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Laptop backup solutions emerge to address remote backup challenges

SearchDataBackup Editorial Staff

As the workforce grows more and more mobile, laptop backup solutions have emerged to protect data created outside of the corporate office. Analysts agree that there is mature technology available to address laptop backup, and that the solutions have gotten ahead of end-user adoption.

In this two-part tutorial on laptop backup solutions, learn about why laptop data backup is still such a pain point for many businesses, the state of laptop data backup today, and what laptop backup solutions are out there.

Remote laptop backup remains a challenge for many organizations

In the first part of the tutorial, you'll learn some interesting statistics about the costs associated with lost laptops and mobile devices, what companies are currently doing to protect mobile data, and the

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challenges associated with endpoint backup.

This piece also offers expert advice from backup experts Lauren Whitehouse, analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group; Howard Marks, founder and chief scientist at DeepStorage.net; and Rachel Dines, analyst with Forrester Research. Learn about the laptop backup solutions available in the market today, best practices, and things you should consider before choosing a laptop backup approach.

Click here to read more about remote laptop backup.

How to cope with laptop backup challenges

In the second part of this tutorial, Whitehouse offers answers to common questions about laptop backup. She offers advice on choosing the best laptop backup strategy for your organization, laptop backup solutions available today, and whether or not desktop virtualization is a good option for protecting data created on laptops.

Click here to listen to our podcast on how to develop a better laptop backup strategy.

Of course, backing up data on laptops is only one piece of the data protection puzzle—it is also important to develop policies around what type of information can be saved on laptops in the first place.

In March, BP announced that a worker lost a laptop computer containing the personal information of about 13,000 people who had filed claims with the embattled oil company following last year’s Gulf oil spill. The laptop was password secured, but the information was not encrypted.

In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to pay a $20 million settlement to current and former military members whose personal information was stored on a laptop and an external drive that were stolen from a VA analyst three years earlier. According to published reports, the computer and drive contained information for approximately 26.5 million people.

Some laptop backup products are emerging that also allow corporate IT to remotely erase data from lost or stolen laptops. Depending on the nature of your business, that could be a feature worth looking for when considering a laptop backup solution.

This was first published in June 2011

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