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1.4.1 Benefits of using Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files
Using Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files provides the following benefits:
Simplified storage management can save IT staff and computer user time and
Continuous data protection provides data integrity when viruses attack and
Reduces or eliminates backup windows
Optimizes integration to network and enterprise data protection solutions
Optimizes bandwidth and network transfer of data
Continuously protects multiple versions of files to allow clients a choice of
Ability to write-protect data locally to prevent unwanted modification
This has a variety of uses such as allowing a user to store final versions of
documents to prevent unintentional changes.
Ability to send data to heterogeneous backup devices: local file system (on
local or SAN disk), file server, NAS, USB disk, HTTP server, or Tivoli Storage
1.4.2 Unique differentiators
The following unique differentiators of Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files
have been identified:
Fast time to deployment
Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files can be installed, configured, and
running in a few minutes.
Ease of daily use
No need to understand more IT-savvy concepts such as "snapshots" and how
to maintain, configure, and manage such elements.
Elimination or reduction of backup windows
Backup target flexibility
Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files allows the target of the backup to
be any type of modern disk-based storage device such as: a local file system
on local or Storage Area Network (SAN) disk, a USB (Universal Serial Bus)
device, a File Server, a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device or a WebDAV
enabled web server. If Tivoli Storage Manager is used as the remote storage
destination, both disk and tape storage pools can be used.
Easily integrates into traditional backup solutions
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Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files integrates naturally with Tivoli
Storage Manager and Tivoli Storage Manager Express as well as the backup
target device, which can be backed up by any off the shelf data protection
Effective backup for remote systems and traveling users
Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files tolerates a missing remote target
without generating error messages or shutting down the product. As soon as
the remote target becomes visible again, Tivoli Continuous Data Protection
for Files will resume its continuous or scheduled backups to the target.
Effective backup for remote offices
Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files is ideal for remote office servers,
because it will locally version and protect high-importance files and migrates
data back to corporate servers while tolerating network spottiness.
Simple backup for department solutions
Anyone, even with minimal technical skills, can add Tivoli Continuous Data
Protection for Files to a department file server to provide real time file
protection (even if just locally).
With Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files, you can be assured that
there is no loss of productivity due to re-creation of lost work. Other
backup/recovery solutions offer near continuous protection: once an hour or
once a day, which is not as effective as continuous data protection.
Automating manual process to protect
all corporate assets
Users do not need to save to corporate systems for data protection and audit
purposes; Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files automatically protects
all changes to files (even when not connected to the corporate network).
Protects critical files from alteration or deletion, viruses, and corruption
Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files allows users to protect critical
corporate assets in order to prevent deletion or alteration of active files from
user error, device failure, or corruption.