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Conquer the unique challenges of remote and mobile backups

Learn how to navigate the unique obstacles posed by remote office, cloud, endpoint and other mobile backups, and the technologies available to handle them.

Introduction

Today's workforce is obviously increasingly mobile and dispersed. Data is created and stored at remote offices, home offices and on laptops and mobile devices. Protecting that data presents a variety of challenges to IT staffs.

There are many options available for protecting remote offices. Many shops today are moving away from on-site tape or disk and instead opting for a centralized backup approach -- copying data over a WAN to the home data center. Others are sending these backups to the cloud. The same applies for disaster recovery. Some shops stick with tape, but increasingly, organizations are opting to replicate data over a WAN for DR. In some cases, they keep the operation completely in-house, and others take a hybrid cloud approach.

Laptop and mobile backups come with unique challenges. The biggest may be that they are not always connected to an organization's network. And when they do connect, bandwidth can be an issue. Mobile device operating systems also present a challenge but there are products available that can perform backups of these devices.

This Essential Guide offers information on remote and mobile backups, including remote office, cloud and endpoint backup challenges, and the technologies available to address them. You will also learn about the pros and cons associated with  replicating data across a WAN for disaster recovery. 

1How-tos-

Tech tips and expert advice

Learn about the technologies and approaches available today for protecting data at remote sites, laptops and mobile devices.

Feature

Today's cloud-based backup strategies

Cloud backup has evolved to protect data enterprise-wide -- on servers, laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets. But it has limitations. Continue Reading

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How cloud and virtualization are changing disaster recovery

In the final part of our three-part series on modernizing backup and DR, Jason Buffington explores how cloud and virtualization advancements are changing disaster recovery. Continue Reading

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Endpoint data protection products offer backup, file sync and security

Today's crop of endpoint and mobile data protection products blend backup, file sync and security functionality to increase user productivity while protecting against data loss. Continue Reading

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Importance of mobile device backup grows

Mobile device data protection is growing in importance, but challenges remain. Continue Reading

Tip

Cloud data protection for laptops, desktops and mobile devices

Independent backup expert Brien Posey discusses the variety of ways data on laptops, desktops and mobile devices can be copied to the cloud today, and the pros and cons of each approach. Continue Reading

Podcast

Centralized backup simplifies remote site data protection challenges

In this podcast, learn about the technologies available for centralized backup of remote sites. Continue Reading

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Using replication as part of your remote site backup strategy

Learn how replication can be used for remote site data protection and things you should consider when using replication in your backup strategy. Continue Reading

2Case studies-

Remote and mobile backup in the real world

Learn how companies ranging from a mining company to a school system are dealing with remote backup challenges.

News

Engineering firm builds private backup cloud

Engineering consulting firm exp wanted to get rid of tape and standardize backup in remote offices, so it built a private backup cloud. Continue Reading

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Design firm re-imagines remote office backup; dumps servers, storage

A nine-office design firm replaced servers and storage in its branch office to streamline remote office backup and save money. Continue Reading

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Mining company finds remote office backup gold

Learn how a gold mining company backs up valuable data at bandwidth-starved remote offices to its Toronto data center. Continue Reading

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Firms see public cloud storage as alternative to tape in remote locations

Los Angeles school district and engineering firm Psomas use public cloud storage gateways as tape alternatives for data protection in remote offices. Continue Reading

3Video-

Experts discuss remote backup

Learn more about remote and mobile backup technologies and best practices in these videos.

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The challenge of remote synchronous replication for DR

Jon Toigo discusses the challenges associated with using remote synchronous replication for disaster recovery and some alternatives to this expensive approach.

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Crump: The challenge of data protection in a mobile world

In his Storage Decisions presentation, George Crump discusses the data protection challenges caused by mobile devices as well as file sync and share.

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Tech Talk: W. Curtis Preston discusses endpoint backup

W. Curtis Preston of TruthinIT.com and SearchDataBackup's Todd Erickson discuss endpoint backup in the final part of this three-part Tech Talk.

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