So why aren’t you?
The UK TV soap “EastEnders’” is creating a ‘back-up’ tape in case of crisis. The UK soap is coming up for its 25th anniversary. To celebrate the BBC are putting on a “live” episode … which strikes me in the first instance as madness. I mean, if you don’t have to, why make things difficult for yourself? Mind you, this is what we do all the time – business is permanently “live”. Anyway The Beeb (BBC TV) will shoot a back-up tape – just in case anything should fall foul during the live episode.
Makes sense to me … the tape will only be played if something goes ‘seriously wrong’ during the live broadcast on Friday 19th February, the date of the soap’s 25th anniversary. As with most of these long running programmes there will be a cliff-hanger scene and a “reveal”, I think they call it, scene.
The idea is that the soap’s team will film the rehearsal, including the various versions of the “reveal” scene, so that should something goes seriously wrong, they can play the tape.
Sounds like tape backup to me … Isn’t this what we do for our businesses? Executive producer Diederick Santer is quoted as saying, “But we won’t be using it if anyone just fluffs a line or missed a cue. In those cases, we’ll power on using our improvisational skills. It’s really just for technical back-up in case of a proper crisis.”
Although the soap will only use the backup tapes if something seriously goes wrong we, in business, have the ability to restore individual files should we “fluff a line”. By deploying both best-of-breed data protection and best-of-breed system recovery solutions, enterprises are in a better position to keep their business up, running.
For many companies, protecting remote office data can be a challenge. Companies may perform tape backups at each remote office, but this approach can be unreliable, cumbersome, and expensive. The alternative method, creating backups over a WAN, also poses problems because of the amount of data and the cost of bandwidth. Technologies like deduplication and/or archiving addresses these hurdles and helps companies to efficiently manage and protect remote office data.
You may have noticed a bit of a noise around the new version of Backup Exec this last week. Launched on Monday 25th January, Backup Exec 2010 has created a considerable amount of interest in the European, Middle East and African regions where there are a number (actually a huge number) of partner and customer training events going on. These events will cover new features in BE 2010, like deduplication and archiving, as well as covering how Backup Exec can help reduce storage costs and improve data lifecycle management with new, innovative technology to help our customers “Protect More, Store Less and Save More”.
In the UK the Symantec team are hosting a Backup Exec Tech Night for our partner community giving partners a chance to see for themselves what the new features of Backup Exec can do, with live demos. We have a Director from the Product Management Team, Herve Lequippe, over from Paris and with our technical specialists will also be on hand to answer any questions that our partners may have.
The night will also take a slightly unusual format to our normal events. It is themed’ Warm up for the World Cup’. The partners can come along and take part in a football gaming night all accompanied by Beer and Pizza! What could be better? Learn about BE 2010 and take on your colleagues in a gaming challenge. I would really encourage you to come along as it is likely to be a great night.
If you would like to attend please register by visiting: https://symantecevents.verite.com/16471
So, the new version is generally available today (1st February 2010) and in order not to miss out on all the events going on around the region, I would urge you to contact your local IT partner or Symantec office to find out more.