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Backup School II: How to Design Backup Systems Correctly

In the second part of this two-part series, W. Curtis Preston (the author of Using SANs and NAS and Unix Backup & Recovery), will build upon the foundations built in Backup School Part I. Where Part I covered how not to design backup systems, this part covers how to design them correctly.

Learn about:

  • How to properly size your backup server, tape library, etc.
  • When and how to use disk with your backup system
  • Configuration examples for NetBackup, NetWorker and TSM
  • When to use LAN-based, LAN-free, and Server-free backups -- as well as other advanced backup techiques

This session assumes you know the basics of backup, such as terminology and vendors' products and that you have a backup plan in place and know how to backup a database.


Curtis Preston Executive editor and independent backup expert

W. Curtis Preston (a.k.a. "Mr. Backup"), Executive Editor and Independent Backup Expert, has been singularly focused on data backup and recovery for more than 15 years. From starting as a backup admin at a $35 billion dollar credit card company to being one of the most sought-after consultants, writers and speakers in this space, it's hard to find someone more focused on recovering lost data. He is the webmaster of, the author of hundreds of articles, and the books "Backup and Recovery" and "Using SANs and NAS."

Storage Decisions
20 May 2005
20 May 2005
38 Page(s)

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