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By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2004-03-22 Print this article Print

DeLorme officials said they knew that when TopoBird was launched, the companys storage needs would grow exponentially. In 2002, the company was using Computer Associates International Inc.s BrightStor ARCserve Backup Version 10 running on Windows servers. Although that setup worked well for moving 2 terabytes of data on and off servers, it couldnt handle DeLormes growing data requirements.

Case file

  • Company DeLorme Publishing Co.

  • Location Yarmouth, Maine

  • The issue DeLorme needed a way to maintain the integrity and availability of a vast amount of data; the company also needed to find a solution for rapidly increasing storage needs

  • The solution Deploy a data backup and recovery solution to achieve the fastest restores possible with the highest-possible data availability

  • Tools BakBone Softwares NetVault 7.0; EMCs Clariion CX600 and CX400; Qualstars AIT-3 and Super-AIT; Dell Inc. servers; Advanced Digital Informations Scalar 100

  • Whats next DeLorme expects its storage requirements to quadruple by the end of the year

    Source: eWEEK reporting
  • When CA released its latest version of BrightStor ARCserve Backup, the software wasnt backward-compatible, and DeLorme began to experience corruption of its data index servers. The company also began to run into situations where data occasionally wasnt backed up. With the new demands for DLM, Pedro decided it was time for a new solution.

    "We added 33 terabytes of storage last year, so obviously our existing software wasnt cutting it," Pedro said. "Our data needs just grew so quickly that our existing software couldnt keep up."

    Pedro had specific requirements for the new solution. He wanted a system that would enable him to back up his diverse computing infrastructure, which includes Linux, Solaris and Windows devices, cohesively. And with the impending launch of TopoBird, he needed a solution that could scale.

    Because of the way DeLorme processes and delivers its data to customers, Pedro wanted to achieve the fastest restores possible, together with the highest degree of data availability.

    DeLorme looked at solutions from Veritas Software Corp., but Pedro said his company didnt require the full functionality of the Veritas products. Instead, DeLorme chose to deploy BakBones NetVault 7.0 backup and restore software. The NetVault 7.0 workgroup package starts at $1,195 for Intel Corp.-based systems (Windows and Linux) and $2,995 for Unix systems.

    As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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