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Implementing Backup and Recovery: The Readiness Guide for the Enterprise 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471227144
ISBN-10: 0471227145
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From the Back Cover

Arm yourself with all the information you need to architect a backup and recovery system

System backup is essential in any enterprise–protecting data is equivalent to protecting the company or agency. Whether you have the task of putting together a backup and recovery system for your organization or you are thinking about how backup and recovery fits within the scope of total data availability, Implementing Backup and Recovery is an invaluable resource. This detailed guide takes you through the necessary steps of deploying services by showing you how to address the architecture, limitations, and capabilities of the existing network infrastructure.

After an introduction to backup and recovery in the enterprise, Little and Chapa give a tutorial on the components of backup. Then, using VERITAS NetBackup as an example, they show you how to install and configure a backup application, and how to customize services to meet customer needs. Throughout the book, the authors use real-life client situations to explain specific concepts. In addition, you’ll also learn:

  1. The business and legal requirements of backup systems
  2. VERITAS NetBackup’s tiered architecture and configuration elements
  3. How to determine your need for additional backup services
  4. What the future holds for backup and recovery

Wiley Technology Publishing has teamed with VERITAS Software Corporation to de-liver a series of books for the enterprise storage management community. These titles will provide system and network administrators, server application developers, and storage engineers with in-depth, hands-on information on how to build scalable, quick, and highly available storage area networks. Key books in the series, including this one, are designed to help CIOs make the decisions as to when and how to embark on investing in new technology.

About the Author

David B. Little joines VERITAS Software in April 1997. He was a support engineer and helped develop the multi-tiered support model that is a conerstone of the world-class support organization. In 1999, he joined the Sales department as a technical product specialist. In this capacity he has travelled around the world promoting NetBackup and frequently speaking at user conferences. He also teaches NetBackup to internal VERITAS engineers and consultants as well as partners, resellers, and customers.

Prior to joining VERITAS, Dave worked at Control Data Corporation/Control Data Systems Incorporated for almost 30 years. He worked as a software support engineer for NetBackup and various UNIX operating systems. He was also the leading support engineeer for the super computers including the Cyber 205 and the ETA10. 

David A. Chapa wears many hats at DataStaff ( In his official role he is the Consulting Manager responsible for managing the vision and direction of the consulting practices. His is also co-founder of Gray House Solutions (, a software company providing integrated disaster recovery solutions whose flagship product is Duplication Suite.

Prior to joining DataStaff, he held several senior level technical positions with various software manufacturers in the Backup Storage management market space. His experience spans 18 years in the computer industry with such companies as Cheyenne Software, Unisys, OpenVision, and NSI Software, with the last 10 years focused solely on data availability and storage. 


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471227145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471227144
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David N. Reiss on October 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the other good computer system backup book. The first one I normally talk about is "UNIX Backup and Recovery" by W. Curtis Preston. But where as that book is written from a core UNIX world-view, this book is written from a Veritas Netbackup view of the world. Netbackup is one of the serious BIG THREE computer backup software packages on the market today, the others being IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and Legato Networker. There are other software packages out there for backing up lots of computers, but I wouldn't call them serious... not matter how large of market share they may have.
This book, coming from the Veritas worldview is a good addition to the small, but growing, computer backup book market. It is good to see all the general backup principles laid down in writing and then discussed in relation to Veritas Netbackup.
Myself, I am an expert with IBM Tivoli Storage Manger (ITSM/TSM/ADSM) and find the discussion of Veritas Netbackup good to know about. I have had fancy titles in the past, but the usually boil down to meaning "backup boy".
The principles this book sets up for the reader are the time-tested methods of computer system backup and disaster recovery. Many people would be amazed by the fact that even after 9/11 many large businesses and organizations are still not taking the principles behind disaster recovery preparedness seriously. Books like this one will help "backup boys" who need to perform the tasks of protecting large-scale computer systems.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave on December 23, 2003
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If you are setting up a new backup and recovery environment, or if you are maintaining an existing strategy, this book is a must read. Not only does it walk you through backup and recovery process from start to finish, it helps you to understand that there is more required to backup - and especially recovery - than simply performing daily backups.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brad Hargett on October 20, 2003
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The authors, Little and Chapa, have taken their deep knowledge of the backup space and applied it using the VERITAS NetBackup product. This should be viewed as the definitive guide to anyone implementing NetBackup or any other backup product. Many of the concepts transcend NetBackup and can be applied in general.
Chapter 10 does a nice job of exploring the future of backup approaches, offering insight into what we might expect to see in the coming years. As important, this book provides two appendices covering "Disaster Recovering Planning" (Appendix D) and "Business Impact Analysis" (Appendix E) which could pay for the book in their own right.
This book should be a requirement for any organization which utilizes or is considering the use of NetBackup.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Keahey on October 20, 2003
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This book is a must have for the person doing backup and recovery in an enterprise environment. It cuts through all the chase and gets right to the point. A great book for the novice or expert!!!! I've been working in the backup and recovery areana for over 7 years and this book already has some worn out pages.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 16, 2004
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I don't normally find value in general topic books that use a specific product to illustrate concepts; however, this book is an exception. The authors thoroughly cover all of the issues associated with back-up and recovery, including those related to business continuity, disaster recovery, and the affect that back-up and recovery has on service and availability.
Given the pervasiveness of both UNIX (including Linux), and Windows, I like the fact that both operating systems are addressed in the book. I am firmly in the UNIX camp, but it's nearly impossible to find a Linux or UNIX shop that doesn't have at least some critical applications running on Windows servers.
Of course, if you use Netbackup this book is going to be all the more valuable; however, if you don't, do not let the fact that the authors base the concepts and examples on this product dissuade you from buying this book. It is one of the best books on back-up and recovery issues and challenges, regardless of vendor solution used.
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