SOURCE: Data Domain

March 27, 2007 08:00 ET

University of Minnesota Implements Data Domain VTL Solution

Data Domain's DD560 Appliances Used to Implement Multi-Site Backup/Disaster Recovery Solution

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- Data Domain, a leading provider of Enterprise Protection Storage systems for disk backup and network-based disaster recovery, today announced the University of Minnesota has implemented a Data Domain Virtual Tape Library solution for disk-based backup and disaster recovery capabilities. By deploying Data Domain's enterprise protection storage appliances with the Data Domain VTL software, the university has lowered its data protection costs and achieved faster backup and restores, enhanced disaster recovery capabilities and on-demand scalability for its internal clients.

The University of Minnesota leveraged its existing Fibre Channel SAN network and Data Domain's VTL software to configure a remote backup scenario in which the SAN Fabric was used to directly transport the backup data generated from each of its 3 campus data centers to one of the other remote campus locations. At each campus, two of which are in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul, a Data Domain DD560 appliance is employed as a backup storage target, creating a remote backup. Previously, the University had been using local tape silos on site at each campus to protect its 35 terabytes of data.

Carl Follstad, Manager, University Data Management Services for University of Minnesota, explains, "As a data protection service provider organization for the various university businesses and research entities, one of my group's biggest challenges was reacting to requests for added backup capacity, which most times we did not have much advance visibility into. Previously, when we were working with tape, we often had to reconfigure our policies to target different tape silos to accommodate new capacity requirements. And, of course, there were the mechanical aspects associated with using tape to deal with."

Follstad adds, "The data deduplication capabilities of Data Domain's DD560 appliances gave us the on-demand scalability we needed and minimized the impact of new backup initiatives. The VTL configuration we implemented with Data Domain products worked well with our existing operational practices, was easy to install and required minimal changes to our backup policies. My group has now been able to lower the cost of service rates we offer to our clients and we haven't really had a need for any support services since the initial installation phase."

The university's three data centers use both Veritas NetBackup and CommVault Galaxy for managing their backups and run both Solaris and Windows operating environments.

"The University of Minnesota is successfully protecting a broad range of data types with its Data Domain VTL solution and is using multiple enterprise backup software types and Fibre Channel based connectivity in its solution," said Beth White, vice president of marketing for Data Domain. "This underscores the ease of deployment and flexibility of our VTL solution. In addition, the university's data protection team has leveraged its FC SAN network to architect and deploy a new disaster recovery capability for its internal clients."

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