Austro Connect, a service that will see Austro back up its computer-numerical controlled (CNC) centre’s data in the cloud, will be launched at its imminent open day.

Cloud storage is a service model in which data is maintained, managed and backed up remotely and made available to customers over a network.

As Austro’s Louis Fourie points out, all advanced CNC machines are at risk of losing valuable data.

These machines, which contain precious intellectual property needed to keep the factory floor operating, work in arduous environments. They are exposed to hazards such as dust and busy production lines.

Extenuating circumstances that also pose severe risks to these critical components of production lines include operator neglect and even outright theft.

It is not unusual for busy professional woodworkers to forget to regularly back-up their CNC data and find themselves at a serious disadvantage when a disaster occurs.

While Austro is known to have been able to retrieve this data in most instances, Fourie notes that it can be a time-consuming exercise that is known for resulting in unwanted downtime.

Fourie says Austro is now able to manage this important data on behalf of enterprising participants in the industry.

“Essentially, Austro Connect allows us to secure important data on behalf of our customers. Should an unforeseen event occur, they will know that we will be able to retrieve it for them effortlessly and cost-effectively,” he says.

Initially, the company will start implementing the service by backing up data manually with the intention of eventually rolling out Austro Connect “off-site” from its offices using 3G and cloud-based systems.

Importantly, this service allows Austro to back-up data from all machines and not only from Biesse units, which are already a dominant player in the southern African woodworking market.

Because users can scale as needed, they are only charged for the services they use and do not pay for unused capacity. This payment system makes cloud hosting a relatively inexpensive method of storage.

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