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Suppliers Focus on Getting Data Back After Disasters

Software vendors FarStone Technology and Acronis are pushing backup technology that could ease users worries about lost laptops, viruses, and hard drive failures.

FarStone, for example, launched version 5 of its DriveClone Network software this morning, which it is touting as a way for firms to restore both servers and desktops in the event of a crisis.

The software takes a copy of end users’ hard drives and uses this to create a system image. This is then used to restore PCs and servers to their original configurations, something which could be critical in the event of a virus attack or disaster scenario.

”Let’s say that your computer gets infected with a virus, or you lose a hard drive -- you’re going to need bare metal restore or image-based backup,” says Henry Baltazar, an analyst at the 451 Group. “This is all about ‘how do I get my machine up and running as fast as possible.' I think that it’s a very important market, and I think that it’s something that might be a little bit overlooked. There are tools out there for bare metal recovery, but it is not as popular as it should be.”

The previous version of DriveClone was aimed at small office and home office users, although FarStone is now broadening its focus by aiming at the enterprise server market. Pricing for the Drive Clone Enterprise Server software starts at $700, compared to $80 for the workstation version.

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