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Desktop Backup & Recovery: Not to be Ignored

August 12, 2008

Summary

Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8 makes it possible for businesses of any size to have a backup and recovery system for desktops and laptops that is cost effective, easy to manage and use.

Introduction

Laptops and desktops are not invincible. Despite your best efforts, system crashes, natural disasters, and other unforeseen events can happen, and they can compromise the integrity of the data on your machine. Major events can wipe out entire computer systems, and more often than not, individual files will be lost and need to be restored. Taking steps to employ a backup and restore solution for the data residing on your machines as well as the entire system itself will save you a lot of headaches (and money) should any of your machines become corrupted down the road.

More machines in use

Lower costs have made laptops and desktop computers ubiquitous. In fact, most employees have at least one, and perhaps two or three that they use for work. According to industry analyst IDC, the SMB segment makes up 34 percent of the entire laptop market. And the numbers of machines in use are only expected to grow, as Gartner found that computer and server upgrades are cited as the top hardware initiatives for SMBs in the U.S. in 2008.
Of course, more machines means there's more for businesses to protect. In many cases, IT staffs are resource-constrained, and backing up all PCs and laptops tends to be a lower priority than other concerns. Businesses that do consider implementing a backup and recovery solution for their desktops and laptops often share these concerns:
  • Easy to use They want a solution that is easy to manage and does not require special IT experience to use.
  • Reliable Of course, every solution will claim to be reliable, but how reliable is it? There are varying degrees.
  • Restore features It may be a long time before backups need to be accessed, and when that time comes, will the data still be there? Will the software still run?
  • Portable In the event of a disaster, is the backup destination portable so it can be removed without being damaged?
  • Quick recovery How much time is needed to recover data or the entire system - can it be done in minutes, or will it take days?
  • Cost effective Does the cost of the solution outweigh the cost of rebuilding lost data and systems manually?

A simple solution

Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8 addresses these concerns, and provides the ability to restore in minutes. It backs up complete Windows systems, including the operating system, applications, databases, all files, device drivers, profiles, settings, and registry, all in one recovery point (backup file).
From the moment it is installed, this solution can be managed even by someone with little IT knowledge. An installation wizard guides the user through the process. Backup parameters are then set, first by specifying what data will be included in the recovery point (the default and most common is "My Computer"). An automatic, time-based schedule is then set for the backup jobs: day of week and time. Backups can be run multiple times per day, or based on event triggers (i.e., a new application installation). Backup Exec System Recovery 8 is easy on IT staff because so little maintenance is required. It's easy on your employees because they know important files and settings stored on their machines will not be lost.
In addition, Backup Exec System Recovery 8 has an array of features that make it both reliable and unobtrusive:
  • Whenever a backup job begins, the user can continue working seamlessly while the job runs in the background.
  • The option of event-triggered backups based on Symantec ThreatCon security monitoring. (ThreatCon ratings indicate the level of global threat exposure).
  • Backups can be saved to any disk storage destination – a network share, Flash drive, CD/DVD and external USB disk. They can also be copied to a remote Internet location via FTP.
  • Full system restoration can be accomplished in minutes using the Symantec Recovery Disk.
  • Symantec's Restore Anyware technology enables entire systems to be recovered to dissimilar hardware. (This is key when it's time to replace old hardware with new, or when existing hardware is rendered unusable).

Conclusion

When you think of "backup", is backing up servers the first thing that comes to your mind? If so, you are not alone. In fact, most businesses have backup systems for their servers in place – but all too often they fail to back up the data stored on PCs and laptops. That negligence places a huge amount of critical data at risk. Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8 makes it possible for businesses of any size to have a backup and recovery system for desktops and laptops that is cost effective, easy to manage and use.

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