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backup

1 a duplicate computer, data file, equipment, or procedure for use in the event of equipment failure.
2 The act of creating another copy of a file, group of files, or an entire computer hard drive.

backup

Informatics A function that allows users to copy one or more files to a storage pool to protect against data loss. See Incremental backup, Mirroring, Selective backup. Cf Restore.

backup

Anything that serves to replace a function or system that fails.
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SQL-BackTrack is an intelligent, high-performance backup and recovery solution.
By using a backup and recovery service provider, organizations still retain front-end control of their data protection operations, while handing off such burdensome back-end tasks as server backup, device maintenance, tape management and off-site removal and storage.
As the market share leader, EMC Disk Library gives organizations the scale, performance and functionality required for effective disk-based backup and recovery," said Bernie Wu, vice president of business development, FalconStor.
It is true that today they're separate applications for separate things, but ultimately they'll be in one storage management policy including replication, SRM, backup and recovery, and archiving.
The newest emerging approach available for backup and recovery uses a patented technology called commonality factoring which greatly reduces the amount of data being backed up and therefore reduces the recovery time.
Inherent issues with tape--in particular, issues with data streaming (on the backup side) and multiplexing (on the restore side), as well as ongoing issues with drive and media reliability, and the increasing affordability and availability of SATA-based disk backup options, have led many users recently to re-evaluate their existing backup and recovery procedures and implement disk--either as virtual tape, as a disk backup/recovery target, or as a host-based option.
Zmanda[TM], the leader in open source backup and recovery software, today introduced the first comprehensive, enterprise-class backup and recovery solution designed specifically for MySQL databases.
Backup and recovery are primarily a means for data preservation, not protection or defense against tape media access.
TORONTO -- Asigra(TM), the technology specialists in agentless remote backup and recovery software, today announced a major enhancement to its Televaulting(TM) software with the addition of agentless Continuous Data Protection (CDP) functionality, providing event-based real-time backup of changed data to virtually eliminate data loss for Windows, Linux, and Microsoft Exchange environments.
If the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of hardware devices would have been 100% for the early years of the IT industry, businesses would have only needed to engage in straightforward backup and recovery processes.
Tape has been a de facto standard for backup and recovery for years, but corporations are realizing that it doesn't have the ability on its own to handle all of their disaster recovery requirements.