LISA 1998 Abstract
Designing an Optimized Enterprise Windows NT/95/98 Client Backup Solution With Intellegent Data Management
Kevin Workman, Earl Waud, Steven Downs, and Mikel Featherstone
have seen a vast increase in the number of PC's deployed on company
networks, as well as a significant increase in the drive space attached to
those machines. This situation presents a growing problem for those
responsible for both maintaining corporate networks and insuring the
integrity and safety of corporate data. The increase in the enterprise data
set translates to an increase in the amount of data on the wire, as it is
sent over the network to be archived, as well as an increase in the amount
of tape media that must be used to protect the data. Faced with an
ever-increasing amount of data to support, it is becoming necessary to
discover a means to identify business critical data, so that only the
necessary files are committed to long-term storage,. At the same time, the
non-critical data must also be tracked, so that machines can be fully
recovered in case of machine failure.
In this paper we will discuss the concept behind our
system of intelligently managing redundant and unneeded information in the
enterprise. Our method employs a rule system that allows us to reduce or
eliminate the redundant and useless information that we backup while still
providing quick restore times in the event of data loss.
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