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Lloyds TSB cuts data volumes by ditching tapes

Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets has ditched 120 locally attached tape
drives and replaced them with a Data Domain disc-based system, which
has allowed it to reduce data volumes to 5% of their former levels and
cut replication times by hours.

The firm – which is the corporate banking and financial markets division
of Lloyds TSB – decided to replace its legacy tape backup system because
it was consuming ever-increasing amounts of administration resources.

Data Domain restorers and DD Replicator software have been implemented
at the firm’s headquarters at Gresham Street, London, and at its remote
contingency site outside the city. In addition to protecting data for
the division’s financial operations, the solution provides mission-critical
business continuity capabilities for a 200-position trading floor.

The system uses high speed in-line data de-duplication technology to
reduce data volumes and provide faster, more reliable backups that are
instantly verifiable. Completed backups at the London facility are replicated
to the contingency site within minutes and the entire backup and remote
replication process is now centrally controlled and fully automated.

Colin Everett, head of IT strategy and architecture at Lloyds TSB Corporate
Markets, said, “Our ability to scale our backup capacity and test for
compliance has been streamlined, and we can now retain 30 days of backup
data on-site. Most important of all, we know that our data is replicated
to our contingency site within minutes, minimising the risk of any disruption
in IT functionality at our headquarters in London.”


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