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Method and System for Utilizing Free Space of Distributed Devices as a Backup Pool for a Centralized Backup System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237632D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-27
Document File: 6 page(s) / 232K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for utilizing free space of distributed devices as a backup pool for a centralized backup system.

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Method and System for Utilizing Free Space of Distributed Devices as a Backup Pool for a Centralized Backup System

Securing data stored on company devices such as, but not limited to, personal computers (PC) and mobile devices against data loss due to hardware failure and accidental deletion is challenging. Typical centrally managed device backup solutions require a huge investment. Due to the high cost, companies often decide not to offer a device backup and restore service due to budget constraints and accept the data loss. A company's policy usually states that business relevant data must be stored on a central

storage. However, employees of the company store business relevant data often on the devices like pc's/mobile etc. as a single copy rather than storing the data in the central storage. A damage that might occur to the devices can result in loss of data.

Disclosed is a method and system for utilizing free space of distributed devices as a backup pool for a centralized backup system.

The method and system disclosed herein utilizes an un-used free storage capacity of devices provided by a company such as, but not limited to, PC and mobile device as a backup pool for a centralized backup system. Typically, the devices are provided

with more storage capacity than used by an end user for business purpose. A part of the free space available can be utilized to

store backup data. For example, on a 300 GB hard disk, 200 GB can be used for business data, and 100 GB can be used as a backup pool.

Fig. 1 illustrates a central backup system linked to various devices in accordance with the method and system disclosed herein.

Figure 1

As illustrated, a backup agent installed on each device offers a local storage capacity to the central backup server. Accordingly, the central backup server gets extended to use the provided storage capacity as an additional backup pool.

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In accordance with the implementation, the method and system splits the available storage capacity of the devices into two pools as illustrated in Fig. 2.

Figure 2

As illustrated in Fig. 2, a portion of the storage capacity can be considered as primary storage and can be utilized for storing business relevant data. The remaining portion of the storage capacity can be used as a backup pool for the centralized backup system.

The backup agent installed on each device identifies the backup pool and notifies the information related to availability of the backup pool to the central backup server. In case the device is in an offline mode or connected to a different Local Area Network (LAN), the backup agent postpones the pool action until the device is connected back to an office LAN.

The backup agent receives and sends the requested data to/from the central backup server. In addition, the backup agent compresses and encrypts files to avoid data security issues.

The central backup server receives backup agent notifications and register new pools as available distri...