Everyone, from your dad to your boss to Mama Microsoft, tells you “back up your files.” But what’s the best way to protect your collection of digital music, photos, videos, downloads – and your operating system? To answer that question, we ventured out on a long, test-heavy trail to find the “Ultimate Backup.” Here’s what we found.
If you see any IBM execs wearing a sling around their arm, it's probably from patting themselves on the back. And we supposed they earned the right to do so, having been named as a Disaster Recovery Service Providers leader in "The Forrester Wave," the company announced.
"We believe this comprehensive analysis reflects both IBM's strategy and technology strengths complemented by the breadth of our offerings and our geographic coverage," said Joanne Olsen, General Manager of IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services. "We are honored to be recognized for our success and continue to focus on smarter opportunities to help enterprises make their business and IT operations more resilient, secure, and efficient."
IBM has over 154 facilities around the globe and, according to the report, extensive IT, work-area, mobile, and quick-ship recovery services. The report also notes that IBM employs more than 1,600 employees in its business continuity and recovery services sector.
Teneros, a backup and disaster recovery specialist, announced the launch of its new hosted disaster recovery offering, DR-as-a-Service, for critical network and communication applications like Microsoft Exchange, BlackBerry, and so forth.
Teneros claims its new service is suitable for enterprises of all sizes looking for a global disaster recovery solution, noting that it requires no upfront capital expenditure.
"Our DR-as-a-Service represents another milestone in our product strategy, which is focused on ensuring always-on, available and accessible email," said Ben Petro, president and CEO of Teneros. "Teneros is the industry leader in delivering email and messaging continuity via appliances. The Teneros hosted DR-as-a-Service broadens our Always-On™ product suite to address enterprises’ expanding application continuity requirements across their entire IT infrastructure."
Petro went on to note that the company's SaaS offering is the first complete disaster recovery solution that both protects corporate IT infrastructures while also providing an affordable solution for mission critical SMB applications.
This week, Seagate announced its latest backup devices, the Replica backup appliance family. Replica is available in two versions: a single-computer 250GB model ("Single PC") and a 500GB version ("Multi-PC") that also includes a dock.
Replica's 'plug it in and forget it design' is intended to make it a close hardware equivalent to online backup services in terms of ease of use, but it's not designed to be as flexible - or as fast - as a traditional USB hard disk. Seagate refers to Replica as a "backup applicance" for good reason: the included software makes a backup copy of your entire system, and you get a bootable recovery disc that helps you restore your system in case it dies.
While you have the option of restoring the entire PC, or just dragging individual files from Replica back to your PC in case you deleted your latest draft of the Great American Screenplay, Replica won't do drag and drop copying from your PC to Replica. Seagate's reasoning: if you want an external hard disk, get yourself a Seagate FreeAgent or FreeAgent Go, or a Maxtor OneTouch or OneTouch mini. By contrast, Replica is designed for users who don't want to think about anything after installing the software and plugging the drive into a free USB port.
So, how much will Replica cost? To find out, and for your chance to sound off, join us after the jump.