National Express speeds up storage

National Express has migrated to a new disc storage system to secure its data and improve data management.

National Express has migrated to a new disc storage system to secure its data and improve data management.

The coach company has gone to Thinking Safe to streamline its data storage system and dumped a tape-based system in its data centres.

David Jones, head of IT at National Express, said, “The Thinking Safe solution has enabled us to back-up all data quickly, effectively and securely with minimal downtime on restore.

"This helps to contain costs, by reducing the time we spend on administration, and it allows us to invoke disaster recovery plans much more easily,” said Jones.

Previously, the company’s data was first backed up to discs in servers, then streamed to tape. This required multiple tape devices and the ongoing headache of tape rotation management, Jones said.

When reviewing its options, National Express considered traditional tape library systems but decided that a disc-based solution was needed.

The Thinking Safe software brings together back-up and recovery, snapshot copy, and the replication and synchronisation of back-up data onto a single platform.

The policy-based processes are set so businesses can meet their IT service delivery requirements at a lower cost, and the data is encrypted to ensure maximum security.

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