Royal College moves to virtualised back-up

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has signed a deal with Plan B DR, to provide a virtualisation-based IT disaster recovery service for £20,000 a year.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has signed a deal with Plan B DR, to provide a virtualisation-based IT disaster recovery service for £20,000 a year.

The college opted for the Plan B DR service following a major incident management plan, covering all aspects of the college's operations. It replaces offsite, back-up recovery tapes.

Olly Rice, head of IT at the college, said: "Although our IT systems were well protected, we had no means of recovery from a major incident, such as fire, flood or a London-based terrorist attack. We urgently needed to address this issue and find a new, simple-to-use and flexible DR system that could deliver near immediate access to working recovery systems, from any location."

The college installed a Plan B snapshotting appliance in its network and pointed it at the 10 critical servers that support critical operational systems, including e-mail, print, finance, membership application and other key databases.

Rice said: "I can sleep at night, knowing that invocation is only a phone call away and Plan B's support staff are reassuringly experienced and very helpful."

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