Warwick adds SAN to backup data at risk from flooding

Warwick district council has installed a new storage area network in a bid to safeguard information from the threat of flooding.

Warwick district council has installed a new storage area network in a bid to safeguard information from the threat of flooding.

The council’s headquarters is located near a river, where there is a risk of severe flood damage, prompting a reorganisation of its IT resources to provide backup in case of damage to the data storage area on the building’s ground floor.

The council, working with systems integration firm OCSL, moved one of its Hewlett-Packard enterprise virtual arrays (EVAs) to a higher floor, creating a clone with an initial capacity of 8Tbytes. The council’s data was then migrated from one EVA to the other.

The system’s Brocade channel switches were replaced with McData Sphereon switches to support the increased data transfer requirements and ensure the system was fully scalable.

Warwick council technical architect Ian Mobberley said, “We needed our data in two areas and we wanted it concurrent so it is always synchronised. We also wanted to be able to do some offline back-ups because our back-up windows were essentially saturated.”

OCSL and McData were selected because they were “able to meet our challenge both physically and financially”, he added. “The new solution is also far quicker than the previous one, which is saving valuable time for the 600 users.”

The council is expecting to see a return on investment “within around two-and-a-half years” and is now looking at locating another storage area network off-site to ensure even more security.

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