Media praise for Backup & Recovery

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"Backup & Recovery (B&R) is marvelous. Many times, when I read professional material, I think, 'was it worth making a book from this? Is there real substance here?' For B&R, the answers are 'yes': I'm willing to fell trees for these pages. I mean that in a very strong sense. B&R is like the works of Edward Tufte or Donald E. Knuth or even, let's say, Stanley Kubrick or Eric Clapton: you can't help but see the world in a different way afterward, but one that's deeply rooted in the truths you already know. B&R is a work of artistry. "
-- Cameron Laird, UnixReview.com

"...a top notch resource for anyone specializing in the disaster recovery. In smaller companies, that means anyone responsible for IT in general. If that includes you, this book will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about backup and recovery and then will go on to teach you solutions and skills you didn't even know existed. Preston may not know it all, but he sure knows where to go to find the answers. Having found them, he put them in this book."
-- James Pyles, The Linux Tutorial

"...if there was any important aspect the author missed, I didn't find it. For the vast majority of systems, this book is travel guide, companion, and bible - all rolled into one...The book is full of real-world examples, in which the necessity of doing backups right is driven home. Although most of us know intellectually that backups are necessary, these examples provide the little extra emotional charge to get us up out of our seats and finally get out backups in order. Do yourself, and your company, a favor - get this book!"
-- James Mohr, Linux Magazine

"W. Curtis Preston is the most knowledgeable person I know about backup and recovery. Not only does he know his stuff, but he has a unique knack of making such a complex subject interesting and understandable. Read his book: I guarantee, you'll learn something--make that, a lot of things.""
-- -Rich Friedman, Features Editor, Storage Magazine

"...clearly written and is full of excellent advice and information. If you need to be able to get your system up and running quickly after a disaster, you need this book."
-- Steve Wild, Blogcritics.org

"...by reading this book, you will learn something you didn't know about the environment you are backing up and the tools you already use and gain perspective on what to think about when designing or improving your backup process."
-- W. Curtis Preston, book reviews

"Are you a systems administrator? Your organization is effectively going to assume you know everything in this book, although it's unlikely to be made explicit until after a disaster. Read Backup & Recovery; its information will protect you against the major disappointments and frustrations associated with backup and recovery. If you're just trying to get backup right for your own home or small office, you won't need all of Backup & Recovery – but you're unlikely to find the information you do need written as comprehensibly anywhere else. Get your own copy and read enough to understand how "transactions logs", "time-to-recovery", "control file", and other key concepts apply to your own situation."
-- Cameron Laird, Unix Review

"Preston is extremely knowledgeable about the world of backups, and the book shines most when he is showing off his experience...Unless your only data protection requirements fit neatly into one of the scenarios for which blueprints are provided, Backup & Recovery is not the last backup book you'll ever have to read. However, by reading this book, you will learn something you didn't know about the environment you are backing up and the tools you already use and gain perspective on what to think about when designing or improving your backup process."
-- Chaos Golubitsky, ;LOGIN:

"If you are tasked with designing, deploying and managing a backup infrastructure, W. Curtis Prestons’ Backup & Recovery: Inexpensive Backup Solutions for Open Systems will prove indispensable. Preston does a great job of introducing the reader to backup basics and more complicated infrastructure designs and considerations."
-- , Central Oregon Information Systems User Group

"Good stuff. You'll find this book interesting to read, full of detail when you need it and pointed when necessary. Go pickup a copy. "
-- Sean P. Hull, Amazon.com



"...if there was any important aspect the author missed, I didn't find it. For the vast majority of systems, this book is travel guide, companion, and bible - all rolled into one."
--James Mohr, Linux Magazine