Data Storage: Buying Enterprise Data Storage Protection Systems: 10 Best Practices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-20 Print this article Print
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Selecting the right data protection platform can be a complex and risky process. Many enterprise IT professionals rely solely on proof of concept or side-by-side comparisons of systems in their own data center to make this selection. Depth of security features, access control and protection of data quality should be the critical factors in selecting a data protection provider. But it's not security against hackers and viruses that should stir the most alarm; instead, it's the loss of irreplaceable data due to outages and technical glitches that has proven most problematic. Whether this data is manifest in email messages, contracts or other critically important business documents, the permanent loss of such information can and has proven devastating to companies of all sizes. Dennis Rolland, director of advanced technology in the Office of the CTO at storage provider
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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