Coach operator National Express has replaced back-up tapes with a disc-based system from Thinking Safe to secure its company data.
The coach firm, which carries more than 17 million passengers a year, is now using the disc-based Thinking Safe system at its two datacentres. It has replaced previous systems where company data was first backed up to discs in servers, then streamed to tape. This required a series of tape devices and time-consuming tape rotation management.
National Express head of IT David Jones said the company had considered traditional tape library systems but opted for a disc-based system for greater speed and efficiency.
“The Thinking Safe solution has enabled us to backup all data quickly, effectively and securely with minimal downtime on restore,” he said.
“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.”
The Thinking Safe software integrates back-up and recovery, snapshot copy, and the replication and synchronisation of back-up data into a single platform. Data is encrypted to ensure maximum security.
The effectiveness of the Thinking Safe system in a multi-site set-up had also been a factor in its selection, Jones added.
National Express is also involved in a trial of onboard wireless internet access systems. The trial, which started in March this year, gives passengers travelling between London and Cambridge broadband access via Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, PDAs or other devices.
Coaches involved in the pilot scheme were fitted with Telabria's mSystem Mobilap-3G, a multi-radio system that combines an 802.11b/g access point with 3G data network access.
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