IBM offers 'continuous' back-up system

IBM has launched new “safety net” software that continually backs up files, protecting them from viruses, file corruption or accidental deletion of data.

IBM has launched new “safety net” software that continually backs up files, protecting them from viruses, file corruption or accidental deletion of data.

Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files offers non-stop automatic back up for files on individual laptops, desktop PCs or file servers, replacing traditional scheduled backup sessions run by systems administrators.

The software creates a copy of the file on the local machine within milliseconds, and then sends another copy to a remote server. It allows users to restore files that are corrupted or accidentally deleted, back to any point in time.

IBM said the software would help people who risk losing hours of work when a file freezes, with even the most recently entered information protected.

The firm’s research showed that loss of data, including time spent attempting to restore information, was among the top problems for mobile workers. Periodic data backup by systems administrators was often not viable for people working remotely outside the office.

The software involves more than 10 patents pending on technologies for capturing continuous changes to data in tandem with remote scheduled back-up. It will be available from the middle of next month.

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