HP makes backups easy

Hewlett-Packard's new class of backup solutions - the HP SureStore AutoBackup familyKUALA LUMPUR, 21 July 2000 (MaxisNet) - Ever lost important data because you neglected to back up your files? Bet you've been chewed out by the big boss for this, no matter how many apologies/excuses you made.

Hewlett-Packard's new class of backup solutions - the HP SureStore AutoBackup family

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 July 2000 (MaxisNet) - Ever lost important data because you neglected to back up your files? Bet you've been chewed out by the big boss for this, no matter how many apologies/excuses you made. Now you can safely wave goodbye to such guilt-inducing incidents, thanks to Hewlett-Packard (HP).

While it's always been a management trait to blame underlings for things that go wrong, Peripheral Concepts' research shows that most companies have no back-up strategies in place for their employees' hard drives, which they should, considering that nearly 80% of laptops and desktop PCs carry company data.

Employers can't simply assume that their employees have nothing better to do than to constantly perform back-ups manually. Typically, only data that resides on servers is backed up, while the rest is left vulnerable to user error, accidental damage or in the case of laptops, theft.

Safeguarding critical data

The answer lies in Hewlett-Packard's new class of backup solutions - the HP SureStore AutoBackup family. These solutions have been designed to safeguard the high volume of business-critical data residing on mobile computers and networked desktop systems.

What's great about the solutions is that they enable back-up to be initiated without user intervention each time a user logs on to the network. The process is conducted in the background and will not interfere with the users' computing work, HP claims in a statement.

The HP SureStore AutoBackup can be installed in 15 minutes, connects easily to the local area network to avoid server congestion, and has a built-in scheduler that prompts users to back up, in addition to an automatic backup.

Disaster recovery is also possible, as the solution comes with an integrated HP CD-Writer and disaster-recovery software with step-by-step instructions.

"HP is the first company to integrate advanced backup and disaster-recovery software into a network appliance, built on thin-server technology that captures changes to hard-drive content whenever a PC connects to the network," Lee Chin Keong, commercial business manager, HP Asia Pacific, said.

This happens automatically and runs as a background process. The system captures only changes to the data backed up, which is typically a small percentage of the total.

The products

The first two products in the HP SureStore AutoBackup family are the PC25, suitable for organisations with about 25 clients PCs, and the PC100, designed for organisations with about 100 client systems.

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