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Vol. 5 No. 1 March 2006

Relief for remote-office backup blues

BACKUP REMAINS ONE of IT's biggest headaches, and with compliance mandates requiring companies to protect their data, the issue won't be going away soon. And backing up remote-office data may be the biggest headache of all. Remote backup vendors promise that the latest revisions of their products will provide some relief. "We have 85 locations across Canada. Some are pretty small, no more than one or two people," says Scott Sutherland, VP, CIO at Crawford Adjusters Canada, a claims management company based in Kitchener, Ontario. Only approximately 30 of those offices have tape backup. "We had to manage backups at the branch," he says. "Tape drives would fail and have to be replaced. It was pretty costly." The other offices weren't being backed up at all. Crawford turned to Asigra, one of a handful of vendors that provide remote backup, which allows for unattended backup from remote offices to a central location where IT can back up the remote data along with its centralized data. Avamar Technologies, EVault and LiveVault (...

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