A new network appliance for backing up PC data across a network could solve the problem of users failing to back-up critical data, writes Caroline Davis.
Many firms regularly back-up data which sits on department servers. But according to a Department of Trade & Industry survey last year, only 7% of PC users regularly back-up critical data, as they do not see it as worthwhile.
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Surestore Autobackup from Hewlett Packard enables back-ups to run in the background and can be set up by the network administrator to run as frequently as desired. Because the process only captures changes to the data backed-up, typically a small percentage of total, HP claims the user will be unaware of the procedure taking place.
Users can make extra back-ups and even copy individual files from the back-up directory using a Windows Explorer.
Surestore Autobackup creates sets of CDs which can contain all the data that was on the user's PC or laptop hard drive - including the operating system. Rebuilding the PC is then a matter of rebooting off the CDs, saving time for busy IT departments.
The HP Surestore Autobackup will be available in July. Versions supporting 25 and 100 users will cost £2,500 and £5,700 respectively.