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.
Tech tips and expert advice
Learn about the technologies and approaches available today for protecting data at remote sites, laptops and mobile devices.
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
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
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
In this podcast, learn about the technologies available for centralized backup of remote sites. Continue Reading
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
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.
A nine-office design firm replaced servers and storage in its branch office to streamline remote office backup and save money. Continue Reading
Los Angeles school district and engineering firm Psomas use public cloud storage gateways as tape alternatives for data protection in remote offices. Continue Reading
Experts discuss remote backup
Learn more about remote and mobile backup technologies and best practices in these videos.
Jon Toigo discusses the challenges associated with using remote synchronous replication for disaster recovery and some alternatives to this expensive approach.
In his Storage Decisions presentation, George Crump discusses the data protection challenges caused by mobile devices as well as file sync and share.
W. Curtis Preston of TruthinIT.com and SearchDataBackup's Todd Erickson discuss endpoint backup in the final part of this three-part Tech Talk.