IBM launches data safety net

IBM has announced new software that it claims will continuously protect information on a multitude of devices from viruses, file corruption, or accidental deletion.

IBM has announced new software that it claims will continuously protect information on a multitude of devices from viruses, file corruption, or accidental deletion.

The software, IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files, acts like a data safety net that provides real-time backup for important information such as Word documents, MP3 files, digital photos, presentations and spreadsheets containing sales and tax records.

IBM said that the rationale behind the move is the fact that because people today are increasingly more likely to be connected to a network through high-bandwidth wireless connections, continuous backup of data is now practical.

While previously, users have had to back up data through a scheduled backup session, with IBM’s new software, this process is said to happen continuously, thanks to one package that can be installed on laptops, desktop PCs or enterprise file servers.

The software creates a copy on a local machine, and then sends another copy to a remote server. Users can protect and restore files that are corrupted or accidentally deleted, back to any point in time, even before they were lost – adding multiple layers of defence against data loss

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