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Branch Office Data Consolidation Adds Streamlined Recovery

Written by  Kelly Harriman-Polanski

Companies with branch offices must maintain continuous access to information to expand their business and maximize their competitive edge. However, these organizations are faced with a dilemma: how can they cost-effectively manage the process of protecting branch data while also keeping it available to support business operations? There are inherent risks and costs associated with backing up and protecting branch office data onsite in the branch. First, it is costly because it requires each office to be equipped and maintained with backup software and equipment. It also requires some method for media rotation from each branch, with local operators responsible for rotating and tracking the media and typically paying a services company for pickup of the media at the end of each week. If there is a problem, the recovery is only as good as the backup, and often times the backup turns out to be difficult or impossible to find