Final Considerations

By Davis D. Janowski  |  Posted 2003-03-11 Print this article Print

Final Considerations

The choice of a format and device type depends on many factors, including the kinds of data you need to back up, the range of file sizes, the daily volume, and the quantity and speed of the hard drives youll back up from. If you have excessive data and a small backup time window, LTO or SDLT may be the best solution. If you need to restore files frequently, AIT-3 may be the answer.

Weve reviewed five external single-tape drives and five automated products for small to midsize businesses. The standalone drives range in price from $4,225 to $5,775, while the automated solutions range from $7,500 to $13,000. AIT-3, LTO, and SDLT products are all represented in both the single-drive and automated-device categories.

Davis D. Janowski Davis D. Janowski is Lead Analyst for Web Applications and Software, charged with covering the likes of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and millions of other Internet and Web companies. Prior to this, he served as Section Editor for Consumer Networking, GPS Products, Phones & PDAs (Mobile and VoIP), Associate Editor for Networking Infrastructure, and Associate Editor for Internet Infrastructure. Before joining PC Magazine, Janowski worked as a medical editor, covering epidemiology and infectious diseases, receiving training at the Centers for Disease Control. At one point, he acted as guide for a CDC team, collecting ticks for a study on the origins of human ehrlichiosis in the Florida bush. Before that he made a very modest living as a freelance writer and photographer, covering scuba diving and nautical archaeology.

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