Avoiding the Great Black Hole
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I've been in this position a few times in the past, and the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach is kind of similar to that feeling when you lose a big bet at the horse race or in Las Vegas (or so I've been told). If you've experienced it yourself, you know it's a very hollow and empty feeling, like "I can't believe I just spent a whole weekend doing that ace presentation and now the only place it can be found is in the Great Black Hole. I think I'll now go throw myself over a cliff."
Putting the sinking feeling aside for a moment, know that lost data can also cost you a bundle. A 2003 study at Pepperdine University estimated that the total U.S. cost alone was $18.2 billion. And most of that cost came in the value of the lost data, NOT in the lost productivity. Tell that to your boss, right?
Help is on its way. Announced earlier today -- and this is a mouthful, so bear with me -- the IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files product is here to try to assist you in avoiding such situations, particularly if you're an individual or smaller business that may not have yet invested in data backup or protection.
Here's what it does: As you enter or change data on your computer, this new software automatically copies the data and sends it via IP to a central, secure remote location (a server, if you will) -- within seconds of its being stored -- allowing you to retrieve it in case of a freeze, crash, or other Great Black Hole experience.
This technology sprouted from a product hatched in our bleeding-edge alphaWorks Lab and was originally called "VitalFile for Real-Time Workstation Protection," and runs on the Windows, Mac OS-X and Linux platforms.
Learn more about this software works and how to steer clear of the Great Black Hole here.