Storage Servers - Backing Up Data With Storage Servers

Backing up server data is one of the less-celebrated duties of the network admin or webmaster. Nobody tells you:"Say, that was a great backup job you did last night!"

There’s nothing flashy or cutting-edge about backup duties. It’s just a job that has to be done. In fact, sometimes it isn’t done as often as it should be. When I began working at an ISP a few years ago, I noticed that data from five of their servers hadn’t been backed up for two months. Two of these servers housed their clients’ web sites.

What many people don’t realize is that storage servers are a fast-growing market in today’s IT economy. Here are some examples:

Microsoft has announced that this month they will be releasing Storage Server 2003. MS will also be using its time-tested strategy of undercutting prices in an attempt to grab a larger share of the storage market. The software will be the OS for network-attached storage (NAS) systems.

Because of the speed of copying data from one drive to another, NAS servers are a more economic backup solution than conventional tape drives.Microsoft has formed an alliance with EMC Corporation which has been a leading supplier of enterprise data storage systems and software. EMC's Clarion backup server hardware currently supports Veritas, Legato and EMC's own Data Manager applications.

Microsoft currently sees Network Appliance (NTAP) as its biggest rival. NTAP is a firm that manufactures and supports high-performance network data storage devices that provide file services for data-intensive network environments. According to Standard & Poor’s stock report, NTAP's share price has nearly doubled in 2003, and the StockScouter rating service believes that the company will significantly outperform the market over the next six months. 

According to an article in Computerworld: "The U.S. server market is poised to recover in 2003 after a three-year slump, thanks in part to a migration toward new Web-enabled platforms and architectures...

"Sales of x86-based servers running on processors from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., as well as Windows and Linux operating systems, will fuel the growth, IDC said. The Linux server market is expected to experience strong growth in particular, bounding 34% over last year to $3.1 billion, while Windows server sales are set to grow 8% to $15 billion, IDC said.

"Blade servers are also predicted to see increased sales."

By: Roy Troxel

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