Distributed Data Protection

What Does Distributed Data Protection Mean?

Distributed data protection (DDP) is a managed service that provides customers with Web-based, scheduled data backup and restoration.


Its purpose is to address the challenge of securing distributed data handling and storage. This is complicated by data distributed to remote locations, where additional data is produced away from the mainframe.

Techopedia Explains Distributed Data Protection

Some organizational operations produced data at outlets and branch offices that do not record their transactions or store their data at a data center. This means an organization can have data stored across many computers. DDP technologies allow organizations to have a backup and restoration system that covers the data in every location so that in times of disaster or data loss/damage, the data can be restored and operatios can resume.

DDP technologies use multiple applications, including:

  • LAN servers
  • Storage file servers that serve buildings, campuses or metropolitan areas

Distributed and redundant data brings greater complexity and higher data protection costs.

A popular remote storage technology is network attached storage (NAS), which is a TCP/IP network file server. NAS supports network file systems (NFS) and/or the Common Internet File System (CIFS) Protocol.

Some network systems use NFS and CIFS with Novell NetWare and Apple file-sharing devices.


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