HP does free classes in a whole bunch of different subjects. Currently I’m going through the backup classes. I know a good bit about backing up but I want to flesh it out and get more comfortable with it. Usually I was carrying on someone elses backup policy. How do I pick a solution for a new business?
Finished lesson one, lesson two.
Update: Finished the other four lessons and got a certificate of hp for it. Interesting. I enjoyed reading around the topic too.
- In Lesson 1, you’ll be introduced to the basic concepts behind data backup and recovery. You’ll explore the business case for data backup and then examine the main backup strategies: direct-attached tape, automated tape, and disk-to-disk backups.
- In Lesson 2, you’ll learn about the traditional mainstay backup technology — tape backup. This data protection technique uses high-capacity, high-speed tape technology to rapidly create portable data backups.
- In Lesson 3, you’ll learn how to leverage automation technology to remove the potential risks associated with human errors (forgetting to perform a backup, tape handling, and so on) from data protection, enabling you to focus on your business objectives.
- In Lesson 4, you’ll discover the important role that disk-to-disk backup plays in high-availability environments. You’ll learn about the use of RAID technology to protect servers as well as snaps, clones, and other disk-to-disk backup solutions.
- In Lesson 5, you’ll explore the schemes and media rotation methods used to back up data to tape as part of a regular routine or for long-term storage. You’ll also learn how to select the right type of backup strategy for your organization’s needs based on amount of data, technical personnel availability, archival requirements, general costs, and speed.
- In Lesson 6, you’ll put the technology components together to create a complete system for managing backups. You’ll learn criteria for selecting hardware and software, and get tips for implementing a solution that’s right for you.