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MUCH BUSINESS-CRITICAL DATA MAINTAINED LOCALLY; MOST PC-BASED DATA NOT SECURED DURING NETWORK BACKUP OPERATIONS, NEW 3M STUDY FINDS

MUCH BUSINESS-CRITICAL DATA MAINTAINED LOCALLY; MOST PC-BASED DATA NOT
 SECURED DURING NETWORK BACKUP OPERATIONS, NEW 3M STUDY FINDS
 ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. businesses equipped with personal computers linked by local area networks (LANs) are poised to lose more critical data than those with standalone PCs -- even if file servers are backed up regularly -- according to a new study from 3M.
 The 3M survey of more than 800 intensive PC users in U.S. corporations and small businesses found that data in networked organizations is at risk even though LAN managers backup larger amounts of data and do so more frequently than non-networked PC users.
 Fully half of the LAN managers reported that much of their company's most critical data may remain unprotected on local disk drives, according to the study conducted by market researcher IntelliQuest of Austin, Texas for 3M.
 "Figuratively speaking, LAN-dependent corporations are barring the windows while leaving the front door wide open to data loss," said Michael Stevens, director, 3M Data Storage Tape Technology Division.
 "With local backup a hit-and-miss affair at best, LAN managers lack control of what may well be the most critical and timely data in the corporate environment, and so can't guarantee the integrity of business- critical files," Stevens said.
 The responses from LAN managers were included as part of a larger study, believed to be the most extensive ever undertaken on data backup behavior and end-user attitudes toward data protection.
 Nearly half of the "PC-intensive" respondents (49 percent) said their personal computer was connected to a local area network, while a significant number (29 percent) identified themselves as the designated LAN manager for their organization, with responsibility for 2 to 3 file servers and an average of 29 PCs.
 At an estimated minimum of 40 megabytes (MB) each, local disk drives on a 29-node LAN have an aggregate storage capacity four to five times greater than the average 250 MB network file server. Accordingly, as much as 80 percent of the hard disk space in a given network environment is not shared -- and, typically, not backed up.
 In network management, the new study revealed that:
 -- 33 percent of LAN managers say their users store their critical files on frequently-unprotected local hard drives, not on the network file server.
 -- Of respondents on a LAN, only 39 percent feel the best way to back-up data is through the network.
 -- Fully 76 percent strongly disagree that backup should be someone else's responsibility.
 -- LAN managers are typically performing full and/or incremental backups on a daily basis, compared to standalone PC users, who generally back up only once a week, if at all.
 -- The larger the company surveyed, the more likely it was to have its PCs linked via a LAN.
 -- LAN managers were more likely than other users to say their company has a formal backup policy that was enforced.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Teien of 3M, 612-736-5961; Peter Zandan of IntelliQuest, 512-329-2424; or Ken Greenberg of Fleishman-Hillard, 213-629-4974, for 3M/ CO: 3M ST: Minnesota IN: CPR SU:


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