Data Protection Software from IBM

Ramon Ray I was telling a PR colleague how it's difficult to get people excited about backup. We all know we need to backup our computers but a) many don't do it b) those who do don't want to think about it.

Backing up your data is so important as the computers we use are not perfect devices - they are like us. Hard disks will crash. Notebooks will get stolen. Viruses will corrupt our data. When that happens nothing is better than a good backup solution - not even a cup of coffee.

There's MANY backup solutions on the market and IBM is the latest to offer a new solution.

IBM today announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Digital River, Inc. , an e-commerce outsourcing company. Through the agreement, Digital River is making IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files software available for online purchase and digital download through the Digital River oneNetwork marketplace, which includes online retailers, such as OfficeMax Incorporated, Staples, Inc. and Circuit City Stores, Inc., among others.

IBM's software, also available via download on and through other sales channels, costs $35 per laptop or desktop PC.

IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files is a "real-time data safety net" that provides PC users and small businesses with continuous backup for information on laptops and desktop PCs. Since every version of a file is saved continuously, digitally stored information, music and photos are protected from viruses, file corruption or accidental deletion.

IBM's software captures and saves important information to documents continuously and also sends an encrypted copy of the information to a remote location, such as a USB drive -- all within milliseconds. With just a few clicks of a mouse, users can restore files that have been corrupted or accidentally deleted, back to any point in time -- adding multiple layers of defense against data loss. Since the backed-up data is encrypted, the information can be viewed only by those with authorized access to the computer.

The software installs in a few simple steps. It determines where data should be saved on the laptop or PC and configures the "memory key" or other remote location to receive the backup copy Â? all in a matter of minutes. The fast, step-by-step installation makes it ideal for people who lack advanced IT skills or do not have access to help desk support.

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