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Reduce Costly Downtime With Continuous Backup

Written by  Eric Jackson November 19, 2007

The regular daily backup is still the primary method most businesses use to protect their vital data and ensure their ability to resume function after a disaster. Backups protect equally well against natural disasters like a flood, earthquake or blackout, hardware malfunctions like the failure of a hard disk, and human and software errors leading to corruption of critical business information. Backup technology is well understood and stable and, as long as the vital procedures that provide for and verify the integrity of the daily backup are in place, it will long continue to provide the foundation for effective information infrastructure protection for business. Increasingly, however, the rising cost of downtime in lost productivity, missed opportunity and dissatisfied customers is forcing many businesses to recognize the traditional daily backup as only one element of an effective strategy. Indeed, the backup serves best as the final, last-resort layer of protection. When backup

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