Data Fortress product overview
Data Fortress is a Client and Server solution designed to make it easy to backup files and folders over the internet to a server of your choice. Data Fortress allows you to create a backup infrastructure visible on the internet that you can deploy to one or more servers and have many clients connecting to your infrastructure in order to backup files and folders and keep your clients data safe.
The Data Fortress Server is installed as a Windows Service and by Default is set up to listen on Port 10116. The Data Fortress Desktop Client operates much like any standard File and Folder backup utility, apart from the fact that it is designed to connect to the Data Fortress Server, and send appropriate files to the server for storage using it's TCP/IP connection to the server on the designated port.
Multiple Client Support
The Windows Service that is installed on your server is a multi threaded server which can accept multiple clients connecting simultaneously and backing up data. In order to manage which clients can connect to your server a Data Fortress Server Manager is provided. The Data Fortress Manager must be used to setup Client Accounts on the server before any Desktop Clients can connect and authenticate with your Data Fortress Server.
For each Client account that you setup on your server you can specify and individual server root path for that server. This means that individual clients data can be redirected to any location on your server of your choice. Therefore if your infrastructure supports NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives or you have a SAN (Storage Area Network) in place you can redirect client accounts to each of the different locations in order to manage how much data is used on each of your storage drives.
For example you may have set up a Client Account named "JohnD", and the server root path may be E:\ClientData\JohnD. You can then set up another account named "SarahL", and have the server root path set to \\RemoteStorageServer\Share\ClientData\SarahL.
When JohnD or SarahL connects to your server to backup their data it will be completely transparent to them as to where their data is being physically stored.
Client Disk Usage
When you set up Client Accounts on your Data Fortress Server, you can also specify how much disk space each client account can consume. You may set up one Client Account to consume a maximum of 20GB, and set up another client account to consume a maximum of 100GB. When the Desktop Clients connect and attempt to backup more data than what is allowed by their account, they will be informed that they have reached the maximum allowed limited of their account. This allows you as a server administrator to effectively manage how much disk space you wish to allocate to providing a Client Backup Service.
Bit Level File Backup
If a Desktop Client is about to Send a large file (or any file) to your server, and that file already exists on their account on your server, but only a small part of that file has been changed by the Client, then only the changes in that file will be sent to your server instead of having to resend the entire file all over again. This ensures if clients only have changed a small portion of their working data and perform a daily backup, then only the changes are sent which minimises the amount of network bandwidth consumed by the backup process.
Remote Server Administration
Once the Data Fortress Server is installed on your designated server, you don't have to physically connect to your server to manage client accounts or administrator accounts. Instead you can Install the Data Fortress Manager on any Desktop PC of your choice and connect remotely to your server to administer client accounts. You can also set up multiple administrators on your server so if you have a team of people who are authorised to administer client accounts this can be set up easily using the Data Fortress Manager.