The police force, which renewed its contract with EMC in November 2004, has seen information from its IT systems rise by 20% every year. It also aims to reduce back-up and recovery times for systems.
Organisations in all sectors are spending more on storage technology as they struggle to cope with increasing amounts of data produced by IT systems. Two-thirds of UK organisations put storage in their top five IT priorities, according to the annual Computer Weekly/Posetiv survey of data storage use, published last year.
Roy France, IT manager at South Yorkshire Police, said, "By reducing unscheduled system downtime, streamlining the cost of storage management and maintenance, reducing server investment and accelerating appli-cation testing and development, South Yorkshire Police is on track to save £1.1m between 2001 and 2006.
The force is using an EMC NS 700 storage device attached to the network, and plans to install another system called Centera. This allows files to identified by their contents, or by a part of their contents, rather than by their names or positions.
France added that the force plans to use another product from EMC, Replistor, for copying data and keeping a central record of data from 23 locations.
"Information growth is coming from all parts of the organisation from crime management systems and operational intelligence, to e-mail and back-office applications," France said. "The increasing volume of data, the massive demand for IT in the force and growing regulatory issues, such as the Freedom of Information Act, require us to improve our information management strategy."
Recorded crime is captured, analysed, disseminated and shared electronically. Compliance legislation demands that the information be stored for longer periods and electronic imaging for documents, voice recordings and vehicle number plate recognition will soon become standard.