Property firm moves from tape to online data backup service

Commercial property developer Stanhope has dispensed with outmoded tape back-ups in favour of an automated online back-up service from managed service provider hSo.

Commercial property developer Stanhope has dispensed with outmoded tape back-ups in favour of an automated online back-up service from managed service provider hSo.

Stanhope's data is now backed up automatically using hSo Vault, a managed service built on Asigra's Tele-vaulting software.

The daily back-ups are automated and include file, database and e-mail, amounting to around 400Gbytes of compressed data. If business critical data is lost, it can be retrieved from any location.

Paul Hargreaves, project director at Stanhope, said, "We are an information-reliant business, with large graphics files that are vital for our building projects. Should we lose any data, the new service can quickly recover the data in minutes rather than days, avoiding interruption to projects."

He said, "Moving from tape to online backup and recovery means that the service runs itself - we no longer have to remember to back up our data every night," said Hargreaves.

Stanhope has already benefited from the switch as the company has experienced data losses and corrupted data since the implementation. It was able to recover the data within minutes. In the past, a single data recovery from tape took days, as tapes had to be found and sent back to the office, significantly disrupting business.

Stanhope's staff work at a wide variety of sites and use laptops to access the company system remotely.

Important data which is generated from these laptops is also protected as part of the corporate backups.

Other hSo clients include British Land, Endemol, The English National Opera and The Salvation Army.

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