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backup

[′bak‚əp]
(building construction)
That part of a masonry wall behind the exterior facing.
(civil engineering)
Overflow in a drain or piping system, due to stoppage.
(computer science)
Logical or physical facilities to aid the process of restarting a computer system and recovering the information in it following a failure.
The provision of such facilities.
(engineering)
An item under development intended to perform the same general functions that another item also under development performs.
A compressible material used behind a sealant to reduce its depth and to support the sealant against sag or indentation.
(graphic arts)
An image printed on the reverse side of a printed sheet.
The printing of such an image.
(metallurgy)
A support used to balance the upsetting force in the workpieces during flash welding.
(petroleum engineering)
During drilling, the holding of one section of pipe while another is screwed out of it or into it.
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backup

1. That part of a masonry wall behind the exterior facing.
2. A compressible material used behind a sealant to reduce its depth and to support the sealant against sag or indentation.
3. Overflow in a drain or piping system, due to stoppage.
4. A condition where waste water flows back into another fixture or compartment or water line (but does not flow back into the potable water system).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

backup

(operating system)
("back up" when used as a verb) A spare copy of a file, file system, or other resource for use in the event of failure or loss of the original.

The term commonly refers to a copy of the files on a computer's disks, made periodically and kept on magnetic tape or other removable medium (also called a "dump").

This essential precaution is neglected by most new computer users until the first time they experience a disk crash or accidentally delete the only copy of the file they have been working on for the last six months. Ideally the backup copies should be kept at a different site or in a fire safe since, though your hardware may be insured against fire, the data on it is almost certainly neither insured nor easily replaced.

See also backup software, differential backup, incremental backup, full backup. Compare archive, source code management.
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backup

(1) A copy of data and software on external storage. "Backup," one word, is the noun; to "back up," two words, is the verb. See backup software, backup types, backup storage, copy data, backup and restore, disaster recovery and LAN-free backup.

(2) Additional hardware resources ready to take over if the main system fails. See fault tolerant.
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A difference between the Free for Clouds edition and commercial Handy Backup products is a limited set of data and storage plug-ins.
Multiple layers of encryption, including AES 256-bit, protect the integrity of data transferred offsite using Barracuda Backup. Barracuda Networks' two offsite data centers use highly redundant disk-based hardware in a fully encrypted and secure format.
* Be sure to connect your computers to battery backups so you don't lose data if an electric blackout threatens to crash your computer.
"Also, have vendor agreements in place for expanded cellular capabilities, backup telecom and network circuit providers, vendors for repairs and new installations, and dial-in network access--local and regional," he suggests.
Products include Arkeia Network Backup, Arkeia Server Backup, bare metal Disaster Recovery modules, NDMP support for NAS backup and hot backup plug-ins for Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, DB2, Lotus, Open-Xchange (including SLOX), LDAP, and MS Exchange and MS SQL Servers.
In addition, traditional batch-style, tape-based backup has been, and continues to be, a costly, labor-intensive process with frequent manual intervention and great potential for error.
Online data storage is an ideal backup solution for frequent travelers and telecommuters, allowing them to back up critical data on the road.
Action Backup is available for Windows NT to Windows 10, both 32-bit and 64-bit.
The chosen solution must integrate with applications that have a native backup package and ensure integrity by accessing data through applications instead of at the database, filesystem, or disk levels.
A new network backup solution to help small and medium businesses control storage budgets has been introduced by Arkeia Corporation, a provider of backup and recovery solutions for all types of heterogeneous networks.
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Arkeia Corp., Carlsbad, Calif., an international provider of enterprise backup solutions, has unveiled a plug-in for hot backup of Microsoft SQL Server data.