Ghost Haunts Smaller Sites

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-11-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Symantec is passing off its recently released Norton Ghost 2002 disk-cloning tool as a backup tool for road warriors and small business.

Symantec is passing off its recently released Norton Ghost 2002 disk-cloning tool as a backup tool for road warriors and small business.

However, after working with the $69 product, I recommend sticking to any of several backup utilities and services that are often cheaper—about $20 for shareware tools—or more convenient to use.

Even though I could add new files to the disk image, it was still difficult to use Ghost 2002 as a backup tool because it is really a disk-cloning utility. To back up my changes, I had to go through a number of steps to start up the Ghost 2002 cloning process. Most backup utilities track file changes and automate most of this process.

The Ghost product line has a place in the enterprise, but home and small-business users should steer clear of this offering.

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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