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Vol. 6 No. 3 May 2007

More laptop backup options

Berkeley Data Systems, an online remote backup service provider in American Fork, UT, launched MozyPro in December and says 2,500 customers have signed up for the service. Interestingly, many of these users are running the software on laptops. MozyPro encrypts and backs up files remotely by copying the files that reside on a PC or server, including emails, onto its own servers for safekeeping. The service costs $3.95 per machine per month, plus $0.50 per gigabyte per month. In April, Berkeley signed a global contract with General Electric for online desktop and laptop backup, signaling the acceptance of these services among the Fortune 1000. "Notebooks are the red-headed stepchild of the IT department," says Josh Coates, founder and CEO of Berkeley Data Systems. "This service brings them back into the family." Coates says he's seeing large companies encrypt laptop data and then use a backup service for data recovery if the machine is lost. "You've got to encrypt the hard drive, but that locks you out of data recovery unless you ...

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Features in this issue

  • Negotiating for support

    Over a period of just a few years, the amount you spend on support contracts could equal or even exceed the price of the product itself. But storage support contracts are usually optional, and both the extent of coverage and its cost are definitely negotiable. A little hard bargaining and creativity, along with the leverage of seeking maintenance from a third-party support company, can go a long way toward knocking down your support costs.

  • More laptop backup options

  • Storage managers in control

    For the first time in five years, the amount of capacity storage managers plan to add this year dropped, according to the results of Storage magazine's latest Purchasing Intentions Survey. To be sure, the decrease was more of a sign that relief may be on the way for storage managers who have spent the last few years trying to keep up with runaway storage growth.

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  • Best Practices: Protecting SharePoint data

    SharePoint's collaboration framework is gaining in popularity, but it has a number of data protection challenges that can result in significant levels of complexity rather quickly. Storage and data protection groups must work with application teams to plan an effective data protection strategy.

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