Con­sumer-level sim­plic­ity, en­ter­prise func­tion­al­ity

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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.

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