A speedy lift-off in Oxfam's quest for faster data back-up

Oxfam has solved a thorny data storage problem caused by a bottleneck in its IT system by implementing database back-up optimisation software.

Oxfam has solved a thorny data storage problem caused by a bottleneck in its IT system by implementing database back-up optimisation software.

With live data volumes increasing, Oxfam said it was taking longer and longer to back-up and restore data. It decided to deploy Litespeed encryption and compression software from Quest Software to tackle the problem.

"Using Litespeed, our production database now takes only 20 minutes to back up and 90 minutes to restore, which is twice as fast as when the database was half its current size," said Jason Oldroyd, technical support manager at Oxfam.

The charity uses PeopleSoft applications based on Microsoft SQL Server databases for logistics, finance and project management operations.

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