Backup Technology Case Study: Liverpool FC

Date Added: Jan 2010
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Liverpool FC was previously using legacy tape-based backup and disaster recovery (DR). With tape backup every time a backup of the i-Series based ticketing system was carried out, the entire system had to be closed down, limiting backups to once a day only. Backup Technology carries out a backup for Liverpool FC on an hourly basis without interruptions to the system, even during peak periods across Liverpool FC's three main sites: the main stadium (Anfield), and the two training grounds (Melwood and the Academy), which are geographically dispersed. The backup also includes data generated by the online ticketing information and the club shop (where point-of-sale data is generated), all emails from every office location, as well as desktops and laptops of key members of staff. As an additional level of data protection, Backup Technology configured the DS-System server to replicate the vault to a second secure back up site. Liverpool FC found the simplicity of the capacity-based licensing model offered by the Asigra software and the Backup Technology service appealing. Backup Technology has provided Liverpool FC with a spare redundant server, so that should an existing server break down, the data can be restored from local storage to the spare server in a matter of minutes. This tool therefore minimizes data loss and helps to achieve the Recovery Time Objective.