Double-Take Software and Yosemite Technologies have combined their notebook remote site and data centre replication products to offer data protection from a notebook computer, and remote branch office to a data centre and on to a disaster recovery site.

Smaller businesses can now have an all-replication method for protecting data with no recourse to tape.

Double-Take's UK Sales and marketing director, Ian Masters, said: "The combined technology provides organisations with an unprecedented level of protection from the edge to the core of their data assets."

With the combined product set Yosemite Filekeeper drivers are installed on the remote systems and Double-Take drivers on the central servers as well as a disaster recovery server. These drivers filter and capture I/O requests from the O/S as they pass to the file-system, before the request is given to the hardware.

Yosemite's Filekeeper data replicates data from the cache on the notebook or desktop disk, to a 'backup location' configured on networked disk in a datacentre and specified in centrally-defined policies. At the datacentre Double-Take continuously captures byte-level changes as they happen on the server and replicates those changes to one or more target servers at any location, over any standard network connection.

It is then possible to use Double-Take to replicate the Filekeeper backup location to second disaster recovery server for a fuller data protection scheme. Yosemite's EMEA sales VP, David Spate, reflected this when he said: "The ever-growing mobile workforce and increased pressure on compliance is leaving IT administrators with the headache of protecting their data assets no matter where it resides. This partnership provides them with a reliable, cost-effective solution to the problem."

The paired products seem a neat idea with a consistency of approach that might appeal to larger SMEs and smaller enterprises as a way of protecting data in notebook computers, branch offices and central sites, as well as providing a disaster recovery capability for their central IT site.