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IBM opens back-up service

Antony Savvas

IBM is to offer its enterprise-grade Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files to small businesses.

The company plans to distribute the continuous data back-up system via an online distribution agreement with Digital River. IBM will also sell the software via its own website. The software will sell for £20 for each laptop or desktop it is installed on.

Once the information is saved, an encrypted copy is sent to a remote location, such as a USB drive.

"Data loss threats caused by viruses and outages are not just a big-business concern," said Hershel Harris, IBM Tivoli storage and security vice president of development.

IBM introduced the product for larger corporate users last year. By entering the SME market with the product, IBM has stolen some time on Google, which is said to be planning a continuous data back-up product for small users, where the backed-up data would reside on Google servers.





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