The brigade has also implemented a data storage and disaster recovery system from Network Associates to consolidate its storage and give staff greater access to data. Rather than connecting over leased lines, the head office and disaster recovery sites are mirrored using a relatively inexpensive 1mbps link.
An 810 Network Appliance storage box has been installed at Avon Fire Brigade's headquarters in Bristol and at the remote disaster recovery site, with the two symmetrically backed-up over the organisation's wide area network.
To reduce the amount of traffic going over the network, the brigade is now considering adopting an end-to-end 2mbps symmetric digital subscriber line link which would reduce the amount of data flowing over the shared Wan.
Stan Wills, Avon Fire Brigade's IT manager, said, "The data can now be accessed from anywhere in the organisation. This gives our staff the flexibility to work from wherever they need to."
This was first published in March 2004