BakBone NetVault: backup proves invaluable for Cancer Research UK

BakBone Software, a leading provider of heterogeneous integrated data protection solutions, has announced that Cancer Research UK has dramatically improved storage administration and data protection levels by consolidating 40TB of data with BakBones NetVault: Backup.

Employing more than 4,250 scientists, doctors and nurses throughout the UK, this is the world's leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research. Cancer Research UK relies on BakBone to backup two storage area networks (SANs) and several Mac and Linux servers at its Cambridge and London facilities.

The Cancer Research UK data storage infrastructure includes two Apple XSANs, one located at the Cambridge Research Institute and the other at the London Research Institute, both backed up to tape libraries across an optical fibre. These SANs are used predominantly by Mac users for storing scientific research data, including large volumes of AVI and MPG files, which are served to users via Gigabit Ethernet connections from Mac Xserves servers acting as SAN clients.

With so much data to manage and protect 24/7, ease of use is of paramount importance for us both in terms of configuration and day-to-day administration. BakBones reporting tools and policy management have been highly effective in helping us achieve this, said William Harris, technical solutions architect, Cancer Research UK. BakBone NetVault: Backup has allowed us to consolidate our data protection strategy, saving us man hours, increasing data protection and giving us piece of mind. It has been invaluable.

Before the deployment of NetVault: Backup, the Cancer Research UKs IT department relied on separate backup solutions, making the data protection set up time consuming and inefficient, said Chris Ross, VP of EMEA, BakBone. BakBone provided a practical and affordable solution for the organisations Mac environment that set us apart from the competition.

After evaluating a number of options, Cancer Research UK selected BakBone software because of its blend of high performance solutions, post-sales Mac support and price; being a charity the organisation has an obligation to keep costs to a minimum without compromising quality. Over the coming months the charity will look at leveraging NetVault: Backup to protect Oracle and MySQL data with BakBone Application Plugin Modules.


About BakBone Software, Inc.

BakBone is committed to making data protection a simple, straightforward process while delivering its Integrated Data Protection (IDP) strategy through an award-winning product suite. This suite provides unprecedented capabilities not only to protect critical data but more importantly, to ensure the availability of that data as well. BakBones products offer a single point of control for managing resources across all platforms, providing improved operational efficiency, reduced system downtime, improved availability and enhanced security to support the business growth of enterprise environments.

Thousands of users worldwide leverage BakBones IDP approach to simplify the management of multi-platform environments with a portfolio of backup, disaster recovery, replication and storage reporting solutions for Linux, Windows, Unix and Mac OS environments. These scalable data protection solutions address the demands of Global 5000 organisations and are distributed through a worldwide network of select OEM partners, strategic partners, resellers and solution providers. BakBone is headquartered in San Diego, Calif.

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