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SQL Server 2008: Administration in Action by Rod Colledge

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10.6. Backup compression

To reduce the time and space required for backups, some organizations choose to purchase third-party backup tools capable of compressing SQL Server backups. While such products are widely used and proven, other organizations are reluctant to use them for a variety of reasons, such as the following:

  • Cost—Despite the decreased disk usage (and therefore cost) enabled by such products, some organizations are reluctant to provide the up-front expenditure for new software licenses.

  • Portability—Depending on the product, compressed backups performed on one licensed server may not be able to be restored on an unlicensed server. ...

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