Data Management

BackupTechnology Case Study: British Red Cross

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Executive Summary

The British Red Cross is a non-profit organization with 222 offices across the United Kingdom. Its central office houses the main computer center with 80 Windows, SUSE Linux and Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) servers. As part of an upgrade of the organization's computer systems, a new approach to backup, recovery and disaster recovery was included in the project. The Red Cross chose Asigra Televaulting and Backup Technology to set up Asigra DS-Client servers in the central office to handle local and remote backup to a central DS-System. Asigra's Televaulting disk-based, block-level incremental approach to backup provided the necessary technology to support centralized backup from the remote offices without bandwidth issues becoming a problem. With almost three full years of production use of the new design, the project has successfully met its goals. Tape support requirements were eliminated for local offices with the central site taking on the responsibility of managing process and data. The helpdesk now has ready access to the data to speed recoveries. Moving to a disk-based backup process with advanced features has allowed the central site to meet its backup windows, while improving its recovery speed and disaster recovery process. It also allows for management of the process with the same staff even as the number of servers and the amount of data has grown.

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