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Is your Data Safe? Protecting Critical Data in a Distributed Computing Environment

Written by  Ted Gulley

Fire, flood, tornadoes, hurricanes, power outages, terrorism, employee sabotage, Y2K... The list of potential disasters that could effect or destroy a company is endless. Is all of your critical data protected from a potential disaster? While many people would answer "yes" to this question, the truth is in most cases it's not. Any manager responsible for a company's critical data, knows the importance of regularly scheduled backups and storage of the backup media in a secured off site facility for easy recovery in the event of a disaster. The area where most backup strategies fall short, and subsequently leave the company vulnerable for critical data loss, is the backup and storage of data from remote Local Area Networks. The dynamics of the IT industry have changed substantially over the past 25 years. Computing has evolved from centralized mainframe computing to distributed Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs). All