to multiple-node enterprise implementations.

    In fact, it's almost a case of "We're all hyper-converged now", as the datacentre-in-a-box threatens to eclipse the shared storage array.

    In this e-guide we look at the key hyper-converged vendors and their products, as well as hyper-converged tailored to disaster recovery, backup, cloud functionality, and the software-defined hyper-converged products available.

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