To say life over the past several months has been unpredictable is an understatement. How people work and learn changed overnight, with remote access to large scale computer networks becoming the norm in the blink of an eye. Because of this, many companies, schools, government agencies and law enforcement departments were forced to quickly update their computer systems to meet this new working environment. The complement to these system enhancements is a reliable disk duplication system that meets these increased data needs.
To meet these new virtual demands, many of these organizations found themselves installing custom applications on hundreds, if not thousands, of laptop and notebook computers. And in some cases, application updates also included the need to ‘block’ or restrict certain applications from use. This is especially true when it comes to providing large numbers of laptops to young students who can now readily access applications and websites deemed harmful.
One method of restricting access to such sites and applications is to load information one-by-one to these computers using USB thumb drives or network downloads. However, this is not efficient, as it’s not only a painfully slow process technically and physically, but it requires more labor resources than may be available and will take weeks or months to complete due to sheer volume. When time is of the essence and resources are limited, a more large-scale duplication method should be employed.
More Efficient Data Duplication
Trying to remedy the situation manually is not the answer. So, what is? High-speed data imaging. Most new small computers use either 2.5” small form-factor (SFF) drives (rotating disk or SSD) or newer M.2 new-generation form factor (NGFF) drives for the operating system, applications and data storage. The 2.5” drives are almost all Serial ATA (SATA) storage devices. The M.2 drives may be either SATA or Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) drives. These two drives use extremely different technologies and are not interchangeable.
With all of this in mind, JMR/ICS designs and manufactures a broad range of very high-speed, secure data duplicators that can accommodate all these variations, with SATA drive imaging occurring at approximately 25 GB/minute and NVMe drive imaging at more than 90 GB/minute.
In conjunction with the NGFF M.2 NVMe drives, a 256 GB system drive, including the operating system, all applications and thousands of files, can be completely reimaged in less than three minutes. JMR/ICS has machines that can accommodate anything from two to eight such drives simultaneously, and even more with custom networked solutions.
Imagine replacing the critical and desired contents of the system drives, including the time to remove and replace the drives, for 100 computers in just a couple of hours instead of in days or weeks.
Data Security and Drive Wiping Requirements
Although using a third party online or “Cloud” service for duplication is an option, this typically takes additional time, costs more “per drive,” and may put sensitive or confidential data in the hands of someone you don’t know or who’s company may not have the kind of security clearances needed, whether formal or informal, to handle your assets.
If securely “wiping clean” any kind of drive – up to and including the DoD methods for secure erasing (also commonly used for HIPAA erasing) – is a requirement of your agency or department, then it may be best to acquire data storage device imaging machines that can properly handle this task. Once you have the machine and a trained operator, you will own and control 100% of your assets, never having to pay anyone to perform this task or worry about the security of your data.
Save Time, Money and Manpower
Installing a high-speed data duplicator within your enterprise is a fast, easy solution to keep data content consistent across the board. It also guarantees access to your organization’s information as well as the ability to properly restore data, improve recovery time and get operations up and running again rapidly should problems arise.
Ask yourself a few simple questions to make sure you’re choosing the right disk drive duplication:
- Are you managing a large number of enterprise users?
- Is guaranteed error-free cloning important?
- What drive technologies are you working with?
- Do you need the system to support workflow management?
- Are you looking for customized hardware for your application?
- What about wiping and sanitizing your drives permanently?
Successful data management starts with a consistent data duplication strategy, especially for organizations that manage large numbers of computers, laptops and notebooks for individuals working on site, out in the field or even at home. This allows you to manage data, content and system applications cohesively, while quickly coordinating mass updates of exact datasets across many systems. The dawn of this new virtual era has taught us to be ready for anything, and a data duplication system that matches these enhanced duplication needs is something you can rely on for years to come.