SOURCE: Data Domain

November 01, 2005 14:30 ET

Data Domain Speeds Backups for Children's Hospital Boston

Top-Ranked Pediatric Medical Center Selects Data Domain and VERITAS to Protect Mission-Critical Data

PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 1, 2005 -- Data Domain, the leading provider of capacity-optimized storage solutions, announced today that Children's Hospital Boston, the nation's premier pediatric medical center, has selected Data Domain® appliances and VERITAS software for backup and recovery. Children's Hospital Boston is one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, and is also the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

At present, Children's Hospital has generated nearly 60 terabytes of data -- ranging from business systems and research to patient records and radiology imaging files. With backup needs growing continuously, tape drives were unable to handle the demand, often malfunctioning and requiring time-intensive backups and restores. Efforts to use a virtual tape library (VTL) only compounded the problem, creating administrative headaches and adding complexity to the SAN.

Children's Hospital Boston ultimately selected Data Domain appliances used together with VERITAS NetBackup™ software as its data protection solution. The Data Domain appliances feature capacity optimization -- the ability to massively compress data by 95 percent or more -- providing a cost-effective disk-based solution for its growing backup needs.

"With Data Domain, backup is no longer a constant struggle. We immediately started seeing the 20:1 compression ratios we heard so much about, in addition to the backup and restore speeds we had hoped for in disk-to-disk operations," said Paul Scheib, director of operations and chief information security officer, Children's Hospital Boston. "We just plugged in Data Domain and it worked -- and we've never looked back since. Moving forward, we'll continue to use less tape for additional savings in space, labor and cost."

Children's Hospital Boston is now able to keep three months of backup data online and readily accessible. As a result, urgent restores can be completed in a few minutes -- instead of taking four hours -- and the hospital expects to save thousands each year in emergency recall fees from offsite storage vendors. Maintaining Data Domain appliances is easy for storage administrators at Children's Hospital Boston, who run the medical center's four DD460 Restorers from the VERITAS NetBackup interface.

Moving forward, Children's Hospital Boston plans to implement a new disaster recovery strategy and replicate data to a secondary site. Data Domain Replicator software will enable the medical center to replicate data from one location to another while conserving bandwidth -- and perform rapid restores over the WAN.

"Fast, reliable backup and recovery is essential for Children's Hospital Boston, and Data Domain is proud to be part of its success," said Frank Slootman, president and CEO, Data Domain. "We're passionate about taking the pain away from backups and restores."

About Children's Hospital Boston

Children's Hospital Boston is the nation's premier pediatric medical center. Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, today it is a 325-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. More than 100 outpatient specialty clinics are located at Children's. Children's Hospital Boston is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, home to the world's leading pediatric research enterprise (, and the largest provider of health care to the children of Massachusetts. For more information about the hospital visit:

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