IBM unveils data safety net software

IBM on Friday announced a new software which is a new solution to one of the oldest problems in computing -- preserving backup copies of critical data files.

The software, IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files, ''can be loaded and used in large enterprises," said Ron Riffe, IBM's director of storage strategy, but it's also designed for mobile workers.

The new software works like a "data safety net", which delivers real-time back-up for data stored as presentations, digital photos, spreadsheets, MP3 files and Word documents.

Traditional working environments have system administrators to handle periodic data back-up, but people who are essentially on-the-move do not have such options. The Tivoli software enables these users to protect and retrieve their files from any point in time, thus preventing loss of valuable data.

Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files facilitates integrated data protection across all data formats. The software works in conjunction with the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and automatically makes copies of data, either locally or across the network. Data is thus protected from viruses, file corruption, alteration and deletion.

IBM's latest software will be available through the company and its business partners, from 16th September, 2005 onwards, at a price of $35 per laptop or desktop and $995 per server processor. The software was developed at IBM's storage research laboratory in Cambridge, Mass.Enditem, Xinhua reported

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