Norton utilizes EMC NetWorker(R) software as the common interface for backup to EMC Disk Library (EDL) and Norton's existing tape libraries. EMC Backup Advisor software provides Norton with real-time reporting and analysis on backup operations to help ensure the environment is operating at peak efficiency. For its active archiving strategy, EMC Centera(R) content-addressed storage was implemented to archive medical records and radiology and cardiology images, reducing the amount of data requiring backup while providing secure, accessible long-term information retention.
"With our previous tape solution, it was difficult to complete backups within a 24-hour period," said O'Mahoney. "Then recovery from just a single tape could take an hour or more depending on whether or not it was onsite."
The key to efficiently managing this tiered protection environment is the NetWorker media server built into the EDL, which recognizes both the EDL and physical tape equally. This enables Norton to automatically cycle backups onto disk and then tape following pre-defined retention policies, thus reclaiming backup space on the EDL as information is moved to tape.
O'Mahoney said, "The increased speed of the EMC Disk Library over our
old tape libraries has allowed us to shrink our backup window by 50 percent
and, for the first time, establish a recovery point objective of 24 hours.
Also, when a recovery is necessary, we're experiencing up to 75 percent
faster restore times, allowing us to recover patient records in minutes.
Because we can centrally manage our disk and tape back
|SOURCE EMC Corporation|
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