Council saves with Acronis disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) and data deduplication

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Council saves with Acronis disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) and data deduplication

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief

Council saves with Acronis disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) and data deduplication

Rochford District Council has cut labour spent carrying out backups by two hours a day and saved nearly 70% of disk space using disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) and data deduplication after ditching Veritas Backup Exec 10 and implementing Acronis Backup & Recovery.

The Essex local authority began to evaluate its backup options via incumbent consultancy SunGard Availability Services and found that server restore times were unacceptably long and that the Veritas software did not support disk-to-disk backup, which was felt to be more reliable and faster than existing tape methods.

Data is held directly on HP physical servers and VMware virtual servers and was backed up each night to tapes, which were stored at a remote location. Backups were time-consuming, often creeping into working hours and impacting staff productivity.

SunGard put Acronis' disaster recovery features to the test by running an exhaustive two-day workshop where the IT team had to restore six live servers using Acronis Backup & Recovery 10. This task was accomplished by the Acronis software the first time and without any issues, and SunGard advised Rochford to upgrade to 25 Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 licenses.

The council now backs up to disk cache, and backups are complete by 4 a.m. each morning. In addition, Rochford is using the Acronis product's data deduplication feature and has reduced data from around 500 GB to less than 200 GB. Restores are near instant as files can be recovered from disk instead of off-site tape.

Barrie Madsen, contract manager for SunGard, said, "We can now do a lot more with the same amount of equipment. We have knocked hours off our day. This is due to two factors. Firstly, we can back up to disk to an image server, which is then backed up to tape so we can store the backups off-site. Secondly, we deployed Acronis' deduplication option, which had some benefits which we had not previously examined."

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