The consulting company, Newell & Associates, had a disk drive crash six months after it began operations. And, even with a fully backed up system on a tape drive, it took over five days to get a critical computer system restored. They spent several months investigating all the alternatives to manual backup systems. And, finally decided that the best backup system is the one used by Fortune 500 companies. Companies like IBM, GE, and Amoco.
Most fortune 500 companies use the same basic techniques to protect their data:
- All their systems are completely automated
- The data is copied to a central location
- Highly skilled technicians implement and monitor the process
Newell & Associates then spent several months searching for the right hardware and software to enable this system to work for a typical company. Without the high overhead.
In the middle of 1999, Remote Backup Systems, Inc, a leading backup software company, released a system that would allow Newell & Associates to set up a centralized server so that its customers could lease a highly effective backup system with no overhead.