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Unplugging Your Backups 71

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the long-range-storage dept.
Lucas123 writes "Computerworld has an article about how consumers, home offices and company branch offices can use microwave, free space optics, WiMax, and a new Wireless USB protocol to backup and access data over short and long distances. The story says that wireless USB can be used to transmit data from one to 10 feet from a PC or laptop at up to 480Mbps, while microwave and WiMax can be used to transmit data securely over miles. Steinbach Credit Union Inc., in Canada, has been using microwave and an IP network for years to backup data to a disaster recovery site 32 miles away, the story states."
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Unplugging Your Backups

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  • by davidwr (791652) on Thursday November 09, 2006 @09:41PM (#16790451) Homepage Journal
    How many of you saw "microwave" and "backups" and thought "data destruction?" :)

    BTW, A minute ago: "Nothing for you to see here. Please move along." Damn those newfangled invisible wireless radio waves!
  • Regarding WiMax (Score:3, Insightful)

    by parvenu74 (310712) on Thursday November 09, 2006 @09:42PM (#16790457)
    In theory, WiMax could be used to send backups to a remote storage facility "miles away" -- providing that there is a WiMax network that is actually in operation. But outside of select areas in select cities (like in Canada), where is this WiMax network of which the author speaks?
  • by User 956 (568564) on Thursday November 09, 2006 @09:44PM (#16790467) Homepage
    Why do we need wireless USB when we already have bluetooth? and vice versa? and beyond that, why do we need wireless HDMI?

    Figure out a protocol and stick with it. That's why regular plug-in USB works so well.
  • Wires? (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 09, 2006 @10:04PM (#16790563)
    I fail to see what's wrong with an ethernet cable. 1000mbps. Enlighten me.
  • Diversity? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by leenks (906881) on Thursday November 09, 2006 @10:10PM (#16790579)
    I want wireless USB because then I can have a USB hub attached to it, and get rid of lots of unsightly wires. E.g. it would be nice to run the USB digital TV adapter over the other side of the room where the TV socket is. Or to put the printer in a more convenient location. Or even better, have the midi interface next to my disklavier in the living room, but receive the data upstairs in my studio. And no, there are no suitable bluetooth devices for most of these things.
  • by mlush (620447) on Friday November 10, 2006 @05:49AM (#16791912)

    User 956 Why do we need wireless USB when we already have bluetooth? and vice versa? and beyond that, why do we need wireless HDMI?

    Starting out with HDMI, why does a DVD player have to be close to the TV? Why is is stacked on top of a TiVo a Satellite reciever next to a playstation and an XBox, wouldn't it be nice to have all that clutter sitting in one corner of the room and have the TV hanging on a wall somewhere else.

    How many bluetooth printers and scanners are there?

    I'm working on putting a scanner in the kitchen with idea that if I find a nice recipie in a magazine, I can just lob it in the scanner push the one touch scanning [gentoo-wiki.com] button and it automagically dumps the image on my archive server runs a quick OCR on the image and dumps it in a database. If I want the recipie back (OCR willing) I should be able to find it via a simple text search

    Wireless USB would be great I could put the scanner almost anywhere I wanted without having to worry about running 40 ft of USB cable through the house. Equally having a wireless USB backup drive tucked away in a draw somewhere makes a great backup if my laptop gets stolen... I'd certainally worry about the security of data stored on a wireless USB drive but its no worse than having a WiFi dirve.

    Figure out a protocol and stick with it. That's why regular plug-in USB works so well.

    True up to a point, when did you last use a floppy disk? a protocol that does not move with the times risks extinction..

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