Commonwealth War Graves Commission Ends the Headache of Tape Backup with Cloud-Based Data Recovery
TORONTO – March 12, 2014 – Asigra Inc., a leading cloud backup, recovery and restore software provider since 1986 today announced it has been selected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) for Asigra-based cloud backup services delivered by DR specialists Techgate plc. With Techgate and Asigra, CWGC was able to significantly reduce the complexity and management overhead of their backup environment while improving overall performance for the organisation.
CWGC ensures that the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten. The organisation cares for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations across 153 countries. Because of the important records maintained by the Commission, a highly reliable backup solution is necessary to ensure the data is always accessible. CWGC had been reliant on tape backup by Symantec, but this was a highly distributed technology that required each backup environment to be managed independently around the world. Furthermore, because tapes were stored offsite and required significant manual processes to recall the data, a full business continuity plan invocation would take far too long - approximately 30 days.
The CWGC maintains and manages more than 20TB of data with more than 4TB of historical casualty records. This data is located across disparate physical locations and continues to grow in size. The Commission’s legacy tape backup solution was having difficulties keeping up with the growing volume of data which was causing issues with backing up the information within a finite backup window and recovering data in a timely manner. Because the tape system’s recovery times were 30 days to restore all non-critical data and at least 24 hours for critical data, it became a major risk to day-to-day operations. CWGC needed to improve recovery times significantly in order to ensure business continuity for the long term.
“Because of the importance of the records we keep, data availability is very important to the mission of CWGC,” said Will Webster, Head of IT for CWGC. “The Symantec tape backup solution we had in place was no longer able to support this mission and therefore needed to be replaced. During our review process for alternatives, we determined that key criteria should not only include backup and recovery performance but also management simplicity for the sake of operational efficiency.”
CWGC removed its tape backup systems and deployed the Asigra Cloud-based recovery solution to six of its locations throughout Europe, backing up 80 servers over those locations. Each of these environments included Windows-based servers as well as Microsoft Hyper-V virtualised servers with multiple databases (including SQL and Exchange) in place across these systems. Looking to extend out to South Africa and other regions, the UK deployment became a proving ground for the technology.
Key benefits of Asigra Cloud Backup™ for CommonWealth War Graves Commission include:
Elimination of the complexity and time caused by tape backup;
Improvement of recovery speed and reliability;
Reallocation of IT staff for more strategically important operations;
Greater uptime assurance, and
Lower overall costs.
“In conjunction with Asigra, we have shown CWGC a clear and modern alternative to tape backup. With initial deployments of the backup service in place, Asigra has proven effective at simplifying backup and recovery processes for the organization,” said Chris McDonnell, Solutions Delivery Manager, Cloud Services, Techgate plc. “We look forward to supporting additional disaster recovery requirements for the Commission as they benefit from the operational improvements enabled by Cloud Backup. As with most of our customers, U.K. data domicile, compliance and security, were key requirements.”
“Organisations globally are making the switch from archaic tape-based data protection to the cloud because of the ability to scale efficiently and securely without sacrificing access,” said Tracy Staniland, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Asigra. “Asigra Cloud Backup has helped The Commonwealth War Graves Commission to improve the performance of their backup infrastructure while reducing the cost structure for greater overall value.”
Trusted since 1986, Asigra provides organisations around the world the ability to recover their data now from anywhere through a global network of partners who deliver cloud backup and recovery services as public, private and/or hybrid deployments. As the industry’s first enterprise-class agentless cloud-based recovery software to provide data backup and recovery of servers, virtual machines, endpoint devices, databases and applications, SaaS and IaaS based applications, Asigra lowers the total cost of ownership, reduces recovery time objectives, eliminates silos of backup data by providing a single consolidated repository, and provides 100% recovery assurance. Asigra’s revolutionary patent-pending Recovery License Model provides organisations with a cost effective data recovery business model unlike any other offered in the storage market. Asigra has been recognised as a Gartner Cool Vendor and has been included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software since 2010. More information on Asigra can be found at www.asigra.com.
Techgate plc is a leading provider of tailor-made, high availability IT managed services, with a long established background in business continuity and disaster recovery solutions. Techgate’s approach to Cloud Services is focused on performance and security as much as innovation.