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Data Replication Defined

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Data Replication is the process of copying the data from a certain data source to another source while maintaining identical copies of the data that are syncronized.

Any changes made to the original content should be posted to the copy of the data at the oth[er location.

This will enable two or more copies of data to be available.

What data types can I use for Data Replication?
Data Replication can be used for Databases, Applications, Files, CD's, or basically anywhere you store your data.

What are the purposes of Data Replication?
Data Replication can be used for any number of reasons. Some examples of Data Replication include:

  • Many large financial companies use Data Replication to keep a mirror, or copy, of their data in case if a server goes down, or becomes overused.
  • Many Web Applications require Data Replication to control bandwidth, and to keep their websites up in case of any slow-downs.
  • Development Servers use many forms of Data Replication to propagate changes to a Production Server
  • Home users can even take advantage of Data Replication to backup their data on a constant basis.

How to setup Data Replication
Since there are so many forms of Data Replication and each form requires its own Data Replication solution, it is impossible for us to give instructions on setup procedures.

There are hardware solutions as well as Data Replication software packages that can asssist you.

If you are planning to install Data Replication on a database server, you should not have a hard time since most major servers have built in software or there is an abundance of software already out there to use.

Good Luck, and remember, it is always a good idea to have a copy of your data just in case.

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