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Yosemite Technologies FileKeeper Corporate

FileKeeper lets you set policies that define the level of protection for different types of files.

With so much emphasis on protecting data on enterprise systems, we sometimes overlook one of the largest repositories of information: desktop and laptop PCs, which typically hold at least 50% of a company's intellectual property.

Last February, Yosemite Technologies Inc. acquired FileKeeper, a slick CDP app that runs on laptop/desktop computers and uses a technique called file-level differencing to capture only the changes to a file each time it's saved. The various file versions are stored in a Data Vault that can be local, on a network drive or even on removable media; Data Vaults on networked storage can even be backed up. Recoveries are a snap and don't require IT's involvement because FileKeeper integrates with Windows Explorer.

FileKeeper offers some corporate-class features, such as central administration and automated installation. It supports policies so firms can uniformly enforce data-retention policies for end-user generated files. Purchased in a 100-pack, you can get FileKeeper for a starting price of approximately $19 per user; add a maintenance plan and the price per user is approximately

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$25. That seems like a small price to pay to protect all that company data.

This was first published in February 2008

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