- Series: Pro
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (February 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430226625
- ISBN-13: 978-1430226628
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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About the Author
Steven B. Nelson has been a systems administrator and engineer for over 15 years, covering operating systems from SVR3.2, Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Linux, HP-UX, and the many versions of Solaris. He has a background with scripting in KSH, SH, and Perl, as well as application development in C and Visual Basic. He was the lead backup and recovery engineer for Washington Mutual Bank, and is currently a regional technical consultant for EMC's Backup, Recovery and Archiving (BURA) practice, supporting five other local technical consultants, and covering over 100 Enterprise-level accounts. He has been published in SysAdmin magazine (Aug 1999), where he discussed aspects of Fibre Channel and its implementation. Steven currently holds a Brocade CFP and EMC Backup and Recovery Specialist certification, and various Unix operating system certifications.
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is relevant now and stays relevant for the next 5 years when even the fundamentals of
the field change within a few years and in technology advances in unpredictable ways
making previously exotic backup strategies commonplace.
Secondly, to the strengths of the book. There were a dozen different few instances where I
appreciated Mr Nelson's pains to point out and clarify areas of common confusion - difference
between differentials and incrementals and levels, archive v backup, dedupe v SIS. Understanding
those differences sets apart the professional from the dabbler.
He also spends a large amount of time on concepts and definitions that will stay relevant, and
teaches how to evaluate trade-off situations. These will be universally useful.
I also like the fact that he refers to explicit products (and the he breaks that into chapters
so people can choose to skip sections irrelevant to them) to give concrete value to his information.
However, there are several instances where I was frustrated by the opposite - confusing
the notation of Mbit network rate with MB transfer rates to disk. Giving DLT data in the marketing
terms - estimated speeds and capacity after compression rather than uncompressed, or when he gives
a warning on how NOT to apply a formula for estimating the number of drives- then seems to do do
precisely what he warned us nOT to do.
Lastly, the book is not aimed at backup professionals who want to sharpen their skills, but
at entry-to-midlevel backup folks who need some a referesher on RAID levels/tape capacity/architecture.
In many ways it reminded me alot of the book you'd get from a training class on backups - slightly
idealized. I would have appreciated more real-world advice from an apparent grizzled vetran -
addressing the most common pain points of admins - best practices, tips, most important metrics, capacity
planning, pitfalls. But on the other hand, on the topics he covers, he does often take pains to do
I am new to backups. This book helped me to sound intelligent about the field and gave me background in
areas I would not have found on my own for a year. My company bought it for me and it was well worth
the money and time. Thanks Steve.
The second part give a few nice hints about setting up a system with Netbackup.
It's a good "first book" to read for an overall view about setting up backup system.
If you need more detail than this then you might as well just get out the tech manuals from your software supplier or open a ticket with tech support. Very well written.