HCL Infosystems has a solution that brings a PC or notebook
back from the brink in a few seconds. By Prashant L Rao.
To bring back your system after
a catastrophic event like the hard disk being accidentally formattedreboot,
hit the hot key and load a snapshot
It took 20 engineers in HCL Infosystems Pondicherry
labs over a year to create this solution. Beta 1 was out in May-June 2006. Today
the solution ships on HCLs desktops and notebooks bringing a PC back from
the brink in a jiffy without taking up gigabytes of space on the machine to
store the backups. EC2 takes up only .07 percent of disk space on a PC. Thats
about 70 MB for a 100 GB disk. All you have to do to bring back your system
after a catastrophic event like the hard disk being accidentally reformatted
is to reboot, hit the hot key and load a snapshot. Snapshots can be created
manually or scheduled on an hourly/daily/weekly basis. Then there are event-driven
snapshots that are taken when a new application is installed.
technology is a lot more elegant that competing technologies from other vendors
that essentially mirror the partition that has to be restored. In a conventinoal
setup, if your C drive is 10 GB and 4 GB of that is usedyoull need
4 GB to back it up. This takes time and wastes space. HCLs solution is
sparing in its use of disk space and it restores in seconds not minutes or hours.
The EC2 interface from where you can take snapshots or restore your system
Scheduling the taking of snapshots
EC2 in action as it takes a snapshot of the system