York St John University has selected archiving software to support its information lifecycle management (ILM)...
The university has chosen a data archiving sysem from BridgeHead Software to support the introduction of an ILM strategy to drive more efficient data management, including meeting compliance requirements and streamlining backup volumes.
Peter Mather, network management and development officer at the university, said, "Our employee file data has expanded by 50% to 600GBytes in 18 months, with much of the increase being driven by the growing popularity of multimedia files.
"We were running out of disc space, our full weekly backup was taking up to 14 hours, and it was fast getting to the stage where we would need to expand the backup-to-disc system we had installed quite recently."
York St John chose the FileStore data archiving software from BridgeHead Software to take much of the static and seldom accessed data off the organisation's primary store, thereby reducing the cost and management burden.
"We are currently running a consultation exercise involving various departments within the university to help agree the policies that will underpin our ILM programme," said Mather.
"Part of this will be about what and how we archive. What data can be automatically transferred to the archive if it hasn't been modified or accessed for a certain time period? And what will need to be kept on-line for longer?," he said.
As a result, said Mather, as much as half the data the college currently holds on primary storage could be archived. The result will be that the college will more easliy be able to manage its compliance responsibilities under the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act.