Wolverhampton City Council has reduced the complexity and cost of its data security software, removing eight backup and security applications and replacing them with one program.

The council brought in integrator B2Net to implement BakBone NetVault Backup software as its central data protection software, as part of an ongoing programme to simplify its data storage and security setup. It said it had reduced support and maintenance costs as result.

The system will manage 24 terabytes of data held in two datacentres, supporting services for its 237,000 residents and linking into 200 of its 500 offices. The data is stored to a virtual tape library, then LTO3 tape storage.

Matthew Jeavons, infrastructure architect at Wolverhampton City Council, said the new system was more effective than the council’s previous complex setup. “With users spread across so many physical locations and several backup and recovery solutions to manage, providing the appropriate level of storage availability and performance at an affordable cost was a challenge.

“BakBone NetVault: Backup allowed us to effectively protect all our data from one single point of management, deploy a cross-site disaster recovery strategy and maximise our storage capacity."

Wolverhampton plans to implement BakBone data protection software on other servers in the network over the coming months.

The council’s ongoing storage simplification plan is important as it makes sure it complies with national legislation for storing data for specific periods of time. Cost savings are also crucial because the council, like all its counterparts across the country, is attempting to meet targets set by the Gershon review.

Under an existing £800,000 deal with B2Net, the council is also installing NetApp’s FAS3040 and 3020 storage appliances, and Overland NEO tape libraries. It is consolidating its 150 Windows-based blade and rack mount servers through virtualisation.

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