US firm launches disc-based security back-up package

US telecoms supplier MCI has introduced a fully managed data protection service based on disc backup, which is designed to help...

US telecoms supplier MCI has introduced a fully managed data protection service based on disc backup,which is designed to help companies to guarantee business continuity.

Enhanced Smart Backup allows companies to rapidly restore critical company information in the event of minor data loss or major disasters.

MCI already has a similar offering based on tape backup, but the new program uses disc-to-disc technology that provides faster backup and restoration, improved data integrity, and increased scalability, said Rick Dyer, director of product management for MCI Hosting Services.

"With disc you get a lot of advantages. For instance, after the initial scan, you only have to back up the unique data changes, eliminating the need to copy an entire data set after the initial scan. That can save a lot of time and improve performance," he said.

The product also promises cost savings because it is priced according to customer usage, determined by the amount of actual data protected, said Dyer.

"That can be a big advantage with database applications because disc-based backup can greatly reduce the volume of data that is backed up," he said.

MCI is using disc backup technology from Avamar Technologies for the product. Initially it will be available only in the US, but MCI plans to offer it internationally next year.

Bob Francis writes for Inforworld

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