Consumer-level simplicity, enterprise functionality
WITH INCREASING DATA VOLUMES and companies’ growing reliance on the information stored within their computer systems, the risk posed by a system crash or any other form of IT outage becomes potentially devastating. And even though a number of extremely reliable backup solutions have evolved over the years – some with the ability to completely automate a company’s data protection strategy – the vast majority of those have been pitched out of the reach of micro and small businesses.
“Beyond cost, many of these smaller organisations have been stuck in the difficult position of having barely enough IT resources to manage their existing line of business systems, let alone enough capacity to manually implement a backup strategy,” says Greg Pothitos, HP server and storage product manager at technology distribution company Tarsus Technologies.
With the spotlight on SMEs – one of the most unaddressed sectors of the market but as such one that has massive growth potential – a number of solutions perfect for the smaller organisations have emerged. One such product is HP’s RDX Removable Disk Backup System that, says Pothitos, combines the best features of tape (removable, portable, rugged media) and disk (fast, random access and rapid capacity growth) with the simplicity of universal USB connectivity.
Says Pothitos: “The product itself consists of a 2,5” mobile SATA disk drive encapsulated in a robust and rugged cartridge designed for use with a USB docking station, either internal or external, to back up a workstation or server. Capacities currently supported include 160GB and 320GB, and because the solution uses industrystandard hard disk technology driver and compatibility issues are kept to a minimum.
“Backing up becomes a simple matter of inserting the removable RDX disk cartridge into the docking station (the cartridge will automatically show up as a letter drive in Windows Explorer with no extra formatting or extra steps), selecting the files that need to be protected and dragging them into the removable drive folder. To restore files, users simply reverse the process.”
For more advanced automated backups simple scheduled or “hands-free” continuous data backup can be performed through the solution’s support of continuous data protection (CDP) software and standard ISV backup applications.
The RDX drive brings simplicity and peace of mind to a sector previously left out in the cold when it came to safeguarding against data loss. And with the focus on SME solutions growing throughout the entire technology industry, while the RDX might be one of the first solutions designed expressly for that sector it will most certainly not be the last.