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ShadowProtect backs up Multiple Sclerosis Limited email archive server in 45 minutes, vs 12 hours with traditional tape backup

  • 05 May, 2009 09:03

<p>Multiple Sclerosis Limited (MSL) is backing up an email archive server with 100GB of attachments to disk in 45 minutes using StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect, compared to the 12 hours it would take using traditional tape backup methods.</p>
<p>Technical Team Leader Shane Bryan switched to disk for the email archive server to reduce backup times and increase recoverability of the email archive server attachment volume.</p>
<p>His team put in a new email archive server, attached this to their EMC storage area network (SAN) device, and now carry out nightly backups using ShadowProtect real-time imaging (taking complete snapshots of the 100GB, and growing, archive volume).</p>
<p>“Data volumes from email attachments have grown to 100GB and traditional backup to tape would take at least half a day, which was unacceptable,” said Shane. “Because ShadowProtect takes only 45 minutes or so to create a full backup of our entire server (OS and attachment volume), we are now using it exclusively on our email archive server. It enables us to back up nightly rather than weekly, improving recoverability from any potential disasters, as well as restoration to new hardware.</p>
<p>“If the server were to crash, the included Hardware Independent Restore (HIR) technology allows us to rebuild the server completely to the same or totally different hardware, or even a virtual environment in minutes instead of days. We even migrated an end-of-life server from a Compaq to a Dell recently and it went without incident, which was impressive. All that was needed was a small driver update for the new hardware.”</p>
<p>Additionally, Multiple Sclerosis Limited invested in StorageCraft ShadowProtect to take daily backups of its Citrix and SQL servers to compliment their Change Control processes and guard against potential loss of data and wasted time when carrying out routine maintenance such as upgrading applications and installing patches. Using ShadowProtect real-time imaging, it takes an average 15-20 minutes to back up the OS volume of each server.</p>
<p>Multiple Sclerosis Limited works to advance research into Multiple Sclerosis, runs education and awareness programs, and helps to enhance the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis.</p>
<p>About StorageCraft</p>
<p>StorageCraft Technology Corporation provides innovative disk-based backup, disaster recovery, system migration, data protection and security solutions for servers, desktops and laptops. StorageCraft delivers software products that reduce downtime, improve security and stability for systems and data and lower the total cost of ownership for servers, desktops and laptops.</p>
<p>For more information</p>
<p>Greg Wyman, StorageCraft
Regional Director Asia Pacific
Phone: +612-9929 9770 or mobile +61-402 259 359
<p>David Frost, PR Deadlines
Phone: +612-4341 5021 or mobile +61-408 408 210

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