Flybe flies with Veeam Backup & Replication virtual server backup

Storage roundup: Airline Flybe has implemented Veeam virtual server backup in a move to virtual servers; Durham upgrades star computer to 1.1 PB; Cornwall hospitals get Simpana; and more news.

Flybe flies with Veeam Backup & Replication

Airline Flybe has implemented Veeam Backup & Replication Version 5 to enable virtual server backup in a move to a virtualised server infrastructure. By using the software to back up and recover virtual machines, Flybe aims to ensure its e-commerce site remains operational with minimal downtime. Veeam Backup & Replication is also being used to protect virtual machines housing applications such as email and digital maintenance manuals for Flybe’s fleet of aircraft.

Flybe began its move to virtualisation in March 2010. The physical architecture that formed the base for its internal IT and e-commerce site was in need of a refresh, and Flybe decided to opt for a virtual infrastructure. The airline initially used an agent-based backup and recovery product with its virtual infrastructure. But, this became increasingly impractical as the virtual infrastructure grew, and it was cumbersome to track and recover individual files in the event something was lost.

With the help of London-based Softcat, Flybe reviewed a number of products and decided on Veeam for virtual server backup. Backup now takes about half as much time as the previous solution, recovery times have been greatly reduced and Flybe can test all its backups every day.

James Richards, virtualisation and server specialist at Flybe, said, “Now we can be sure any disruption is limited to minutes rather than hours or days. As we move closer to an almost completely virtual IT infrastructure, having peace of mind in its ability to recover from any setbacks is crucial. We are now in the situation where we can fully restore a machine and users will never be any the wiser.”

Deutsche Bank deploys Fusion-io server flash

Deutsche Bank has deployed server-based flash ioMemory from Fusion-io to reduce latency and increase performance by up to 60 percent in its credit risk calculation system (dbArtos). Fusion-io integrates flash as a new tier of nonvolatile memory in the server rather than at the array. The architecture enables ioMemory to deliver a dramatic latency advantage that eliminates bottlenecks. Deutsche Bank found technology from Fusion-io delivered raw I/O increases of four times the performance of traditional hard disks and SSDs also evaluated by the bank.

Durham Uni upgrades star computer to 1.1 PB

The Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) at Durham University has upgraded its IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) server and storage cluster, Cosma4 to 1.1 PB of storage and 2,992 cores. This will support new research, including two significant projects into galaxy formation and the fate of gas outside galaxies. The upgrade was carried out in partnership with data processing, management and storage integrator OCF. Cosma4 launched in February 2011 with 612 TB of storage capacity

Cornwall hospitals go for CommVault Simpana

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trusts (RCHT), comprising three hospitals in the United Kingdom, has deployed CommVault Simpana 9 software to manage rapid growth in medical and patient data and has reported cutting overall data management administration time by 40 percent.

According to RCHT, Simpana 9 enables the IT team to automatically move older data from expensive primary to low-cost secondary storage while accommodating a wide range of retention requirements. Using Simpana’s data deduplication capability, RCHT has also reduced overall network traffic and shortened backup and restore times to drive increased operational efficiencies and cost savings.

German cloud company gets more Dot Hill

German data centre hosting company RIZ IT-Motion GmbH has selected Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3000-series subsystems as storage for its cloud computing solution. RIZ IT-Motion has standardised on Dot Hill storage architecture. It started with a Dot Hill AssuredSAN 2730T RAID unit supporting a mixture of 3.5-inch SAS and SATA drives. In the latest move, RIZ IT-Motion implemented Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3000-series arrays with 8 Gbps Fibre Channel host interfaces and 24 2.5-inch 600 GB SAS drives.

Druva upgrades laptop backup product

India-headquartered laptop backup specialist Druva has announced enhancements to its inSync Cloud product. The new enhancements include automatic mass deployment to global laptops; central management of policies and data across multiple global regions; and high availability, with 99.5% uptime, according to the company. This latest release leverages utilities such as Microsoft’s Active Directory and System Center Configuration Manager and JAMF Software’s Casper to deploy inSync to global users without requiring their involvement. Backups then run automatically.

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