Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Chairperson (Advisor 1)

Dr. Richard Brynteson

Reader (Advisor 2)

Joel Schuessler


The costs of generating and managing data are staggering. The costs of losing access to data can be overwhelming for organizations, and many do not recover from such loss. This project examines the need for data backup and recovery systems in today's enterprise, and presents key concepts for assessing the software components that comprise such a system. The author addresses several key drivers, both business and technology, that can be used to assist in determining the functional requirements of backup and recovery software for an organization. The author also examines general capabilities of enterprise-class backup software technologies, so that a backup system can be configured with optimal knowledge of the broad range of technologies that exist.

The conclusions in this project are that organizations must consider their business requirements, and the threats that lost data and system downtime pose to their success. Once these risks are thoroughly understood and measured, an organization needs to closely match appropriate data backup and recovery technologies to those needs, to ensure optimal protection of this highly valuable asset.


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