Posts Tagged ‘remote backup’

FRP Makes Data Security Automatic

Friday, January 8th, 2010

remote_locationFor proper data management, you may choose to use remote backup on a regular schedule, or you may choose ongoing real-time synchronization. You can also, with the new version 6.1 of FileReplicationPro, choose to back up older files gradually while keeping currently-used files in sync.

Still, even with the most carefully-chosen data management plan, there may be times when you’d like to be able to run a job outside of the regular schedule.

For example, you might have a remote worker working on a project in a different time zone. You may not need to sync this worker with your office server all the time, but you want to make sure the files are backed up to your server at the end of his workday.

You may prefer to allow him to back up his server data by invoking this action from a web page you have created for him, without granting him access to the Management Server.

This can be accomplished programmatically by using a script. You define the job, in this case calling it ProductsKL2LA, and write it into the script as a command line.

FRPCLI jobstart name=ProductsKL2LA

Your remote worker can run the job out of schedule, and you maintain the security of your data.

FRP Makes Remote Laptop Backup a Reality

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Now, your staff can be anywhere, and you may need them at any time.

File Replication Pro is used by shipping companies, spaceports, and multinational corporations, as well as by companies that do less traveling but still need safe, secure data management.

Business partners are heading out for some R&R but still want to stay on the same page with developments.

Researchers are heading into the field and gathering data — and you want to make sure the whole team has access to it as soon as possible.

Remote workers are completing projects and you want to make sure their data is backed up on the same reliable schedule as the servers on site.

And maybe you have some plans, yourself, and don’t want to stay on site to see the servers into the new year.

FRP has the solution. You can program all the company’s laptops to sync automatically with the management server as soon as the users log in. This is made possible by the new API.

The command line client (FRPCLI) is automatically installed on every FRP server.  Additionally, you can install FRPCLI on any computer (simply copy the FileReplicationPro/SDK/bin directory to the computer and run FRPCLI from that directory).

This means that you can create new jobs from any server or desktop you designate, submit those jobs to the management server for storage and/or execution and then have their activation and execution managed like all other FRP jobs.

FRP Tackles Years of Accumulated Data

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

dreamstimefree_2415850A new client came to us with a huge backlog of files. As a major international supplier of innovative communication intelligence and security products and systems, with 250 in staff on two continents, his company generated a lot of data, and security was of utmost importance. He had three terabytes of data he needed to replicate to a remote server. He also wanted to keep his remote server in sync with his server on a daily basis.

“It’s going to take months to get all the data onto the backup, right?” he frowned. “And until that’s done, I’m just getting further behind. It seems like a vicious circle.”

He’s right that he’s talking about an enormous job. With a 1.5Mb/sec line between the two servers, at a 70% effective rate, it takes over an hour to move 500MB which is 0.5GB and there are 3000GB to move. It will take 9 months to move all the data through this line.

But the real-world problem isn’t as bad as those numbers would suggest.  The main reason the client needs the server kept in sync is for the current action. The changes and additions to the repository being made now are the ones that are important on a day-to-day level.

The old files which aren’t changing can be replicated gradually.

Can FRP keep current changes in sync and slowly migrate the older files over?

Version 6.1 can.  FRP can now perform a copy or mirror of two servers capturing all current changes and ignoring all files older than a user supplied date.  So our client can tell FRP to migrate his last six months of data first.  Once that’s done, he can change the cutoff date to 12 months ago, and then 18, and so on. All the changes are replicated in real time, so his files stay up to date. The older files are replicated on his schedule, and eventually he’ll have remote backup for all the files.

What if the client needs to work with an older file before it’s replicated? No problem.  If the client changes a three year old file on the source server, FRP will see this as a current change and migrate that file over.  Only unchanged files will have to wait their turn.

If you’re not backing up your files to a remote server yet, you should get started on it as soon as possible. Data security is important for all organizations, and lost data – in any amount – can be a serious problem for your business, especially when data is your business. The good news is, even if you’ve dropped the ball on this in a big way, it’s not too late. Download FRP now and start taking care of the problem.

FRP Assists with Today’s Distributed Workforce

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

laptop_manThere was a time when people chose a job near their homes — or moved to live near their jobs. Traveling salespeople had a territory near their homes and dealt with the regional office. Workers were matched with employers on the basis of geography.

Office computers didn’t really change this. The office had a local area network and a big server, and the workers came into the office to access their computers. People moved to an area because it was good for their chosen profession, or chose a profession because it was needed in the place where they lived.

Now workers and jobs are distributed unevenly around the globe. You choose your off-site workers from an international palette of talents, and send your on-site workers out more often and more widely.

When it comes to communication, this often means that your office computers are not a network of desktop workstations with a central server, but a collection of laptops in changing locations. A mobile sales forces is still likely, but you may also have a mobile accounting staff or a mobile IT department.

How do you get information from the field back to headquarters? How are new price sheets distributed from headquarters to the sales force? How can you be certain that colleagues in multiple locations are in fact working on the same iteration of a collaborative document?

Install FileReplicationPro on a laptop. As soon as that laptop is connected to the internet, it will sync with the office server in a secure manner. It’ll send information out and receive information automatically with no complex VPN setups, and with no action required from the laptop user. Install FileReplicationPro on all the laptops used by your workforce, and you have the same data available to all — better synchronization than in the average office, even if your staff stretches from Dubai to Dallas.

Not only can non-technical staff make sure to be up to date and on the same virtual page, but you don’t even have to rely on workers to remember to email, update, or even back up their data.

Download FRP synchronization software for free, now, and see how it works in your own workspace — however large a space that is.

FRP Gets Management and IT Together

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


An IT guy for a major — in fact, the biggest — U.S. company’s corporate office was talking to us about backup.

FRP does a lot of things, as you can see in this blog, but the most common, most obvious use for file replication is remote backup.

“The guys on the floor know how important it is,” the IT guy assured us, “because we know how many man-hours are involved in cleaning up after problems without backup.”

We could see from his suddenly-haggard face that he did know this. We didn’t press for details of what had clearly been a traumatic experience.

“The guys who sign the checks don’t think about it,” he continued. “It isn’t always real to them, because they haven’t experienced it.”

This isn’t important only to giant multinational corporations. Government figures tell us that 20% of small to medium sized businesses will suffer a major loss of ciritical data in any five year period. And the same source reports that 93% of companies that lose their data center for 10 days or more will file for bankruptcy within a year.

The great thing about FRP is that it will do the necessary backup to keep data completely safe without additional effort on the part of either the IT department or management. Install it, configure it, and rest easy knowing that FRP will keep your data safe with the least possible use of resources.

Another great thing about FRP is that you can try it — in your workspace — for 45 days for free. No guesswork. If you’re the guy who signs the checks, you’ll know that it’ll work for you before you make the investment.

Your IT department will thank you.

FRP Makes Systems Disaster-Tolerant

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

stockvault_6965_20070301As Cambridge’s Brendan Cully and Andrew Warfield put it, “Disaster-tolerant systems are complex and expensive constructions that have hitherto been the provision of only the very rich or the very scared.”

Banks can very properly be in both groups.

We’re not suggesting that banks are lacking in courage, but that they realize that even a brief problem with their information systems can have very severe consequences.

One of our clients is an IT provider specializing in banking. They serve hundreds of community banks, providing solutions for all their technology needs. FRP is used to replicate backups of systems across virtual machines for redundancy. Since FRP uses the least possible resources through bit-level encryption and bandwidth throttling, FRP makes this a practical approach.

Even for companies that are neither very rich or very scared.

FRP Averts Disaster

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

dreamstimefree_5675064As an addition to their line of services to customers, A UK graphics solution provider uses FRP to do cross platform disaster recovery.

As is so often the case for graphics work, the clients often use Macs rather than PCs. Disaster recovery plans don’t always include options for Macs.

With FRP, the company can replicate their critical data to Windows machines in leased rackspace servers at a data center.

This makes it possible for the company to offer disaster recovery at a low cost to small and medium businesses.

Not only are they offering an essential service to clients who otherwise might do without, they’re also able to smooth the oscillations in their cash flow that often affect their industry.

Good for the reseller, good for the clients, and disaster is averted.

FRP Does More With Less

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Spacecraft monumentA major provider of payload processing and launch services for both commercial and government aeronautics companies was running tape backups of servers at their spaceport.

This approach was slow and couldn’t operate in real time. With such essential services at stake, it was time to update to offsite server backup.

They tried one replication software product but found that it was a resource hog. It also couldn’t operate in real time. They liked the concept, but it was still frustrating. They didn’t have margin for an almost-right solution.

Finally, they tried FRP. It’s easy, with a free, fully-functional trial download, to test FRP and make sure it’s a good fit before you buy — and before you put in the time to implement it. You can try it in your workspace for 45 days and see how it works for you. They tried it out at the spaceport, and it was a perfect fit.

FRP replicates files in real time, using less bandwidth, and fewer resources. FRP was the solution for this spaceport.

FRP Improves Working Conditions

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

compugirlFileReplicationPro offers advanced file replication and synchronization technologies. The big picture is how FRP helps companies and makes a difference in the operations, the level of customer satisfaction, and the bottom line.

One recent example is Weinstein Properties, a company managing multi-family homes.

Since its inception, Weinstein Properties has proudly provided superior customer service and a caring attitude towards their residents and employees. Weinstein Properties now owns and manages more than 12,000 apartment homes and is still locally owned and operated by the Weinstein family, which affords quick decision making and enables them to provide a personal touch when interacting with our customers.

To stay focused on providing superior service, Weinstein Properties has continued to invest in the latest technology and has an extensive training program for its employees.

FRP allows Weinstein to keep local backups offsite for greater security and flexibility without affecting staff or customers.

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