Case Study – Why a Remote Laptop Backup is a Problem For Enterprises

Some vitals stats I may collect from google/IDG/Gartner round –

1. Almost 200M workers work remotely (off their desk)
2. Close to 637K laptops are misplaced on US airports yearly
3. 65% of customers don’t do a backup earlier than they begin the journey
4. 90% of customers don’t backup whereas on the transfer

In the final 6 weeks I (personally) have heard the identical assertion from not less than 8 VPs or CXOs – “I misplaced my information/pocket book throughout final journey at …” and none of them had a backup 🙂

If I’ve to summarize, the highest three causes I heard from these guys have been –

1. My backup software program dose not work over WAN
2. I had restricted bandwidth connectivity
3. I hate backups – they decelerate my PC and work

So, the principle downside seems to be like availability of bandwidth and incapability of the backup software program to work nicely over WAN/Internet.

One very very important facet missed by directors is the prolong of knowledge duplicate between company customers. Not very surprisingly, over 80% of knowledge duplicate between company PC customers when it comes to emails/docs and its not the info however these duplicates which truly choke the bandwidth and the storage.

One of essentially the most disruptive expertise in storage at this time is “information de-duplication” – the flexibility to avoid wasting single disruptive copy of duplicate content material. This characteristic particularly will be very very helpful for company PC backups as it could possibly minimize down on duplicates and shrink the backup measurement. This can doubtlessly save as much as 80% of backup time, bandwidth and storage!

Thanks to the tape-backup legacy, most current software program have server triggered backup mechanism which creates a downside from the touring person related to the corporate’s infrastructure utilizing WAN. Since the PC doesn’t have a mounted IP handle the server cannot attain it and therefore the backup fails. This specific downside has been addresses by new era PC backup software program which use shopper triggered backup mechanism (versus server triggered).

Summarizing the above, the next options is what (in my view) you need to search for earlier than selecting any laptop computer backup product –

1. Smart bandwidth prioritization units solely a share of bandwidth for backup
2. Super Secure – inSync makes use of SSL encryption over WAN and does not want a VPN for backup.
3. WAN Optimization – Automatic Network sensing for selecting acceptable packet measurement and bandwidth.
4. De-duplication – saving single copy of duplicate information.

So, subsequent time you propose to buy a PC backup answer to your firm, maintain these factors in thoughts.

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