Are there specific issues that need to be considered for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones? Or can
you just rely on the same tools you use to back up laptops?
Devices such as tablets and smartphones normally provide a completely different set of challenges than backing up laptops. The biggest problem with tablets and smartphones is that they often run a different operating system from what is running on laptops (with Windows 7 and Windows 8 tablets being the obvious exception).
Historically, a lot of organizations have completely neglected laptop and tablet backups. Until somewhat recently, there wasn't really any good backup software for them, and a lot of organizations assumed that not a lot of data was stored on these types of devices anyway. But some smartphones have as much as 64 GB of storage, thus making it possible to store large amounts of data.
Although backup software does exist for smartphones and tablets, a lot of organizations simply require users to keep all data stored on the corporate network rather than on these types of devices. This makes the backup process a lot easier, reduces bandwidth charges and eliminates the risk of data exposure in the event that the device is lost or stolen.
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