One company’s migration from tape backup to a full disaster strategy

by | Oct 17, 2014 | Business Continuity, General Tech

Tape backup is no longer an efficient or effective backup strategy

It wasn’t a disaster, but it could have been. According to a recent article from Baseline, when Helen of Troy — the business behind brands such as Vidal Sassoon, Revlon, Dr. Scholl’s, Sea Breeze, Vicks, and OXO International — dealt with a virus in its data center last year it didn’t lose its data. But the situation was definitely a wake up call that tape backup is no longer acceptable.

The company, though migrating to a virtual environment, still relied on tape backup. The system, which includes more than 450 virtual machines, 23 offices and 5 data centers consistently had back up failures and there was a lack of continuity from one location to the next. To make matters worse, the company generates about 45 terabytes of backup data every six months making the backup tool slow and the recovery very slow. The restoration of data took a full day, the article stated.

It was time for a new solution that could be used enterprise-wide. The company’s solution: a network attached storage virtual tape backup library within VMware vSphere with Microsoft HyperV. The results: 80 percent faster backup and 90 percent faster recovery.

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The company is now more secure in its ability to recover and recover quickly from disaster while able to remain in compliance and maintain data integrity.

Recovery solutions are not a “one size fits all” issue. Instead, they’re unique to the specific needs of the business. With over a decade in the business, Invenio IT has become known as a leader in networking, data protection, and IT security. If you’re ready to feel confident in your disaster recovery plan and the protection of your data, we’d love to help migrate from tape backup to a cost effective backup strategy. Contact us today for more information.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.