A mobile backup strategy
Rick Cook

Like any other computers in the enterprise, notebook computers used by outside workers need to be backed up. Because they are most subject to damage or theft, backup is especially important for mobile computers.

In deciding how to back up these systems, one of the most important considerations is what kind of link your mobile users will have with your servers and how often they will connect. At one extreme are users who have access to high-speed links through hotels catering to business travelers, hooking up through a customer's LAN, or other high-speed connection. These systems can be backed up almost as if they are on a desktop in the enterprise. A number of companies' backup products, such as Brightstar Mobile from

    Requires Free Membership to View

Computer Associates and Veritas NetBackup Professional offer features for backing up mobile systems.

At the other extreme are systems that are almost never connected to a network while the user is in the field. Typically the information on these notebooks will be uploaded when the user returns to the office. For these systems some kind of attached backup device, such as the ABS system from CMS is probably the best answer.

In between is the most common situation where the user connects regularly, but only via modem and perhaps not every day. The solution here lies in between. Software like Brightstar Mobile and NetBackup Professional is designed to work over modem lines by using incremental backups, often at the block level. Similarly, attached backup devices can work well in these situations, especially if their software will automatically back up the computer when the user plugs in the device.


Rick Cook has been writing about mass storage since the days when the term meant an 80K floppy disk. The computers he learned on used ferrite cores and magnetic drums. For the last twenty years he has been a freelance writer specializing in storage and other computer issues.

Editor's note: Mention of specific products in this tip is for illustrative purposes only, and is not meant to imply endorsement of such products. Moreover, any products so mentioned have not been reviewed by SearchStorage or TechTarget, and thus such mention in no way implies recommendation of those products.


This was first published in May 2002

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Disclaimer: Our Tips Exchange is a forum for you to share technical advice and expertise with your peers and to learn from other enterprise IT professionals. TechTarget provides the infrastructure to facilitate this sharing of information. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of the material submitted. You agree that your use of the Ask The Expert services and your reliance on any questions, answers, information or other materials received through this Web site is at your own risk.