By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-12-05 Print this article Print

-based Perspective"> Real-world users offer experienced-based perspective One of those real-world users is Steve Weston, chief IT administrator for Provincial Health Services in Vancouver, Canada.
"We provide a lot of specialized services, ranging from womens health issues to cardiology to transplants, over a fairly large regional area," Weston told eWEEK. "We take in a lot of data—mostly patient information—each day. We require everything to be backed up on a regular basis and stored where we can get to it fairly quickly if needed."
Weston said that as the amount of new data coming into the system increased, the health services old Windows- and Unix-based data storage system was beginning to overshoot its weekend limits for backing up the weeks data load. "We were unable to get the job done completely within the time frame we needed," Weston said. "It was becoming a struggle to get it all done in time, because our 12 tape drives were not enough to handle 500 servers saving data. So we started to look at all-disk backup, because we could do a lot of concurrent jobs." Weston led the changeover from the old system to a new one that included Symantec-Veritas NetBackup 6.0 (to run on all 500 servers running both Windows and Unix), new NetApp storage servers (providing about 12 terabytes of usable storage), Sun-StorageTek TL 700E storage servers and 12 Tandberg LT02 high-speed tape drives with a Fibre Channel connection to NetBackup. Click here to read more about NetApps discussions on the push for secure storage. "We moved the biggest and slowest [server] offenders from tape drives to disk backup ... and about 30 to 40 percent of our entire backup volume to NetApp," Weston said. "As a result, we are meeting our backup window limitations over the weekend now, and its a pretty redundant backup scheme—with one onsite copy of everything, one copy of all off-site data, and one copy of everything for the vault [Iron Mountain physical storage]." Weston said that they intend to purchase more NetApp disk storage as time goes on, but that "no one solution can solve all problems. Were happy with our hybrid solution now, but were still exploring other options that are available, too," he said. For more information on the virtual trade show, including the speaker lineup, session overviews, and registration, go here. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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