Universities offered cheaper data back-up services

Universities are being encouraged to back-up their data with a system introduced by the United Kingdom Education and Research Networking Association (UKERNA).

Universities are being encouraged to back-up their data with a system introduced by the United Kingdom Education and Research Networking Association (UKERNA).

UKERNA has partnered with outsourced managed data services provider InTechnology to deliver automated data back-up, data archiving, hosting and web file services to institutions connected to the Janet network.

This is UKERNA’s first such agreement with a commercial service provider, resulting in a 20-40% discount off commercial service list prices for those that take advantage, said UKERNA.

The Janet network is the third largest network in the UK, and connects UK universities, further education colleges, research councils, specialist colleges and adult and community learning providers.

Over 18 million end-users across 1,000 institutions are currently served by the Janet network.

Tim Kidd, UKERNA production services director, said, “Janet users want to do a great deal more across the network than they did five years ago, and we aim to help them, in particular by increasingly being an enabler of networked value-added services.”

Kidd said there was strong demand for off-site back-up services, as users are passing much more data around the network which needs to be stored safely and securely.

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