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Protect Your Windows Systems

August 29th, 2006

At the same time, the need for instant, on-demand data recovery is becoming increasingly vital for all business operations. While traditional tape backups have proven effective over the years, today´s dynamic business climate demands faster, more efficient backups and on-demand recovery. Disk-based data protection, specifically continuous data protection, addresses these issues in a way that eliminates the need for backup windows, allows end users to recover their own data without contacting IT, and delivers an integrated disk-to-disk-to-tape solution.

Maximize system availability

When organizations think of backup and recovery, it is usually associated with protecting information residing on a server. It´s important to remember, however, that this constitutes both data and system information. Too often, so much importance is put on the need to protect the data that the system is overlooked. But if the system isn´t operable, the chances of accessing the data are slim. When a server operating system fails, it can take eight or more hours (days, in some instances) to rebuild and restore the server. This process includes reinstalling the OS, applications, patches, configuring settings, etc. Moreover, there are no guarantees that the server will be in the exact same state as before the failure took place.

There is also the matter of having to replace the server hardware. Midsize organizations can´t afford the luxury of maintaining extra server hardware in case they need to replace an existing system. In reality, these organizations are constantly negotiating on price with various vendors and may often change preferred vendor standards. This introduces the issue of restoring a system to a new and dissimilar piece of hardware, while trying to preserve the integrity of the system state and the availability of the data. Organizations must ensure that their data and system backup/recovery solutions provide the ability to adapt to these ongoing changes.

Also, midsize organizations today can spend thousands of dollars per user each year to deploy and migrate operating system and application upgrades. For many of these organizations, the advanced capabilities found in today´s imaging and software deployment tools can make deployment and migration tasks significantly easier and faster. Utilizing today´s imaging software, organizations can create and deploy operating systems, application packages, user settings, and security fixes to PCs across a network in minutes. With client software installed, there´s no need for administrators to visit the target PC in order to conduct routine deployment or maintenance. This translates into lower IT management costs and increased productivity.

Optimize application environments

Over the past 10 years, organizations of all sizes have gone from leveraging email as an alternative communications vehicle to depending on it as their most mission-critical application. Indeed, many organizations have found that productivity falls dramatically when email stops functioning.

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