Spectra Logic Implements Data Management Solution


Spectra Logic has announced that a major NHS Foundation, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (UHMBT), has successfully implemented a Spectra disk and tape solution across the hospital’s main infrastructure environment making data management easier, faster and more cost effective. Spectra joined forces with CommVault to integrate with their Simpana software to lower the cost of protecting, managing and accessing information. The installation, deployed in the main data centre in Barrow in Furness, forms an important part of a five-year plan to improve the IT infrastructure, facilities, meeting financial targets and performance of the organisation overall.

With increasing data volumes of up to 25TB and the need for secure backups, part of the deployment criteria required compatibility with pre-installed CommVault Simpana, which allows highly efficient data management and the ability to rapidly find, retrieve and access data. This solution, when connected with disk and tape from Spectra Logic, creates a harmonious marriage, removing the complexities of tiered storage, while also significantly lowering the cost of data protection, control and access. Designed to thrive in data-intensive environments such as this, it forms a scalable, singular data management platform that addresses performance and storage requirements for secure, reliable backup and archive.

In addition, UHMBT was faced with the challenge that the previous backup-to-disk solution was close to full capacity, being provided on the same storage hardware as current live data, as well as offering insufficient storage space. Competitive products from vendors such as EMC Isilon, Nexsan and Quantum were evaluated, but as the hospital urgently needed to move to a faster tape unit with higher storage capacity, nTier Verde was the obvious choice: it offers affordable file storage capability with easy installation, an intuitive user interface for effortless management and architecture that assures the highest level of data integrity. It quickly proved to be ideal for the trust’s long-term archive and backup needs.

The expansion potential offered by nTier Verde means it can grow with the organisation, while time spent managing the solution is now minimal as once the system has been installed it requires very little attention. University Hospitals Morecambe Bay is enjoying shorter backup times, increased confidence in its ability to carry out restores and the storage capacity to meet the demands of the organisation as it progresses through its objectives.

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine