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First Look

HCL’s EC2

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 formatted—reboot, 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 HCL’s 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. That’s 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.

This 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 used—you’ll need 4 GB to back it up. This takes time and wastes space. HCL’s 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

 


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