Catholic charity has Plan B for IT disaster recovery

The Catholic Overseas Development Agency (CAFOD) has selected Plan B Disaster Recovery (DR) to provide a virtualisation-based business continuity and IT disaster recovery service.

The Catholic Overseas Development Agency (CAFOD) has selected Plan B Disaster Recovery (DR) to provide a virtualisation-based business continuity and IT disaster recovery service.

Replacing the Catholic aid agency's previous data backup operation, the fully-managed Plan B DR service will protect critical operating systems, such as email, customer relationship management (CRM), accounts and databases, said CAFOD.

Paul Hayward, infrastructure manager at CAFOD, said the system requires limited management. "We are confident that with Plan B on board we have a DR system that will protect our operations and ensure business continuity if we suffer any outages. The Plan B service really works, and has a very competitive price point, making it great value for money."

The service works by plugging into CAFOD's network to automatically take snapshot copies of the charity's IT systems. These are then transferred to a secure Plan B DR datacentre. A virtual environment runs an identical system to the functioning system on the live servers, allowing access to working recovery systems in the event of an outage.

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